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Phoenix, AZ Restaurant Guide

It may be in the middle of the Sonoran desert, but the incredible restaurant scene in Phoenix is no mirage. Whether you’re looking for elevated approaches to Southwestern dining or the most delicious taco stand in your zip code, there’s plenty of flavor in Phoenix. And don’t forget – Phoenix’s Latino population has exploded over the years, and a growing number of incredible Latin restaurants right along with it. “Stay away from the heat” has more than one meaning in Phoenix.

Speaking of heat, we should begin any conversation about Phoenix food with its incredible Mexican-inspired meals.  With one of the largest Mexican American populations in the US outside of Los Angeles, Phoenix has some of the best tacos, tamales, chimichangas and more in the country.  We cover our favorite Tamales in the area, the best chimichangas in Phoenix and the ultimate Mexican in Maricopa County

If you’ve ever visited Phoenix, you know it’s big – Phoenix isn’t just Phoenix.  It’s Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, and more.  We created two different guides for Scottsdale – one focused on Old Town and one focused on the whole area – along with Tempe and Downtown, with many more to come.  Our goal is to cover every neighborhood in Phoenix and share the best bites you can find near your neck of the woods.  

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
Hash Kitchen Arcadia
The Henry
Matt's Big Breakfast
Arcadia Farms Cafe
Prep and Pastry 
Crepe Bar
Cibo (Kensington Place)
Doughbird (Las Cascades)
Federal Pizza (Uptown)
Lou Malnati’s (Camelback)
The Parlor Pizzeria (Camelback)
Pizzeria Bianco (Downtown)
Pomo Pizzeria (Downtown)
Paradise Valley Pizza Co. 
Stoop Kid
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Matty G's Steakburgers
Ingo's Tasty Food
Tru Burger Co.
Aioli Gourmet Burgers
The Attic Ale House
Paradise Valley Burger Co.
Harvey's Wineburger
Lucky Boy Burger Shop
Rocket Burger
Angels Trumpet Ale House
Toca Madera - Scottsdale
Binkley's Restaurant
Bobby Q
The Sicilian Butcher
Top of the Rock
Hillside Spot Cafe & Market
Alma Scottsdale
AZ88
Tommy V's Urban Kitchen & Bar
Crujiente
PHX Burrito House
Bop and Roll
Chino Bandido
Monroe’s Hot Chicken
Los Reyes De La Torta
Old Town Sarajevo
Top Of The Rock Restaurant
Different Pointe Of View
L’Amore Italian Restaurant
Toca Madera
Floor 13 Rooftop Bar
Steak 44
Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlor
Upstairs at FLINT Rooftop Restaurant
Floor 13 Rooftop Restaurant
From The Rooftop Restaurant
Lustre Rooftop Restaurant
Compass Arizona Grill Rooftop Restaurant
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Sotol Modern Cocktail Kitchen
Outrider Rooftop Restaurant
No Anchovies
Bacio Italiano
China Pasta House
Urban Pita
Lindy’s on 4th
Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue
BK Tacos
Sushi-Cho Restaurant
Yi’s Chinese Restaurant
Dragon Bowl
Wong’s Chinese Cuisine
Lychee Kitchen
China Basil Thai and Chinese Kitchen
China Chef Bistro
China Chili
KC Dragon Palace
George Yang’s Chinese Cuisine
Blue Fin
Nobuo at Teeter House
Harumi Sushi
Hana Japanese Eatery
Yasu Sushi Bistro
Nishikawa Ramen
The Original Carolina's Mexican Food
The Tamale Store
TeePee Mexican Food
Taco Chelo
Los Sombreros
Los Gringos Locos
Tamales Guadalajara
Los Dos Molinos
Rito's Mexican Restaurant
Garcia's Las Avenidas
Somburros
Macayo's Mexican Kitchen
Comedor Guadalajara
El Norteno
El Chorro
Casa Jalisco
Cafe Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine
YC's Mongolian Grill
Top of the Rock Restaurant
Culinary Dropout
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
Vincitorio's Restaurant
King's Fish House
Green New American Vegetarian
Perfect Pear Bistro
Steak 44
Durant's
Rustler's Rooste
Stockyards Restaurant
The Capital Grille
Mancuso's Restaurant
Bacanora
Feeney's Restaurant & Bar
Noble Bread
Urban Cookies Bakeshop
Karl’s Quality Bakery
Barbs Bakery
Essence Bakery Café
A Bakeshop
My Gal Sal Bakery Café
JL Patisserie
First Watch
Molly's Thai Ban
The Sicilian Butcher
Stumpy's Pizza & Subs
Cornish Pasty Co.
Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup
Curry Corner
Little Miss BBQ-University
Pita Jungle
Saba’s Mediterranean Kitchen
The Mission Old Town
Citizen Public House
The Arrogant Butcher
Avanti Restaurant
St Francis
Rough Rider
Cibo
Durant’s
Café Monarch
House of Tricks
Mora Italian
Vincent on Camelback
Cibo
Kai
Barrio Café Gran Reserva
Anhelo
Fresh Mint
Desert Root Kitchen
The Coronado
Giving Tree Cafe
A Vegan House
24 Carrots
Earth Plant-Based Cuisine
Loving Hut
Green New American Vegetarian
Verdura
Andreoli Italian Grocer
Casa Mia
Tratto
Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood
Fabio on Fire
Marcellino Ristorante
Mora Italian
Pomo Pizzeria
Café Monarch
Sel Restaurant
Atlas Bistro
Citizen Public House
ShinBay
FnB Restaurant
Chula Seafood
Hillstone Restaurant
Daily Dose Midtown
Beckett's Table
The Gladly
Early Bird Vegan
Songbird Coffee and Tea House
Matt’s Big Breakfast
Monroe’s Hot Chicken
Cibo
Cocina Madrigal
Barrio Café
Fuego @ the Clarendon
Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak
Dick's Hideaway
Los Dos Molinos
Richardson’s Cuisine of New Mexico
Gallo Blanco Café
Ajo Al's Mexican Café
Taco Guild
Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
Hash Kitchen Arcadia
Matt's Big Breakfast
Arcadia Farms Cafe
Prep and Pastry 
Crepe Bar
Cibo (Kensington Place)
Doughbird (Las Cascades)
Federal Pizza (Uptown)
Lou Malnati’s (Camelback)
The Parlor Pizzeria (Camelback)
Pizzeria Bianco (Downtown)
Pomo Pizzeria (Downtown)
Paradise Valley Pizza Co. 
Stoop Kid
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Matty G's Steakburgers
Ingo's Tasty Food
Tru Burger Co.
Aioli Gourmet Burgers
The Attic Ale House
Paradise Valley Burger Co.
Harvey's Wineburger
Lucky Boy Burger Shop
Rocket Burger
Angels Trumpet Ale House
Toca Madera - Scottsdale
Binkley's Restaurant
Bobby Q
The Sicilian Butcher
Hillside Spot Cafe & Market
Alma Scottsdale
AZ88
Tommy V's Urban Kitchen & Bar
Crujiente
Bop and Roll
Chino Bandido
Monroe’s Hot Chicken
Los Reyes De La Torta
Top Of The Rock Restaurant
Different Pointe Of View
L’Amore Italian Restaurant
Toca Madera
Floor 13 Rooftop Bar
Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlor
Upstairs at FLINT Rooftop Restaurant
Floor 13 Rooftop Restaurant
From The Rooftop Restaurant
Lustre Rooftop Restaurant
Compass Arizona Grill Rooftop Restaurant
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Sotol Modern Cocktail Kitchen
Outrider Rooftop Restaurant
No Anchovies
Bacio Italiano
China Pasta House
Urban Pita
Lindy’s on 4th
Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue
BK Tacos
Sushi-Cho Restaurant
Yi’s Chinese Restaurant
Dragon Bowl
Wong’s Chinese Cuisine
Lychee Kitchen
China Basil Thai and Chinese Kitchen
China Chef Bistro
China Chili
KC Dragon Palace
George Yang’s Chinese Cuisine
Blue Fin
Nobuo at Teeter House
Harumi Sushi
Hana Japanese Eatery
Yasu Sushi Bistro
Nishikawa Ramen
The Original Carolina's Mexican Food
The Tamale Store
TeePee Mexican Food
Taco Chelo
Los Sombreros
Los Gringos Locos
Tamales Guadalajara
Los Dos Molinos
Rito's Mexican Restaurant
Garcia's Las Avenidas
Somburros
Macayo's Mexican Kitchen
Comedor Guadalajara
El Norteno
El Chorro
Casa Jalisco
Cafe Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine
YC's Mongolian Grill
Culinary Dropout
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
Vincitorio's Restaurant
King's Fish House
Green New American Vegetarian
Perfect Pear Bistro
Steak 44
Durant's
Rustler's Rooste
Stockyards Restaurant
The Capital Grille
Mancuso's Restaurant
Bacanora
Feeney's Restaurant & Bar
Noble Bread
Urban Cookies Bakeshop
Karl’s Quality Bakery
Barbs Bakery
Essence Bakery Café
A Bakeshop
My Gal Sal Bakery Café
JL Patisserie
First Watch
Molly's Thai Ban
The Sicilian Butcher
Stumpy's Pizza & Subs
Cornish Pasty Co.
Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup
Curry Corner
Little Miss BBQ-University
Saba’s Mediterranean Kitchen
The Mission Old Town
Citizen Public House
Avanti Restaurant
St Francis
Rough Rider
Cibo
Durant’s
Café Monarch
House of Tricks
Mora Italian
Vincent on Camelback
Cibo
Kai
Barrio Café Gran Reserva
Fresh Mint
Desert Root Kitchen
The Coronado
Giving Tree Cafe
A Vegan House
24 Carrots
Earth Plant-Based Cuisine
Loving Hut
Green New American Vegetarian
Verdura
Andreoli Italian Grocer
Casa Mia
Tratto
Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood
Fabio on Fire
Marcellino Ristorante
Mora Italian
Pomo Pizzeria
Café Monarch
Sel Restaurant
Atlas Bistro
Citizen Public House
ShinBay
FnB Restaurant
Chula Seafood
Hillstone Restaurant
Daily Dose Midtown
Beckett's Table
The Gladly
Early Bird Vegan
Songbird Coffee and Tea House
Matt’s Big Breakfast
Monroe’s Hot Chicken
Cibo
Cocina Madrigal
Barrio Café
Fuego @ the Clarendon
Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak
Dick's Hideaway
Los Dos Molinos
Richardson’s Cuisine of New Mexico
Gallo Blanco Café
Ajo Al's Mexican Café
Taco Guild

In addition to its Mexican heritage, Phoenix has a vibrant Asian population – and the food to match.  Japanese American families have settled in Salt River Valley since the turn of the century, and more recently – over the past 10 years – Phoenix has seen a huge influx of Asian immigrants to the area’s Southeastern suburbs, and an increase in local restaurants quality to match.  We cover the best Chinese restaurants in Phoenix, along with the best places to get Sushi and Japanese food in the area, all in our guides.  

If you’ve ever visited one of the area’s ubiquitous mineral stores and seen the displays for healing stones, you know there are definitely some folks living an alternative lifestyle in the Phoenix area.  But as the first adopters of veganism, these folks have been way ahead of the trend for a few years now.  That’s why Phoenix has had great Vegan restaurants in the area for years, and new ones popping up every day.  Check out our guide to Vegan restaurants for more.

Finally, many people around the country and in the Phoenix area don’t know the rich history of African Americans in the area.  Everything from Booker T. Washington speeches to Civil Rights marches have happened in Phoenix, making the area friendly to black business owners for decades.  Now, Phoenix is home to dozens of thriving black-owned restaurants and other business.  We cover as many of those restaurants as we can find in our guide to black owned restaurants in Phoenix.  

Phoenix

The Top Brunch Restaurants in Phoenix

Ah, brunch. One of the most fun and important meals of the day. There are tons of great options when you are trying to brunch in PHX. Whether you want to get a little crazy with the girls enjoying bottomless mimosas, or you just want to casually enjoy a good meal and some coffee, we have you covered. Check out our list of some of the best places for brunch when you’re in Phoenix, AZ. 

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8 Top Pizza Spots in Phoenix

Tasty slices of cheesy, saucy pies are craved by pizza lovers the world over. Whether you prefer it thin and crispy, deep dish delicious, or somewhere in between, there are plenty of amazing pizza spots in Phoenix to grab an excellent pie. Let’s look at some of the best pizza spots around town so you can start planning your next visit to Arizona’s tastiest pizza places.

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Ridiculously Tasty Burger Spots in Phoenix

Phoenix is a sprawling city that has many different foods to satisfy taste buds. But sometimes you just crave a dang good burger. Some local restaurants that are neighborhood staples are so popular they have garnered a cult-like following who crave their burgers.  Overall, the approach to a great burger in Phoenix seems to be using the best ingredients available, new burger techniques with unusual toppings, and quite often, just the return to the standard burger we all love and know. From time to time, who doesn’t like a slice of traditional American cheese on top of a burger? This article lays out some of the absolute best burger joints that need to be experienced in Phoenix, AZ. There are few things quite as tasty as a well-made burger, and there will be undoubtedly something new and tasty for you in this article to try out.

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9 Restaurants Perfect for Group Dining in Phoenix, AZ

Finding a place that serves up tasty food and has a great atmosphere is not too hard in bustling Phoenix. But knowing the best place to go for a fun group dining experience in Phoenix can be a little bit more challenging. There’s split checks to deal with, allergies, and unfavorable restaurant reservation policies. So we have curated a list of the places you should go when you are with a group looking for good food and a good time in a great location.

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8 Shockingly Inexpensive Meals in Phoenix, AZ

As we all know, prices are raising on a daily basis, and because of that, it’s harder to go out to eat without spending tons of money. However, due to some diligent research, we have found several places where you can get a tasty and filling meal that will not break the bank. We’ve put together a list of 8 restaurants where you can find a meal for under $10 in Phoenix, AZ! 

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6 Fancy Restaurants in Phoenix That Are Worth The Splurge

Let yourself be dazzled by Phoenix’s fine-dining establishments. The flawless services, impeccable culinary selections, and outstanding ambiance make these stops a must-see. The attention to detail will surpass all your dining expectations. These are the kinds of restaurants where the waiter anticipates your needs before you even speak. If you are looking for such a dining experience, these are some of the fanciest restaurants in Phoenix that are totally worth the splurge.

Phoenix

10 Rooftop Restaurants in Phoenix With Stunning Views

There are so many things to love about Phoenix. Be it the warm weather, beautiful botanical gardens, excellent golf courses, or the fantastic food and beverages scene, you will surely enjoy your time in this city. Check out our list of best rooftop restaurants in Phoenix while you’re planning your next trip to the city.

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Where to Eat Near the University Of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

Students at the University of Arizona don’t have to look far to find some epic munchies. When you venture into the campus perimeter, you will eat food from all around the world. Many grease-filled cuisines surround them from small and established restaurants. There are late-night food spots and some incredible breakfast dining facilities. Whichever meal you’re in the mood for, it’s readily available.

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9 of the Absolute Best Chinese Restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona

Whether you are looking for sushi, vegan fare, or comforting and craveworthy Chinese food, Phoenix has the perfect restaurant for you! As the largest city in Arizona, it only makes sense that excellent choices in Chinese restaurants abound. Read on as we share with you our top picks for Chinese food in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Where To Find The *Absolute* Best Sushi & Japanese Food in Phoenix

For some, Japanese meals are among the most delicious meals on the planet. They consist of various banquets such as Izakaya, Robata, Ramen, and Bento other than the well-known Sushi. Phoenix boasts of some restaurants offering mouthwatering Japanese dishes. We know that it is difficult to pick the best Japanese Restaurant in Phoenix, owning the many choices available. As a result, we have researched and put together a list of the best restaurants in Phoenix that guarantee you an authentic Japanese cuisine experience. Here are some of the best Japanese restaurants in Phoenix!

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7 Restaurants With Super Tasty Tamales in Phoenix

Phoenix is a warm and inviting city. People love this town in the middle of the desert. One of the best things for many people about living here is the fact that the city has so many wonderful things to eat. If you are looking for tamales, you’ll find lots of places to enjoy them in the heart of the community. It’s easier than ever to discover tamales in Phoenix that are made from scratch. These restaurants offer tamales you can have by yourself or bring with you for any occasion you like. Pick one today and you’ll have a terrific meal.

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Where to Find the Top Chimichangas in Phoenix

Few people are able to withstand a craving for Mexican cuisine. Good chimichangas are something that almost everyone craves from time to time, even if other Mexican foods such as burritos and tamales are more commonly found in restaurants. Chimichangas are superior to the average burrito because they are deep-fried in a vat of boiling oil, which results in an extra crispy crunch.  When it comes to Tex-Mex cuisine, no one really knows who was the first to come up with the idea of frying a burrito, despite the fact that many people claim this honor. It is widely believed that it first appeared in Arizona during the early twentieth century. Those working in restaurants and culinary schools, on the other hand, have had plenty of time in the following century to refine their techniques. If you’re in Phoenix, Arizona, and you’re looking for some of the best chimichangas in the area, you might want to check out these restaurants and their specialized chimichanga creations.

The American Southwest is a sprawling, wild terrain that invites adventurous spirits to make it their home.  That sense of adventure carries over into its food – from the Immigrant communities from Mexico and Asia who have made their way there, to those who take a spiritual approach to the world, to those who have been keeping the area’s soul alive for over a century.  Phoenix is the capitol of the southwest, the capitol of that sense of adventure.  It’s time to make your next adventure happen in Phoenix.