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Phoenix is famous for golf and spa resorts — but its culinary prowess may be a new draw, according to a new report in the Guardian.
Cuisine is just one of a few new ways that Phoenix is reinventing itself.
“With museums and galleries aplenty, that culture sneer is no longer valid; plus there’s a wealth of mid-century modernism and an expanding light rail system to whisk you around,” writes Marina O'Loughlin.
But cuisine is one of the most prevalent.
“Phoenix is being reborn as ‘a foodie oasis in the Arizona desert.’ Sure, it takes a while to recalibrate sensibilities – the best restaurants can turn out to be in strip malls or gated communities, and ‘down the road’ might mean a 30-minute drive. But the sense of a city on the cusp is palpable,” reports O’Loughlin.
Roosevelt Row is where visitors will find the most concentration of good eats.
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“The street art is intoxicating and the cooking, with its south-western US, Mexican, Native American and Sonoran desert influences, is a revelation. The desert itself is counter-intuitively productive: home to more than 500 food plants – from wild oregano and mesquite pods to all manner of edible cacti,” says O’Laughlin.
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