Quality Inn & Suites Downtown
202 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 528-9100
Fax: (602) 258-7259
The whole family will have fun feasting at this somewhat "old-fashioned" feeling pasta place. It's a convenient spot to stop, to or from a downtown event, and is far enough out of the hustle-and-bustle not to worry about parking and long waits for your meal. You'll know you're here the minute you spot the candy apple-red trim on the warehouse-sized building. Charming interior is decorated with antiques and collectibles. Spaghetti's the star here, but other pasta dishes are also available.
Pizza People Pub started off as a food truck and has grown enough to have a permanent location. Its unique menu of pizza and cocktails is likely what spurred such growth. Their menu includes wings, a great selection of mac and cheese, sandwiches, burgers, and more, but people flock here for the pizza. Try the Fun Guy pizza, which is made with mozzarella, crimini mushrooms, and arugula. Drink up from their menu of custom cocktails, wine, and beer.
Located in the courtyard of the Heard Museum, this cozy cafe features light, regionally-inspired salads and sandwiches in a picturesque setting. The cafe is accessible without paying admission to the museum. A trickling fountain and the shade from the Ironwood trees make this a relaxing and enjoyable place for a leisurely lunch while visiting the museum. Food is prepared by the nearby University Club and includes items like the Santa Fe Salad and High Desert Wrap sandwiches.
Located in the heart of Phoenix, Pallets Food and Bar is a popular choice among locals and visitors alike. Its diverse menu of Vietnamese and Japanese specialties is an insight into Asia’s rich culinary heritage. On offer are noodle soup, deep fried ground pork, chicken teriyaki, and varieties of sushi, nigiri and sashimi. Their banh mi sandwiches deserve a special mention. A contemporary take on tradition reflects not only in its cuisine, but also in its decor and ambiance. Antique wooden furnishing and metal interiors contribute to a modern yet rustic design.
Live jazz music and local art fill Carly's Bistro regularly. This restaurant serves great Mediterranean dishes and other options from around the world, but it's been a local favorite because it's a hub for the art scene in Phoenix. Sandwiches are the main item on the menu, and options range from a pork torta, to gyros, to a meatball sub. Don't miss their amazing cocktails while you're here.
When it comes to enjoying a delicious meal coupled with local beer and wine, Short Leash Sit... Stay is your best bet. It is well-known for its impeccable range of hotdogs and the breakfast scramble. The pricing is commercially viable and thus the dishes are quite pocket-friendly. Appetizers are in plenty and the funnel cakes remain a hot favorite. The menu also comprises of salads, kids’ eats as well as dinner entrees. The devil dog and igby are highly renowned dishes.
Rice Paper Eatery brings the most popular dishes of Vietnam to Phoenix. Gỏi cuốn is a Vietnamese variant of a spring roll. It blends pork, shrimp and vegetables in rice paper, called as bánh tráng. This restaurant raises the bar for this dish with the addition of unusual ingredients like mango, jalapenos and avocado, besides the main constituents such as Tempura crab, salmon and chicken. Another favorite is their soup, also known as pho, served with rice noodles. Other specialties include the Ga Xao Xa Ot, with lemon grass and sautéed chicken, and Thit Heo Ko Vol Trung Cuc, a blend of quail eggs and braised pork. Do not miss their Shrimp Chips and Vietnamese Iced Coffee.
If you're looking for scrumptious barbecue on the go, Bubba Phatz cooks up all the favorites. Whether it be pulled pork, ribs, chicken or something else, this little gem of a barbecue joint knows what it's doing. Without much in the way of an eating area, Bubba's does most of its business in to-go orders. As soon as you pull up, the enticing smell will hold your hunger at full attention. Come try some of the best barbecue in Phoenix.
Matt's Big Breakfast has been covered time and time again by local publications and foodies, elevating this downtown Phoenix diner to legendary status. The uncompromising quality of the ingredients is just the start with spot-on technique and an unchanging menu only adding to what makes this place one of the best for breakfast. The cooks at Matt's whip up perfect eggs, griddlecakes and more hearty mains through the day. A lunch menu is available during the second half of service, although the focus is always placed on the morning fare. Complementary coffee refills top off the appeal of Matt's, a Phoenix highlight that can't be missed.
Centurion Restaurant is hard to miss when driving in downtown, credit to the statue of a Roman legionnaire at its entrance. Renowned chef Eric Osburn presents guests with a contemporary European menu influenced by American flavors. Main course specialties include oven-fresh pizzas and delicious pastas that follow entrees, stuffed mushrooms and baked cheese. Complement your fine dining experience with exquisite wine and microbrews in an ambiance akin to that of a quaint French bistro.
Angels Trumpet Ale House is a haven for beer lovers and connoisseurs. The ale house features 31 taps, two of which are nitro taps, which means a truly impressive collection of craft beers, some of which are special cask ales. Angels Trumpet also features a full food menu of appetizers, flatbreads and various sandwiches and burgers. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy the weather with your brew.
Hollywood isn't the only place that stars are discovered at drug stores and soda fountains. According to the menu, Wayne Newton was discovered right here, perhaps the Valley's only remaining original soda fountain. When you're pining for an old-fashioned ice cream soda or malted, there's a stool waiting. If you visit on a weekend, there may even be live music. Find wood-framed booths, a working jukebox and 50s retro accessories. A full line of fountain items at MacAlpine's includes shakes, malts, ice cream sodas and sundaes, plus house-made chili and sandwiches.