Recently the Downtown Phoenix Partnership hosted a tasting event to share the latest edition of their Downtown Phoenix Dining Guide, as if we needed any convincing that downtown has it going on in the dining department.

But after a tour of downtown hot spots via a five course meal and four mocktails, we’re glad they did because the Hamachi from Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails still haunts us.

With more than a dozen new restaurants opening in the last year, the Partnership updated the popular dining guide for a third year to help business crowds, politicos, arts and culture aficionados, and sports enthusiasts discover all the tasty sensations Phoenix has to offer.

“The dining dynamic in Downtown continues to evolve and it’s exciting to watch,” says David Roderique, President & CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. “I think it’s important to note that the dining momentum is a key element of our economic strength. Downtown is now recognized as a major destination for dining as we continue to make gains in our restaurant offerings with new openings.”

The Guide identifies where visitors and residents alike can find the best nibbles before or after a show, game, or during the business week for that power lunch. We’re hearing the piece is especially popular with conventioneers, and the Partnership’s visitor center can’t keep it on the shelves. And it just might help the downtowner think of a new place to try.

The Guide features more than 100 restaurants in the 90-square-block urban core, with coverage this year expanding to Greater Downtown, north to Portland Street, south to Lincoln Street, and west to 7th Avenue.

The 2012-2013 Downtown Phoenix Dining Guide can be downloaded or ordered online at