We love Upward Projects, the folks behind Postino, Windsor, Churn, Federal Pizza, and the new Joyride Taco House. These five spots are all right next to each other in Midtown Phoenix, with some other locations around the Valley as well. Upward Projects takes mid-century-modern buildings and adapts them into unique restaurant spaces.
Joyride has a cool vibe and a great patio. Their extensive menu includes tacos, burritos, tortas (Mexican-style sandwiches), enchiladas, and several kinds of salsa. We thoroughly enjoyed the Rhythmic Beet Salad with mixed greens, beets, papaya, avocado, goat cheese, toasted pepitas, cilanto, scallions, and honey champagne vinaigrette. The Nachos are almost a meal themslves, with Arizona pepperjack cheese, black beans, avocado, tomatillo salsa, pico gringo, and “white magic” – their house lime aioli. The tacos include varieties like Braised Beef, Veggie, and Crispy Fish; it’s fun to mix and match. Delicious margaritas are served alongside fresh Aguas Frescas, cocktails, beer, and wines. Bring some friends so you can split one of their amazing desserts!
all images courtesy of Upward Projects