By Michele Laudig
Light rail construction has been a real asskicker for restaurants in the Central corridor, particularly those situated right along the future train route. Every time I drive past Fez and Durant's and Pane Bianco, I cringe at the thought of how many potential customers may have been discouraged from patronizing them because of the transportation situation.
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But hey, is that a light at the end of the Deck Park tunnel? Now that the rail line is getting closer to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, maybe the mood will brighten, and more places will start cropping up in Central Phoenix.
The new Maizie's Cafe & Bistro is perfectly positioned to take advantage of our new public transit, located just south of Camelback, in front of the Landmark Condominiums (4750 N. Central, 602-274-2828).
I've been chained to the computer lately, but I've heard good things about it: it's cute, it's independently owned, and the food is tasty. And the menu is surprisingly large, with lots of appetizers (including crabcakes, mozzarella kabobs, and bruschetta), ten different entree salads (such as steak salad, Southwestern chicken salad, and ancho salmon salad), sandwiches, soups, burgers, and even pastas. On the weekends, they serve brunch, too. Sign me up for the breakfast pizza, topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, mushrooms, green chiles, Italian sausage, and two eggs.
They also have a full bar and a wine list, so even though the kitchen is only open til 10 p.m. most nights -- which, frankly, is still pretty late for Central Phoenix -- Maizie's stays open until midnight so you can stop by for a drink. (Business hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)