My Florist Café. WHAT: Half-price bottles of wine (can it really be Christmas in July?) are the daily deal at the 1950s florist shop-turned-restaurant and piano bar. There's a cool vibe, big salads, and sandwiches made with yummy bread from Willo Baking Company next door. WHEN: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 530 W. McDowell Rd.; 602/254-0333.
Emerald Lounge. WHAT: A little gem of a dive bar and the place to catch up-and-coming rock bands. Also in the mix are cheap drinks and people-watching―lots of artist and writer types sporting tattoos. WHEN: Noon-2 a.m. daily. WHERE: 1514 N. Seventh Ave.; 602/256-9705. ―Melissa Castleman
Willo and Encanto lie between Thomas Rd. to the north and Mc- Dowell Rd. to the south, and Central Ave. to the east and 15th Ave. to the west.