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Temporarily closed: Gina and Derrick Suarez's quirky bohemian bistro is a comfortably cool spot that contains creative endeavors of every shape and size. Situated along Grand Avenue, it's a mecca of Mediterranean and Euro-style edibles served up in an ultra-arty atmosphere accented by a constantly revolving collection of photos, paintings, and sculptures. Boutique wines such as Trinity Oaks and Raw Power are on the menu alongside such microbrews as Shipyard Chamberlain and Odell Five Barrel. Paisley's calendar of weekly events is also quite eclectic, ranging from the sci-fi movie night on Mondays to live sessions by street musicians and indie bands on the weekend. "Peace and happiness all in one," it promises, and the Violin delivers, with a lovingly crafted menu of homemade plates like hummus, stuffed vine leaves, Italian panini, a pastrami sandwich, plus lox and capers. Beer, wine and liquor are available.
I just went to Paisley Violin for lunch the other day, and I really liked it! It has a great hole-in-the-wall feel, and the inside walls are filled with local art. I order the Royal, which was delicious, and the daily soup special which was Tomato Basil. It's a great little spot to check out when dining in Phoenix.
When it comes to enjoying an evening at the movies, it's tough to beat free. Luckily for futuristic film buffs, Sci-Fi Movie Night at The Paisley Violin offers flying saucers, planetary mayhem, and creatures hell-bent on revenge. It's every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and the admission price is zero earthly dollars. After ordering from a menu that features a tasty selection of food, wine, and beer, viewers can pull up a chair around the makeshift screen and order up a BLT Meltdown to accompany The... More »
Located in the heart of the Grand Avenue arts district, Paisley continues to bless red-eyed customers with caffeinated godsends. The cute cafe with a European flair features a stacked coffee bar chock full of espresso drinks, mochas, and the completely delicious maple latte, a concoction with two shots of Italian espresso, a healthy pour of 100 percent maple syrup, and steamed milk. Enjoy the best meal of the day (coffee) during select eves showcasing ambient jazz by acts like Try Me Bicycle... More »
We liked Paisley Violin when it was on Roosevelt Street, but now that it's on Grand, we're in love. We're not sure what it is -- the owners are the same, the place looks similar, if a little less dingy -- but still low-rent enough to make the grungiest scenester happy. Maybe it's Pete Deise's metalwork (his studio's nearby) or the fact that there are actually people inhabiting a business on Grand Avenue on a Wednesday afternoon in August. The location is perfect, truly walking distance (even... More »
It was just seven years ago that downtown Phoenix welcomed its first McDonald's. Given the frenzy stirred up by the media, we must have thought we'd finally joined the ranks of downtown Manhattan or Los Angeles. How embarrassing. Then, last year, there came Paisley Violin. And finally, we wiped the sleep from our ennuied eyes and thought, Yes! Phoenix truly is on its way to having an honest-to-goodness downtown we can be proud of. The area is no stranger to eclectic art houses, coffee... More »
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