A Downtown Phoenix Wish List: Maple Bacon Donuts and Eight Other Things We Desperately Need
A Gourmet Shop
How about a spot that manages to be what Oakville Grocery couldn't -- which is to say, a small, charming, independently owned outfit selling wine, cheese, bread and local artisanal products, as well as creative sandwiches and salads with wines by the glass. Oh wait. I've pretty much described a conflation of Bodega, Baratin and AZ Wine Merchants. Yes, that would work -- as long as we could expand the cheese selection to include great regional cheeses. Who doesn't want Charleen Badman's potted Jidori chicken liver with toasted bread and house-made pickles for lunch? Tack on that glass of wine if you're dropping in after work.
Sonoran Hot Dog Stand
Out-of-town visitors stay downtown without ever getting a true taste of Arizona. I have to think Sonoran hot dogs would be a hit with tourists (not to mention time-crunched office workers), and surely we can find a parking place in one of those mostly empty lots -- say, the one at Washington and First Street.
Dim sum doesn't have to be a leisurely weekend brunch situation. At Phoenix Palace, the dishes come out so quickly, you can mow through a gut-busting lunch in 45 minutes or less. Seems like a perfect fit for downtowners who want to get in and out in a hurry. And if there's better dim sum in metro Phoenix, I haven't found it.
This short list represents a start in the right direction, but you tell me: what else do we need?