Sapna Cafe

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1301 NW Grand Avenue, Phoenix
602-254-6726

Housed in an airy, light-filled corner of the old Bragg's Pie Building down on Grand, Sapna is tiny, urban and utterly adorable. It's owned by Ana Borrajo, a globetrotter who brings global accents to her simple cooking, based on fresh, local ingredients. Her short but appealing menu offers a handful of breakfast dishes, salads, quesadillas, panini and daily specials. In Borrajo's hands, quesadillas are anything but typical -- maybe filled with Brie and raisin-y onion marmalade or blue cheese with tomato marmalade: both so delicious. An ultra-simple salad of greens, juicy tomato wedges and olive oil is served Spanish-style, with loads of fresh garlic and a flurry of cilantro. My favorite dish (and I hope someday it becomes part of the regular menu) is squiggly rotelle pasta with blue cheese, caramelized onions and walnuts. Desserts change frequently but might include fresh strawberries with whipped cream and honey, puffy banana-nut cookies, chocolate mousse with candied orange or creamy tiramisu. Better still, everything is unbelievably inexpensive. If you live or work downtown, Sapna should be in your rotation. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. $-$$