Monthly Archives: March 2010

Coronado Cafe

Tucked quaintly on 7th Street on the brink of downtown lives Coronado Cafe, which calmly watches morning rush hour go by and waits for its moment – lunch. That’s when People Who Know will flock for a taste of homey, fresh goodness, and will carry on through dinner when the Neighborhood arrives.

Coronado Cafe

It’s a familiar story in downtown Phoenix through Central Phoenix – the historic home in a regarded neighborhood that turns into “the perfect place” for lunch, happy hour, dinner. There’s Tuck Shop, Cibo, and The Main Ingredient that are singing the same tune. Even boutiques like Bunky and Conspire have renovated previous homesteads into thriving businesses. But Coronado Cafe has been a staple to Phoenix for years, and it knows it’s customers, it’s location and most importantly, it’s food.

By day, they’re known for their soups, salads and sandwiches, and by night, their handmade pizzas and American entrees with a Southwestern twist. (That also goes for brunch – if you’re headed there on a weekend, try their Coronado Benedict – all the traditional stuff plus green chile strips and chorizo on their focaccia.) And while their fare may seem simple at first, it’s expertly done and it’ll be the best whatever-you-order in a long time.

Coronado Cafe Burger

The Cafe Burger

Coronado Cafe Salad

Gorgonzola Salad

Fans rave about the salads, but it’s a great place for a burger, too, and the freshness is palpable. One thing, though – don’t skip dessert. The creme brulee is out of this world, but the brownie sundaes can’t be beat.

When you go, try the brie and lavash, the pomegranate guacamole, the Cipollini chicken, the adobo roasted chicken tacos (see what I mean about marrying American with the great Southwest?) – go crazy. This is a place that will pay off, no matter what you order.

See more of our pics on flickr

Coronado Cafe
2201 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006-1605
(602) 258-5149

St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Okay, the big day is tomorrow and we’ve got your down-and-dirty list of the best pubs, bars and restaurants to hit in and around Phoenix.

Padre Murphy’s:

Doors open at 10am. This is a great place in Glendale to meet and get the Irish bar experience, but they go all out for St. Patty’s. A 16,000 sq-foot venue hosts the bands, Irish dancing, face painters, clowns, and of course leprechauns give something to do at every turn. Plenty of parking available. Padre Murphy’s, 4338 W. Bell Road, Glendale.

Rosie McCaffrey’s:

“Rosie’s” (as it’s referred to by the locals) is always great for live music, a real cozy Irish feeling and liveliness. And they’re opening early at 6 a.m. – serving breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m., with a live broadcast from Beth and Friends as well. From 11 a.m. to midnight, there’ll be Irish dancers, bagpipers, and bands The Walkabouts, The Waters, and 60 Degrees North will be playing through the day. No cover before noon.

Turf Bar / Seamus McCaffrey’s:

Seamus McCaffrey’s pub is no stranger to loyal Phoenicians who frequent this already-wonderful bar.  But to double the fun, the owners have now opened The Turf Irish Restaurant just a few blocks away. For the Irish holiday,  they’ll have five bands playing and Irish fare from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m . And they make bar hopping easy –  a trolley will run between the two.

The Rose & Crown Pub:

Another staple in downtown, this pub will have a 13,000 square foot Irish festival, with a beer garden and full bar, all at Heritage Square. Live bands August Red, PLinko, and the Coin Operated Boys will play, with Irish food abounding. Sure to be a traditional party and it’s free to get in. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Ultimate Block Party

Four bars are celebrating in the streets of Scottsdale, where one admission gets you into the party. Acme, Dos Gringos, Whitehouse and Upper Deck will have five DJs, and Hairforce, a local rock band will perform. Starts at 6 p.m. at 4209 N. Craftsman Court.

Megan Finnerty’s Dream Night

On a night not so long ago, we had a blazing fun time shooting Megan Finnerty’s Dream Night. You might know her as @122degrees on Twitter, but she’s better known as the nightlife editor at The Arizona Republic and one of Phoenix’s best gals for going out.

For these videos, we really do let our hosts pick their favorite places, and Megan’s list was so much fun. I could go on, but I’ll let you watch for yourself.

UPDATE: check out the behind the scenes photos on our Flickr page:

Joya Spa at Montelucia

As mentioned previously on this blog, I’m a girl who loves going to the spa. I do it most often when I’m on vacation or if girlfriends are visiting, but every now and again I’ll hit a spa on my own right here in Phoenix. I’m not afraid to admit that I like my “me time.” I recently ventured out to Joya Spa at the Montelucia. I can’t take full credit for the idea since by husband encouraged it with a generous gift certificate (insert: “Awww!”).

They offer lots of options for massages, body treatments, facials, etc. But after perusing their site, I settled on their 80-minute Joyambrosia Signature Massage. Well, if I do say so myself, that was a brilliant decision. Of course, I’m now hooked on the longer massage. I’m pretty sure I can never go back to a 50-minute treatment. Oh, I almost forgot – I also added in paraffin treatments for my hands and feet. Tres magnifique!

Aside from the amazing massage, Joya Spa is a beautiful place. It redefines pampering and relaxation. You can’t help but feel like a princess with the Moroccan decor – rich, deep colors, comfy furniture and pillows everywhere!

Joya Spa
4949 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253