If there is one singular structure anywhere in this city that best personifies freelance writer, armchair architect and rabid chowhound Justin Lee, it need be Midtown’s Phoenix Financial Center. Affectionately referred to locally as the “punchcard building,” and iconified by local artists ad infinitum, this mid-century looker draws polarizing judgments on each end of the humanity spectrum. It encapsulates everything Lee adores and (constructively) loathes about the desert city in which he was proudly born and bred. Standing off-center but perfectly proud, easily not suburban, but never entirely urban, the PFC exists as a coda of what Lee believes to be Phoenix’s begrudging past mistakes, as well as its verging possibilities to come. Something unique to itself — something uncharacteristically Phoenix.
Carefully crafted menus make this hound a worthy companion.
Justin Lee surveys and devours this culinary classic at Phoenix Art Museum.
Part coffee shop, bakery, fast-casual dining, and grocery, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is a neighborhood jewel in an approachable setting.
The 7th Street eatery satisfies palates and opens minds with imaginative vegetarian cuisine.
Justin Lee discovers the East meets West charms of Rice Paper, Coronado Neighborhood’s new Vietnamese restaurant.
Justin Lee hits up neighborhood favorite America’s Taco Shop and leaves smitten with the Vampiro.
Windsor and Churn are delightful additions to the ever improving Central and Camelback intersection in greater Downtown Phoenix.
Summer brings Giant’s cold brewed ice coffee. We think it’s worth the heat.
Family-run Calabria Italian Kitchen’s new Coronado location offers the same top-tier sandwiches and, of course, Italian sausage.
Well-crafted and measured, Province’s Smart Money is a cocktail worth making time for.