There is something special about a neighborhood that preserves its historic charm while enlivening it with great food.
Cooking Light recently announced to the nation what we downtowners already knew about the Coronado neighborhood: it’s where we can fill our bellies, drink ourselves content and have oh-so-decadent sweets to boot.
As Cooking Light put it, “Phoenix’s Historic Coronado Neighborhood’s preservation efforts have led to a culinary revival of sorts: the neighborhood’s meticulously restored homes now house some of the best eateries in the city, such as The Main Ingredient Ale House & Café, Rice Paper Eatery, Coronado Cafe, and 1950s union hall-turned-home-turned-restaurant Tuck Shop.”
We couldn’t agree more. The upcycled atmosphere behind each of the restored eateries instantly instills a warm, comforting feeling upon arrival. The bungalows are practically telling you to savor the buttery sweet America’s Corn from America’s Taco Shop, the caramelized fig pizza at Humble Pie and the hot fudge sundae at McAlpines Soda Fountain. After all that food, they’re pushing you to sip on the craft brews at Main Ingredient Ale House or the specialty cocktails at Rice Paper. If only walls could talk.
While Coronado’s food scene was our best-kept secret, we can now take comfort in knowing those restaurants and eateries have become national destination spots and are helping to revolutionize Phoenix’s food scene.
Photo credit: Justin Lee
Take a peek inside locals’ shopping bags and learn how they use health and beauty products in everyday life.
Occupation: Student at Phoenix College
Her Neighborhood: Coronado District
Where spotted: Bodega 420
What she purchased:
• Three apples
• One plum
• Bottled water
Why she chose these products: I’m picky because I’m pregnant, so I picked simple fruits that are easy to digest. Last week they had blackberries and raspberries, which would have been my first choice, but those sold out.
Her must-haves: Apples are one of my favorite fruits and I eat them the most often. They are my go-to fruit because they are easy to eat and convenient. With the plum, I was being adventurous.
How she benefits: These are going to help me eat healthier. I’m about four and a half months along, and my midwife said I need to change my diet because I used to eat a lot of junk. Now, it’s no junk food and lots of fruit, fruit, fruit. She also encourages vegetables and whole grains, but fruits are first on my list.
Why they fit her style: My purchases show that I’m changing my diet—or at least trying to change it—to eat healthy. The main reason I’m doing it is because of my pregnancy, but it’s good because I need to eat right anyway. I’m thinking I will stick to it afterwards. It also shows that I like shopping local and supporting businesses in my neighborhood. I really like how the bodega has reasonable prices and allows people to make suggestions for items they want to see more of by writing them on a chalkboard.
While traveling along Sheridan Street, you probably never considered spreading your yoga mat out on the asphalt and assuming the lotus position.
But Sunday, March 4, as part of the 25th annual Coronado Home Tour, SuTRA Midtown invites the community to participate in a free guerilla yoga class in the middle of that very street.
The flash mobs of yoga, guerilla classes occur in public places, often spontaneously.
Danielle Campagna, SuTRA’s lead instructor, will teach the all-levels class in a vinyasa flow style, which focuses on breath-synchronized movements.
The studio will also raffle off two massage gift cards to participants.
If you go:
Where: Sheridan and Seventh streets
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.
What to bring: Yoga mat and water bottle
Home to favorite haunts such as Barrio Café and America’s Taco Shop, the Coronado Historic District attracts many visitors from around the Valley. But along with its widely popular establishments, the district also retains a thriving residential community.
Bordered by hundreds of small businesses, approximately 5,000 homes make up the district. They range in style from Bungalow to Spanish Revival to Ranch, and some date back as early as the 1920s.
Many of the homeowners have renovated their residences, some maintaining the original architectural style and others giving the homes an entirely new twist, says Coronado resident Rebecca Brittain.
“In essence, the fundamental purpose in the home tour is to recognize the work the owners have done to preserve and care for their homes, raise funds for the association, and … share our history with other people,” says neighborhood historian Donna Reiner.
Brittain, who is also the home tour chair, says all of the proceeds from the event stay within the community, funding block watch, cleanup efforts and neighborhood events such as movie showings in the park.
Brittain moved to Coronado in 2009, after attending one of the self-guided tours.
She describes the district as eclectic and artistic, and enjoys the restaurants and hangouts in the area. She also appreciates the sense of community the neighborhood provides.
“People sit on their porches and actually talk to their neighbors,” she says.
This year’s event features 11 historic homes not shown on previous tours and also includes various food and merchant vendors, an antique car show, dog training, yoga and music.
If you go
Where: On Sheridan Street, between Eighth and Mitchell streets (map)
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: Available online for $12.50 or at the tour for $15.
Bike Chic is a new DPJ series by Fashion interns, Cortney Kaminski and Thuy An Bui. Each week they will be scouting locals who not only ride their bikes but look dapper doing it.
Occupation: High School English Teacher at Brophy College Preparatory
His Neighborhood: Coronado
Where Spotted: Giant Coffee
What do you enjoy about downtown? I like the attempts at density downtown, and how it is a great place for people to try new things.
Where do you like to explore? Lux in the mornings usually, then my weekends I go to Giant.
What is your typical bicycling ensemble? I ride to school every day, usually in my work clothes.
• Shirt from a resale shop on Indian School Road
• H&M pants
• Shoes from Argentina
• Project watch from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
His biking essentials:
• 1964 Triumph bike from England
• Brooks saddle and handlebars
• Bell helmet