Daily Archives: August 19, 2010

Downtown Phoenix dining guide for ASU students

Verde

[Source: azcentral.com]

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat bad food.

Republic/azcentral.com restaurant critic Howard Seftel recommends these five places for Arizona State University students taking classes or living at the downtown campus.

Matt’s Big Breakfast

You can’t think deep college thoughts on an empty stomach. Matt’s helps you start the day right, with everything from cage-free eggs and pancakes with real maple syrup to the best bacon, sausages and off-thebone ham you may ever eat. Just make sure you have plenty of time or go at off times. There’s usually a line out front.

Details: 801 N. First St., Phoenix, 602-254-1074, mattsbigbreakfast.com.

The Breadfruit

Need an island getaway? You can almost feel the tropical breezes at this cute Jamaican spot. Look for homeland specialties like plantain avocado spring rolls, tilapia empanadas, curried chicken and dumplings, jerk chicken and sweet potato pudding.

Details: 108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. 602-267-1266, thebreadfruit.com.

Thai Elephant

The exotic scents and flavors of Thailand make it easy to take your mind off the student grind. And somehow it’s easier to pick up the books after a refreshing break for papaya salad, Thai barbecue chicken, pork panang curry and pad Thai.

Details: 20 W. Adams St., Phoenix, 602-252-3873, thaielephantaz.com.

Verde

The menu is small at this shiny new Mexican restaurant, but everything on it is first rate. It starts with the tortillas, made from scratch on the premises. It continues with green chile pork, shredded beef tacos, red chile chilaquiles and oregano-lime rotisserie chicken.

Details: 825 N. First St., Phoenix, 602-254-4400.

The Roosevelt Tavern

You’ve taken the test. You’ve turned in the paper. Now it’s time to unwind at this cheerful place. Along with craft beers and boutique wines, you’ll find comfy fare like campfire franks and beans, deviled eggs and the wonderful tomato soup/grilled cheese combo.

Details: 816 N. Third St., Phoenix. 602-254-2561.

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Need Help Rehabing your Historic Home?

The city of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office is now accepting applications for its Exterior Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.

Photo Credit: Nick Basteien on Flickr

The program makes monies available to private property owners to complete exterior rehabilitation, repair or restoration work on historic homes continuing to serve a residential purpose. Owners of historic homes that are either in city-designated historic districts or are individually listed on the city’s historic property register are eligible to apply. The program funds critical structural stabilization, repair and rehabilitation of historic exterior features such as roofs, exterior walls, porches and windows.

The program reimburses owners on a 50/50 matching basis for pre-approved work with grant funding between $2,000 and $10,000 per project. In exchange for receiving financial assistance, the property owner agrees to sell the city a conservation easement to protect the historic character of the property’s exteriors..

The goal of the Exterior Rehabilitation Program is to promote the preservation of historic buildings through proper rehabilitation. A successful rehabilitation is one that retains, preserves and protects as much of the original historic fabric as possible. It also preserves the original character-defining architectural elements of a particular building.

For more information or to download an application, click here or call 602-261-8699. Application packages are available at the city’s Historic Preservation Office, 200 W. Washington St., 17th floor.

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