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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.  

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
Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
Hash Kitchen Arcadia
The Henry
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Matt's Big Breakfast
Arcadia Farms Cafe
Copper 48
Crepe Bar
Over Easy Breakfast and Lunch
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
Cibo (Kensington Place)
Doughbird (Las Cascades)
Federal Pizza (Uptown)
Lou Malnati’s (Camelback)
The Parlor Pizzeria (Camelback)
Pizzeria Bianco (Downtown)
Pomo Pizzeria (Downtown)
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
Stoop Kid
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Matty G's Steakburgers
Ingo's Tasty Food
Tru Burger Co.
Aioli Gourmet Burgers
Joe's Farm Grill
The Attic Ale House
Andreoli Italian Grocer
Casa Mia
Tratto
Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood
Fabio on Fire
Marcellino Ristorante
Mora Italian
Pomo Pizzeria
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
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
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
Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
Hash Kitchen Arcadia
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Matt's Big Breakfast
Arcadia Farms Cafe
Copper 48
Crepe Bar
Over Easy Breakfast and Lunch
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
Cibo (Kensington Place)
Doughbird (Las Cascades)
Federal Pizza (Uptown)
Lou Malnati’s (Camelback)
The Parlor Pizzeria (Camelback)
Pizzeria Bianco (Downtown)
Pomo Pizzeria (Downtown)
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
Stoop Kid
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Matty G's Steakburgers
Ingo's Tasty Food
Tru Burger Co.
Aioli Gourmet Burgers
Joe's Farm Grill
The Attic Ale House
Andreoli Italian Grocer
Casa Mia
Tratto
Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood
Fabio on Fire
Marcellino Ristorante
Mora Italian
Pomo Pizzeria
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
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

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.  

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Where to Eat Near the University Of Arizona in Phoenix

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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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.

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Where to eat in Tempe, AZ

Tempe, Arizona is a great place to settle down and relax. If you’re looking for place to have a great meal, they also have that as well. This is a city that has a lot of restaurants that you can enjoy any time of the day. Here’s a list of the finest places in Tempe for a meal by yourself or with friends.

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Top Steakhouses in Phoenix

Phoenix is an incredible town. It’s a relaxed and totally vibrant place. It’s also where people choose to make their home. They like the mild climate and wonderful outdoor spaces. They also like how much the city is growing right now. Part of the process of growth for city residents has been in the number of places to eat here. Many chefs have chosen to make this space their own with fabulous dining. If you are looking for a place where meat eaters are more than welcome, you’ll want to try these marvelous steakhouses in Phoenix for a meal by yourself or with your friends and family.

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The Best Bakeries in Phoenix

Phoenix has so many bakeries where the best pastries, loaves, pies, cookies, and other delicious treats are found. They have well-established and award-winning bakers who have prioritized seasonal and local ingredients. We are here to help you find the best baker in your neighborhood. Some of the bakeries offer gluten-free and vegan options. When you are a chronic sweet tooth, you will never run out of treats when in Phoenix. There are fresh-out-of-the-oven warm baked goods for everyone. But you have to know where to find those bakeries and grand cake shops that are tucked away in a cozy neighborhood. That is why we have put together this list of notable bakeries in Phoenix.

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The Top Brunch Restaurants in Phoenix

Few things are more delightful that waking up and running off for brunch. Brunch is one of those meals that is yours to appreciate on a leisurely day. For residents of Phoenix, brunch is easy to find. These spaces are all about having fun and letting you slide into the rest of the day. Brunch restaurants in Phoenix are one way to have a good time. You’ll find a lot of brunch restaurants in Phoenix that you can enjoy at time of the year. Pick from one in your area and then invite your friends for a memorable day and a fabulous way to start to the weekend.

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Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Phoenix

Phoenix is one of those places that lets you sample all that is best about the area. That includes varied types of food. If you are going to eat out here, one of the greatest things about eating in this part of the country is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get an incredible meal. Phoenix is a budget eater’s delight. If you’re a budget eater or simply would like some cheaper options, check out our list of best cheap eats in Phoenix,

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Old Town Restaurants Guide to Phoenix

Looking for old town restaurants in Phoenix? Luckily, there are many places to choose from. The restaurants have managed to combine modern elegance with old-world charm. Some serve traditional foods while others have elaborate menus. However, if you do not know where to look, here’s a list of the Best Old Town Restaurants in Phoenix. 

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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Phoenix

When it comes to romantic dates, location and food play a vital role. Regardless of whether one is planning a cute first date or an intimate anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of romantic restaurants in Phoenix that are must try’s for your partner and you.

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.