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32 SHEA

Phoenix
602-867-7432
32shea.com

This trendy spot is a bustling café during the day, then it transforms into a hip restaurant and lounge after the sun sets. Snag a table on the charming patio during the restaurant's happy hour. Locals crave the bruschetta board and the crispy lavash pizza.
Café

AIELLO'S EAST COAST ITALIAN

Phoenix
602-547-3354
aiellositalianrestaurant.com

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.
Italian

BARRIO CAFE

Phoenix
602-636-0240
barriocafe.com

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.
Mexican

BARRIO URBANO

Phoenix
602-287-9000
barriourbanophx.com

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.
Mexican

BECKETT'S TABLE

Phoenix
602-954-1700
beckettstable.com

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?
American

BLANCO TACOS + TEQUILA

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-429-8000 (Phoenix) , 480-305-6692 (Scottsdale)
foxrc.com/restaurants/blanco-tacos-tequila

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.
Mexican

BOOTLEGGERS

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-996-4228 (Phoenix), 480-404-9984 (Scottsdale)
bootleggersaz.com

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.
Barbecue

CHARR

Phoenix
602-993-2427
charrburgerbar.com

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.
American

CHICAGO HAMBURGER CO.

Phoenix
602-955-4137
chicagohamburger.com

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.
American

CHINO BANDIDO

Phoenix
602-375-3639
chinobandido.com

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.
Mexican/Chinese

CLEVER KOI

Phoenix
602-222-3474
thecleverkoi.com

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.
Asian

COUP DES TARTES

Phoenix
602-212-1082
nicetartes.com

Featuring an outdoor brick patio shaded by stately trees and a warmly lit dining room, this cozy restaurant features artisan cocktails, craft brews, and a stellar wine list. Food specialties include a classic lamb shank cooked Moroccan style, and a maple leaf duck breast.
French

CRUDO

Phoenix
602-358-8666
crudoaz.com

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.
Italian

CULINARY DROPOUT

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
602-680-4040 (Phoenix), 480-970-1700 (Scottsdale), 480-240-1601 (Tempe)
culinarydropout.com

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.
American

DA VANG

Phoenix
602-242-3575

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.
Vietnamese

DICK'S HIDEAWAY

Phoenix
602-241-1881
richardsonsnm.com

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.
New Mexican

DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW

Phoenix
602-866-6350
tapatiocliffshilton.com/different-pointe-of-view-restaurant

The Pointe Hilton at 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.
Regional American/Mediterranean

DURANT'S

Phoenix
602-264-5967
durantsaz.com

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.
American

FRANK & ALBERT'S

Phoenix
602-381-7632
frankandalberts.com

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.
American

FRY BREAD HOUSE

Phoenix, Mesa
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.
Native American

HOLE-IN-THE-WALL

Phoenix
602-870-1977
pointehilton.com

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.
American

LUCI'S HEALTHY MARKETPLACE

Phoenix
602-773-1339 (Phoenix), 602-633-2442 (Phoenix)
lucishealthymarketplace.com

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.
Cafe

LUX CENTRAL

Phoenix
602-327-1396
luxcoffee.com

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.
Cafe

MACAYO'S MEXICAN KITCHEN

Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Scottsdale, plus 6 additional area locations
602-264-6141 (Phoenix), 602-298-8080 (Glendale), (Tempe), 480-596-1181 (Scottsdale)
macayo.com

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.
Mexican

MEL'S DINER

Phoenix
602-252-8283

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.
American

OCOTILLO

Phoenix
602-687-9080
ocotillophx.com

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.
American

OKRA COOKHOUSE & COCKTAILS

Phoenix
602-296-4147
okraaz.com

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.
Southern

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)
oreganos.com

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.
Italian

OTRO CAFé

Phoenix
602-266-0831
otrocafe.com

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.
Mexican

PANE BIANCO

Phoenix
602-234-2100
pizzeriabianco.com

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.
Cafe

PHOENIX CITY GRILLE

Phoenix
602-266-3001
phoenixcitygrille.com

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.
American

RICO'S AMERICAN GRILL

Phoenix
602-997-5850
ricosag.com

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.
American

ROKERIJ

Phoenix
602-287-8900
richardsonsnm.com/rokerij

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.
Regional American

ROSIE MCCAFFREY'S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

Phoenix
602-241-1916
rosiemccaffreys.com

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.
Irish

SCRAMBLE

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-374-2294 (Phoenix), 480-404-7264 (Scottsdale)
azscramble.com

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.
American

SIERRA BONITA GRILL

Phoenix
602-264-0700
sierrabonitagrill.com

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.
Southwestern

SNOOZE

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert
480-725-8000 (Phoenix), 480-664-3133 (Scottsdale), 480-355-1934 (Tempe), 480-664-4488 (Gilbert)
snoozeeatery.com

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.
American

SOUTHERN RAIL

Phoenix
602-200-0085
southernrailaz.com

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.
Southern

ST. FRANCIS

Phoenix
602-200-8111
stfrancisaz.com

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.
American

SUNUP BREWING CO.

Phoenix
602-279-8909
sunupbrewing.com

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.
American

SUSHI AVE

Phoenix, Gilbert
602-482-3260 (Phoenix), 480-218-5700 (Gilbert)
sushiaveaz.com

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.
Japanese

TACO GUILD

Phoenix
602-264-4143
tacoguild.com

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.
Mexican

TEXAZ GRILL

Phoenix
602-248-7827
texazgrill.com

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.
American

THE CORONADO

Phoenix
602-252-1322
thecoronadophx.com

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.
Vegetarian/Vegan

THE MAIN INGREDIENT ALE HOUSE & CAFé

Phoenix
602-843-6246
tmialehouse.com

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.
American

THE PARLOR PIZZERIA

Phoenix
602-248-2480
theparlor.us

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.
Italian

THE VIG

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-633-1187 (Phoenix), 602-553-7227 (Phoenix), 602-254-2242 (Phoenix), 480-758-5399 (Scottsdale)
thevig.us

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.
American

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-774-3488 (Phoenix), 480-265-4500 (Scottsdale)
truefoodkitchen.com

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.
Cafe

URBAN TACO

Phoenix
602-368-2708
urbantacos.net

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.
Mexican

VOVOMEENA

Phoenix
602-252-2541
vovomeena.com

This cozy spot boasts comfort food inspired by international cuisines. Locals' favorites include savory crêpes—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.
American

WINDSOR

Phoenix
602-279-1111
windsoraz.com

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.
American

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ALICE COOPER'STOWN

Phoenix
602-253-7337
alicecooperstown.com

From the local and national music acts to the Alice Cooper photos and rock motif, Alice Cooper'stown offers a unique dining experience. The menu offers a wide variety–from burgers and barbecue ribs to chipotle chicken pasta and a Cajun fish fry. The bar also serves a range of drink specials.
American

BLUE HOUND KITCHEN + COCKTAILS

Phoenix
602-258-0231
bluehoundkitchen.com

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.
Southern/American

CARLY'S BISTRO

Phoenix
602-262-2759
carlysbistro.com

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.
American

COMPASS

Phoenix
602-440-3166
compassarizona.com

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.
Contemporary American

DISTRICT AMERICAN KITCHEN & WINE BAR

Phoenix
602-817-5400
districtrestaurant.com

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.
American

HANNY'S

Phoenix
602-252-2285
hannys.net

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.
American

LO-LO'S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES

Phoenix, Gilbert, Scottsdale
602-340-1304 (Phoenix)
loloschickenandwaffles.com

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.
Soul Food

MATT'S BIG BREAKFAST

Phoenix
602-254-1074 (Phoenix), 602-840-3450 (Phoenix)
mattsbigbreakfast.com

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.
American

MRS. WHITE'S GOLDEN RULE CAFE

Phoenix
602-262-9256

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.
American

NOBUO AT TEETER HOUSE

Phoenix
602-254-0600
nobuofukuda.com

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.
Japanese

PHOENIX PUBLIC MARKET CAFé

Phoenix
602-253-2700
phxpublicmarket.com

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.
American

PIZZERIA BIANCO

Phoenix
602-258-8300 (Phoenix), 602-368-3273 (Phoenix)
pizzeriabianco.com

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?
Italian

POMO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Glendale
602-795-2555 (Phoenix), 480-998-1366 (Scottsdale), 480-878-2222 (Gilbert), 623-777-1868 (Glendale)
pomopizzeria.com

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.
Italian

SEAMUS MCCAFFREY'S IRISH PUB

Phoenix
602-253-6081
seamusmccaffreys.com

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.
Continental/Irish

THE ARROGANT BUTCHER

Phoenix
602-324-8502
foxrc.com

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.
American

THE BREADFRUIT & RUM BAR

Phoenix
602-267-1266
thebreadfruit.com

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.
Jamaican

THE DUCE

Phoenix
602-866-3823
theducephx.com

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.
American

EAST

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AGAVE SOUTHWEST BAR & GRILL

Scottsdale
480-419-2115
marriottscottsdale.com

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.
Southwestern

AHIPOKI BOWL

Scottsdale
480-219-9310
ahipokibowl.com/scottsdale

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.
Hawaiian

ARIZONA ROOM PATIO GRILL

Scottsdale
480-270-5564
casinoarizona.com

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.
Southwestern

ARTIZEN

Phoenix
602-522-6655
thecamby.com

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.
American

BOURBON STEAK

Scottsdale
480-585-4848
fairmont.com/scottsdale

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.
American

BRAT HAüS

Scottsdale
480-947-4006
brathausaz.com

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.
German

CAFE 87

Fountain Hills
800-843-3678
fortmcdowellcasino.com

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.
Café

CHART HOUSE

Scottsdale
480-951-2550
chart-house.com

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.
Seafood

CHESTNUT FINE FOODS & PROVISIONS

Phoenix
602-708-7679
kkoepcke.wix.com/chestnut

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.
Cafe

CORNISH PASTY CO.

Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa
480-945-1220 (Scottsdale), 480-894-6261 (Tempe), 480-838-3586 (Mesa)
cornishpastyco.com

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.
English

COWBOY CIAO

Scottsdale
480-WINE-111
cowboyciao.com

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.
American

DELUX

Phoenix
602-522-2288
deluxburger.com

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.
American

DIEGO POPS

Scottsdale
480-970-1007
diegopops.com

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.
Latin

EL CHORRO

Paradise Valley
480-948-5170
elchorro.com

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.
Southwestern

ELEMENTS

Paradise Valley
480-607-2300
sanctuaryaz.com

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.
American

FARM & CRAFT

Scottsdale
480-947-3763
ilovefarmandcraft.com

Dine out, eat well, and feel good—it's possible here. Savor hormone-free meats, organic produce, fresh-pressed juices, and a wellness menu that includes dishes high in antioxidants and other good-for-you ingredients. Flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, and veggie bowls share the spotlight with cold-pressed cocktails, such as a vegan Bloody Mary.
American

FNB

Scottsdale
480-284-4777
fnbrestaurant.com

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.
American

GERTRUDE'S

Phoenix
480-719-8600
gertrudesrestaurant.net

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.
American

GOLDIE'S NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS CAFE

Scottsdale
480-451-6269
goldiessportscafe.net

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.
American

GRASSROOTS KITCHEN + TAP

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-368-8766 (Phoenix), 480-699-0699 (Scottsdale)
grassrootsaz.com

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.
American

HOPDODDY

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-242-2337 (Phoenix), 480-348-2337 (Scottsdale)
hopdoddy.com

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.
American

HULA'S MODERN TIKI

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-265-8454 (Phoenix), 480-970-4852 (Scottsdale)
hulasmoderntiki.com

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.
Hawaiian

IL TERRAZZO

Scottsdale
480-423-2530
thephoenician.com

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.
Italian

J&G STEAKHOUSE

Scottsdale
480-214-8000
jgsteakhouse.com

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.
Steakhouse

KAZIMIERZ WORLD WINE BAR

Scottsdale
480-946-3004
kazbar.net

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.
Wine Bar

MASTRO'S OCEAN CLUB

Scottsdale
480-443-8555
mastrosrestaurants.com

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.
Seafood

MIRACLE MILE DELICATESSEN

Phoenix
602-776-0992
miraclemiledeli.com

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.
Deli

NOODLES SUSHIYA

Fountain Hills
800-843-3678
fortmcdowellcasino.com

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.
Japanese

O.H.S.O EATERY + NANOBREWERY

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-955-0358 (Phoenix), 480-948-3159 (Scottsdale)
ohsobrewery.com

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.
American

OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY

Scottsdale
480-945-4567
oldtowntortillafactory.com

A tree-covered patio, Southwestern-accented interior, and a 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.
Regional Southwestern

ORANGE SKY

Scottsdale
480-850-8606
talkingstickresort.com

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.
Contemporary American

PINK PONY

Scottsdale
480-945-6697
pinkponyscottsdale.com

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.
American

POSH

Scottsdale
480-663-7674
poshscottsdale.com

An evening at Posh is far from ordinary. Instead of perusing a menu, you give the chef your dietary restrictions, allergies, and food aversions. The chef, who then concocts surprise course after surprise course just for you, all using seasonal ingredients.
American

POSTINO

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)
postinowinecafe.com

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.
Italian

RELISH BURGER BISTRO

Scottsdale
480-423-2530
thephoenician.com/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.
American

ROKA AKOR

Scottsdale
480-306-8800
rokaakor.com

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.
Japanese

RUSCONI'S AMERICAN KITCHEN

Phoenix
480-483-0009
rusconiskitchen.com

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.
American

RUSTY SPUR SALOON

Scottsdale
480-425-7787
rustyspursaloon.com

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.
American

SUGAR BOWL ICE CREAM PARLOR AND RESTAURANT

Scottsdale
480-946-0051

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.
American

SUMO MAYA

Scottsdale
480-397-9520
sumomaya.com

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, cocktails, and more than 80 tequilas—aka, an evening to please taste buds and wallets.
Mexican-Asian

T. COOK'S

Phoenix
602-808-0766
tcooksphoenix.com

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.
Mediterranean

TARBELL'S

Phoenix
602-955-8100
tarbells.com

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.
American

THAI BASIL SIGNATURE

Phoenix, Scottsdale
602-788-0899 (Phoenix), 480-704-6013 (Phoenix)
thaibasilaz.com

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.
Thai

THE GLADLY

Phoenix
602-759-8132
thegladly.com

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).
American

THE HOUSE BRASSERIE

Scottsdale
480-634-1600
thehousebrasserie.com

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.
American

THE MISSION

Scottsdale
480-636-5005
themissionaz.com

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.
Mexican

THE SALTY SOW

Phoenix
602-795-9463
saltysow.com

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.
American

THE UPTON

Scottsdale
480-991-6887
theuptonaz.com

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.
American

TORO LATIN RESTAURANT & RUM BAR

Scottsdale
480-585-4848, ext. 7374
scottsdaleprincess.com

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.
Central American

TORO LATIN RESTAURANT & RUM BAR

Scottsdale
48-=585-4849, ext. 7374
scottsdaleprincess.com

Bring a friend to Toro–here, the plates (achiote-barbecue salmon, for one) are meant to be shared. Live music and 150 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.
Central American

VENETO TRATTORIA

Scottsdale
480-948-9928
venetotrattoria.com

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.
Italian

VIRTÙ

Scottsdale
480-946-3477
virtuscottsdale.com

Tucked inside the intimate Bespoke Inn, Virtù 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.
Mediterranean

ZINBURGER

Phoenix
602-424-9500
foxrc.com

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.
American

ZINC BISTRO

Scottsdale
480-603-0922
zincbistroaz.com

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.
French American

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)
zippssportsgrills.com

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.
American

ZUZU

Scottsdale
480-376-2600
cafe-zuzu.com

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.
American

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BIG EARL'S GREASY EATS

Cave Creek
480-575-7899
bigearlsgreasyeats.com

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.
American

BRYAN'S BLACK MOUNTAIN BARBECUE

Cave Creek
480-575-7155
bryansbarbecue.com

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.
American

BUFFALO CHIP SALOON & STEAKHOUSE

Cave Creek
480-488-9118
buffalochipsaloon.com

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.
Steakhouse

CAFE BINK

Carefree
480-488-9796
binkleysrestaurantgroup.com

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.
American

CARTWRIGHT'S SONORAN RANCH HOUSE

Cave Creek
480-488-8031
cartwrightssonoranranchhouse.com

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).
American/Southwestern

EDDIE MERLOT'S

Scottsdale
480-699-0480
eddiemerlots.com

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.
American

HAROLD'S CAVE CREEK CORRAL

Cave Creek
480-488-1906
haroldscorral.com

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!
American

NORI

Phoenix, Scottsdale
480-515-9777 (Phoenix), 480-513-6488 (Scottsdale)
noriaz.com

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).
Japanese

SASSI

Scottsdale
480-502-9095
sassi.biz

Want delectable Old World charm in New World Scottsdale? Look no further than Sassi, an oasis of artistic Italian cuisine ensconced within the shadow of Pinnacle Peak. Handmade pasta and other time-honored favorites benefit from a spectacular wine list, traditional Italian grappas, and the sprawling villa layout.
Italian

THE HORNY TOAD

Cave Creek
480-488-9542
thehornytoad.com

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.
American

TONTO BAR & GRILL

Cave Creek
480-488-0698
tontobarandgrill.com

Sure, the Old Arizona-style setting is cozy and boasts a lovely view of the Rancho Mañana 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.
Regional American/Southwestern

TRYST CAFé

Phoenix
480-585-7978
trystcafe.com

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.
American

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BISBEE BREAKFAST CLUB

Mesa
480-704-3464
bisbeebreakfastclub.com

"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.
American

CAFFE BOA

Ahwatukee
480-893-3331
caffeboa.com

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.
Italian

CASEY MOORE'S OYSTER HOUSE

Tempe
480-968-9935
caseymoores.com

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.
American

CREPE BAR

Tempe
480-247-8012
crepe-bar.com

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.
French-American

DITKA'S RESTAURANT

Laveen
520-550-1943
wingilariver.com

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.
American

HOUSE OF TRICKS

Tempe
480-968-1114
houseoftricks.com

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.
Regional American

JOE'S FARM GRILL

Gilbert
480-563-4745
joesfarmgrill.com

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.
American

JOYRIDE TACO HOUSE

Phoenix, Gilbert
602-274-8226 (Phoenix), 480-632-8226 (Gilbert)
joyridetacohouse.com

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.
Mexican

KAI

Chandler
602-385-5726
wildhorsepassresort.com

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.
Regional Southwestern

LIBERTY MARKET

Gilbert
480-892-1900
libertymarket.com

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.
American

NOURISH

Gilbert
480-525-1345
nourish123.com

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.
American

QUIESSENCE RESTAURANT & WINE BAR

Phoenix
602-276-0601
quiessencerestaurant.com

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.
American/Italian

RúLA BúLA IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT

Tempe
480-929-9500
rulabula.com

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.
Irish

RAWHIDE WESTERN TOWN & STEAKHOUSE

Chandler
480-502-5600
rawhide.com

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.
Regional American/Southwestern

RUSTLER'S ROOSTE

Phoenix
602-431-6474
rustlersrooste.com

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.
American

SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE

Chandler
502-796-1972
donshula.com

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.
Steakhouse

THE DUTCHMAN'S HIDEOUT

Apache Junction
480-982-3181
miningcamprestaurant.com

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.
American

THE EATERY

Queen Creek
480-888-9290
queencreekolivemill.com

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.
Italian

THE SALT CELLAR

Scottsdale
480-947-1963
saltcellarrestaurant.com

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.
Seafood

THE STOCKYARDS

Phoenix
602-273-7378
stockyardssteakhouse.com

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.
Steakhouse

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AMUSE BOUCHE

Surprise
623-322-8881
amusebouche.biz

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.
French

BOBBY Q

Phoenix, Mesa
602-995-5982 (Phoenix), 480-361-7470 (Mesa)
bobbyq.net

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.
American

CAFE GA HYANG

Glendale
623-937-8550

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.
Korean

CALICO JACK'S CANTINA

Glendale
623-877-5225
calicojacksglendale.com

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.
Mexican

FIRST WATCH

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
firstwatch.com

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.
American

HAUS MURPHY'S

Glendale
623-939-2480
hausmurphys.com

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.
German

KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Glendale, Tempe
623-772-9832 (Glendale), 480-350-9160 (Tempe)
kabukirestaurants.com

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.
Japanese

KISS THE COOK

Glendale
623-939-4663
kiss-the-cook.com

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!
American

LA PIAZZA AL FORNO

Glendale
623-847-3301
lapiazzaalforno.com

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.
Italian

LITCHFIELD'S

Litchfield Park
623-935-3811
wigwamarizona.com

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.
American

PHO 43 EXPRESS

Phoenix
602-269-3383

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.
Vietnamese

THE CABIN | WHISKEY & GRILL

Peoria
623-772-5974
cabinwest.com

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.
American

VOGUE BISTRO

Surprise
623-544-9109
voguebistro.com

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.
American

YEN SUSHI & SAKE BAR

Glendale
602-978-9022

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.
Japanese