3 New Dining Destinations at Park Central in Midtown

Craig OuthierSeptember 12, 2023
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As reported in this month’s Land section, Park Central in Midtown Phoenix – the Valley’s original open-air shopping mall, didn’t you know? – is entering the final phase of a major facelift. Not coincidentally, a passel of diverse dining options has also sprung up.


The Green Woodpecker
Conceived by Gadzooks kingpins Jared and Aaron Pool, this cute-as-a-button beer bar has a limited food menu, but what it does offer is spectacular, including tacos al pastor ($5), carved hot off a spit-like trompo just like the Mexican food gods intended. You can also fold the al pastor into the bar’s tasty bean-and-cheese burrito ($6) upon request.
3110 N. Central Ave., thegreenwoodpecker.com


King Salmon
Since taking over the old Ichi Ban spot at Thomas and Central in March 2022, this lunch-friendly izakaya has distinguished itself as Midtown’s best (only?) sushi spot, with tavern nibbles like kimchi pancakes and takoyaki (octopus pancakes) to go with its udon soup bowls and luscious nigiri.
2825 N. Central Ave., 602-698-1055, kingsalmonsushi.com


A true novelty in the Valley of the Sun, this year-old Thai restaurant specializes in khaow mun kai, otherwise known as chicken rice, a popular street staple in Southeast Asia showcasing supple, mildly seasoned chicken breast – much different than the aggressive aromatic sauces and stews typically associated with Thai food. It’s light, refreshing and Park Central-adjacent.
49 W. Thomas Rd., 623-440-4750, chickadeeaz.com