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 Dressing Room and Cibo, which are both good options if you're looking for a more intimate meal.