Compass Arizona Grill Is a Dessert Revolution in Downtown Phoenix

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JK Grence
The Guilty Pleasure: Dessert and Coffee
Where To Get It: Compass Arizona Grill, atop the Hyatt Regency Phoenix downtown
Price: $8 for dessert, $3 for coffee
What It Really Costs: The only regret is that you didn't think of it sooner.

On a recent dining excursion to downtown Phoenix, I was strolling around after dinner trying to figure out where to go for something sweet. I was about to head to CityScape to decide between The Arrogant Butcher or Blue Hound Kitchen. I made it as far as 1st Street and Monroe when a light went on over my head... more than 200 feet over my head, to be specific.

See Also: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails: Happy Hour Report Card

While walking past the Hyatt Regency, I realized that I hadn't been to Compass up on top of the hotel since I was about four years old. The place doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation among Phoenix's food-crazed. I can understand; their main market is a steady stream of (expense-accounted) conventioneers looking for something reasonably straightforward. After my visit for sweets a couple of weeks ago, I keep thinking about what a wonderful time I had, and trying to find any excuse to return. Even better is telling people about my visit. I always get the same reaction. First comes a glimmer of fond reminiscence of their last visit, followed by "Oh my God, I haven't been there in ages!"

Location Info

Compass Restaurant

122 N. Second St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Arrogant Butcher

2 E. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Bruce Griffin III
Bruce Griffin III

I hope the desserts do taste good because it looks like something spilled all over the plate.....jmho


@Bruce Griffin III It's just the all-the-cool-kids-do-it of drizzling sauce on the plate and putting the food on top of it. It does look better in person.

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