Cruising by the intersection of 19th Avenue and Northern? Slow down and look around -- this is Phoenix's equivalent to Disney's "It's a Small World".
On the southwest side of the intersection, the Ritz Vietnamese nightclub and restaurant (fragrant Pho and curry) and The Russian Market (imported cheese, meat, and beer selection) are neighbors. Keep your eyes open; these spots are easy to miss, with no signage facing the street.
Across 19th Avenue Las Gloria's Grill is a Mexican joint known for fish tacos. A few steps down is Samarkand, specializing in glatt kosher Russian (Lagman, Borscht, Shurpa) and Middle Eastern (Babaganush, Kebab) dishes.
For the fast food crowd, there is a Big Burrito near Bookman's on the northwest corner. And good bet for authentic Chinese is Washun Restaurant (house made wrappers for Peking duck, egg rolls are a must) on the other side of the parking lot.
And two new spots recently opened in the Albertson's plaza on the northeast corner of the intersection: Golden Valley Uzbek and Mediterranean Cuisine is a halel restaurant with a selection of blinchik, somsa, palov, kebab, shawarma, and baked goods.
Next door to the Gyro House, Lady Diana's Bakery (pastry chef Diana Veronda) features fresh baked from scratch pastries (bear claws, brownies, tarts), previously available by special order only. Gluten free desserts are also on the menu that changes daily.
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Our kebab lunch at Golden Valley came with fresh brewed tea and a basket of Uzbek bread. The bear claw from Lady Diana's disappeared without a thought to calories. These are two new stops worth a repeat visit.
8115 N 19th Ave #A101
Lady Diana's Bakery
1810 W Northern Ave Suite 2