Born from a vacant city morgue and an old pipe shop in 1929, Tom Higley's original burger joint and gin mill spent its existence harboring the discussions of local politicians. Today, having re-invented itself alongside an ever-developing downtown Phoenix, Tom's Tavern & 1929 Grill persists as a spot where governors, mayors, and city-council members meet to trade neckties and dine among their community. The menu of the modern incarnation lodges original recipes, such as the 1929 brisket chili, along with meats prepared using one of the eatery's modern additions—an in-house smoker. A black-and-white-striped canopy shades guests relaxing on the balcony outside, and inside, a spacious bar gives way to the dining area, which stretches back past black-framed photos of some of the tavern's esteemed visitors.
At Yogurtini, customers can craft custom frozen creations from 10–16 rotating flavors and more than 65 available toppings. Frozen concoctions ($0.39/oz.) begin with flavors ranging from birthday-cake batter to mango, with at least one sugar-free and soy-based yogurt option available daily. Guests mix in as many toppings as desired, including Oreos, gummy bears, fruit, and other sweet selections, and then perch atop one of Yogurtini's mint-green stools to consume a creation with confidence, knowing that Yogurtini's yogurt is healthier than traditional ice cream and twice as refreshing as a frozen dill pickle.
At Baja Fresh, spice-yearning patrons can swing by to sample comforting casual fare without the hassle of building a catapult powerful enough to reach Mexico. Grab a burrito or taco served inside the stuffed blanket of a tortilla, or get a bowlful of delectable insides with the shell-less version—or a combination of both. The meats that make up each meal are never frozen and are all natural and hormone free. Optional ingredients to lay the groundwork for handheld feasts include fire-grilled or charbroiled chicken and steak, slow-roasted pork carnitas, beans and cheese, and specialty seafood options; a vegetarian-friendly version includes peppers, chilies, and onions layered with freshly simmered beans, cheese, and pico de gallo.
Make your lunch hour in downtown Phoenix an hour of power with an hour-long visit to Focaccia Fiorentina for a lunch-hour power-hour of lunch. Today's Groupon gets you $25 worth of food and drink at Focaccia Fiorentina for only $10—satisfy your hourly carb-cravings with pasta and crisp, airy focaccia, and use the you energy saved by not packing a lunch to tackle an enormous calzone.