Bars & Nightlife Deal Food, Restaurants & Dining Spotlight Fara Illich February 10, 2010

There may not be a late night greasy spoon diner near the light rail, but there are plenty of other places to eat which are open until at least midnight in Downtown Phoenix.  Now keep in mind, this is Phoenix and we’re coming out of a recession.  Our choices are few, but at least we have some. For the purposes of this blog post, my definition of late night is a) open until at least midnight and b) the restaurant must have meat, chicken or fish on the late night menu.  And of course, each restaurant is a quick walk or bike ride from the light rail.  Enjoy your late night eats!

Hannys_exteriorHanny’s (Washington station) – The former department store turned contemporary restaurant has three dishes under $10. One is a margherita pizza, another is a snack plate, and the last one is a bar plate.  The snack plate consists of prosciutto and sopressata.  Add melon to the snack plate and you’ve got the bar plate. Hanny’s also has $5 martinis. The kitchen cooks until 1 a.m. You can find Hanny’s at the corner of 1st Street and Adams in Downtown Phoenix.  Kudos to the restaurant for putting light rail directions on their Web site here.

The Turf Restaurant and Pub (Central station) – The Irish pub has delicious wraps for under $8 and is open until midnight on the weekends. I like the Buffalo Chicken Wrap and their French fries are pretty good too!  Turf is located on 1st Street – see the menu and location information here.

NINE 05 (Roosevelt station) – The modern Asian fusion restaurant has a selection of dumplings, crepes and buns at $10 – including my favorite bbq pork belly with hoisin glaze.  NINE05 is open ’till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  More information on their menu and other events during the week can be found here

PastaBAR (Central station) – The italian eatery is nestled in the middle of restaurant row on 1st Street behind Turf and Sens.  PastaBAR has the latest hours on this list – and of course, we love that! Even better – PastaBAR has a $10 menu complete with a selection of pasta entrees that come with a side.  PastaBAR does late night right in Downtown Phoenix!  Need more information?  Click here.

Sens (Central station) – Another 2 a.m. restaurant on restaurant row in Downtown Phoenix. Sens has an Asian tapas menu so most of the items are under $10 – my favorite is the spicy won ton with sauteed chicken and pepper jack cheese. Honestly, though, you really can’t go wrong at Sens – everything is delicious!  Need more information or reasons to visit?  Click here.

Now that we’ve covered late night eats, let’s talk about places to have dinner on Sunday nights over here.

Information on riding the light rail can be found here.