We'll be staying at the Marriott Canyon Villas (which seems to be in the Desert Ridge area, so the topography is confusing) for a week in February, then on to Sedona for a few days. I'm at something of a loss in understanding the geography of Phoenix and thus in fully appreciating much on the Phoenix threads. I welcome help in, first, identifying good places to sit and have drinks at sunset (both Phoenix and Sedona), and second, in identifying non-chain or local-only chains that are within a few miles - or so - and local specialties other than the obvious Mexican.
Also, there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for Joe's Barbecue in Gilbert. Is there anything good closer?
Finally, there will be a craft beer festival while we're there. Would that involve a lot of crowds and standing in line? Any good food?
Thanks in advance, and my apologies for my ignorance of local geography. It would help if all cities were divided into arrondissements.