Booker T. Washington's prime location puts it in proximity to several places to eat and sources of entertainment. For access to any destinations on the outskirts, hop onto nearby I-17 or I-10 to access the rest of the city's sprawling highway system.
A much-adored restaurant, and one with a large and loyal clientele, Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana makes some of the best pizza in the valley. Operating out of a surprisingly small building on North First Street, Pomo makes you feel as if you've just traveled to the bistros of old Europe and possibly back in time as well. Pomo's chef brings 30 years of experience to making homemade sourdough for authentic pizza bread. The house favorite, Regina Margherita, makes a great complement to just about every dish on the menu.
Another Italian eatery, The Strand Urban Italian, lies on East Jefferson Street. Go for a quick and affordable lunch or stop by later for happy hour, which runs from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., before heading over to a concert or a Phoenix Suns basketball game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. From classics such as spaghetti and chicken parmigiana, to more adventurous dishes such as the quinoa plate, crab linguini and lobster macaroni and cheese, The Strand's meals more than satisfy folks who love pasta and fresh bread.
If you appreciate Japanese cuisine, be sure to check out Harumi Sushi on West Adams Street, or even get a meal delivered right to your home or motel room door. Many local residents consider this their go-to sushi bar thanks to the amazing personal service the staff delivers. Harumi's owner makes great recommendations from the menu and has been known to send complimentary appetizers to parties having a hard time deciding what to order. Take a chance on the "OMG" or "H3" rolls, especially with natural purple rice, which is a specialty of the house.
To enjoy sitting at a bar and chatting with locals, head up North Second Street just past East McKinley Street to Angel's Trumpet Ale House, which serves inventive comfort food and craft brews. Grab a high table or sit on the patio to sample a flight of beers while you look over the menu. Order a burger, if you're in the mood to play it safe, or try the spam sliders to live on the edge. Afterwards, order a homemade pop tart with seasonal toppings for dessert.
Mother Brunch Brewing, a microbrewery in the historic Garfield
district building on North Seventh Street, serves local beers at its full bar. Go for brunch to get the full experience. The eggs Benedict-whether with turkey bacon or vegetarian-pairs well with the Sonoran White Chocolate Ale, which Mother Brunch keeps on tap.