112 N. Central Ave., tel.602-252-0007
Focaccia Fiorentina is a great downtown lunch spot. Try one of their sandwiches made with imported Italian meats and cheeses and served on focaccia bread). Top it all off with an espresso and a slice of tiramisu.
Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe
808 E. Jefferson St., tel.602-262-9256
The interior of this downtown institution features faded old booths, and graffiti from celebrities who have had the pleasure of dining here. The food is just like mamma used to make, if your Mama served up absurd amounts of fried chicken, smothered pork chops with cornbread on the side and peach cobbler for dessert.
Sing High Cafe
27 W. Madison St., tel.602-253-7848
The longest-running restaurant in Phoenix, Sing High has been offering reasonably-priced Chinese-American food for over 70 years. Try the General Tao chicken or sweet-and-sour pork with fried rice and chow mein.
Alice Cooper's Town
101 E. Jackson St., tel.602-253-7337
Established by a certain famous Phoenician, Alice Cooper's Town blends music and sports with plenty of barbecued food. Just about everything you can imagine is slapped on the grill, and the generous helpings will not disappoint. The establishment's bar is also popular and regularly hosts nationally-known bands.
122 N. Second St., Hyatt Regency Phoenix, tel.602-440-3166
The Compass combines breathtaking views with mouth-watering selections from their upscale contemporary American menu. Windows overlooking the city provide the atmosphere and offer a rotating panoramic view of the city.
7353 Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, tel.480-994-5576
AZ88 is a great spot before or after a visit to the Scottsdale Arts Center. The patio and bar are striking in their modern design. While their menu is well chosen and reasonable, this is really more of a nightspot. Check out
the bathrooms: they are a unique attraction in themselves.