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Food Scene
They have great pork green chile and are just around the corner. Known as TMI locally, it is a local hub.
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The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe
2337 North 7th Street
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They have great pork green chile and are just around the corner. Known as TMI locally, it is a local hub.
Open until 2pm, Duza's has great breakfast and lunch food. Great as in delicious. And for reasonable prices. They also have a heavily shaded outdoor patio area that is always peppered with people working on their laptops. And did I mention yum?
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Duza's Kitchen
2243 N 12th St
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Open until 2pm, Duza's has great breakfast and lunch food. Great as in delicious. And for reasonable prices. They also have a heavily shaded outdoor patio area that is always peppered with people working on their laptops. And did I mention yum?
Their enchiladas are so good. So is their soup, and their tacos. The sauces tend toward spicy, so those with sensitive palates will have to work to keep it within range. For those of us who love fresh enchiladas with a twist, this is the spot. It is a casual venue and a great place for take out.
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Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup
3313 North 7th Street
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Their enchiladas are so good. So is their soup, and their tacos. The sauces tend toward spicy, so those with sensitive palates will have to work to keep it within range. For those of us who love fresh enchiladas with a twist, this is the spot. It is a casual venue and a great place for take out.
What might be considered a hole in the wall, the Middle Eastern Bakery serves up some tasty falafel (and other dishes). Their baklava! Their orange water honey lemonade! And they offer legitimately tasty gluten free pita and gluten free tabbouleh. And try their Turkish coffee sometime with the cardamom. This is another cheap eats location.
Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli
3052 N 16th St
What might be considered a hole in the wall, the Middle Eastern Bakery serves up some tasty falafel (and other dishes). Their baklava! Their orange water honey lemonade! And they offer legitimately tasty gluten free pita and gluten free tabbouleh. And try their Turkish coffee sometime with the cardamom. This is another cheap eats location.
Good, inexpensive tacos and bowls are served up quick. Better as a take out venue, as it is low on ambience.
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America's Taco Shop
2041 North 7th Street
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Good, inexpensive tacos and bowls are served up quick. Better as a take out venue, as it is low on ambience.
This walk-up diner with outdoor seating is a delight. For the vegetarians among us, you will hardly believe their BBQ jackfruit. Even the staff have a hard time distinguishing it from the BBQ pork. When I discovered this place a few weeks ago, I went two nights in a row and ordered the exact same thing. Tuesday is all day happy hour. Not a fancy spot, not fancy presentation, but really good comfort food and people out enjoying one another.
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Welcome Diner
929 East Roosevelt Street
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This walk-up diner with outdoor seating is a delight. For the vegetarians among us, you will hardly believe their BBQ jackfruit. Even the staff have a hard time distinguishing it from the BBQ pork. When I discovered this place a few weeks ago, I went two nights in a row and ordered the exact same thing. Tuesday is all day happy hour. Not a fancy spot, not fancy presentation, but really good comfort food and people out enjoying one another.
These folks know how to cook. And their drink concoctions are amazing. This is more of a special occasion or nicer meet-up location, and the staff put on unnecessary airs so it hasn't become one of my regular spots. But the food and drinks are really tasty.
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The Breadfruit & Rum Bar
108 East Pierce Street
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These folks know how to cook. And their drink concoctions are amazing. This is more of a special occasion or nicer meet-up location, and the staff put on unnecessary airs so it hasn't become one of my regular spots. But the food and drinks are really tasty.
Who had any idea that soy soft serve "ice-cream" was so delicious? This place is often packed with people who get that craving. They also serve gluten free donuts and several other vegan and/or gluten free baked gods.
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Nami
2014 North 7th Street
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Who had any idea that soy soft serve "ice-cream" was so delicious? This place is often packed with people who get that craving. They also serve gluten free donuts and several other vegan and/or gluten free baked gods.
Can't speak to this one with direct experience, but people tell me it's great and it is often full. Vegan food owned by the same folks as Nami, and right next door.
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Green New American Vegetarian
2022 North 7th Street
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Can't speak to this one with direct experience, but people tell me it's great and it is often full. Vegan food owned by the same folks as Nami, and right next door.
A nice restaurant in a surprising location, but sometimes the owners and staff have a bit more attitude than seems warranted.
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Tuck Shop Kitchen & Bar
2245 North 12th Street
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A nice restaurant in a surprising location, but sometimes the owners and staff have a bit more attitude than seems warranted.
Delicious food and drinks served up in a funky little space. Be sure to listen for the man whistling like a bird while he moves through the space, clearing tables, setting tables faster than I have ever witnessed, and passing through the tight quarters. He is a marvel to watch (and listen to). Great spot for a special occasion, or just a Tuesday.
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Barrio Cafe
2814 North 16th Street
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Delicious food and drinks served up in a funky little space. Be sure to listen for the man whistling like a bird while he moves through the space, clearing tables, setting tables faster than I have ever witnessed, and passing through the tight quarters. He is a marvel to watch (and listen to). Great spot for a special occasion, or just a Tuesday.
Great salsas and guac!
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Taco Guild
546 East Osborn Road
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Great salsas and guac!
Pretty good pizza just around the corner.
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Humble Pie
2333 North 7th Street
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Pretty good pizza just around the corner.
They have delicious vegetarian and gluten free options, in addition to fish and other fare. The lemonades are delightful. Prices are a little higher than might be expected for a place where you order from the counter, but it is tasty.
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Flower Child
100 E Camelback Rd
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They have delicious vegetarian and gluten free options, in addition to fish and other fare. The lemonades are delightful. Prices are a little higher than might be expected for a place where you order from the counter, but it is tasty.
Essentials
The closest, large grocery story.
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Safeway
340 East McDowell Road
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The closest, large grocery story.
The closest natural food grocery story.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
2824 East Indian School Road
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The closest natural food grocery story.
The closest Trade Joe's.
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Trader Joe's
4821 North 20th Street
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The closest Trade Joe's.
The closest, decent convenience store.
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Sunshine Market
2302 North 12th Street
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The closest, decent convenience store.
Closest drugstore/pharmacy
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Walgreens
705 East McDowell Road
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Closest drugstore/pharmacy
This little spot has fresh veggies and more supplements than you can get around.
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Natural Grocers
655 W Indian School Rd
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This little spot has fresh veggies and more supplements than you can get around.
Arts & Culture
They have some great exhibits and the building itself is cool. There is a moderate fee for entry, but there are regular events allowing free entry. Check out: http://www.phxart.org
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Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue
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They have some great exhibits and the building itself is cool. There is a moderate fee for entry, but there are regular events allowing free entry. Check out: http://www.phxart.org
Native American museum with interesting exhibits and learning opportunities. The museum sometimes hosts events and fairs, so look for events on their website. Entrance price: $18 http://heard.org
Heard Museum Entrance
Native American museum with interesting exhibits and learning opportunities. The museum sometimes hosts events and fairs, so look for events on their website. Entrance price: $18 http://heard.org
Take in an opera or listen to the symphony perform! There is limited street parking and several parking garages within a block, including one on 2nd St between Adams and Monroe and one on 1st St between Washington and Adams.
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Symphony Hall
75 North 2nd Street
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Take in an opera or listen to the symphony perform! There is limited street parking and several parking garages within a block, including one on 2nd St between Adams and Monroe and one on 1st St between Washington and Adams.
The AZ Opera has regular shows at Symphony Hall downtown. A combination of guest artists from around the country and AZ permanent talent put on regular productions. For their calendar, see https://www.azopera.org. (AZ Opera headquarters and rehearsals are across from the Phx Art Museum).
Arizona Opera
1636 North Central Avenue
The AZ Opera has regular shows at Symphony Hall downtown. A combination of guest artists from around the country and AZ permanent talent put on regular productions. For their calendar, see https://www.azopera.org. (AZ Opera headquarters and rehearsals are across from the Phx Art Museum).
The first Friday of every month, come out and see the art walk across various parts of downtown Phx. Phx Art Museum is free; several hotels and other businesses host galleries, and you can see local artists' work while enjoying a fair style event. https://artlinkphx.org/first-fridays/
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First Friday Roosevelt Row
922 N 2nd St
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The first Friday of every month, come out and see the art walk across various parts of downtown Phx. Phx Art Museum is free; several hotels and other businesses host galleries, and you can see local artists' work while enjoying a fair style event. https://artlinkphx.org/first-fridays/
Parks & Nature
A short, steep hike up a mostly paved path, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the valley, city and other preserves.
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North Mountain Park
10608 North 7th Street
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A short, steep hike up a mostly paved path, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the valley, city and other preserves.
One of the most popular peaks to hike, this one requires about 1 hr or more for the ascent alone. Drink lots of water before setting off and bring plenty of water with you, especially when temperatures climb. Don't get caught in the dark up there...there are more helicopter rescues every week than you'd think possible. Even if you choose to climb only part of it or take some of the lower trails, you will be rewarded by the feeling that you've stepped into a different, beautiful world.
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Piestewa Peak
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One of the most popular peaks to hike, this one requires about 1 hr or more for the ascent alone. Drink lots of water before setting off and bring plenty of water with you, especially when temperatures climb. Don't get caught in the dark up there...there are more helicopter rescues every week than you'd think possible. Even if you choose to climb only part of it or take some of the lower trails, you will be rewarded by the feeling that you've stepped into a different, beautiful world.
This sweet, private park is lovely and peaceful. You hardly know that you are in a desert. There is a small, $5 entrance fee. Take a stroll. Bring a book. http://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org
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Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 North 3rd Avenue
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This sweet, private park is lovely and peaceful. You hardly know that you are in a desert. There is a small, $5 entrance fee. Take a stroll. Bring a book. http://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org
This is a beautiful spot for a long walk and a bite or drink at their tasty restaurant. Bring a book and chill on one of their many benches. There are small concerts many nights. Best on cooler days or evenings. $22 entrance fee. https://www.dbg.org
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Desert Botanical Garden
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This is a beautiful spot for a long walk and a bite or drink at their tasty restaurant. Bring a book and chill on one of their many benches. There are small concerts many nights. Best on cooler days or evenings. $22 entrance fee. https://www.dbg.org
Great network of hiking and biking trails. There are lots of trailheads, so do a little looking to see which one suits. As always, bring LOTS of water on any hike or biking expedition, especially when temperatures begin to rise. The dry air sucks water out of your body.
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South Mountain Park and Preserve
10919 South Central Avenue
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Great network of hiking and biking trails. There are lots of trailheads, so do a little looking to see which one suits. As always, bring LOTS of water on any hike or biking expedition, especially when temperatures begin to rise. The dry air sucks water out of your body.
Medium challenging hiking trails. Bring lots of water. It will surprise you.
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Camelback Mountain
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Medium challenging hiking trails. Bring lots of water. It will surprise you.
Entertainment & Activities
Yoga, barre classes and massage, just around the corner. Sutra often offers discount packages for classes or trial memberships, so you can get in your practice during your stay. http://www.sutrastudios.com
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Sutra Studios - Midtown
2317 North 7th Street
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Yoga, barre classes and massage, just around the corner. Sutra often offers discount packages for classes or trial memberships, so you can get in your practice during your stay. http://www.sutrastudios.com
You can cool off during hot summer days for $3 or $30 for the season, which runs from Memorial Day through the end of July. There are two designated lap lanes and some lap-only hours, and always some kids playing pool hoops and parents with their littles in the baby pool. You can even take a Grid Bike there if you don't want to walk or drive the mile there.
Coronado Pool
1717 N 12th St
You can cool off during hot summer days for $3 or $30 for the season, which runs from Memorial Day through the end of July. There are two designated lap lanes and some lap-only hours, and always some kids playing pool hoops and parents with their littles in the baby pool. You can even take a Grid Bike there if you don't want to walk or drive the mile there.
For a bit larger pool inside a large park, check out the Encanto public pool. $3 per visit or $30 for 2 months let's you cool off!
Encanto Pool
2125 N 15th Ave
For a bit larger pool inside a large park, check out the Encanto public pool. $3 per visit or $30 for 2 months let's you cool off!
Drinks & Nightlife
Check out the music groups coming through for concerts, or enjoy Saturday night flamenco in the cozy dining area. Great guacamole and drinks as well. http://www.crescentphx.com
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Crescent Ballroom
308 N 2nd Ave
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Check out the music groups coming through for concerts, or enjoy Saturday night flamenco in the cozy dining area. Great guacamole and drinks as well. http://www.crescentphx.com
Great jazz venue. BYOB. BYOF. Entrance fees vary. Check out the shows online. http://www.thenash.org
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The Nash
110 East Roosevelt Street
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Great jazz venue. BYOB. BYOF. Entrance fees vary. Check out the shows online. http://www.thenash.org
Getting Around
Line 7 will take you downtown near the ASU campus, public government, TGen and other spots. It will take you north to the VA Hospital. It picks up every ~20 during the week, so it is best to use the tracker app to time your arrival so you are not waiting in the sun! Both Sunshine Market and Walgreens listed in this guide sell passes. You can also order them online. https://www.valleymetro.org/fares
N 7th St & E Virginia Ave
Line 7 will take you downtown near the ASU campus, public government, TGen and other spots. It will take you north to the VA Hospital. It picks up every ~20 during the week, so it is best to use the tracker app to time your arrival so you are not waiting in the sun! Both Sunshine Market and Walgreens listed in this guide sell passes. You can also order them online. https://www.valleymetro.org/fares
Use the Grid Bike Share at 8th St and Sheridan by The Main Ingredient restaurant to go point-to-point to lots of other spots. The price is great: $10/wk, or $15-$20/month for 3 month contracts, or $25 for 6 months for students. For those working at the Opera, Art Museum or nearby hospitals, this can be a great option, though it is not recommended in the heat of summer. http://gridbikes.com/#grid-map
E Sheridan St & N 8th St
Use the Grid Bike Share at 8th St and Sheridan by The Main Ingredient restaurant to go point-to-point to lots of other spots. The price is great: $10/wk, or $15-$20/month for 3 month contracts, or $25 for 6 months for students. For those working at the Opera, Art Museum or nearby hospitals, this can be a great option, though it is not recommended in the heat of summer. http://gridbikes.com/#grid-map