The 1950s were a simpler time in America. Long before we were confronted with the rapid rise of technology and the messy implications of time travel, our grandparents’ generation saw their hopes and dreams reflected in the polished body of a Cadillac or the shiny, streamlined façade of the local diner. Those days seem a world away, but 5 & Diner offers guests a privileged glimpse into the past with its unapologetic veneration of everything ‘50s. There are now several 5 & Diner locations across Arizona and the Southwest, but most of them have certain key elements in common. Sleek, rounded corners and a profusion of reflective aluminum are unifying features that harken back to an age when space travel was the talk of every town. Of course, the most important thing they have in common is the food. No matter which 5 & Diner you visit, you’ll find 12 signature burgers, creamy malts and milkshakes, and classic diner desserts such as apple pie and bread pudding.
What the beer list at Daily Dose lacks in breadth, it makes up for in variety—brews range from Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout to Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. Best yet, it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy a beer with breakfast, since the popular morning menu is served until 4 p.m.
Restaurant maven Sam Fox joined forces with health expert Dr. Andrew Weil, and the result is True Food Kitchen, where healthy, beneficial dishes taste like they shouldn’t be. This bustling, bright, Biltmore Fashion Park eatery shouts high fashion with its clean lines and fashionable clientele – think socialites rubbing elbows with beauty-conscious health club fanatics. Many things can be vegetarian, and dishes sing with an orchestra of flavors, like the Winter Ingredient salad: roasted cauliflower with Brussels sprouts, squash, mulberry, pomegranate and white beans in horseradish vinaigrette. Meat lovers will be happy, too, tucking into hearty turkey lasagna layered with spinach, ricotta and organic tomato. Some drinks are restorative, such as the Hangover Rx of coconut water, pineapple, vanilla and orange juice, yet there are indulgent adult drinks to be savored too, like the cucumber-citrus skinny margarita, stocked with Ixá Organic Silver tequila, lime, fresh mint and soda.