A Downtown Phoenix Wish List: Maple Bacon Donuts and Eight Other Things We Desperately Need


An Oyster Bar
Maybe it was true 25 years ago, but the old story about not being able to get fresh seafood in the desert is hopelessly out-of-date (ever heard of Fed-Ex?), which means there's no reason in the world we can't have a nice simple oyster bar with an abbreviated seafood menu featuring pristine seafood. I'm thinking something along the lines of 100-year-old Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco: a long counter, a handful of seafood options (oysters on the half shell, Dungeness crab, shrimp, Boston clam chowder and smoked fish) and a handful of craft beers. That's it, maybe with good sourdough bread from MJ.

A Rooftop Beer Garden
Sam Fox is opening a beer garden on Seventh Street, and Brat Haus offers a great beer list with house-made sausages in Scottsdale. But I want a beer garden with a view right in the heart of downtown -- so I can watch the sunset through a cool skyline and drink from a serious beer menu while eating the hearty stuff that goes well with it: sausages, soft pretzels, fondue, rillettes, maybe even raclette. It wouldn't hurt to throw in a few decent wines either.

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I scream, you scream....

Sweet Republic
Frozen yogurt is fine if you're desperate for something cold and sweet, but really, how can any self-respecting downtown NOT have an ice cream shop? And not just any old corporate churn but something artisanal and insanely creative, something like Sweet Republic, which has earned loads of national attention for good reason. It would be heavenly to have Salted Butter Caramel, Earl Grey Tea, Mayan Chocolate, Honey Blue Cheese and Basil Lime Sorbet three minutes from the office. Helen, are you listening?

Location Info

Venue

Map

Sweet Republic

9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bodega

7121 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Baratin

7121 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix Palace

2075 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Jobot Coffee

918 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Rainbow Donuts

8714 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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william.novak
william.novak

24 hour coffee shop? How about a 24 hour ANYTHING?!

 

How is it that there's a 24 hour 'Bertos location everywhere but downtown? Sure the 'Bertos aren't great, but after a late night out Downtown, it would be nice to have a place to walk up to the window, sit on the crappy patio, watch the skyline twinkle and eat one of their Arizona burritos. 

 

And for that matter, I'd kill for a 24 hour diner downtown. It's a pain having to drive over to Jerrys on Thomas or 5 & Diner way north on 16th when you're downtown. A simple, grungy 24 hour diner would be amazing.

 

Both a 24 diner & taco shop would be incredible additions to downtown, particularly somewhere near/along Roosevelt. 

cenphole
cenphole

Pretty much nailed this.  Downtown would be great with the 24 hour coffee shop, sonoran dog stand, and rooftop beer garden!  Make it happen #1!!! 

Randall Tyree
Randall Tyree

Something opened 24 hrs during the work week.

Tina Bee
Tina Bee

We need good late night food! So tired of everything closing down before the bars let out! (Besides Fili B's)

Tina Bee
Tina Bee

We need good late night food! So tired of everything closing down before the bars let out! (Besides Fili B's)

SteveW
SteveW

Sorry, last comment, there was an Italian deli that came and went on Roosevelt, next to where Pita Jungle is located.

SteveW
SteveW

By the way, I'm using students as the financial anchor simply because there is no other group of people that you can count on that live downtown, a forced occupation as it were.

SteveW
SteveW

You're close with the coffee shop, but extend the idea a little more and think a college hang-out, with all kinds of diner foods 24/7 and beer/wine. This was, by the way, an original promise of CityScape, but it seemed the market wasn't there when the condo developments failed. If it could move somewhere into that Lower Roosevelt area, close to campus, it might lure students from their forced dorm meal plan, or at least supplement it.

 

I've read there's a  gourmet ice cream shop opening with some French restaurant at the "Canvas" space on 3rd St/Roosevelt...what's the status of that project?

 

The one big missing piece for the students is actually not far, "Da Burger Shack", with lots of Goldstein(Two Hippies)influence-3102 N.  16th St. I think the City needs to back a Two Hippies in the downtown the same way they have given tax credits and tax forgiveness to developments. If we are really encouraging students and want them to eat outside their meal plan with a local business, it has to be good AND college kid cheap.

Rick Vaughn
Rick Vaughn

@Sindi: bagels made on the east coast would not be very fresh, and would be expensive to boot. Have you ever been to Chompie's?

Libby Love
Libby Love

We desperately need bacon maple donuts????? Come on man!!!

johnc11
johnc11

As someone who loves food and now lives downtown (after most of my adult life in PV and Arcadia) I enjoy reading these "10 Things we need Downtown lists", but why do most start with criticism? There is a negativism downtown that is disappointing, and I believe counter productive. Too many people say "If things aren't perfect, they are bad".

The downtown restaurant scene is unforgiving. In Scottsdale, there is a lot of disposable income and a strong desire to show off spending it. So the area can support 10 restaurants that offer a $15 burger, or put "great patio" first on the list of why to go there. Downtown you identify your demographics, identify the niche, and execute well, and you stay in business. Cibo's and Fez are two that come to mind that have done this well, and have lasted a long time. Jobot and Carly's are different but also know their clients and niche, and execute well. I am also excited about what has recently come and is coming; I live close to Crescent and go there often for a meal. It is consistently packed, not just with concert goers but with hh's and people that want high quality bar food at a reasonable price. Angels Trumpet, which I have been to multiple times since it opened, compares favorably with OHSO, as the premier boutique ale houses in the phoenix area.  And yes, if you are a nice but not great tavern in the area, you are going to lose business to them, as it should be.

I am excited about the growing restaurant scene in downtown, and I am tired of the hand wringing over places like the Roosevelt and Verde (remember them?) and even the Public Market, which i loved but was unsustainable . Lets celebrate what we have gained, and not dwell on what we have lost.

KristinHeggli
KristinHeggli

I love maple bacon donuts! I wasn't aware that any place in the Valley had them; thanks for the tip.

julie
julie

But downtown, or at least midtown (Central/Thomas), does have an "artisanal" ice cream shop in Pink Spot Coffee and Ice Cream.  We've been partnering with Karen's Kreamery (a local small ice cream maker) who makes us signature flavors like salty caramel, mexican chocolate (cinnam choc), pear & gorgonzola, white lavendar, hotsy totsy (chocolate with serrano chilis) and peach habanero sorbet (peach sorbet with habanero peppers), lobster . . .   These are super premium ice creams (16% butterfact) made the old fashioned way.  And, we're constantly creating new  new exciting flavors together.  Come try us out: www.pinkspotcoffeeandicecream.com

joel.latondress
joel.latondress

Good list of things that Arcadia needs, not downtown.  

FindinACure77
FindinACure77

@ChowBellaPHX Maple bacon donuts?! Where?! I want! Lol

SteveD
SteveD

Downtown resident here, and it's come a looong way in the last ten years believe me. But until downtown has a solid residential base of people (well, there's been an influx, but ok, I'll say it: people with money not college kids) this will remain a wish list. The laundry list of higher-end downtown closings can attest to that. But it's nice to dream of walking to Hana...

william.novak
william.novak

 @SteveW agreed Steve!

 

All the places geared at ASU kids downtown are lame chains like Subway and such. 

 

How is it that someone hasn't opened a kick ass by the slice pizzeria for ASU kids? Or like you said, any of the 2 Hippies outposts would be great near ASU Downtown.

 

Downtowners often complain that ASU Downtown kids aren't more intertwined in the community, but we've got to give them places that would actually appeal to them. People seem to forget most of them are under 21, so their options are limited.

william.novak
william.novak

 @julie pink spot is great! its on the North end of my 'hood, Willo. But it certainly doesn't count as "downtown". Its way off the walking bath if you're at say Central and Van Buren.

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