Greg Esser's 5 Best Places to Take an International Artist to Dinner in Metro Phoenix
|Street-style corn at Gallo Blanco.|
For fresh and authentic Mexican-inspired fare, few places in Phoenix are better than Gallo Blanco. My favorite standby is the Ensalada Cortada, one of the city's best chopped salads. I almost always order the added guilty pleasure of the Elote Callejero, street-style roasted corn with cotija cheese and either a horchata or watermelon agua fresca when it is in season. After dinner, enjoy a nightcap with a view from the Clarendon Hotel's rooftop bar, a great vantage point from which to explain the geography and evolution of the Phoenix skyline.
Cocina 10 at Crescent Ballroom
Katie Walter Tejano burrito at Cocina 10.
Dancing is its own international language. The incredible performers that Crescent Ballroom regularly brings to town is one of the defining features of downtown Phoenix. Walking to see bands like Yacht with artists from Japan and Mexico City or Dengue Fever with artists from Italy and Portugal remains among the most high-energy of experiences found downtown. Crescent's restaurant/bar, Cocina 10, also happens to offer my personal favorite burrito in town, the Tejano, made with Tillamook Extra Sharp cheddar cheese. Add a few fresh corn chips and an amazing full bar and staff, every night of the year offers a tasty menu with live music.
821 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ