16th Street and Bethany Home Road

Written by Niki D Category: Lifestyle Issue: September 2012

WHERE THE STREETS HAVE A NAME: Bethany Home Road takes its name from a tuberculosis hospital run by a religious organization in the early 1900s.

FOOD CITY: The neighborhood is home to a bevy of notable eateries, including Phoenix City Grille, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, TEXAZ Grill and the Rokerij.

ZONED OUT: The Phoenix city council frequently votes on contested zoning permits for this area; in the past year, requests for a parking permit for Z’Tejas at 16th Street and Bethany Home and an outdoor dancing permit for a proposed mixed-use project at Seventh Street and Montebello Avenue have been withdrawn.

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Clockwise from top left (photos by Evie Carpenter):

Sassy Glasses
Going 12 years strong, Sassy Glasses offers a wide selection of spectacles, ranging from sleek European eyewear and funky, arty glasses to vintage frames from the 1950s and early 1960s. There’s also an optician on-site to help you pick prescription lenses. 7000 N. 16th St., 602-522-0564, sassyglasses.com

Fiddler’s Dream Coffee House
Fans of open mic nights and acoustic folk rock flock to Fiddler’s Dream on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, when the café hosts live music (sans sound system and microphones). Performers are a mix of crooning locals and national acts like Danny O’Keefe (“Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues”) and Bob Lind, who wrote songs for Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin and Eric Clapton.  1702 E. Glendale Ave., 602-997-9795, fiddlersdream.org

Dick’s Hideaway
Richardson Browne (of Richardson’s and the Rokerij fame) strikes more culinary gold with this dark, cozy New Mexican eatery, where the menu oozes hearty eats like huevos rancheros, green chile cheeseburgers, carne adovada, and pasta Heidi with chicken and tortillas. 6008 N. 16th St., 602-265-5886, richardsonsnm.com

Poor Little Rich Girl
This shop, operated by husband-and-wife team John Raslavsky and Catharine Fournier-Raslavsky, specializes in vintage dresses and shoes, boutique bags and sunglasses, and affordability. Whether your wish list includes sequined shoes or bauble bracelets, chances are, they have it reasonably priced. 1576 E. Bethany Home Rd., 602-354-5680, poorlittlerichgirlresale.com