One of the most exciting developments in the Valley is the exploding culinary scene. Phoenix is becoming a respected “foodie” destination that visitors are flocking to for weekend trips and vacations. The city is fortunate to have a very cosmopolitan flair and an international presence which leads to a wide selection of local and international cuisines.
Sunshine Breakfast Bar
Sunshine Breakfast Bar offers a full bar, dog-friendly patio and flavorful breakfast and lunch options for every palate. Home to delicious specialty pancakes, unique Benedicts and the best biscuits and gravy in town!
The Boozy Breakfast features decadent brunch options, lunch specials and, of course, an extensive drink menu that includes bloody marys and one-of-a-kind craft cocktails like the Nutty Irishman — a boozy, icy drink made with Bailey’s, Frangelico and cold brew coffee.
Phoenix’s buzzy brunch spot and home of the state’s largest bloody mary bar is nationally recognized for its creative daytime dishes like hashes, over-the-top pancakes, unique brunch eats, creative remixes on classic brunch cocktails, Instagrammable restaurant design and live, energetic DJ music on the weekends.
American, Steaks, Burgers and More
The Gladly is a fixture of the Valley dining scene that stocks more than 250 varieties of whiskey, most of which are served with the Gladly's signature ice balls — spherical "cubes" the staff crafts right at your table. The menu features contemporary American cuisine (duck meatloaf, a daily grilled cheese) and raw bar options, but the standout is the original chopped salad.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub, with four valley locations, features a scratch kitchen, craft cocktails and a large selection of draft beer, seasonal menus and sports. The Desert Ridge location boasts an expansive outdoor patio with plenty of shade and fireside table options. Guests can choose from signature menu items, including traditional Scotch eggs, oven-baked soft pretzel, pork carnitas salad bowl, the french dip sandwich, the gastropub burger, spicy sausage mac, I.P.A. beer battered fish and chips, grilled Atlantic salmon and more!
ComicX, pronounced “comics,” is an experiential lively restaurant, bar and store at Desert Ridge Marketplace where comic book and superhero fans of all ages can come together and dine amongst character memorabilia and life-sized comic book figurines while feasting on American pub fare classics! The restaurant features grand movie-themed displays, a video game station, a dessert bar and more.
Come for the food, stay for the craft beer, colossal shakes and kicking music. A place where full-throttle comfort food and beverage meets excess. Leave boring at the door and prepare all your senses for a unique burger or indulge in an over-the-top milkshake!
With Coastal California style melding with fine Italian cuisine, Parma’s menu is elegant, inventive and, at times, downright indulgent. Expect dishes that pack undeniable appeal for those looking for classic Italian standbys as well as those seeking something new. You can't go wrong ordering the freshly baked bread or the hearty chicken parm!
The Americano is an Italian-inspired steakhouse that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit. With an elevated yet approachable menu, it serves every taste, from fine steaks, such as prime and American Wagyu beef, to freshly made pasta, organic salads, Italian antipasti and Mediterranean seafoods, including Italian crudi.
Picazzo’s is an Arizona-based, family-owned and -operated restaurant with locations in Sedona, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Paradise Valley and Arrowhead. Picazzo’s sources clean, whole foods blended with fantastic flavors. The fusion approach to modern-Italian cuisine offers a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and allergy-friendly salads, entrées, pasta and pizza.
Locally owned and operated, Humble Bistro is a charming and anything-but-humble neighborhood wine bar. The culinary menu brings elevated flavors and infuses old-world recipes with new-world cooking through shareable antipastis, fresh daily made pastas and European-inspired pizza. The sourdough pizza dough is handcrafted over three days to achieve a crispy crunch with a light center, respective of Neapolitan-inspired tradition. The carefully selected global wine list offers excellent quality at approachable prices.
Venezia’s is a local, family-owned New York-style pizzeria with six locations in the Valley serving up authentic Italian food, using homemade recipes and the freshest ingredients. Menu items include classics like pizza, pasta, calzones, wings and sandwiches, as well as unique dishes such as the Zero Crust Pizza Bowl®, gluten-free and vegan items.
In the tradition of distinctive Phoenix restaurants tucked into re-purposed old buildings, there's The Parlor, a pizza parlor in a mid-century beauty parlor. It's a fitting concept from father-and-son owners Dan and Aric Mei, who combine a pizza pedigree with a great design aesthetic. The rustic, casual menu of crisp, chewy wood-fired pizza, handmade pasta, sandwiches and salads pairs well with handcrafted cocktails that utilize fresh herbs from the on-site garden. theparlor.us
Asian and Sushi
This is a true family business that goes back three generations to the Guangdong Province of China, where Grandfather Mei owned his first restaurant in the outskirts of Hong Kong. When combining Szechuan spices with the hot fires of Cantonese-style cooking, you get an extremely fresh and intensely flavorful plate of food.
Nori Sushi and Asian Kitchen at High Street is a cutting-edge eatery. It offers a robust menu of entrees, bento boxes and a variety of the freshest seafood and sushi — the pride of Nori Sushi. Menu options include an extensive sushi lineup and dishes like the ahi tuna poke, bone-in rib-eye, short rib curry, chicken udon, pork belly ramen, tempura and mochi ice cream.
Kasai Japanese Steakhouse’s motto is “The Food, The Fire, The Fun,” and they make sure to incorporate all three elements into your Asian dining experience. Their Teppanyaki menu is a seven-course feast and the first in Arizona to offer a hoodless teppan table. They also specialize in sushi and craft cocktails, and happy hour is offered daily until 6 p.m.
Established in 1986 in Tempe, Someburros was started by George and Mary Vasquez to fill the absence of delicious, authentic and quality Mexican food that guests could enjoy quickly. Being a family of five constantly on the go, the Vasquez family share their original family recipes for Sonoran-style Mexican cuisine, including some of the best crispy tacos around wrapped up in a quick-casual concept.
Blanco is more than your typical Mexican restaurant; it‘s an escape from the ordinary, a happy hour hang out, a place to sit back, recharge and party. It’s a vacation in your neighborhood that helps you relax with your favorite people. For great Mexican food, margaritas and good times, Blanco is the perfect place to find your bliss. Did we mention that Blanco is home to some of the best guacamole in the state?
If you’re looking for traditional Sonoran-style food and an inviting family atmosphere, Valle Luna is the place for you. Popular items include shrimp stuffed poblano chilies, the famous fundido and the rarely found Sonoran enchiladas.
Pita Jungle is a healthy restaurant specializing in Greek, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, vegetarian and vegan dishes made from fresh ingredients. Made from scratch daily, the evolving menu features a variety of vegetarian dishes but also wood-fired salmon, composed salads, healthy burgers, wraps and pizzas, as well as a healthy kids' menu.
For over 25 years, the Persian room has provided exquisite Persian cuisine to the valley. Amidst an atmosphere of plush elegance, enjoy the exotic aroma and flavor of carefully blended herbs and prime quality fresh meats and vegetables, prepared to tantalize the senses. Thousands of years of traditional recipes and methods combine to provide a wide menu of tasty treats, from fresh clay oven-baked bread and award-winning appetizers to rich traditional desserts.
FLINT by Baltaire serves up wood-fired contemporary American fare accented with coastal Mediterranean and bold Middle Eastern flavors. Housed inside an elegant, two-story space overlooking Camelback Road at 24th Street, FLINT tempts with a striking dining room and lounge featuring custom-designed mid-century modern-inspired furnishings and chandelier lighting, plus signature floor-to-ceiling, foldaway glass walls leading to FLINT’s year-round outdoor dining patio.
Visit this retro-inspired milkshake bar serving up outrageous handcrafted milkshakes and ice cream floats, gourmet hot chocolates and craft sodas.
With 20-plus flavors of gourmet butter cakes, you can't go wrong with any of the mini treats. Popular varieties include cookie dough, buttanicker, key lime and, of course, the original butter cake.
Everything is handmade and from scratch at Pie Snob. From crusts to the whipped cream and everything in between, the bakery specializes in amazing, hand-crafted pies, cheesecakes and tarts. Some pies on the menu include apple crumb, caramel apple, chocolate cream, key lime, strawberry rhubarb crumb and butterscotch.
Knead Luv’s baked goods are created in a dedicated gluten-free facility and are organic and delicious! There's no reason to sacrifice flavor, texture or taste when you want a treat. Their desserts and savories cure the cravings and are good for the body and soul.
Since 1999, Beard Papa’s has been baking the world’s best cream puffs. What started in Japan is now available at the Beard Papas location at Scottsdale Quarter.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy feeding the geese and ducks that reside in the picturesque pond at El Encanto restaurant!
Arizona is home to the perfect climate, elevation and weather to produce the very best wine-making fruit. A soil scientist found that the soil in the area closely matches that of the Burgundy region of France, and there are more than 100 wineries and 22 varietals of wine produced in Arizona.
Perhaps the most distinctive marker of Arizonan cuisine is Sonoran-style Mexican food, an approach to border cooking that differs from Tex-Mex, New Mexican or Baja styles and is seldom found outside of Arizona.