Collected by Rick Russell
4402 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012, USA
Lux has the best vibe in town. Jeff built the coffee shop in such a central location to be near the soul of creative Phoenix. The coffee is hand-roasted in house, and you can pair it with a seasonal pie or a bear claw, or even a full-fledged meal....
6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
I've been going to Richardson's as my favorite neighborhood local since they opened over 20 years ago. Great southwestern food, seafood and margaritas. They opened a sister restaurant a few blocks away called Rokerij a few years ago. It was really...
525 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Want to hang where the locals do? Come to The Duce. This place has everything you could possibly want, including a soda pop fountain, a bar serving Prohibition-era cocktails, an old-school clothesline, a boxing ring, hula hoops, a coffee stand,...
225 W University Dr #101, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Cartel Coffee is a growing establishment in Arizona, with a hip, edgy feel and a deep knowledge of the craft. While the coffee is consistently rated as among the best in Phoenix, the baked goods are anything but ordinary as well—try a bacon...
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
This place always has a wait (though reservations are available for a party of six or more). Thankfully, the bar across the street makes waiting a little easier, and when you taste the pizza, you'll know why Pizzeria Bianco has...
2041 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
America’s Taco Shop (named for owner America Corrales) is exactly the kind of place you want to find when looking for a quick, fresh, and authentic lunch in Phoenix. It is an easy-going place with a limited menu of great food. When I say limited,...
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
The Heard Museum is a can't-miss cultural institution in Phoenix. Founded in 1929, the Heard details and celebrates American Indian art, history, and tradition through exhibitions, interactive learning, and festivals supporting American Indian...
Phoenix, AZ, USA
There are few places where you can better learn about the beauty and complexity of desert ecology than the Desert Botanical Garden, not far from downtown Phoenix. Check out the Desert Discovery Loop Trail for a look at local flora, go for a...
815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
FilmBar is flat-out awesome. With a great, relaxed, but hip vibe, and the work of local artists hanging on the walls: this wine bar is a popular place with a local and culturally savvy clientele. It's also a great place to watch an independent...
3961 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
The Grind grills its burgers in a 1,000-degree coal-fired oven. Choose from nine varieties, including the Peppercorn with charred onion, matchstick fries, arugula, and a whiskey-peppercorn sauce (pictured). Located in a small corner shopping...
501 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012, USA
I've been coming to this local restaurant for four years now and it never fails to satisfy my craving for tacos. I usually order three at a time at $2 each and have at least one left over for lunch the next day. They are huge tacos that look like...
401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Chase Field has a sliding roof so if it's too hot, the roof closes and the place gets air-conditioned. Plenty of open air when you want to watch a game outdoors, plenty of air-conditioning when the outdoors in the summer is a bit warm. There is a...
2320 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
Kevin Binkley is a James Beard acclaimed chef who has wonderful places to eat north in Cave Creek. His new place is in midtown Phoenix. The cocktails are as good as the food is excellent. The photo shows Joesy preparing cannon ball cocktails,...
1514 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
SideBar, with its cool, mellow atmosphere, is a great spot for a classic cocktail (like a Moscow Mule or a Manhattan) or your choice of more than 40 beers. What sets SideBar apart is the staff's attention to detail when it comes to mixing drinks....
1101 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Restaurants with seasonal menus are all the rage now, and cocktail menus are getting in on the trend, too. Such is the case at The Local, a Phoenix restaurant that opened in spring of 2014. Summer's cocktail lists feature fruit-forward drinks like...
4502, 3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
Rated A+ by Phoenix Magazine for best burgers. These are worth going out of your way to check out, and carry out is a very good option. There is a small patio eating area that looks out on a shopping center parking lot. The inside is cool blue....
830 E Maryland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85014, USA
The Zen Yard Guest House (http://www.zenyard.com/) provides a joyful and serene retreat in Phoenix. We stayed in the Jerome Room, which gave us a quiet retreat (separated from the main house) with a welcoming patio outside our front door. The...
914 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
In the middle of Roosevelt Row Arts District sits an unassuming 1920s brick bungalow. On the inside, this historic home has been converted into an underground art gallery and live music venue featuring some of the best talent in the area. The Lost...
800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042, USA
401 W Clarendon Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013, USA
Driving through this Phoenix neighborhood in the dark, I really wasn't sure what to expect when we go to the hotel. An "up-and-coming" dump was my best guess. But I was pleasantly surprised when we turned the corner to see a funky, happening hotel...
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