Residing in the Garfield district has its odd assortment of perks. First off, you are guaranteed to hear mariachi music at odd hours of the day, usually late into the night. Second, there is no need to go to the pound to pick up a dog, as they seemingly run rampant in the streets, and my yard in particular. Third, we do have, in my humble opinion, one of the hidden gems in the Phoenix restaurant scene, the Welcome Diner.
This place hasn’t actually been open in some time, because some crazy person decided to hit it with their car — not a drive-thru, dawg. Seriously. So, I have been in a befuddled and depressed state for some time. I am anxiously awaiting its reopening, sometimes driving by just for the heck of it. When I was informed that the Welcome was opening its doors for a special event hosted by MFTasty, I could not get dressed fast enough to get over there. Honestly, I didn’t even look at the menu… not that I could have seen it through the tears of joy filling my eyes.
My white and red, nine-seat palace shined like a beacon of hope for my aching heart. I strolled in and plopped down on my favorite light blue stool (who am I kidding, they are all my favorite) and nostalgia set in. I could still smell the hand-cut fries and the greasy amazingness that was the Welcome Diner burger.
My daydream was interrupted by the MFTasty menu that slid under my nose. Moderately startled, my eyes raced down the page to see that my choice was not going to be easy. Duck sausage “hot dog” with white truffle aioli, cinnamon shrimp tacos, BLT with cured bacon and fried green tomatoes, grilled cheese with cheddar and muenster and, my selection, Mexican Coca-Cola BBQ pulled pork sandwich with avocado all graced the glorious, pig-logoed page. They did not make it easy on me. I could have eaten anything on that menu. I’m still wishing that lunch was longer.
I kind of splurged and realized it when my pulled pork sandwich came. I ordered hand-cut sweet potato chips and caramel-apple coleslaw to go with my succulent sandwich. Diving in, I was instantly in BBQ heaven. I am seriously hoping that my afterlife involves being surrounded by mounds of this juicy, tender pork that has obviously been marinated in what all Southerners consider life blood, Coca-Cola. The avocado had a cooling effect on the sandwich and helped make it the perfect consistency. The sweet potato chips did not last long. I devoured them as if someone were about to take them from me. Also, my caramel-apple coleslaw was just as amazing as it sounds.
My journey to the Welcome Diner was definitely a success. MFTasty opened the doors in a great fashion. Apparently, they are doing monthly events in different places, so I suggest that you hit up their website and “Join the Club” to find out about treating your taste buds right. As for you, Welcome Diner, I trust that you will return to me one sweet day.
The Welcome Diner is located at 924 E. Roosevelt St. in Garfield — 602.495.1111
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I have been here for a few months now, signed a 1-year lease. When looking for a place, I liked the contemporary feel of many of the loft options in the area, but I really wanted something less industrial, more warm and cozy. I feel I got that with my apartment.
They have several apartment sizes from 600ish-sq.-ft. loft spaces to 1,100ish-sq.-ft. 2br/2ba units. It is a gated community and the gates are only open when the front office is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Most of the tenants I have seen are urban professionals, students, and some young families.
I decided on one of the largest floor plans, dual master with 1 and 3/4 bath, approx 1,100 sq. ft. I am on the first level and really can’t hear the neighbors much through the walls like other places I have been. I have a nice-sized patio with access through large patio doors from the dining area and one of the bedrooms, and a small storage area, plus a detached garage. The management is nice and I enjoy going in to pick up a movie or three, and occasionally they host social hours for the tenants.
Initially hesitant with the proximity to ASU’s downtown campus (didn’t want a bunch of rowdy college students running around at all hours partying at the pool like I had at a previous apartment experience in the North Valley), I have found it to be quite peaceful during the week and it is super quiet on weekends. Sure, occasionally on First Fridays or when you have a lot going on downtown you can hear some party goers, but as far as I have seen and heard they are either at Alta across the street or walking outside the complex to get to their cars or a local club.
I love the convenience to my office (six blocks). I can hit either the Van Buren and Central Light Rail Station or the Roosevelt Station pretty quickly, and there is a bus stop in front of the complex. The walk to US Airways, Science Center, Convention Center, Chase Field, Orpheum, Dodge Theater or Herberger Theater is quick, well lit and relatively safe. I haven’t even started on the numerous bars, restaurants and clubs that are also too easy to walk to and stumble home from.
I have to this point had a very good experience.
The Met is located at 200 E. Fillmore St. in Evans Churchill (light rail station at Van Buren and Central/1st Ave) — 602.258.6387
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The numbers may have looked a little odd last week, as the Diamondbacks were among the league leaders in home runs and runs scored, but were near the bottom of the National League West. Unfortunately, most of us are aware that the number of blown saves offset those numbers just a bit. This week, the stars and numbers seemed to be in alignment as the D-backs won four of five to bring them back to above .500 baseball. The team’s success can be attributed to the excellent run support that they have been generating in addition to some better relief.
The relief staff seems to be getting better and has had its moments of uncertainty where the pitching loses a solid lead, but this team is not like last year’s. The offense has been able to bounce back more often than not with additional runs throughout the game. Just a week ago, analysts were talking about the lack of runs scored in the later innings. This doesn’t seem to be a topic of concern for the team, as the Diamondbacks have been pummeling opposing pitching throughout the games.
In a challenging home stand against the Phillies, the D-backs were able to win two of the three games in the series and did the same against the Rockies. Winning match-ups against the defending National League Champion and the NL West Wild Card teams should definitely help boost some confidence. Additionally, the team beat the Cubs in the first of a five-game series in Chicago. The Cubs began the season playing good baseball and were among the favorites to lead the National League Central. The Chicago series will continue through the weekend.
Kelly Johnson and Mark Reynolds are among the current league leaders in home runs and RBI. Chris Young and Adam LaRoche also accompany their teammates in the RBI leader category, as the team leads the league in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. Reynolds, who had an outstanding week last week, was named the Player of the Week for the National League. Johnson already is hitting better than he did last season, boasting more homers and RBI than he did in all of 2009. There is no doubt that the team has some power as they hope to stay on top of their game.
After the weekend, the D-backs will continue their road trip, heading to Houston to face the Astros for four games before returning to Phoenix. Winning games on the road is huge for any team, but winning games at home is just as important. Plan early to get out to Chase Field, as the D-backs will have a six-game home stand upon their return.
Last week’s games
04/23 — D-backs 7, Phillies 4
04/24 — Phillies 3, D-backs 2
04/25 — D-backs 8, Phillies 6
04/26 — D-backs 5, Rockies 3
04/27 — Rockies 12, D-backs 1
04/28 — D-backs 12, Rockies 11 (10 innings)
04/29 — D-backs 13, Cubs 5
This week’s games
04/30 — D-backs @ Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona/MLB Network
05/01 — D-backs @ Cubs, 10:05 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/02 — D-backs @ Cubs, 11:20 a.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/03 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/04 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/05 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
05/06 — D-backs @ Astros, 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
Often an under appreciated part of the city core, the Warehouse District will be the subject of this year’s Jane’s Walk Phoenix, set to take place this Saturday, May 1, from 9-11 a.m.
Jane’s Walk is a series of neighborhood walking tours started in 2007 spread throughout many notable cities commemorating famed urbanist Jane Jacobs. Jacobs, who had no proper training in city planning, strove for walkable, dense cities with strong community connections.
The organizer and pioneer of the second annual event, Yuri Artibise, sees the Warehouse District, particularly the section east of Central Avenue just south of the stadium and arena, as an integral part of Downtown Phoenix’s cultural heritage, yet few even know it exists. Oddly enough, many sports fans park here en route to the ballgame, quickly searching for a parking space and shuffling north to catch the Suns, D-backs or Mercury.
The walk will begin at AmenZone, on Buchanan Street between 1st and 2nd streets. A great example of adaptive reuse, this “primal” workout facility meshes old warehouse bones with a bright, welcoming façade, something few to none of the buildings in the area have accomplished.
From there, the walking tour will move in a clockwise fashion up near US Airways Center to the site of the Sun Mercantile Building and the Phoenix Seed and Feed Warehouse (the oldest remaining warehouse in the city), then south to the heart of the district on Grant Street.
Grant Street is home to a cluster of buildings from 2nd to 7th streets in various states of update and repair. Most of the buildings on the tour were acquired in the mid-2000s by Michael Levine.
Many projects in and around the Warehouse District failed to gain momentum, stalled due to lack of funding, never got past the proposal stage or withered with the economy. What buildings are left standing are a treasure to the city, and they should be treated as such. The goal of Jane’s Walk is not only to spend a morning walking in an urban setting, but also to learn the history of the places around us, share stories and insights and present ideas for improvements.
To RSVP for Jane’s Walk, head to the Facebook event page.
Full disclosure: Yuri Artibise is a frequent contributor to DPJ. DPJ is in no way sponsoring this event.
If You Go: Jane’s Walk Phoenix
Saturday, May 1, 9-11 a.m.
Start/end at AmenZone, 106 E. Buchanan St. (closest light rail station is Central/Washington or 1st Ave/Jefferson)
Buildings on tour: 106 E. Buchanan St., 34 E. Jackson St., Sun Mercantile at 3rd St./Jackson St. (outside only), 411 S. 2nd St., 605 E. Grant St., 515 E. Grant St. (outside only), 415 E. Grant St. (outside only), 215 E. Grant St. (outside only), 45 W. Buchanan St.