10 Best Restaurants Near Phoenix's Talking Stick Arena (formerly US Airways Center)

Talking Stick Arena (formerly the US Airways Center) is one of the most popular venues in downtown Phoenix. Whether you go to catch a Phoenix Suns basketball game or enjoy a concert, chances are you'll probably want to grab a meal before or after your downtown outing. 

If you're looking for a lively place within easy walking distance to the center, head to the The Arrogant Butcher. This casually upscale restaurant and bar is a popular downtown lunch and dinner destination. For dinner, you can snack on light charcuterie with a glass of wine or craft beer, or delve into the entree menu, an eclectic selection that includes gourmet seafood, steak and pasta. 

Another spot within easy walking distance of Talking Stick Arena is Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at the Hotel Palomar. The popular bar has a large selection of bourbon, gin and scotch, and a long menu of hand-crafted cocktails. The southern-inflected menu offers small plates, veggie plates and entrees featuring hand-made pasta, seafood, and braised meats.

If you head north to Roosevelt Row, you'll bump into many good options, including casual spots like The Larder + The Delta, which operates out of a food stall inside the DeSoto Central Market. It's worth seeking out for its creative spin on traditional Southern eats. 


The Arrogant Butcher

The Arrogant Butcher is a good place to rub elbows with the downtown business crowd. Located conveniently in the CityScape complex, the restaurant is part upscale eatery and part social hour coterie. You'll find great steaks, seafood, draft...  Read More

Once a humble downtown Phoenix food truck, Short Leash Hot Dogs is now one of downtown Phoenix's most-loved local eateries. The restaurant specializes in gourmet hot dogs - but these are not your typical ballpark hot dogs. They come wrapped in...  Read More

What this tiny traditional diner lacks in square footage, it more than makes up in style and heart. The vintage diner ambiance and modern American menu of comfort food classics has made Welcome Diner a downtown favorite. The food menu includes...  Read More

Pizzeria Bianco

Chris Bianco's celebrated pizza evokes memories of Naples. A wood-fired brick oven and a passion for quality make Bianco's traditional Neapolitan pizza crust a work of art. Each and every one of the masterpieces served is made from scratch with...  Read More

This Asian-style teahouse was an immediate sensation at its debut back in 2010, famous for the artistic sensibilities of local superstar chef Nobuo Fukuda. The chef-artist is a critical darling for his iconoclastic take on traditional Japanese...  Read More

Harumi Sushi is a downtown sushi spot for fresh sushi. Lunch here can be quite hectic - you might want to call in your order ahead of time if you're set on eating at Harumi - but dinner time tends to mellow out a bit. In any case, most dishes...  Read More

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a chic downtown Phoenix restaurant and bar specializing in Prohibition-era cocktails and creative, shareable plates. The bar has one of downtown's largest selection of scotches, bourbons and gins. Craft beer...  Read More

You would think that finding authentic Neapolitan-style pizza would be a challenge in the Arizona desert. If traveling to southern Italy in search of great pizza isn't feasible right now, you can satiate your appetite for great pizza with a...  Read More

The Larder + The Delta is a small restaurant operating out of a food stall inside downtown Phoenix's DeSoto Market. It's worth seeking out a meal here, though, since there's nothing else quite like it around town. Take a seat at the small...  Read More

This Central Phoenix urban pizzeria is situated in a restored 1913 bungalow, making it the perfect backdrop for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner. Exposed brick, hardwood floors, authentic stained glass windows and a working fireplace means...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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