As devotees know, there’s a lot more to shopping than snapping up an item and slapping down a piece of plastic. The shopping experience encompasses everything from diversions such as movie theaters and craft shows to surprises such as live entertainment and rock-climbing walls. The following descriptions aim to capture the ambiance of different shopping venues in the Greater Phoenix area—ranging from small, quaint historic districts to large, contemporary “destination malls” where you can shop, eat, and be entertained.
Like magic, this restaurant transforms from a hip café with breakfast and lunch in the day to a dark and cozy candlelit eatery at night. Try the early bird sandwich in the morning then return at night for bruschetta and wine.
AIELLO’S EAST COAST ITALIAN
777 E. Thunderbird Rd., Ste. 100, Phoenix
From spaghetti with the acclaimed Joe’s Famous Meatballs to the delicious Sunday Gravy, the authentic fare at Aiello’s will please any Italian-food aficionado. Bookend your experience with a pre-dinner glass of Italian wine and traditional cannoli as a sweet finale.
Savor sophisticated dishes influenced by central and southern Mexico. This quaint yet upscale restaurant serves a delectable selection of modern Mexican entrées, as well as fish and vegetarian dishes. Be sure to sample the cochinita pibíl—slow-roasted pork that’s been marinated in achiote and orange.
At this laid-back sister location to Barrio Cafe, try a mollete: an open-faced, toasted bolillo with spiced black beans, sausage, avocado, jojoque crema, and cotija cheese. Then, sip a cold Mexican beer or a handcrafted coctele. Post-meal, start up a friendly corn hole competition in the adjacent courtyard.
Comfort meets sophistication at this restaurant run by long-time neighbors and friends. The motto here is “come together,” and this eatery’s welcoming atmosphere is hard to resist. Even harder to resist: the mouth-watering pastrami-cured salmon, hearty chicken with bacon-biscuit stuffing, and chocolate-dipped bacon s’mores. Need we say more?
2320 E. Osborn Rd.
Dinner here is a chef-run event. Not to worry. You’re in the excellent hands of celebrated chef Kevin Binkley. No orders are taken. Instead, Binkley surprises diners with a series of elegant small plates, each meticulously prepared and presented. Courses also carry diners throughout the restaurant, including into the kitchen. Reservations are required.
BLANCO TACOS + TEQUILA
602-429-8000 (Phoenix) , 480-305-6692 (Scottsdale)
With a contemporary twist on traditional favorites, Blanco celebrates the spirit of Mexico with an inventive variety of tacos and more than 50 premium tequilas. Try the grilled salmon with roasted Yukon hash, chayote squash, sweet peppers, and spinach alongside a fresh-fruit sangria or margarita.
BOOTLEGGERS MODERN AMERICAN SMOKEHOUSE
602-996-4228 (Phoenix), 480-404-9984 (Scottsdale)
This smokehouse is a rising star in the local restaurant scene, thanks to a modern aesthetic and a mouthwatering selection of ‘cue, from smoked turkey breast to sliced beef brisket, from cold smoked salmon to pork belly tacos. Vegetarians can eat, too—Bootleggers serves up a mean veggie taco with cilantro crema.
This “burger bar” has 19 burgers on the menu, plus a tasty roundup of sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Burger choices include The Phoenix (green chile, cheddar, chipotle mayo), the 2 AM Burger (cheddar, hash browns, bacon, over easy egg), and the Mac ‘n’ Cheese ‘n’ Bacon Burger. Bonus: Flat-screen TVs mean you can catch the big game, too.
CHICAGO HAMBURGER CO.
Since 1975, this Chicago-style sandwich joint has been offering up Windy City faves such as Vienna hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and juicy sliders for less than 2 bucks. Before you eat your weight in burgers, try your hand at Pac Man, or cheer on your team while watching the game on television.
A panda bear holding chopsticks dressed in a sombrero. That’s Chino Bandido, a Mexican-Chinese restaurant that served up fusion cuisine before it was a trend. Think orange-chicken quesadillas and Asian-inspired bowls filled with fried rice, machace, and refried black beans.
Steamed buns, Pad Thai, pork ramen, and other traditional treats get a fresh twist in a trendy setting. For example, kimchi chicken and waffles or a green tea pastry with golden beets. Wash it down with The Enabler, a cocktail with whiskey, maple syrup, hibiscus bitters, and sea salt.
Translated from Italian to mean “raw,” Crudo serves fresh food made by hand. Specializing in sashimi-style seafood with Italian flair, Crudo takes your taste buds on an adventure with dishes like ahi with pistachio and horseradish. Entrées such as squid ink risotto tempt guests, while Bar Crudo mixes up sumptuous spirits.
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
602-680-4040 (Phoenix), 480-970-1700 (Scottsdale), 480-240-1601 (Tempe)
This gastro pub, with its comfy chairs and dimly lit chandeliers, is the perfect place to meet for cocktails and savory appetizers. With an eclectic menu of soft pretzels and Provolone fondue, barbecue pork belly nachos, and sweet fried chicken with honey drizzle, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to order.
This family-owned restaurant has been a long-running favorite among Vietnamese enthusiasts. The menu is diverse, filled with favorites such as pho da vàng (noodle soup with beef brisket, tendon, and tripe) and vermicilli topped with shredded pork, coconut cream, bean sprouts, and mint. To finish your meal, try the 3 Colors Dessert: mung bean, red bean, and green Jell-O.
No signage identifies this hard-to-find gem—look for the menu posted in a windowsill. The green chile stew starts things off right, but how to choose between smoked pork simmered in red chile, tomatillo toast, or the melt-in-your-mouth Taos tenderloin? Bring a friend and share.
DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW
The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs’ award-winning mountaintop restaurant boasts gourmet selections, breathtaking views, and an internationally acclaimed wine cellar. The menu, based on Mediterranean flavors, features dishes made with fresh herbs and vegetables from the chef’s hillside garden.
There’s no other place like Durant’s. This local institution (going strong for more than 60 years) is the place to see local celebs and politicians who come for the mesquite-broiled steaks and chops, crab cakes, and Australian lobster tails.
FRANK & ALBERT’S
Relish comfort food with flair at this Arizona Biltmore restaurant. Relax at a cozy fireside table where you’ll enjoy the likes of prime rib with a sea salt baked potato, shepherd’s pie, or braised short ribs with creamy grits. And save room for dessert—do-it-yourself s’mores roasted over an open flame.
FRY BREAD HOUSE
602-351-2345 (Phoenix), 480-839-5252 (Mesa)
Primarily serving foods of the Tohono O’odham in an intimate atmosphere filled with paintings by local Native American artists. Enjoy a variety of tacos, stews, and tamales. The tacos are made with frybread, on the spot, with a number of toppings to choose from. This is food you won’t find anywhere else.
Located in a ranch house built in the 40s, Hole-in-the-Wall offers some of the best Western-style dining in the area with views of the resort’s River Ranch water park. Enjoy such entrées as smoked pork ribs and grilled Atlantic salmon. Try the 3-cheese macaroni or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the jalapeño
coleslaw, for a real kick.
LUCI’S HEALTHY MARKETPLACE
602-773-1339 (Phoenix), 602-633-2442 (Phoenix)
If you’re a fan of fresh and good-for-you eats, Luci’s is the place. Part cafe, part marketplace, Luci’s offers a full menu (including all-day breakfast), plus a great selection of eco-friendly groceries. Pay a visit to Luci’s sister location at The Orchard for a charming indoor-outdoor dining experience.
This local hangout invites you to sit and stay awhile. Sip on a frothy latte while chatting with friends in the lounge-like space. The jalapeno and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese is a winner, and the menu changes daily, which means you’ll find a delicious new surprise each day.
MACALPINE’S DINER & SODA FOUNTAIN
2303 N. 7th St.
Step back in time at MacAlpine’s Diner, which serves up a 1950s-inspired atmosphere and classic ice cream sodas. Choose from nearly 40 different flavors like the German Chocolate Cake or the Hubba Bubba, a bubble gum soda mixed with strawberry ice cream. To complete the meal, pair it with a sandwich or burger and top it off with a sundae.
MACAYO’S MEXICAN KITCHEN
Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Scottsdale, plus 6 additional area locations
602-264-6141 (Phoenix), 602-298-8080 (Glendale), (Tempe)
At this long-standing family-owned restaurant, fresh ingredients shine in specialties such as pork carnitas, spicy chicken poblano, and verde shrimp enchiladas. Insider tip: The Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard location showcases a different menu, with a modern twist on old favorites—street tacos with jicama, green chile pork stew, and a selection of premium tequilas.
Some know Mel’s as the recognizable sign from the opening credits of “Alice,” the 1970s sitcom. Others know it for its vintage feel and menu of pancakes, sausage, and eggs. Not in the mood for breakfast? Try a juicy burger, frothy milkshake, or crispy chicken fried steak.
This place defines alfresco dining—the indoors opens to the desert air, plush seating and picnic tables dot the outdoor terrace, and native plants and a chef’s garden line the exterior. Regional flavors influence the menu in elegant ways. Think sheep’s milk ricotta drizzled with local honey or diver scallops invigorated by Arizona citrus.
OKRA COOKHOUSE & COCKTAILS
Soul food and Italian food? Don’t question it. Just get yourself to Okra to try any of the swoon-worthy dishes, such as the Southern fried chicken served 3 ways or the buttermilk meatballs with polenta. Pair any dish with a tasty Mint Julep—it doesn’t get more Southern than that.
OREGANO’S PIZZA BISTRO
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, plus 6 additional area locations
602-241-0707 (Phoenix), 480-348-0500 (Scottsdale), 480-970-1860 (Scottsdale), 480-858-0501 (Tempe)
This is no strip-mall pizza chain. The menu boasts pizzeria fare with a twist. From the Chicago-style thin crust to the special marinara sauce, everything is homemade–including the excellent stuffed chicken pesto pizza. It’s all topped with great service and a fun atmosphere. Open every day.
This open-concept eatery offers diners a glimpse into the kitchen where flavorful New American and Mexican dishes are handcrafted from local ingredients, such as the pollo asado marinated in local citrus. Offerings range from carne asada tortas to Mexican-style sandwiches. Vibrant and colorful decor adds to the culinary experience.
This downtown foodie favorite offers a limited yet tasty menu of salads, home-baked bread, and organic sandwiches. Don’t miss the mozzarella sandwich, which combines juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and freshly made cheese.
PHOENIX CITY GRILLE
With a traditional tavern feel, Phoenix City Grille features specialties like cedar-plank salmon and grilled Idaho red trout. For heartier fare, try the Arizona cowboy steak or mesquite-smoked baby-back pork ribs. Enjoy your meal in the comfortable dining room.
702 W. Montecito Ave.
This quaint and relaxing eatery, which offers fresh gourmet food in a variety of delectable dishes, is celebrated for its beautifully decorated fare. Try the curried carrot dish or the elegantly arranged scallop crudo, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with various seasonings.
RICO’S AMERICAN GRILL
This laid-back eatery will satisfy your cravings after a leisurely day at the pool. Order up a cold Arizona brew beside such signature dishes as flatbreads, lime butter grilled salmon, or the Farm Burger—each chock-full of delicious locally grown ingredients.
With a Netherlands-inspired design, this candlelit restaurant draws diners with prime-grade meats and flavorful seafood. Begin with the chipotle ribs appetizer, and move on to entrees like Pasta Heidi–green chile linguine with grilled chicken and chipotle cream sauce.
ROSIE MCCAFFREY’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
As authentic as they come, Rosie’s offers a satisfying menu of such Irish favorites as shepherd’s pie, apple dumplings, corned beef and cabbage, and chicken potpie. The decor is Irish through and through–greens, rich woods, stained glass, and live Irish music transport you to the shamrock isle.
602-374-2294 (Phoenix), 480-404-7264 (Scottsdale)
This hip diner delights foodies with its modern take on breakfast faves, such as french toast made from hand-cut french bread baguettes. Try the signature Brizza, a breakfast pizza of eggs and delicious toppings. Bright citrus colors and sleek stainless-steel accents create a relaxed, contemporary vibe.
SIERRA BONITA GRILL
For regional cuisine with flair, stop by this lively Southwest-style ranch house. Nibble on chips and homemade guacamole while the kitchen whips up tasty fish tacos, spicy Azteca soup, or smoked red-chile pork roast. If you’re seeking comfort food with a kick, try the macaroni and cheese with green chiles.
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert
480-725-8000 (Phoenix), 480-664-3133 (Scottsdale), 480-355-1934 (Tempe), 480-664-4488 (Gilbert)
This energetic restaurant offers traditional breakfast favorites with a modern twist. The Chile Verde Benny plays up eggs Benedict with cotija cheese and green chile hollandaise. Can’t decide which pancakes to order? Pick three flavors and get a flight. The bright, retro decor adds to the fun.
Some might balk at the mere suggestion of giving Southern food an upscale flair, but this warm and rustic eatery proves good ol’ Southern cooking can be equally delicious with an elegant twist. We think you’ll be convinced after just one bite of cider-brined pork loin or smoked chicken and grilled andouille gumbo ya ya.
Set in a historic building, St. Francis marries rustic and urban styles for a contemporary space amid original brick facings from the 1950s. Must-tries: the baked goat cheese appetizer and crispy wood-fired pizzas—both cooked in the dramatic centerpiece oven. In the cooler months, sit at the indoor/outdoor counter.
SUNUP BREWING CO.
As the name suggests, this Southwestern eatery features a variety of extraordinary beers, all brewed here in Phoenix. Whether you prefer ales or lagers, you’re sure to find a pint to suit your taste. Great fare such as burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads round out the menu.
602-482-3260 (Phoenix), 480-218-5700 (Gilbert)
Snag a seat at the bar to watch sushi chefs create artful—and delicious—handrolls, from the spicy to the sweet. Also try the chicken teriyaki bento box, or choose from a variety of noodle and rice dishes.
This taqueria finds its home in a former church. Stained glass windows line one wall, and a 20-foot ceiling with the original wooden beams stretch above the restaurant’s cozy community seating. Tortillas are fresh-pressed, and taco options include Peking duck, pork adovada, and braised beef.
Willie and Waylon and the boys would probably feel right at home in this neighborhood bar and steakhouse that’s loaded with Texas memorabilia. The meu is blessedly simple (5 types of steak, chicken, burgers, and chicken-fried steak), the beer’s frosty, the mashed potatoes win awards, and the natives are real friendly.
With a menu of yummy vegetarian and vegan dishes plus a full bar, this tiny restaurant packs a big punch. The setting is quaint (a remodeled bungalow); the patio is dog friendly; and the pastries are fresh-baked daily. Hit up The Coronado for breakfast—jalapeno waffle, anyone?—then return in the evening for cocktails.
THE MAIN INGREDIENT ALE HOUSE & CAFé
This restaurant housed in a 1920s bungalow keeps curious lunch-goers and devoted regulars happy with its inventive take on sandwiches. Two words: Cash Money. In this sammie, the classic PB&J gets a makeover with housemade cashew butter, red-pepper jelly, and bananas on toasted sourdough.
THE PARLOR PIZZERIA
This Central Phoenix pizzeria calls a former 1950s beauty parlor home, hence the name. Many of the original architectural features still exist, along with vintage items from the old parlor shop. Veggies from the restaurant’s on-site garden (think kale, basil, rosemary, tomatoes, and radicchio) show up on the stellar pies.
602-633-1187 (Phoenix), 602-553-7227 (Phoenix), 602-254-2242 (Phoenix), 480-758-5399 (Scottsdale)
Locals flock to this hip neighborhood eatery for its eclectic menu and swanky decor. Favorites include “Vignature” rib eye with chive creme fraiche and short rib tacos with sambal aioli, kimchi, and crispy shallots. Enjoy a DJ every Friday and Saturday.
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN
602-774-3488 (Phoenix), 480-265-4500 (Scottsdale)
With globally inspired organic dishes, True Food nourishes body and mind. Notice the tables topped with local produce and the organic wine list. You’ll have a hard time choosing between panang curry and spaghetti-squash casserole, but the housemade chicken sausage pizza is a no-brainer.
Don’t let the casual vibe fool you—Urban Taco is a hidden gem of culinary innovation. From a selection of unique, fresh salsas to street tacos and fresh, chopped salads, creativity abounds in this modern Mexican hot spot.
This cozy spot boasts comfort food inspired by international cuisines. Locals’ favorites include savory cr�pes—a French-style dish with Swiss chard and fontina cheese—and the Orchard French Toast, packed with fresh apples and honey mascarpone. The Japanese cold-brewed coffee comes in a variety of flavors: order a flight of three.
At Windsor, tables form cozy clusters, servers welcome regulars, and the menu offers comfort food at its best. Standouts include a pulled-pork sandwich with crunchy coleslaw and the fried okra—a side you won’t regret ordering. Enjoy the selection of both beer and wine on tap. For dessert? Go next door to Churn for homemade ice cream.
5 & DINER
Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, Peoria
480-949-1957 (Scottsdale), 480-641-1958 (Mesa), 602-264-5220 (Phoenix), 623-979-3073 (Peoria)
This classic 50s diner serves up hefty portions of nostalgia and great food, including certified Angus beef burgers, chicken-fried steak, and some of the tastiest shakes and malts around. Eight area locations. Phoenix and Scottsdale serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day, every day.
ATLAS BISTRO RESTAURANT
Atlas Bistro’s gourmet fare derives its inspiration from cuisine styles spanning the globe, but the delectable menu—revised daily—is created using local ingredients. Be bold and order the chef’s tasting menu. Atlas is BYOB, so pair dinner with a bottle of vino from the neighboring wine store.
BLUE HOUND KITCHEN + COCKTAILS
Southern food in the Southwest? You better believe it. At this airy, sunny restaurant, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and swordfish make diners swoon. Fancy bourbon cocktails round out the Southern experience.
Creamy jalapeno artichoke dip, beet salad with pine nuts and Gorgonzola, or Brie and prosciutto grilled cheese. Hungry yet? Head to Carly’s Bistro and order up! Local art adorns the walls, and a street-side patio makes for ideal outdoor dining. And for dessert, tiramisu.
Special occasion? Try Arizona’s only rooftop revolving restaurant, complete with breathtaking views, fine dining, impeccable service, and a wine list that has garnered Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The menu changes seasonally, but you can count on delicious, contemporary cuisine.
DISTRICT AMERICAN KITCHEN & WINE BAR
This downtown hot spot features classic American dishes with a contemporary twist. Try wild salmon on cedar planks or IPA-brined pork chops. Wash down dinner with one of the 10 microbrews on tap. And don’t skip dessert—the white chocolate blueberry crème brulée is to die for.
Housed in a 1940s men’s department store (and using the same name), Hanny’s is now a classic downtown spot for dinner and drinks. In homage to its Post-War roots, the bar serves throwback cocktails, such as Side Cars and Negronis. Pair your bevvie with one of Hanny’s delicious dishes: Tuscan Steak and Pork Milanese are popular.
LO-LO’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
Phoenix, Gilbert, Scottsdale
Separately, chicken and waffles are pretty good. Together—soft, sweet waffles with crispy chicken—they’re unforgettable. Take your place in line at this bustling restaurant; you won’t be the only one clamoring for this Southern staple. Honorable mentions go to mac ‘n’ cheese, fried okra, and smothered potatoes.
MATT’S BIG BREAKFAST
602-254-1074 (Phoenix), 602-840-3450 (Phoenix)
Just as the name suggests, this urban diner specializes in serving a hearty helping of the early-morning meal. From hot griddlecakes to made-to-order omelettes, Matt keeps breakfast fare simple. Big sandwiches and a specialty burger round out the menu. Open daily, 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
MRS. WHITE’S GOLDEN RULE CAFE
Everyone who works downtown crowds into Mrs. White’s at lunchtime for home cooking. That’s how good it is. Vegetables change routinely (could be corn, cabbage, or greens), but every entrée (smothered pork chops and fried chicken) comes with cornbread. And save room for cobbler. Lunch and early dinner only.
NOBUO AT TEETER HOUSE
This bungalow in Heritage Square is the perfect place for a romantic evening or to unwind after a busy day. Socialize over inspired drinks and inventive cuisine such as yellowtail ceviche or coconut curry grilled lamb. An assortment of exotic teas rounds out the menu.
PHOENIX PUBLIC MARKET CAFé
Hearty dishes at this downtown Phoenix restaurant feature seasonal ingredients sourced from the on-site farmers market. Homemade soups, fresh pastries, green salads, and stacked sandwiches satisfy any food mood, and handcrafted cocktails complete the experience.
602-258-8300 (Phoenix), 602-368-3273 (Phoenix)
This small pizzeria in historic Heritage Square (with a second location in central Phoenix) has a lot going for it. First, owner Chris Bianco comes from Brooklyn. Second, he makes his own mozzarella. And third, the specialty pies are baked in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy. Enough said?
POMO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Glendale
602-795-2555 (Phoenix), 480-998-1366 (Scottsdale), 480-878-2222 (Gilbert)
This Neapolitan pizzeria is all about keeping things traditional. With imported ingredients and authentic cooking methods, it’s no wonder this pizza is certified by two Neapolitan pizza associations. With one bite of the chewy, thincrust pie, you will be whisked away to Old-World Napoli.
SEAMUS MCCAFFREY’S IRISH PUB
From the copper-roofed bar to the toe-tapping Celtic beat, Seamus knows what’s required for a festive evening. Hearty offerings, such as “me Granny’s own recipe” Irish beef stew, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie warm the belly, while traditional pub beverages loosen the tongue.
THE ARROGANT BUTCHER
Patrons can watch the chefs slice, chop, and sauté food at this open-concept restaurant. The view only gets more exciting when entrées such as New Zealand sea bass or crab-stuffed chicken arrive at the table. The urban vibe draws in lunch and dinner crowds, especially to the tables on the climate-controlled patio.
THE BREADFRUIT & RUM BAR
This eatery offers diners an authentic taste of Jamaican cuisine and culture by blending fresh, finely spiced fare, reggae music, and premium-aged rum. Start with sweet oven-roasted plantains, then dig into succulent jerk pork over polenta. For something sweet, try the bar’s revamped pina colada.
This restaurant, housed in an old warehouse, is great for nights you don’t want to end. Ping-pong, foosball, cornhole, and boxing—yes, boxing—happily keep you occupied while you nibble on munchies such as bacon mac ‘n’ cheese muffins, brisket sliders, and baked artichoke, asparagus, and goat cheese dip.
AGAVE SOUTHWEST BAR & GRILL
Showcasing local flavors—including Arizona-made beers and liquors—Agave offers an exploration in regional fare. Slice into seared prime rib eye with chimichurri and Mexican street corn, then savor warm bread pudding bites on Agave’s breezy, expansive patio overlooking the TPC Golf Course.
Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix
480-219-9310 (Scottsdale), 480-248-9834 (Tempe), 480-893-7597 (Chandler)
Poke (poh-kay) bowls are like deconstructed sushi. How it works: Choose your base (rice or salad or both), then add your choice of sushi-grade fish. Top the bowl with cucumber, seaweed, ginger, or jicama, and finish things off with sweet citrus or spicy sauce.
ARIZONA ROOM PATIO GRILL
Here, casual meets spicy. Try the bold flavors of the Arizona Room Burger or the tequila-lime shrimp and Mojo Chicken Street Tacos, best complemented by the daring pineapple margarita. Enjoy a selection of locally crafted beers while watching your favorite sporting event on the 24-screen media wall.
Craft cocktails, dishes with locally sourced ingredients, shareable plates, and sophisticated decor–this place impresses. Delight in the lovely and simple dishes, each perfectly done, such as seared scallops with plump gnocchi, crispy Brussels sprouts, and corn fondue, or rillettes with Arizona dates and white port jam.
This elegant steakhouse offers a menu of the finest cuts of beef, poultry, and seafood, all slow-poached in butter and grilled over a wood-fueled fire. Savor Sonoma such with charred cabbage in a setting that pays homage to the beauty of the desert.
This Scottsdale eatery makes everything from brats and pretzels to schnitzel and sausages “in haus.” A beer garden with German, Belgian, and American drafts and a menu loaded with German specialties offer a unique dining experience. Belgian fries with made-from-scratch dipping sauces make the perfect starter.
This café pleases diners of all tastes with its menu of Asian and American cuisines. Enjoy dishes like hearty club sandwiches and grilled cheese or steamed dumplings and kung pao chicken. The restaurant also features daily specials, as well as a breakfast menu.
Settle in for an evening of beautiful views and fresh-as-can-be seafood. A daily selection of fresh fish is offered, as well as mainstays such as basil-citrus grilled mahi–but don’t overlook the tender steaks or decadent desserts.
CHESTNUT FINE FOODS & PROVISIONS
Step inside this bright, airy space, grab a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows, then savor creative culinary creations: spicy chicken ‘n’ waffles (with Cholula-flavored maple syrup) or grilled cheese with white cheddar and locally grown tomatoes.
CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE
7111 E. 5th Ave., Ste. E
Perfect for the foodie who loves fine dining and a comfortable atmosphere, Citizen Public House has delectable main courses and a drink menu with more than 50 types of wine. The OMFG Salad is legendary, and the pan-seared scallops with sweet corn grits and the roasted chicken with truffle and saffron risotto don’t disappoint.
CORNISH PASTY CO.
Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa
480-945-1220 (Scottsdale), 480-894-6261 (Tempe), 480-838-3586 (Mesa)
Founder and Cornwall native Dean Thomas brings foodies the classic Cornish pasty from England. What it is: a baked pastry traditionally filled with steak, potatoes, onion, and rutabaga and served with red wine gravy or ketchup. Fun and tasty derivatives include cheeseburger and vegetarian versions.
Despite the name, you won’t find steaks and beans or spaghetti with marinara sauce here. This postmodern Western bistro features an ambitious menu balanced between snacky items to try at the bar and big plates such as exotic mushroom panfry with grilled polenta.
This hip restaurant is the area’s hot spot for creative burgers. Go for the Delux burger made with all-natural beef, Maytag blue and Gruyère cheeses, caramelized onions, and apple-wood bacon. The restaurant’s happy hour makes Delux a favorite hangout, especially among local chefs.
Step inside Diego Pops and soak up the neon; the hot-pink, lime-green, retro-chic design complements the Miami-circa-1986 vibe. The Latin/Mexican fare is pretty good, too. Go for Brussels sprouts nachos, adobo chicken, or coconut-lemongrass ceviche. Drinks range from agua frescas to fruity, fizzy cocktails.
A fashionable girls’ school more than 70 years ago, this quaint adobe lodge nestled between Camelback and Mummy mountains offers old-style Southwestern charm. The menu delights with trout amandine and flash-fried lobster tail. Enjoy casual dining and cocktails by glowing fireplaces on the patios.
Head to Camelback Mountain for a sleek and seductive dining experience. Enjoy the view from the patio or take a seat at the convivial community table. Menu highlights include bacon-wrapped filet of beef with trumpet mushrooms.
FARM & CRAFT
The kitchen at Farm & Craft focuses on food and drinks—and even desserts—with a healthy spin. (The menu calls out items that reduce stress, are anti-inflammatory, and more.) Savor the antioxidant-filled roasted chicken breast, served with cauliflower mash and garlic spinach. The shortbread made with lemon, blood orange, almond, and lavender flavors ends dinner on a sweet note.
The signature restaurant at the CopperWynd Resort & Club, Flourish offers modern American cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Pair the Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Sauce with a selection from the full bar, stocked with organic wine, craft beer and signature cocktails. Picturesque views of the Sonoran Desert add to the ambiance.
Featuring local and sustainable cuisine and a wine list exclusively comprising Arizona wines, FnB boasts a menu of seasonal vegetables, such as a salad of persimmons, pomegranate, pecans, prosciutto, and goat cheese. A cozy dining room welcome visitors into a warm and intimate scene.
Visitors and Phoenicians escape to the Desert Botanical Garden to walk among the regional flora. Now, there’s even more reason to visit—Gertrude’s, the on-site restaurant named for the garden’s founder. The menu features fresh flavors, local ingredients, and a Sunday brunch that would be the perfect prelude to a walk in the garden.
GOLDIE’S NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS CAFE
With a game room, 2 pool tables, pinball, and more than 20 TV monitors and big screens, this is a great place to take the family–and take in the game. Happily, the menu serves more than your typical bar food. Try the wood-fired pizzas or the delicious focaccia sandwiches.
GRANADA BAR & GRILL
Located within Embassy Suites, this newly remodeled American restaurant provides menu items for the perfect dinner occasion. Take a seat at the redesigned bar and try dishes like the New York Strip or the Cedar Plank Salmon served with pineapple and pomegranate relish.
GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP
602-368-8766 (Phoenix), 480-699-0699 (Scottsdale)
Get your greens here. Salads, sandwiches, and seafood dishes feature fresh ingredients such as crunchy apples, juicy tomatoes, sweet corn, zingy red onions, and crisp lettuce. There’s plenty of protein, too, such as brisket cooked low and slow and topped with barbecue sauce.
602-242-2337 (Phoenix), 480-348-2337 (Scottsdale)
This place is all about burgers, and that’s a good thing. The menu includes fresh buns made in-house, Angus beef from humanely raised and hormone-free cows, and vegetables culled from local vendors. The restaurant features a hip interior and a milkshake menu to die for.
HULA’S MODERN TIKI
602-265-8454 (Phoenix), 480-970-4852 (Scottsdale)
At Hula’s, it feels like Hawaii circa 1955. Not a bad time or place to be, especially with dishes such as Cocojoe’s Chicken Plate, which includes coconut, lillikoi sauce, fried sweet plantains, black beans, and rice. Tropical beverages topped with a colorful umbrella mean it’s tiki time.
Fresh ingredients procured from Italy and grown locally are some of the treasures offered here. Authentic Italian specialties include pork bistecca and olive oil poached halibut. Enjoy your meal at a quiet table with views of the lush resort grounds.
Grab your significant other and head for this elegant, romantic restaurant. Enjoy dramatic sunsets and city views while you savor a menu filled with premium meats, fresh fish, and a variety of mouth-watering dishes complemented by local ingredients and worldly spices.
KAZIMIERZ WORLD WINE BAR
Sommeliers and aspiring wine enthusiasts alike can savor a selection of wines from around the globe, while relaxing amid plush seating and soft candlelight. Menu highlights such as Tuscan flatbreads and Spanish goat cheese are designed to complement your wine of choice.
MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB
Greater Phoenix may be in the desert, but that doesn’t stop Mastro’s from offering one of the freshest selections of seafood around. Choose from Pacific swordfish, Hawaiian big eye tuna, Florida grouper, and more. You’ll also find steak and chops on the menu, along with the restaurant’s signature Warm Butter Cake.
MIRACLE MILE DELICATESSEN
Since 1949, this classic deli has been serving award-winning sandwiches to rival the best of New York. Mouth-watering favorites include savory brisket, pastrami, and corned beef. Choose from 7 varieties of fresh bread and homemade sides such as creamy potato salad.
MOWRY & COTTON
The causal and laid-back atmosphere at Mowry & Cotton puts diners at ease as they peruse the seasonally changing menu. Savor regionally inspired American dishes such as grilled black cod, lamb tacos, or many vegetarian options. Sweet-tooth? Make sure to order the warm s’mores pie.
4525 N. 24th St.
Woodfired pizzas, soups, and salads are abundant at this modern deli. Or sample some of the best bread in the area with the array of sandwiches and toasts loaded with avocado, tuna, and other toppings.
This contemporary sushi bar offers a fresh selection of sashimi and rolls featuring tuna, eel, yellowtail, salmon, and other specialty fish. The menu also boasts an array of noodle bowls—from Chinese and Japanese to Thai and Vietnamese. Be sure to stick around the casino for the live entertainment on the weekends.
O.H.S.O EATERY + NANOBREWERY
602-955-0358 (Phoenix), 480-948-3159 (Scottsdale)
This nanobrewery serves more than just craft beer—although that’s good, too. The menu is packed with everything from burgers and salads to tacos and flatbreads. Beer Brunch happens on the weekends, and dogs are welcome any day of the week.
OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY
A tree-covered patio, Southwestern-accented interior, and Margarita’s Tequilarilla (read: “lounge”) stocking more than 160 tequilas, make the Factory a local favorite. The menu includes specialties like Shawnee sea bass and red chile pork chops.
At Orange Sky, pair a glass of world-class wine with agave-chile beef tenderloin and sautéed
foie gras while you enjoy panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains. Other menu standouts: Australian lamb chops, pan-roasted chicken, and shrimp and scallop steaks.
For more than 60 years, this historic watering hole has been the favorite post-game hangout for Cactus League Spring Training fans. A varied menu runs the gamut of burgers and wood-fired pizzas to quinoa salad and sea scallops. Mid-century style, baseball memorabilia, and vintage photos of 1950s-era Scottsdale complete the atmosphere.
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe
602-852-3939 (Phoenix), 602-274-5144 (Phoenix), 602-899-1111 (Scottsdale), 602-428-4444 (Scottsdale), 480-632-6363 (Gilbert), 480-927-1111 (Tempe)
This modern, ultra-hip café specializes in hard-to-find wines and lighter Italian fare. Sample the bruschetta with a choice of 12 different toppings, a delightful salad, or a dreamy dessert while savoring the perfect glass of wine. You’ll find wine from around the world.
REHAB BURGER THERAPY
480-773-7307 (Tempe), 21 E. 6th St., Ste. 146
480-621-5358 (Scottsdale), 7210 E. 2nd St.
Indulge in some of the most therapeutic burgers in metro Phoenix. Known for its beach-like atmosphere, Rehab Burger Therapy has a wide selection of burgers including the Ghost Burger, topped with ghost pepper jack cheese, crispy onions, and guacamole. Water down the large burgers with a specialty drink from the happy hour menu, which also offers discounted appetizers.
RELISH BURGER BISTRO
Stop by The Phoenician’s golf course restaurant for a Kobe burger on a homemade bun. The menu offers such inventive toppings as fried egg, smoked pork, brie cheese, and more. During happy hour, sample from the selection of 100 tequilas, and for a sweet finish, savor make-it-yourself s’mores.
This elegant Japanese restaurant situates diners in full view of the robata grill—watch as chefs chop, toss, and grill. Order a sushi roll or grilled sweet corn skewers and see it handcrafted right before your eyes. After dinner, enjoy housemade ice cream, or make your way to the schochu lounge for a cocktail.
RUSCONI’S AMERICAN KITCHEN
This elegant restaurant offers a seasonal menu of classic dishes with a sophisticated spin. The Kitchen Burger (Angus beef, goat cheese, and spicy tomato jam) pairs well with a local draft beer or artful cocktail. Order the restaurant’s signature Parmesan and white truffle-scented fries as a side.
RUSTY SPUR SALOON
In a historic 1921 building, this saloon has the authentic feel of the Old West. Midday features a simple lunch, but the afternoons and evenings offer live music and a good-time atmosphere that explain why the Hashknife Pony Express riders annually end their 200-mile relay with a celebration here.
SUGAR BOWL ICE CREAM PARLOR AND RESTAURANT
Since 1958, Sugar Bowl has tempted families with 1950s soda-fountain treats in Old Town Scottsdale. The newly expanded eatery features endless choices of parfaits, sundaes, and banana splits that will please every sweet tooth. Daily hot and cold sandwiches, soups, and salads will satisfy the hungriest diner.
The fusion of Mexican and Asian flavors makes for a bold menu in a festive atmosphere. Try pomegranate guacamole or ahi tuna tostadas in a setting awash in bright pinks and oranges. Happy
hour means discounted appetizers, and cocktails, with more than 80 tequilas—aka, an evening to please taste buds and wallets.
The elegant atmosphere of this Royal Palms Resort and Spa standout invites diners to relax and stay a while as they enjoy a carnival of flavors. Sample bold dishes such as the braised and seared antelope, fried frog legs, diver scallops, Spanish octopus, or venison tartare.
Phoenix restaurateur Mark Tarbell’s signature restaurant features upscale American dining served in a smart atmosphere complete with white tablecloths, a maple bar, and an exhibition kitchen. Popular dishes include grilled Scottish salmon with a molasses-lime glaze, peppered New York strip steak, and Mark’s Famous Spaghetti and The Meatball.
THAI BASIL SIGNATURE
602-788-0899 (Phoenix), 480-704-6013 (Phoenix)
Entrées are served with a choice of chicken, pork, tofu, or veggies, and include a summertime salad or winter soup; a vegetarian spring roll; and sweet-and-sour sauce for dunking. Like spicy? Go for red, green, or yellow curry. Too hot? Dip into fried banana ice cream.
Bring friends–you’ll need help to sample as much of the menu as possible. A raw bar, charred octopus and a Wagyu burger are highlights. More than 230 whiskeys and a world-class beverage program mean the drink menu is as significant as the food menu (recommended: The Gladly’s take on a Manhattan).
THE HOUSE BRASSERIE
For unforgettable food and exquisite cocktails, there is The House Brasserie. Sit inside, where
baroque wallpaper and twinkling chandeliers set a luxe vibe, or head to the patio to dine
under the stars. The chef whips up cutting-edge cuisine, from tender-belly pork with caramelized
leeks to the Creekstone Skirt Steak.
THE MISSION OLD TOWN
Flickering candles and a glowing salt-block wall make for the most intimate of dining experiences. Try the pork shoulder with pineapple glaze, served with homemade corn tortillas, cilantro, diced red onion, and cotija cheese. And don’t pass up the sangria. It’s sure to impress cocktail connoisseurs.
THE SALTY SOW
With signature dishes such as truffle deviled eggs with bacon or slow-cooked pork belly with grits, pork will be on your mind at this self-proclaimed modern farmhouse. For diners looking for something other than swine, there’s crispy chicken and Asiago crusted halibut.
This restaurant offers familiar dishes with a global twist, plus a sleek interior and a fun patio to boot. Try the slow-roasted pork pibil tacos with cotija cheese, avocado, radish, and shishito-pepper salsa. Not hungry for dinner? Stop by for a casual brunch or lively happy hour.
TORO LATIN RESTAURANT & RUM BAR
480-585-4848, ext. 7374
Bring a friend to Toro—here, the plates (think chipotle pork belly mac ‘n’ cheese) are meant to be shared. Live music and more than 100 rums on offer make the atmosphere at Toro comparable to a lively Panama City hangout—the perfect spot to transition from dinner to full-on shindig.
Take a trip to Venice with this restaurant’s authentic cuisine and charming ambiance. Savor the Fegato alla Veneziana—calf’s liver with golden onions and grilled polenta. Ask about the Veneto Trattoria Super Tuscan Extra Olive Oil, their signature oil with handpicked olives made in Tuscany.
Tucked inside the intimate Bespoke Inn, Virt� offers a rotating menu of Mediterranean flavors. Settle in to a seat at the lantern-lit community table and share rustic housemade pastas and fresh seafood dishes. Tempting options include braised pork pasta or grilled ahi with charred celery and fennel.
There’s really no combo like a milkshake and a juicy burger. Zinburger embraces this pathos with a delightful menu of creative burgers with surprising toppings and a long list of shakes and floats. For something on the lighter side, order a salad with organic greens and veggies.
As impressive as its name, this Parisian bistro flaunts a 6-foot, circular oyster bar, shelves only imported wines, and prepares a fare that will impress. Specialties, such as the tenderbelly pork with roasted apples, hit the spot, and the quaint atmosphere with tin ceilings and a courtyard make you feel a world away.
ZIPPS SPORTS GRILL
Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, plus 8 additional area locations
480-970-9507 (Scottsdale), 480-948-5544 (Scottsdale), 480-782-8877 (Chandler), 480-539-1600 (Gilbert)
Looking for a sports bar with panache? Check out Zipps, where you’ll find meaty, inspired bar fare (award-winning wings, chicken focaccia with sweet jalapeño dressing) along with some terrific extras—think shuffleboard, Golden Tee golf, and killer happy hour specials. Grab a bite, salt down the alley, and relax.
This classy, modern restaurant at the hip Hotel Valley Ho offers an array of seasonal comfort food with ingredients from local farmers and ranchers. ZuZu serves such favorites as spicy penne pasta and braised-beef short ribs. To cap off the down-home experience, try the Caramel Macciat”oh” cheesecake.
BIG EARL’S GREASY EATS
Greasy, but great. Big Earl’s is a neighborhood joint for gathering and grubbing. Go for one of the “last honest hamburgers,” topped with additions such as sautéed onions, barbecue sauce, or grilled pineapple rings. Post-meal, play a game on the sand volleyball court out back. Eat hard work hard.
BRYAN’S BLACK MOUNTAIN BARBECUE
Old West meets St. Louis at Bryan’s. Delight in inventive takes on classic barbecue with selections such as the pulled-squash sandwich and the beef brisket served with olive coleslaw. Choose from an extensive selection of microbrews, or indulge in a sarsaparilla float before saddling up.
BUFFALO CHIP SALOON & STEAKHOUSE
6823 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Buffalo Chip began as a feed and bait shop for passersby on their way to Bartlett and Horseshoe lakes. Today, it’s a destination all its own with live music, dancing, and professional bull riding. Entrées are of the stick-to-your-bones variety, such as the BBQ Platter with smoked brisket, pork, sausage, and beans.
Run by renowned chef Kevin Binkley and featuring mountain views and artisanal food. Cafe Bink showcases local ingredients, a spirited happy hour, and gourmet small bites. Insider tip: Go for the french fries with truffle ketchup.
CARTWRIGHT’S MODERN CUISINE
Fresh seafood and original takes on Southwestern fare have put Cartwright’s on the Cave Creek culinary map. Sit down, loosen your belt, and start with the crackling cornmeal calamari tossed with candied chiles, then try the tenderloin sampler (beef, buffalo, and elk).
Get dressed up for this white-table-linen dining experience. Prime cuts of beef, premium seafood, hard-to-find Elysian Fields lamb, plus a terrific wine list and impeccable service make this a place that’s sure to impress. For dessert, we recommend the vanilla cognac brownie.
HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL
You’ll get some of everything at Harold’s–great grub all day, pool tables, a fine happy hour, line dancing–all with a wooly Western twist. Daily food specials mostly involve all you can eat, from the Sun. breakfast buffet to the Friday fish fry. Git on down and dig in, pardner!
480-515-9777 (Phoenix), 480-513-6488 (Scottsdale)
When it comes to sushi rolls, try Nori’s classic favorites, but don’t pass on the specialty rolls. The Sakana Trio includes crab mix, avocado, and cucumber topped with ahi tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and sweet citrus boba (the same from boba tea).
THE HORNY TOAD
Horny Toad offers good food in a Western setting. In fact, several Old West movie scenes were shot here. Menu favorites include made-from-scratch fried chicken and anything covered in the homemade barbecue sauce. While here, ask the staff the story behind the restaurant’s name.
TONTO BAR & GRILL
Sure, the Old Arizona-style setting is cozy and boasts a lovely view of the Rancho Manana golf course, but once your food arrives you’ll think only of the noteworthy fare. Try the lobster and shrimp flautas and then sample the onion-crusted walleyed pike and finish with warm buttermilk chocolate cake.
For delicious organic and gluten-free fare, head to Tryst. Tucked away in an unassuming shopping center, Tryst is anything but ordinary. The veggie burger comes with chipotle ranch dressing and pico de gallo while the kale wrap is packed with hummus, mushrooms, avocado, carrots, and flax seed.
BISBEE BREAKFAST CLUB
“Breakfast served all day.” Those are words we like to hear. At the Bisbee Breakfast Club, choose from classic staples, such as a 3-egg omelette or buttermilk pancakes. Or, go bold with Southwest favorites like huevos rancheros or a burrito stuffed with eggs, chiles, ham, cheese, all smothered in green chile sauce.
Learn how to say mangia, mangia! before you come here, because some serious eating is about to take place. Daily specials and inventive pasta dishes share menu space with tried-and-true favorites such as voodoo penne and agnolotti boa. Serving lunch and dinner daily, with live jazz 3 nights a week.
CASEY MOORE’S OYSTER HOUSE
This Tempe institution offers something for everyone. Enjoy a casual dinner on the roomy patio or dine at one of the intimate tables inside. Savor tasty dishes such as oysters Rockefeller and the Classic Tempe Club. Be sure to ask about the friendly ghost claimed to haunt the restaurant.
Trade in your standard breakfast for something unique at Crepe Bar, where the menu showcases sweet and savory crepes. The 13 Mile Vegetable is a buckwheat crepe with veggies from nearby Steadfast Farm at Agritopia, while the First Time comes smothered in Nutella and topped with banana brulee.
Mike Ditka is best known as a former player and coach of the Chicago Bears–well, until you try his food. Then, he’s as much a grill king as championship-ring winner. Bite into Da Pork Chop, served with apple chutney, or Da Coach’s Meatloaf, topped with Hall of Fame-worthy barbecue sauce.
HOUSE OF TRICKS
Inside this turn-of-the-century cottage, diners can savor such dishes as lamb with apple-cauliflower purée or seared ahi tuna with a sticky rice cake. Visitors to Tricks also love the tree-shaded patio.
JOE’S FARM GRILL
Joe’s Farm Grill has been a Gilbert mainstay for years. The motto, “Common Food Done Uncommonly Well” translates to some delicious eats. The fontina burger is piled high with roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and pecan pesto. There are plenty of veggie-packed salads from which to choose. And the grilled pizzas are to die for.
JOYRIDE TACO HOUSE
602-274-8226 (Phoenix), 480-632-8226 (Gilbert)
Vintage beach decor and a modern twist on traditional Mexican fare make Joyride an instant hit with foodies. Start things off right with shrimp ceviche, then choose from 11 varieties of tacos, such as carne asada or beer-battered fish—all on handmade corn tortillas.
Located at the posh Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Kai features award-winning, Native American-inspired cuisine created with locally grown ingredients. Although the menu rotates seasonally, diners can expect such delights as pan-seared duck, buffalo tenderloin, and slow-braised lobster tail.
This neighborhood café and market, housed in a 1935 building, features a friendly ambiance in an urban, downtown scene. Start your day with griddled bread pudding slices topped with espresso-maple syrup, or later in the day, enjoy a fresh Cobb salad or a wood-fired grilled sausage pizza.
Nourish crafts dishes ideal for vegans, vegetarians, raw food dieters, and everyone in between. Nibble on air-fried sweet potato fries, then try the veggie sprout wrap or the grass-fed burger with sun-dried tomatoes. This sunny eatery offers a welcoming atmosphere for lunch and dinner.
QUIESSENCE RESTAURANT & WINE BAR
Nestled in a real working farm, this restaurant exudes all the charm you’d expect from such a quaint locale. But there’s nothing kitschy about the cuisine. The menu changes nightly, offering such delectables as braised lamb with farm greens and onions or pan-seared scallops.
RúLA BúLA IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
This pub reflects authentic Irish design—from the low lighting to the solid oak bar. Toast your friends with Guinness pints at a cozy table or enjoy the lush patio. Culinary delights include Gaelic chicken with whiskey sauce, bangers and mash, and roasted peppercorn salmon.
RANCHO DE TIA ROSA
Enter this authentic Mexican restaurant and be swayed by a colorful array of steaks, soups, and enchiladas. Also try out the daily specials, from a glazed shrimp cocktail to the Nuevo chile relleno stuffed with cheese, sour cream, and roasted bell pepper sauce.
RAWHIDE WESTERN TOWN & STEAKHOUSE
For a true taste of the Wild West, visit Rawhide’s world-famous steakhouse located in a re-created 1880s town. Specialties include mesquite-grilled steaks, veal chops, filet mignon, and mouth-waterin’ prime rib. Eager to prove you’re no greenhorn? Ask for deep-fried rattlesnake. Live country western music nightly.
Slip on down the tin slide and lasso some down-home cowboy cookin’ at this mountaintop hideaway at the top of South Mountain. Renowned for its panoramic view of the city lights, this Valley favorite specializes in mesquite-grilled steaks and juicy barbecue ribs–it even offers rattlesnake. Two-step to a Western band. It’s beef and brew with a view.
SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE
The unique and upscale dining experience at Shula’s starts long before entrees arrive–the menus are hand-painted on official NFL game football signed by former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula. Find options from surf–scallops, lobster tails, shrimp–to turf, including the linebacker-portioned 48-ounce Porterhouse steak. Total touchdown.
THE DUTCHMAN’S HIDEOUT
Housed in a Ponderosa-pine building reminiscent of a mining shanty, this restaurant transports you to another world. Revel in the legend and lore of gold diggers, miners, and treasure-hunters while you dine on barbecue ribs, roast chicken, and juicy prime rib.
Located at Queen Creek Olive Mill, this Mediterranean-inspired café invites guests to dine among the olive trees. Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine on the restaurant’s beautiful patio or cool off with a cup of tasty gelato. Follow lunch with a tour of Arizona’s only working olive mill.
THE SALT CELLAR
Don’t overlook this underground treasure. The nautical decor of this restaurant—Scottsdale’s only subterranean eatery—is reflected in the menu. Here you’ll find fresh Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab, Yakimono Hawaiian ahi, and more. Seating is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Stockyards is among the best when it comes to authentic steakhouses–which fantastic beef, a wood-trimmed interior, 1950s-style leather both, and top-notch service. Stick to steaks and you won’t be disappointed, but stray if you must to the excellent pork porterhouse chop or tortilla-crusted trout.
Get excited about this small-but-mighty restaurant’s chef-driven, seasonal menu. French-inspired dishes include mussels steamed in white wine with shallots and cream, as well as truffled mushroom risotto fritters. This cozy eatery is a BYOB, so bring a favorite bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner.
602-995-5982 (Phoenix), 480-361-7470 (Mesa)
For delicious down-home barbecue served with a smile, head to Bobby Q. The menu lists dish after dish of finger-licking goodies, such as juicy burgers, enormous steaks, and towering barbecue platters of meat smoked for 18 hours. This food is worth the extra napkins.
CAFE GA HYANG
This is authentic Korean fare at its best. Green onion and egg-topped kalbi dolsot bibim bap, seafood soon du bu (tofu soup), and plenty of banchan (complementary and complimentary side dishes).Best of all: the restaurant satisfies your cravings ’till the wee hours–it’s open until 2 a.m. every day except Sunday.
CALICO JACK’S CANTINA
During the day, relish signature dishes and authentic Mexican platters paired with frozen house
margaritas. Once the sun sets, this festive cantina turns into a hot spot for nightlife. Catch a concert at the nearby Gila River Arena before or after dinner.
Glendale, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale, plus 13 additional locations
623-516-7727 (Glendale), 480-752-3754 (Chandler), 602-248-3897 (Phoenix), 480-595-1044 (Scottsdale), plus 13 additional locations
A pot of coffee, a free newspaper, and fresh, made-to-order breakfast. When it comes to the first meal of the day, what more could you ask for? Serving classic breakfast dishes–think omelettes, eggs Benedict, pancakes–plus healthy options, such as avocado toast and steel-cut oatmeal, First Watch does breakfast right.
Savor authentic award-winning German foods, such as schnitzel, bratwurst, and Oktoberfest pretzels—and you’ll see why it was voted best German restaurant. The biergarten provides a relaxing atmosphere, fine beers and wines, and live entertainment on Fri. and Sat. evenings.
KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
623-772-9832 (Glendale), 480-350-9160 (Tempe)
Move over soul food, this restaurant is making the claim that Japanese cuisine is the new comfort food. Combining Japanese culinary tradition with a modern ambiance, Kabuki offers something for everyone. Start with the Tokya Quesadilla before moving on to the sushi and you’ll be a believer by the end of your visit.
KISS THE COOK
Made-from-scratch breakfast favorites such as buttermilk pancakes and pecan cinnamon rolls keep locals coming back to this family friendly restaurant. Stop in for breakfast or lunch and stay to shop for treasures among the antiques on display–even the dishes are for sale!
LA PIAZZA AL FORNO
The lively atmosphere of this family-owned and-operated eatery welcomes you with such comforting dishes as linguine and chicken pesto lasagna. The enticing aroma of artisanal pizzas drifts from the brick oven in the middle of the dining room. Save room for the homemade desserts—a perfect ending to a perfect meal.
The restaurant’s farm-to-table approach ensures local ingredients shine, from fresh vegetable sides to hearty soups. Large plates include Arizona chicken or Cedar River Arizona rib eye. Even the cocktails give top billing to local fruits and spirits.
9425 W. Coyotes Blvd.
Feeling the luck of the Irish? McFadden’s dishes out Irish favorites such as corned beef and cabbage, as well as American staples such as wings and pulled pork sliders. Don’t just enjoy the food; There are more than 40 HDTVs to keep up with the games, some taking place steps away at Gila River Arena or University of Phoenix Stadium.
PHO 43 EXPRESS
If you are looking for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, this is the place. Start with the egg rolls, then pick from a list of 18 types of pho, which is Vietnamese noodle soup. Pho 43 regulars come back weekly for the macaron ice cream sandwiches: try a taro cookie with Thai tea ice cream.
THE CABIN | WHISKEY & GRILL
Head to The Cabin and let someone else handle the campfire. Burgers, salads, pasta dishes, seafood entrees–meals like this wouldn’t fit in a cooler. Cabin Torpedoes–jalapeños stuffed with pepper jack, cream cheese, and smoked brisket and wrapped in applewood bacon–are a favorite.
The stylish decor, lively atmosphere, and creative dishes make this restaurant the place to be. Start with the foie gras or escargot to share, then dive into duck confit or the decadent meatloaf in a rich sherry sauce. Still can’t decide? There’s always the quiche of the day.
YEN SUSHI & SAKE BAR
For creative sushi offerings in a rustic Asian-chic atmosphere, make your way to Yen Sushi. The menu’s emphasis lies on both new and traditional raw fish dishes, so if you’re a fan of fresh-as-can-be sashimi, Yen has you covered, but if you’re an adventurous diner ready to try rattlesnake rolls, Yen has that, too.