All the places to eat and drink at the Pemberton in downtown Phoenix

Helena V Berbie

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article contained incorrect information about Saint Pasta’s ownership. Also, Saint Pasta updated its cocktail menu and hours of operation.

Downtown Phoenix’s outdoor entertainment hub, Pemberton, has become one of the most popular hangout spots on Roosevelt Row. The venue houses local food and retail businesses on the grounds of the historic Sarah H. Pemberton House, a 1920s mansion surrounded by paved paths and greenery.

The space has seen many food and drink vendors rotate in and out. Recently, Dino’s Napoletana and FilmBar said farewell, but new food businesses were waiting in the wings to take their spots. Joining the lineup are a Thai street food vendor, a wine and charcuterie shop, and a place to kick back with a boilermaker.

Here’s what’s new and coming soon to the Pemberton:

Newly opened at the Pemberton

Strada Street Cuisine at the Pemberton in downtown Phoenix serves sandwiches such as this Japanese fried chicken sandwich with sweet chile aioli, furikake seasoning, green papaya slaw and yuzu vinaigrette.

Strada Street Cuisine

Nick Balsamo, with business partner and sous chef Ting Chen, launched an homage to dai pai dong, the open-air food stalls found in Hong Kong. Balsamo lived in Hong Kong and opened a restaurant there before returning to the U.S. He and Chen, who’s Taiwanese, started Strada Street Cuisine in San Diego before opening the Phoenix outpost.

Menu items include baozi with confit duck or pork char siu fillings. The buns are steamed, then pan-seared for a flaky bottom. Strada Street Cuisine also serves sandwiches served on handmade brioche buns, like eggplant katsu topped with shredded cabbage, scallions, Japanese mayonnaise and hoisin sauce.


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