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This little stadium is in a super location if you want to hike (Papago Buttes), take in the area's flora and fauna (Desert Botanical Garden) or feed a giraffe (Phoenix Zoo). But it's a no man's land when it comes to food. There aren't even any crummy chains in the vicinity. No worries, though. You are in the middle of town and we've got good food and drink for you in all directions.
Reserve a little extra time in your schedule if you plan to breakfast at Essence, because the service isn't particularly quick (or always accurate), but it's so worth it. The French-inspired menu includes crepes, quiche Lorraine, and brioche French toast, as well as healthier options like house-made granola and an organic breakfast cereal. Whichever way you go, be sure to save room (or space in your backpack) for Chef Eugenia Theodosopolous' signature macaróns and croissants. Ooh la la!
The pasty's origins is in Britain's coal mines, where workers would lunch on pastries stuffed with all manner of meats and vegetables. This popular lunch/dinner spot has canaries singing with several unique twists on the pasty - everything from peanut butter & jelly to tandoori. We've never been disappointed, and we bet you won't be, either. A word to the wise: The pasties are big enough to share.
There's nothing fancy about Red Devil, and that's exactly how we like it. In fact, we're quite certain that the original location of this Phoenix mini-chain hasn't changed one bit since it opened in 1960. That's a good thing when it comes to the thin-crust pizza and wide range of traditional Italian salads, sandwiches, and pasta dishes. Family-owned and family-friendly, the booths at this place may creak a little and the art on the walls is nothing special, but you will leave full and happy. The takeout counter also is a good option.
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Located in a huge old warehouse east of Arizona State's main campus, Four Peaks is not the best place to drink in the summer. But you are here for spring training, and so, friends, you are in luck. A spot on the patio at Four Peaks is among the most treasured hunks of real estate in the Valley at this time of year. Order a beer - you can't go wrong, this is home to many metro Phoenix favorites, from Hop Knot to Kilt Lifter. Or try the 8th Street Ale, named for the street you'll stumble home from tonight.