The word “Moira,” at least as a given name for a person, is derived from a Greek word meaning “fate” or “destiny.” It’s not clear if Moira Sushi Bar and Kitchen, a Japanese restaurant in the Evans Churchill neighborhood of Downtown Phoenix, has any link to that Mediterranean lineage. Nevertheless, the name is fitting because Moira has been a harbinger of what is now occurring all around it. When the restaurant opened in 2009, it felt lonely, occupying the ground floor of the 215 East McKinley condominium building with vacant lots on surrounding blocks in every direction. Continue reading “Moira Sushi Bar & Kitchen”
The comfort food trend has been around so long that it’s probably no longer accurate to call it a trend at all. Given the economic, social, and political turmoil of the past few decades, it’s a given that even the most adventurous diners will sometimes find solace in familiar foods — ones people remember from childhood, even if the renditions they ate when young weren’t always terribly good. Certain restaurants now exist in most cities primarily to offer updated, versions of home cooking classics, and in Phoenix, Bliss / reBar fits that niche at the north end of Downtown. Continue reading “Bliss / reBar”
Almost every child gets to hear at least one relative say, “You’ve gotten so big,” or “You’re all grown up,” especially when a few years have passed between encounters. On Pierce Street in Downtown Phoenix, just a few blocks south of the Roosevelt / Central light rail station, the Breadfruit has done its share of rapid maturation. The Jamaican restaurant started in 2008 as a small BYOB, but has since obtained a liquor license and opened Rum Bar in the space next door, all without losing sight of the quality of the food served in the restaurant’s compact dining room.