This has been touched on a few times on this board, but I am looking for some updates on downtown restaurants.
Since I am thinking about staying at the Westin, I am looking for a wide variety of restaurants to try that I can reach on foot (during more moderate weather). I am open to suggestions for anything from happy hours apps to a splurge restaurant. I am open pretty much any cuisine and like to try restaurants that are doing innovative things with food or use unique ingredients. I also enjoy Italian food and was looking at Cibo as an option.
I was also looking at a hotel in the Litchfield Park area that has other advantages, but main reason for choosing the Westin would be the central location and proximity to restaurants. As that is the case, I want to be sure that it is worthwhile to choose the Westin based on proximity to restaurants alone since some of the restaurants I am looking at aren't nearby to either hotel (Kai, FnB, and a couple of others) in any case. Is it worthwhile? Would another area be better that downtown based on restaurant proximity alone?
Also, since I have never been to Phoenix before, if there are any restaurants that might be safer to take a cab back from if it is late, that would be appreciated (sorry for being such a tourist).