For fast food on a fresh track, pop into this eatery and have a taste of what McDonald's might have been had it been invented in Japan. The invigorating atmosphere of this fast restaurant adds an air of excitement to your meal. Fresh salads, chicken basted in homemade teriyaki sauce, sushi - all available in less than two minutes. Try the Gingered Ahi Tuna or the Eel Bowl for some true taste treats. Be daring and eat with the offered chopsticks. Desserts consist of homemade cakes, far better than any fortune cookie. Bring cash as no credit cards are accepted.
2233 West Dunlap Avenue The Art Institute Of Phoenix Phoenix, AZ 85021
The Art Institute of Phoenix's Culinary Program, under Chef Bill Sy's direction, operates this cafe to showcase the talents of chef-in-the-making. Seating is limited and reservations fill up fast, so call far in advance. Dinner seating offered twice nightly. The minimalist dining room is accented by the artwork of the Institute's design and graphics students. Windows on one wall look into a production kitchen. Menu changes weekly and meals include beverage, entree and dessert.
His name is Elias Pantazopoulos, but you can call this proprietor Louie. That's how the many regulars who enjoy the top quality meats and seafood provided here know him. A tiled exhibition kitchen with gleaming copper hood, brick walls and archways give this restaurant and bar an East Coast feel. Try the New York Steak dinner with salad bar, potato and vegetable or the 10-ounce Prime Rib dinner. The Lamb Chops are seasoned Greek-style with oregano, lemon and garlic and Lamb Shish kebobs are the pick of the lot..
Just as their other restaurant, Christo's, draws mid-town professionals and residents with its Greek/Italian/Mediterranean fare, this Valley Bank Tower cafe attracts a similar crowd from downtown. More sleek than Christo's, the dining room and lounge are furnished in metal and glass with huge windows allowing an airy feel. Rack of lamb is a specialty of the house. Pasta, poultry, beef and seafood dishes are also featured on the menu. Lunches are lighter with sandwiches, salads and soups to assuage your appetite.
Spinato's Pizza is not your run-of-the-mill pizzeria with each creation rolled out of handmade dough, covered in secret sauce and topped with farm-fresh ingredients. Sandwiches, salads, pasta and calzones are also available. For a low cholesterol alternative, try Mama Spinato's Spinach Calzone with fresh spinach marinated in Mama's secret seasoning. Que bella! Family-owned and operated for 25 years, one of the Spinato's or a close relative will be cooking your pizza with family pride in every pie. Call for additional locations.
In 1929, the place was a burger joint and gin mill, complete with a bookie business in the back. Tom's captures much of that feel with vintage pictures and classy decor. Serving sandwiches like the French dip, turkey club and an old-fashioned Reuben, this tavern also features a daily Blue Plate Special, some salads and a breakfast menu. In fact, the Jeremiah scramble, with its eggs, cheddar, green onions and bacon, was featured on CBS television. The place features a fully stocked bar and a patio.
Even with 18 locations around town, this place still manages to feel like a neighborhood secret. Voted best New York Pizza 15 times since 1976, the restaurant offers specialty pizzas, homemade pasta dinners, huge subs and custom calzones. The specialties though a bit more expensive are definitely worth every cent. Try the Garlic Shrimp Pizza smothered in Alfredo sauce and topped with zucchini, mozzarella, garlic and shrimp. Choose from an choice of beers with selections from Belgium, France, Germany as well as local microbrews to go with your pizza.
This British pub serves up English hospitality and a large selection of imported beers and lagers. For an exotic English experience, try some Heather Ale from Scotland, brewed with wild heather. The menu features traditional British fare like fish & chips and Cornish pasties. Darts and pool tables take up one side of the pub and a separate dining area is opposite. The full menu is available in the pub, but the dining area offers a quieter atmosphere.
Indulge in the finest Greek food the Valley has to offer, located just north of Glendale avenue on the west side. Reminiscent of a Greek attic, this family-run business captures the feeling of a bustling port. There are just a few closely spaced tables, adding to the atmosphere of a family reunion. Sample Souvlaki and delightful Dolmathes with a variety of Greek wines, complemented by fresh Pita bread with Tzatziki sauce. Round out your meal with a serving of mouth-watering homemade Baklava, the famous Greek honey and pastry dessert.
This friendly neighborhood hangout feels like it's been around for much longer than it has. Probably because of the old black-and-white photos of Phoenix that cover the walls or the ease with which the patrons settle in for a casual meal or a drink at the bar. Whatever the reason, you will feel comfortable and welcome here. The menu features large portions of all-American mains with Southwestern twists. Pizzas and light bites perfectly complement a glass of wine, beer or cocktail from the bar. Visit website for more details.
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