Thursday, July 13, 2017

FOUND:RE Is A Breath Of Fresh Air In Downtown Phoenix

By: The Food Hunter

In the midst of this predominately resort focused state, the FOUND:RE hotel in downtown Phoenix is like a breath of fresh air. The hotel offers guests unique artistic elements throughout its floors, rooms with modern industrial details and a community-driven signature restaurant.

There are 105 rooms featuring custom made platform beds, concrete floors, walk-in showers with benches and amazing city views. Guests can also enjoy a fitness center, a pool with complementary yoga on the weekends and lots of community space.

Mike Oleskow, the hotel's art curator, partners with local artist to fill the walls and other areas with unique art-work; all of which are for sale. From a nude painting of Burt Reynolds behind the registration desk

to the green dinosaur out by the pool and the mural of Steve Buscemi outside, there is art featured everywhere throughout the hotel.

My husband and I recently spent two nights at the FOUND:RE and were able to experience not only the comfortable hotel rooms and all their amenities, but also the fabulous cuisine at Match: Restaurant & Cocktails. Match offers approachable food, made from locally sourced ingredients and often cooked in the restaurant's wood-fired oven.

When I think of Match I see more of a neighborhood gathering spot rather than a hotel restaurant. The lounge is ideal for kicking back with friends or co-workers at the end of a long day. You can enjoy cocktails crafted with local spirits, garden herbs and house blended vermouth

while snacking on wood-fired pizzas

 or house-made celery root hummus. (this is to die for)

Items we tried on the restaurant's dinner menu:

A delicious smoked corn bisque topped with pieces of lobster and dried corn.

The roasted beet salad with arugula and orange.

 A seafood crudo accented with fresh pineapple wedges.

We also tasted the Scottish Salmon; which was fabulous.

Chef prepared for us a special plate of beef tartare served with hard cooked eggs, mustard and sea salt. His take on the classic dish was one of my favorites.

Weekday breakfast at Match is served counter style; allowing for a grab-and-go option for those stopping in during their morning commute. Think coffee, pastries and croissants.

Once the weekend rolls around a fabulous brunch is also available starting at 11:00am. We tried the ricotta pancakes with a side of bacon

and the smoked salmon Benedict which was served with a side salad dressed in an amazing vinaigrette.

If you are like me and prefer the city life over the resort atmosphere, I would recommend checking out the FOUND:RE in downtown Phoenix and be sure to have breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at Match Restaurant & Cocktails.

FOUND:RE & Match
1100 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

This experience was provided complimentary, all opinions are my own. 


  1. That pizza looks delicious!! I'd go to Phoenix just for that!

  2. That pizza is making me drool... I don't think I've ever been to Phoenix before!

  3. I want to try that celery root hummus and smoked corn bisque, yum!

  4. All of the food looks fantastic. Great place to visit in Phoenix! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  5. Everything looks great w/ the food but I just can't stop going back to look at the painting of Burt Reynolds lol.

  6. I don't know how I feel about that Burt Reynolds painting... Bahaha... but I DO love all that yummy food you ate :)

  7. What a beautiful hotel! The views are stunning as well. As for the food, it all looks delicious so I'd have a hard time deciding which item to try first! :)

  8. Such an amazing hotel. The food looks incredible. Those paintings are really fun and vibrant. The one of Burt is wicked cool.

  9. Wow what a gorgeous hotel! I will have to check it out if I am ever in Pheonix!

  10. What an amazing hotel - and the food looks absolutely gorgeous! I'd totally love to try that salmon!

  11. Mmm those look like some seriously good eats in a rather funky environment! Definitely will have to check this out if I'm ever in the area!