We're lucky here at the Visit Phoenix offices. When the lunch bell rings - figuratively speaking - we can walk out our door, head off any direction into downtown, and know that we'll come across a number of spots worth filling our bellies at.
There are dozens of great restaurants for lunch in downtown Phoenix, and here are the ones you're most likely to run into us:
Phoenix Public Market Café: 14 E Pierce Street
As we've mentioned before, we were happy to see the Phoenix Public Market revitalized last year with the opening of the Cafe. So happy in fact, that you're still sure to see us there at least a couple of days per week. Grab a spot on the airy patio or indoor communal tables and start exploring the variety of items on the seasonal, locally-sourced menu. Get there by 2 p.m. and you can order off the breakfast menu, too.
Order the...Rooster Booster (eggs, bacon, toast, crispy potatoes), Chicken Salad Sandwich, or Pork Chile Verde Pot Pie
Kaleidoscope Juice: 50 W Jefferson Street (Shares space with Chloe's Corner in CityScape)
Go green at Kaleidoscope in the CityScape Phoenix complex. Kaleidoscope uses all the 100% organic ingredients in their cold-pressed juices and high vibe food. The quality of their ingredients shows in items such as their quinoa with cucumber and kale salad, one of our new favorite lunch items in downtown.
Order the...Quinoa and Kale Salad or Immortal Machine smoothie
Short Leash's Sit...Stay: 110 E Roosevelt Street
The Short Leash Hot Dogs food truck has been one of the most popular mobile eateries in Phoenix for several years now. But as is the nature with food trucks, they're only available on certain days in certain parts of town. Enter Sit...Stay, Short Leash's brick and mortar restaurant. In addition to the food truck's favorites, the restaurant has an expanded menu with salads, entrees, side options, plus beer, wine and cocktails.
Order the...Igby signature dog with side salad, or The Sunny
Pizzeria Bianco: 623 E Adams Street
Chris Bianco's nationally-lauded restaurant is famous for its wood-fired pies, but also known for the lengthy wait for a table that may preface your pizza. Lucky for us, Pizzeria Bianco is now open for lunch, where odds are you'll have a much shorter wait - if any at all - than you would at dinner.
Order the...Rosa or Margherita
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.
Let’s face it, sometimes the time gets away from us and before you know it, it’s ten o’clock and all of your favorite restaurants are closed. So where does one go to get a late night meal in Phoenix? Here’s a list of places where you can dine late into the night.
Open until 1:30 a.m. seven nights a week, Hanny’s serves food like appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches and dessert until 1 a.m.
Copper Blues may be known for its more than 60 taps and live music, but they also serve a tasty bites late-night menu midnight to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Enjoy Irish fare like Shepherd’s Pie, corned beef and cabbage or one of their salads or sandwiches until midnight. Stay and enjoy a Guinness to wash it all down until 2 a.m. seven days a week.
Another downtown Phoenix Irish pub, Turf serves their regular menu until 10 p.m. and appetizers until 12 a.m., Sunday – Thursday, then Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the regular menu until 11 p.m. and appetizers until 1 a.m. The bar serves drinks until 2 a.m daily.
Popular food truck Short Leash Dogs now has a permanent eatery where you can enjoy their naan wrapped gourmet hot dogs. Sit…Stay is located on Roosevelt Row and has an expanded menu of gourmet hot dogs, corn pups, soups, salads and more. They also share space with The Pie Hole, the permanent location of Mama Toledo’s food truck.
With the nearest beach being just over 200 miles away, there are not many seafood based restaurants in Phoenix. Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend restaurant, located at The Yard brings fresh seafood to Phoenix with a retro New England flair.
My husband and I decided Little Cleo’s would make for a nice little date night. We made reservations ahead of time since it’s a small restaurant and it had been busy the last time we went by. When you walk in, you’re greeted by fresh oysters placed in an iced display case. The feel of Little Cleo’s is what you would expect of a fish house, albeit a little more sophisticated.
We had heard rave reviews of the Warm Jar of King Crab and Butter w/ Grilled Bread ($21) so we started our meal with that. It was delicious and the crab meat was perfectly sweet.
Although fall temps have officially arrived in Phoenix, locals are often alerted to the start of the season by the appearance of pumpkin flavored food and drinks. Now that we’re well into October, there are plenty of places in Phoenix to get your pumpkin fix.
(Please keep in mind many of these items are seasonal and may or may not be available when you visit. It’s best to call and check first.)