Last Friday was one of the most perfect nights to spend out at the downtown Phoenix First Friday art walk. The weather was gorgeous, the art was stellar, and there was a ton of people populating the downtown streets that gave the event an exciting energy.
To kick off our night, my friend and I went to Ticoz Resto-Bar for dinner. This was my first time at the Central and South American eatery, which features everything from chimichangas and burritos to tortas and burgers.
You have to get the chips and salsa as an appetizer ($1.95). The chips were thick and crispy, and the salsa had a nice bite to it. They went great with my strong but sweet Passion Fruit Sangria ($6.95), which was the perfect complement to the heat-filled meal.
I had two cheese enchiladas ($9.95) smothered in the vegetarian red sauce, which came with rice and beans–I got black beans. The portion was large, and the food was great–the flavors were bold, and everything tasted fresh.
Besides the yummy food, I also appreciated Ticoz for its ambiance. It had a dark and romantic vibe, with burnt orange walls that gave it a warm and cozy atmosphere. Ticoz is owned by Tom Jetland, who also owns Phoenix restaurants FEZ and Switch. I’d have to say Switch is my favorite of the three, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.
After dinner, my pal and I walked along Roosevelt Row, which has a ton of great art galleries and is a great spot to go for First Friday because there are so many galleries, as well as live bands, food at spots such as Carly’s, and even appearances by groups such as the Arizona Ghostbusters.
We eventually made our way into The Lost Leaf, which was not surprisingly packed to the brim with people. Local surf rock band The Surfside IV was the first band I’ve ever seen perform in the loft space above the crowd, and they did a wonderful job at keeping the patrons grooving. See a video of the band’s performance below.
The group wears suits and sunglasses that make for an eye-catching show in addition to the fun music. Make a little road trip to The Shady Dell in Bisbee for their next show, Saturday, April 30.