DeSoto Central Market in Downtown Phoenix


DeSoto Central Market is a food hall concept heralding a return to a time when the daily market was the heart of every city. It is now a hub of dining and community in Phoenix, similar to the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco or Chelsea Market in New York.

DeSoto Central Market Burger Joint 

Located inside the deco-era DeSoto Central Market, DCM Burger Joint is one of the coolest eateries in Phoenix. The menu offers up a tasty array of burgers, as well as crafted cocktails and beer. Try the The Phoenician (beef, French cheese, mushroom, caramlized onions, brioche and bone marrow) or the Garden Burger (Portobello, black bean, piquilli pepper, goat cheese, tapenade, arugula and brioche).

Designed to mimic markets found in other cities around the country, DeSoto Central Market combines boutique eateries, an artisan market, a deco-era bar and abundant gathering space in the same building. It has eight restaurants and retail spaces available for lease, ranging from 250 to 2500 square feet.


Moonage, the pop-up boutique that has exploded both online and through wholesale in the last few years, is now at the heart of DeSoto Central Market. With a new location and a redesigned menu, the store has an array of Southwest-inspired jewelry that you can’t pass up.

The latest Bowie documentary, Moonage Daydream, isn’t your average music biopic. It combines sublime, kaleidoscopic imagery, exclusive archival content and unseen performances for an immersive experience.

Director Brett Morgen, who’s previously helmed films on Kurt Cobain and Jane Goodall, eschews the usual talking-head interviews and expert testimonials. Instead, he presents the iconoclastic artist as an ongoing creative vagabond who constantly changes direction.

Taking his cue from Bowie’s own voice and words, the film establishes a non-linear approach to following the ch-ch-changes that define the artist’s career. A montage of Bowie’s songs (including ‘Changes, ‘Starman, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Rebel Rebel’) is accompanied by live performances from across the years and his narration.

This is a film about a dazzlingly creative boy from postwar Brixton who changed rock music and popular culture forever. But it’s also a film that proves that you can make a documentary about an iconic performer without resorting to the usual trappings.

ProVisionary DeSoto Central Market

The name might be a mouthful, but the DeSoto Central Market is actually quite a cool place to check out. Located in the historic DeSoto Building in the Roosevelt Row arts district, this food hall houses seven different vendors all vying for your patronage in one artisanal market environment. It’s the best place to find local purveyors and craft cocktails and beers — a true labor of love for many of its staff.

The market is also home to a handful of eateries, including the latest entrant, Jeremy Armstrong’s ProVisionary. The menu is a veritable buffet of culinary delights, but the star of the show is certainly the coffee and liquor bar on the ground floor. A few sandwiches on display are a little more refined, but you can’t go wrong with the smoked turkey burger or the espresso-rubbed pork with charred onions and aioli on a brioche bun. The food hall is also a great place to chow down on a tasty brunch or catch up with friends over a craft cocktail.

Walrus & the Pearl DeSoto Central Market

Located in the DeSoto Central Market, Walrus & the Pearl is a one-of-a-kind artisanal food hall in downtown Phoenix. Founded by Shawn Connelly, it’s designed to offer a new type of dining experience that incorporates boutique eateries, an artisanal market, a deco-era bar and abundant gathering space in a single building.

Upon entry, you’re greeted by the DeSoto Central Market bar, lined with industrial draftsman-style bar stools that have reclaimed wooden seats and backrests. The interior is described as “a fusion of a classic American bar and a modern restaurant.”

On the first floor, you’ll find Tea & Toast Co., a coffee and tea bar that serves coffee, specialty teas, pastries, and an array of savory and sweet toasts. Then, take a stroll down the hall to Walrus & the Pearl, where you’ll find fresh oysters, ceviche and poke, as well as other seafood favorites.

And you won’t want to miss Yard Bird + the Larder, chef Stephen Jones’ (formerly of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar) Southern-inspired concept where he reinvents some old favorites like fried chicken skin po-boys and black eyed peas and rice.

Tea & Toast Co.

The newest entrant to DeSoto Central Market is Tea & Toast Co. Located in a sleek, industrial-chic space with plenty of natural light and exposed walls, this spot aims to please diners with its innovative offerings. The menu includes a bevy of delicious breakfast dishes including Huevos Rancheros, a spin on the traditional Mexican dish that features two corn tortillas filled with over-easy eggs and topped with fresh salsa and a zesty tomato and cheese sauce. There are also a few lunch options, including the Frittata Lorraine, which features a pan-fried egg tucked inside a toasted quiche with a side of sweet and savory home fries.

The Tea & Toast Company is a food startup headquartered in Belgaum, a city in Karnataka. It’s the brainchild of three enthusiastic young engineers with an eye for design, a heart for food and a keen appreciation for a good time. Their mission is to establish a base PAN India chain of tea cafes and a well-designed food truck that offers the quintessential tea and snack in a fun, creative and witty manner.

Adobo Dragon DeSoto Central Market

Adobo Dragon is an Asian fusion restaurant located inside the Desoto Central Market. This spot serves delicious carnitas, bao buns and grilled prawns that are popular among visitors. It also offers good beer and thai tea. The food is a great way to start your day. The staff at this place is very kind and helpful.

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Abobo is also featured as a sprite on the back cover of the NES and Mega Drive manuals for Double Dragon. He is a popular character with fans of the game and is known for his huge size, causing him to scare away his opponents.


Radish is a farm-to-table eatery that offers salads and cold-pressed juices. It’s one of the several restaurants located in the newly-opened, multi-level, community-centered Desoto Central Market.

Radishes are a type of cruciferous vegetable that comes in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. They have a crunchy, zesty taste when eaten raw.

They contain nutrients like Vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus. These vitamins and minerals help to keep you healthy, and they also protect against heart disease.

Another benefit of radishes is that they can help regulate blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. They have chemical compounds like glucosinolate and isothiocyanate that improve glucose uptake in the body, and they enhance the production of the hormone adiponectin.

Radishes can also help to flush out toxins from the liver and kidneys, and are an excellent source of fiber to aid in digestion. They are low in carbohydrates and high in water content, making them a great addition to your diet.

Yard Bird + the Larder + DeSoto Central Market

One of several eateries to open at the DeSoto Central Market in 2015, yard bird + the larder has since moved to its new home. Now a block west of Roosevelt / Central light rail station, the restaurant is just as lively and spirited as the food hall where it began.

Chef Stephen Jones, who was formerly the chef at Boulders and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar, brings his Southern-style cooking to this 350-square-foot stall in a playful counter-style setting. He’s not afraid to break the mold when it comes to his creative twists on traditional dishes; think fried chicken skin po-boy or black eyed peas and rice.

But as much as the menu reflects the counter’s playfulness, it’s also a serious affair with culinary sophistication. The larder’s counter-style seating is imaginative with a juxtaposition of white glossy tiles and the warmth of exposed brick walls framing a large wooden island where prep work, plating and action takes place.

Diners seated at the larder + the delta’s counter enjoy a rich sensory experience, whether it be watching chef Devan Cunningham artfully sprinkle salt on a crisp fried chicken skin or digging into a bowl of Carolina Gold rice with a tangy jalapeno slaw. This small eatery’s playful menu also includes a host of plant-based plates that come and go depending on seasonal availability and customer demand.


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