Six restaurants where food meets art in Metro Phoenix
A handful of Valley restaurants display amazing works of art for you to admire while enjoying a flawless meal. If you’re looking to meld food and art on your next outing, try these local eateries.
204 East First Avenue, MESA
Republica Empanada features exterior murals by local artists depicting everything from lowriders to cacti. Artists featured include Lalo Cota, Jon Garza, Frank Gonzales, Zarco Guerrero and Mando Rascon.
A 2020 mural by Tato Caraveo painted in the alley behind the Barrio Cafe.
2814 North 16th Street
The Barrio Café features artworks by local creatives such as Tato Caraveo, Lalo Cota, Pablo Luna and many more. Look for murals in the building, in the dining areas and even in the restrooms. Discover more murals in the surrounding streets and alleys and changing exhibitions in a small gallery next to the café.
Part of Lauren Lee’s mural at the Fair Trade Cafe.
1020 North First Ave
The Fair Trade Café presents a new exhibition of local artwork every month, so you can always look forward to different styles of art. Recent exhibitions have highlighted work by Carol Quijada, Jason Hugger, Champ Styles, Edgar Hernandez and Harold Lohner.
Jarrods Coffee, Tea & Gallery
54 West Main Street, Mesa
Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery has walls full of work by local creatives, including several up-and-coming artists that you might not discover if you always stay on the beaten path. Make time to explore the nearby Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum while you’re in the area.
A contemporary vibe reigns supreme at Match Market & Bar at FOUND:RE Phoenix.
FOUND: RE Hotel Phoenix
Match Market & Bar
1100 North Central Avenue
Match Market & Bar is located at FOUND:RE Phoenix, a boutique hotel featuring local artists. You’ll see Pete Deise’s flowing sculpture out front, Randy Slack’s painting depicting Burt Reynolds and Brittany Spears in the lobby, and a rotating selection of artworks on the hotel walls.
Pita Jungle highlights works by different artists in different locations. On any given day you can see Aja Rolland art in Gilbert, Rick Ashcroft art in Tempe, Tara Prescott art in Chandler or Beth Douros art in Scottsdale.