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Paisley Violin European Cafe - Phoenix

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Paisley Violin European Cafe - Phoenix

Billy Bob | Aug 29, 2005 05:54 PM

Hounders,

First I will start off with the fact that the food was good. Not great, certainly not up to some of the better places reviewed on this board. Service was at best adequate.

What makes Paisley a place I will certainly go back to is its funky atmosphere. It is located at the intersection of Grand and 11th Aves. and if you are not paying attention (like me the first three times driving by it, catching all kinds of grief from my "co-pilots") you will miss it. If you haven't been to this part of Phoenix, it feels like you are experiencing an emergence of a potentially cool part of town. There are still a lot of boarded up businesses, but sprinkled in are hints of resurection. An art gallery here, funky bar there, etc... Paisley fits right in. It is small, probably less then ten tables in the whole place. It does have room for live music, which we enjoyed with our meal. The decor reminded me of many small dives I used to frequent in SF. Eclectic, artsy and divey are all adjectives that come to mind. The menu is mainly sandwiches, but with a European/Middle Eastern flair. You can have a Shwarma Chicken or a Lamb Gyro sandwich. They have Hummus and Dolmas, etc...

We tried the Olive Bowl appetizer and really enjoyed it. I had a Pesto Chicken sandwich, my daughter had the Chicken Schwarma sandwich (and I can't remember what my wife had). All of our food, like I said above was good, not spectacular, but that is not why I will go back.

Paisley Violin is about as anti-chain as they come and the kind of small hidden dive, I like to frequent.

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