Long influenced and inspired by regional, local and international tastes, Papago Vista residents can enjoy a vast selection of fast food, casual dining and fine dining styles. Dishes that you wouldn’t expect in Arizona, such as Japanese sushi, French crepes and Mexican ice cream, thrive in this diverse community.
Nook, a low-profile Italian eatery in the center of Arcadia Gaslight Square, serves satisfying Italian plates at affordable prices. Try the Napolitano pizza or the Purco e Funghi, which come served with perfect house-pulled mozzarella. The Calabrese, decorated with taleggio, parmesan, sweet sausage and caramelized onions serves as another house favorite. Tasty pizzas, amazing service and signature desserts make this place one of the best-kept secrets in the neighborhood.
Don’t be fooled by its vintage appearance, New Hong Kong Restaurant features the most authentic and flavorful Cantonese food in town. Toss aside the Americanized menu with the value buffet, and ask for the Chinese menu, where tangled layers of skilfully prepared noodles, slow simmered soups and moist meats await. Begin with the salt and pepper wings, then move on to the tender black beef fillet served over curry powder and Singapore rice noodles.
The cuisine at Asi Es La Vida, a Mexican restaurant, remains as gratifying today as it was over 20 years ago when it first opened. Given the long years, the outside may seem a bit ruined, but once inside, you notice that the softly lit rooms, white linen table tops and Frida Kahlo paintings tell a different story.
Order a glass of genuine sangria, then sit back and unwind. Try the Acapulco-style shrimp bisque, a spicy soup with enormous shrimps, Veracruz-style fish and sliced top sirloin.
Grab a cold drink or dance the night away at one of Papago Vista’s local pubs. Crafted cocktails, savory nosh and upcoming names in music have found a home at Culinary Dropout at the Yard Gale. This entertaining gastro-pub can accommodate more than 700 guests and organizes large music events on Friday and Saturday nights.
When you walk through the doors of Papago Brewing Company, a laid-back neighborhood pub, expect to be welcomed by a large statue of a jolly monk. This remains the place to visit if you love beer, especially Belgium beer. Live rock bands brew up a party on the weekends, and a large crowd gathers on Thursdays for karaoke.