You can’t miss The Henry when you drive by it on Camelback Road. The office building turned restaurant and Fox Restaurant Concepts headquarters is the home to the newest Arcadia/Central Phoenix neighborhood restaurant. The Henry is an American brasserie that serves lunch and dinner during the week and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends. You can also stop by in the early morning to pick up some breakfast, coffee, pastries, and fresh pressed juices from the group’s Juby True brand.
My husband and I stopped into The Henry on an early Sunday evening and found the placed packed as if it were a Saturday night. We were seated inside with a view of Camelback Mountain. When perusing the menu there were several creative non-alcoholic drinks listed like the Chai Lime Ginger Beer and Orange Hibiscus Cooler. There was also an inventive cocktail menu. Looking at the full bar and the lounge seating at The Henry, I made note that it would be the perfect location for a get together and some libations.
Phoenix may not come to mind first when you think of great coffee cities, but you'll find a wide variety of local coffee shops in our city. We have so many to choose from that you're sure to find just the coffee shop with just the vibe you're looking for.
A hispter's paradise, Lux Central not only serves some of the city's most popular coffee drinks, but has a full menu to enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Part coffee house, part wine bar, Urban Beans makes everything in house. Make sure to try one of their seasonal scones.
Lola Coffee Bar is a popular stop for the downtown commuters, but is also a nice place to enjoy your coffee during an afternoon break as you'll find it a nice quiet spot at that time of day.
Say bonjour to Phoenix’s newest bakery and café, French Grocery. Located in Central Phoenix on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and Missouri, French Grocery serves delicious French and New Orleans food and baked goods.
I stopped in with my husband during their soft opening to sample some of their beignets that I had already heard so much about and was not disappointed. Made fresh to order, the beignets came out piping hot and were just what I needed on an early Saturday morning. My husband enjoyed an Americano and some of their specialty praline bacon. He said that the Americano was one of the best he's ever had. The very next Saturday I sent my husband back to French Grocery for a baguette, some croissants (which they were out of that day) and more beignets.
French Grocery celebrated their Grand Opening on July 9th and now offers an expanded pastry menu along with a rotating selection of Southern specialty and French classic dinners to go like gumbo, jambalaya, coq au vin. The market side of French Grocery carries items you can pick up to take home like cheese, coffee, and European style butter.
French Grocery is located at 5345 N. 7th Avenue in Phoenix.
Finding local treasures can often be like a scavenger hunt. Local favorites are often tucked away in little corners and alleys only known by uber-hip residents who whisper their secrets to those deemed worthy. But now with the opening of UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park you don't have to search or wait for a tip from those holding the secrets of Phoenix’s local treasures .
Union is a new concept that houses an eclectic mix of 18 small, distinct boutiques – many of which already have a loyal following of those in-the-know Phoenicians. There’s also a casual eatery, Trattoria del Piero brought to Central Phoenix by the Queen Creek Olive Mill that operates the same concept at in Queen Creek.
Right now at UNION you’ll find:
Bonafide Goods brought to UNION by the folks behind The Clotherie. Bonafide Goods offers a modern interpretation of classic American men’s clothing, hats and accessories, and will also house Phoenix’s first micro-haberdashery.
Citrine Natural Beauty Bar offers discerning beauty and makeup buffs all-natural, organic skincare, beauty products and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens.
“This will be the most epic veggie sandwich you have ever had.”
This is what the chef at Cartel Coffee Lab said to me as he handed me my order. It seemed like a bold claim. I had watched him roast the veggies and carefully construct my sandwich while I stood in the tiny coffee shop waiting for my order. It sure smelled good. When I got back into my office, I bit into my sandwich. Yep, epic. It had a variety of roasted veggies; zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, potato and cheese. The fresh fruit was a nice accompaniment. Normally a fruit side means a standard melon mix with maybe a grape or two, but fresh apples and strawberries came with my sandwich from Cartel. A refreshing change.
Cartel Coffee Lab has two locations in Phoenix. One is located downtown, walkable from most downtown hotels and the Phoenix Convention Center. The other is located in Tempe. The downtown location (which is where I visited for this blog post) is currently expanding in the space next door and will eventually serve a larger breakfast and lunch menu. For now they do serve a few breakfast items, lunch and coffee, of course. If you stop in after 12:30 all of their baked goods are 50% off, sweet!
Cartel Coffee Lab in downtown Phoenix is located at 1 N. 1st Street.
There's a new coffee shop on the block in downtown Phoenix. Songbird Coffee & Tea House is located in the MonOrchid Building near Roosevelt and Third streets. Owned by husband-and-wife team Jonathan and Erin Carroll, Songbird serves local foods, including burritos (regular and vegetarian) from Fusion Latin Foods, coffee from Cortez Coffee Roasters, tea from Maya Tea and baked goods from Bertha's Cafe, Smart Cookie and Treehouse Bakery (vegan).
I recently stopped in for a scone and to check out the new digs. I loved the menu above the counter that uses scrabble letters to spell out your choices and the industrial mid-century feel to the space. My scone was pretty delicious too.
Songbird Coffee & Tea House is located at 214 E. Roosevelt in Phoenix and offers free wi-fi to customers.