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A Downtown Phoenix Wish List: Maple Bacon Donuts and Eight Other Things We Desperately Need

See also: Urban Grocery and Wine Bar to Close May 12 See also: CLOSED: Roosevelt Tavern See also: A Downtown Phoenix Wish List: Seven Arts/Culture Resources We Need

Editor's Note: We've made wish lists before, but this one began with a maple bacon bar. A friend asked where she could find one of those famous donuts she's been hearing about. Rainbow Donuts, we told her -- but not just any Rainbow Donuts, you'll have a long drive to north Phoenix. "Now that's something downtown Phoenix needs," our friend declared. "Maple bacon donuts!" We agree. And Nikki Buchanan has a few other items on her own wish list.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Downtown Phoenix is coming into its own. We've been hearing that fairytale for years now. Shall we talk about all the places we've lost -- Oakville, Sens, Vitamin T, Urban Grocery, Roosevelt Tavern and whatever else I'm forgetting? While it's true that the center of our city finally has a discernible pulse (thanks in large part to ASU's downtown campus), it still has some great big gaping holes in the food and drink department.

Here's my wish list for downtown Phoenix, eight places that would get me -- and keep me -- down there more often.

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Nikki Buchanan