Not going to lie, Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix looks pretty sketchy.
I love The Paisley Violin’s intimate setting. It barely seats 20 people inside, and the vibe is laid-back and casual. There is live music on Friday nights with acoustic guitarists, and there’s also a patio to sit on when it’s cooler. Plus, indoors, there’s a full bar with coffee, too.
For being such a small place, the food at Paisley is pretty amazing. My pal and I started with the Mediterranean Platter ($8.50), a great sampler that included massive amounts of hummus and babaganouge, as well as dolmas, olives, falafel and veggies. We even got extra pita offered to us for free by the server when we ran out–score!
I had the oh-so-tasty veggie burger with potato salad for my entree ($7.50). I opted to have it on nine-grain bread, and I felt healthy just for eating it. The burger, made from rice, veggies and herbs, was very filling and topped with a ton of veggies and mozzarella. As far as non-soy-based burgers go, it was top-notch. My potato salad was also delicious, with a mustard base.