Ten Favorite Playlists at Metro Phoenix Restaurants
See Also: 10 Favorite Drive-Thrus in Metro Phoenix
Let's face it, the music that streams through the speakers of a restaurant has the ability to make or break your dining experience. We know of a sushi shop that only plays religious music, a Mexican food joint that can't turn down the top 40 bangers, and a vegan restaurant that pumps in the techno beats so loud our plates rattle -- and no matter how delicious the foods is, we just can't subject ourselves to such terrible music choices.
Now, we're not saying that we're experts in the music department (we leave that to our siblings at Up On The Sun) -- to each her own -- but when we go out to eat, we definitely like to enjoy a good set of tunes with our meal. These ten restaurants already had our hearts with their food but they doubled their points in our books with their awesome music selections.
Windsor -- If your restaurant has a wall made up of old cassette tapes, you'd better have a good playlist. The fun and friendly Windsor Restaurant and Bar in Uptown Phoenix pairs their cozy menu with tracks from the 80's and 90's with a few modern day rock faves thrown in the mix for good measure. Beastie Boys, The Cars, Tears for Fears, Devo, Violent Femmes, and a little bit of action from the Foo Fighters, Weezer, and The Black Keys will keep your toes tapping while you sip on a cocktail or three.
The Parlor Pizzeria -- Our favorite Biltmore area pizza parlor puts as much soul into their vintage playlists as they pour into their tasty pizzas. The re-purposed mid-century building fills with the sweet soul sounds of Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and Lee Fields & The Expressions with a little bit of old school Jamaican ska tunes from Desmond Dekker and The Skatalites and raspy funk beats from Charles Bradley. Pop in after a long day at the office for an earful of relaxing tunes paired with a Brass Monkey cocktail and a Salsiccia pizza.
Pita Jungle -- Experimental hip-hop, melodic indie rock, distinguished jazz, and quintessential 60's pop -- you never know what's going to be coming out of the speakers at this local chain of healthy eating restaurants but it's always going to be good. Beach Boys, The Helio Sequence, Rogue Wave, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Pinback -- a unique selection that never disappoints to match unique eats that are always on point.
5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ