I'm heading out to Phoenix for a weekend, then Tucson for a week and a half from my redoubt in San Diego. Looking for advice from the Zonies I've steered in the right direction over the years- payback time. I work for the opera and am looking for places to eat that fit into a few tricky categories, but I do plan using your great "10 Best of Phoenix" chowlist list- any particular MUSTS for me on that one? Here're the rules:
The deal is that the company puts me up in hotels and I am usually pretty exhausted after work, but enjoy a stiff drink/good brew and a little something to eat when we're done. Late night (at least open 'till midnight) places near downtown Phoenix that serve decent food and drink (I have discovered that "historical plaza" toward the east that has a Pizzeria Bianco and a nice pub, but am hoping to find something that combines both food goals and is still serving), would be great. I have a car, though, so I can expand the radius a bit.
Breakfast places in both Phoenix and Tucson that need not serve huge plates of food- I kill for a simple but great breakfast sandwich and a nice cup of coffee (I digg Matt's Big Breakfast, but am usually too pressed for time to mess around with a waiting crowd in the morning.)- a surprisingly hard thing to find in a given town.
I'll be in Tucson for the majority of my AZ time, downtown, and have done Cafe Poca Cosa (nice flavors, overkill on the "experience"), and love carne seca tacos at Mi Nidito (not to mention their textbook albondigas), but am in need of handy breakfast/lunch/dinner suggestions that are good, reasonably priced and doable with a party of one (of which I am a courageous proponent- I barrel right into a dining room and sit alone at a table happily if the food is worth it).
I know this is pretty sweeping, but hell- I'll take anything...Just going to be enjoying the scenery on the many days off, and would love some food discoveries to go down while I'm out there...
Matt's Big Breakfast
801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cafe Poca Cosa
110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Mi Nidito Cafe
1813 S 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713