Charitable outreach is an ongoing interest for Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC). In many different ways — financial, culinary, and more — the Arizona-based restaurant empire supports groups ranging from the American Heart Association’s Phoenix Heart Ball to notMYkid.
Saturday, October 19, FRC presents the music festival YardStock, with a portion of certain proceeds going to the Phoenix Girls Chorus, a nonprofit music education organization welcoming singers from 7-18 and offering six different concert programs this season.
Running from noon to 11 p.m., YardStock features sets from seven local artists: country-tinged rockers 36 Cents and a Dream, singer-songwriters AJ Odneal and Sam Kiles with Sol Trak Union, blues band The Sugar Thieves, Led Zepplin tribute group Song Remains the Same, alternative blues guitarist Lee Perreira, and indie rock duo Vinyl Station.
All performances take place at The Yard, a 53,000-square-foot repurposed central Phoenix motorcycle dealership housing FRC’s Culinary Dropout and Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend restaurants. Other amenities include a shared outdoor patio-courtyard space offering ping-pong, foosball, shuffleboard, and cornhole. Meanwhile, representatives from Slippery Pig Bike Shop plan to tune bikes on site during the festival.
Fundraising opportunities for the Phoenix Girls Chorus will come from the sale of t-shirts provided by Tempe-based Brand X Custom T-Shirts as well as a special promotional offer from luxury transportation provider Uber.
If you go:
Where: The Yard, 5632 N. 7th St.
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 12 noon to 11 p.m.
Here at DPJ, we’re all about sharing what we love. Beyond the stories that make us love downtown, we often come across things that catch our eye, tingle our senses or have us dancing in delight. “We Like…” turns a brief spotlight on the little treasures that make our day, with helpful links so you can share in the fun.
This is especially true of Asian cuisine where it’s customary to enjoy a good meal. Of course it can’t just be good, it must be great, and now I’m hooked!
Of course upon returning from my trip, nothing seemed quite on the level as it was in Hong Kong. That is, until I found China Chili. I find myself at this authentic Chinese restaurant nearing three times week, always ordering the same dishes.
My all time favorite? Wonton soup. It’s good dish for our recent rainy days – or any day for that matter. The dumplings are large and enjoyable but the flavor of the broth with a mix of garlic and scallions is the most memorable.
The dish consists of silken tofu (the best part) with a spicy based sauce, chicken and broccoli. This dish is best served over rice and a cup of hot tea to wash it down.
Not only are the dishes amazing but the atmosphere is casual and friendly as well. I always leave with that hometown, welcoming feeling, thanks to their friendly staff. If you haven’t visited, head over for lunch and dinner and check it out.
China Chili, 302 E. Flower St. 602-266-4463
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Every year a new crop of ASU students stream into downtown Phoenix and begin to “explore the core” as they navigate their way to class and their new home.
At DPJ, we encourage these urban adventures and are launching a fun social media hashtag campaign to encourage this discovery of the the people, places, and events that bring our urban core to life: #My1stTime.
Students, as you explore downtown, we want you to tweet us at @dtphxjournal, or post on Facebook or Instagram, a photo of yourself enjoying your very first time visiting downtown restaurants, parks, stores, art galleries, and events.
Be sure to include the hashtag #My1stTime. We’ll share our favorites.
What can fellow community members do? Help activate this campaign!
Those of us who have been here for a while can look for these hashtagged updates, welcome these new residents and encourage them to continue their urban adventures.
#My1stTime @dtphxjournal. It’s fun. It’s easy. And your mother will approve!
Eating is very important for a thinking, doing person. Sometimes, rapt in a creative fervor, one forgets, and ends up grazing on odds and ends left in the cabinet or fridge: the bottom of a cereal box, a questionably old apple, a bag of flour.
Forced breaks are good. Getting up from the desk, the computer, the studio, and venturing out into the world where people bring you food is one of the wonders of living in a city. Being able to stay put at a table for hours without the staff angrily tapping their fingers is also a relaxing blessing.
My favorite place for a midday work break used to be the Urban Grocery at the Phoenix Public Market. You could get a half sandwich, soup and a drink next door at Royal Coffee for under ten dollars. Sadly, since they closed, I realized how important it was to find a place where you could take a break and eat or where you could work all day and have good food available to you.
Aaron Chamberlin’s Public Market Café has stepped up to fill the Grocery’s shoes with small nutritious meals and a great indoor or outdoor seating environment. Even on the hottest days, it feels comfortable and welcome to sit outside in the shade under the misters. Refillable iced tea and hours until 10 p.m. make it possible to cover all your meals, should you choose to stay there all day, or at least be available for a reliable break at any hour.
For so long I’d been searching for a place where I could work in relative peace and possibly have a beer without having to fight (sometimes perhaps literally) with downtown sports enthusiasts and banners advertising Budweiser or Blue Moon. Angel’s Trumpet has answered those prayers. Not only is the staff super friendly and knowledgeable but the place is also large enough that you can carve out a corner to set up and write, work or computerize. They are also open late with food served all day, so you can easily drop in for a lunch or break from work.
If these places seem a bit too pricey and you just need a place to eat and not work, La Tolteca, on Van Buren cannot be beat anywhere in the vicinity. The menu is huge, the staff is friendly, there’s always seating available and you have the added benefit of hovering over the baked items while you wait for your food. Al Pastor tacos, ceviche for less than six dollars, a giant cup of jamaica and a great salsa selection make this place a must-stop for all artists and musicians trying to save a buck, but have tons of food. I dare you to try to eat the entire burrito at once (please don’t).
Other locations that do wonderfully as eat/work or break/eat places include Fair Trade Cafe, America’s Taco Shop, Jobot, Bonjour Vietnam at the Hotel San Carlos, and Athenian Express (cheapest breakfast anywhere!).
Don’t forget, too, that most of these places are likely staffed by budding artists, musicians and performers. Working in a restaurant provides people somewhat flexible schedules so they can make a living and still be able to create their work. This comes in handy for occasional “hey I know you” discounts for artists or, for non-artists you have the opportunity to boost an artist’s ego by asking what they do.
Have you tried Squid Ink Sushi? The words and photos below are theirs, now give us yours. Share your take on this new Eats & Drinks destination on Facebook.
Giant SQUID attacks downtown Phoenix!!!
That’s the headline ripped from our inbox as we peruse the Who/What (etc.) of downtown’s newest sushi spot.
Who: Chef/Owner Schuyler Estes
What: Squid Ink Sushi was established in 2010 in Peoria, and features distinctive sushi and grill items in an unconventional, fun and lively atmosphere. Peoria locals have embraced Squid Ink as their indie-business amongst the abundance of big box corporations. Now, the flourishing downtown community will get to experience Squid Ink, which prides itself on bringing people closer to food, art and culture.
When: Established in 2010 in Peoria (yes, AZ), and opened in CityScape in June. The hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – Midnight, Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.- 2 A.M.
Where: It sits in the southwest corner of the Hotel Palomar building, Squid Ink inhabits the street level storefront on the corner of Central Ave. and Jefferson St. Address: 2 E. Jefferson St. #108, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Why: Squidlings think their concept will appeal to the fast paced business lunch crowd as well as event goers, hip foodies, and other evening diners and wanderers who frequent the downtown scene. The Squid Ink menu combines authentic Asian cuisine with an urban sensibility. Dishes include traditional and contemporary favorites, innovative sushi rolls, grilled entrees, fresh salads, and many other items sure to satisfy foodies and those new to Asian fare.
The menu also includes a full alcohol selection with signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, draft beer, and a wide assortment of sake. Desserts and a fun children’s menu round out the offerings. Chef Schuyler is planning to add Asian inspired tapas and a late-night menu for the downtown crowd.
How: The new location will offer a walk-up window dishing out quick lunches for people on the go. The window will also stay open late for night owls to enjoy tasty street-food style cuisine. The space will also boast a bustling patio energizing the front of the building, complete with outdoor bar seating. The interior design uses sleek curved lines with two large circular booths for bigger groups and a round hi-top community table in the center of the action. Squid Ink’s style is contemporary urban chic with its use of tile, fabric and even clear chairs. Vibrant wall murals, painted by local artists, add a one-of-a-kind flare to the room.
On any given day you might find a local DJ mixing some lunchtime tracks, local artists’ work displayed for purchase, and a killer happy hour crowd. At night you might catch a themed party, see a live canvas painting or hear some acoustic grooves by local musicians. Regardless of the time of day, you’ll always be sure to find people reveling in the art of sushi.