I had always walked by Carly’s Bistro during First Friday, and said to myself, “Hmm I should try that place sometime.” So finally, at the suggestion of a friend I tried Carly’s for lunch, and was glad that I did.

Usually packed during First Friday, Carly's has a completely different atmosphere during lunch.

You can expect a completely different atmosphere at Carly’s during lunch than during First Friday. In fact, during the day Carly’s would be the perfect place for a lunch meeting. I arrived a few minutes before my friend so I had some extra time to peruse the menu. Carly’s has quite the selection of sandwiches, wraps, and salads to choose from. The menu has a Mediterranean feel with items like hummus, and tapenade included on many of the sandwiches.

The bar at Carly's with a mural painted by local artist Steven Yazzie.

After much deliberation, I decided on a lavosh wrap with turkey, red pepper hummus, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. My friend ordered the Southwest Chicken sandwich, grilled chicken breast with cilantro pesto, chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese on cibatta. With a sandwich you get a choice of chips or an orzo salad. My wrap was delicious. Light, and made with fresh quality ingredients I didn’t feel overstuffed at the end of my meal.

My lavosh turkey wrap was fresh, delicious and just the right amount of food.

On my way out I noticed a sign on the sidewalk that listed Carly’s happy hour specials. With half off appetizers like; pita pizza, artichoke dip and an antipasto plate, I’ll be visiting Carly’s again soon.

I'll be back for happy hour soon!

Carly’s Bistro is located at 128 East Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix. You can find more photos of our visit to Carly’s Bistro on Flickr.