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Occupying a historic 1929 building in popular Heritage Square, Pizzeria Bianco is one of the many establishments opened by celebrated chef Chris Bianco. As its name implies, the restaurant focus is pizza; with pies made with handcrafted mozzarella and topped with the finest produce from local sources. The restaurant has the classic Margherita or the slightly adventurous Rosa, made with onion, parmigiano, rosemary and AZ pistachios. The best time to visit is for lunch, because dinner service is usually crowded. If you are put on a list, head next door to Bar Bianco for a glass of wine and some crostini while you wait for your table.
Windsor is one of the culinary achievements of Craig Demarco; a local restauranteur celebrated throughout the Valley for his popular Postino Winecafe and Churn. The menu features all the goodness of home with favorites like short-ribs and mac-and-cheese. In addition, the restaurant also serves healthier options such as the Fattoush salad and the grease-free Banh-Mi fish sandwich. The spot is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. During the summer months, don't forget to cool off with a creamy, homemade ice cream at Churn, right next door.
Located on The Farm at South Mountain, Quiessence is a beautiful restaurant for people who truly love food and care where it comes from. The restaurant uses as much produce from The Farm and the surrounding area as possible in its dishes and cocktails for the most incredible freshness. Of course the menu is seasonal, changing frequently and always inspired by the farm, and definitely always amazingly delicious. Make sure to try the artfully crafted cocktails or the amazing wine list for the perfect compliment to your meal.
The Farm at South Mountain consists of three restaurants, a different one for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast or brunch, the Morning Glory Cafe is where diners receive cage-free eggs, locally made sausage and veggies from a plot of land right next to its outdoor patio. The Farm Kitchen is the original restaurant that serves a hearty lunch under a grove of Pecan trees and Quiessence is a romantic, white tablecloth dining establishment that provides wine, cheese, steaks and more. The restaurants are only open during the cooler months which exclude June, July and August. Check the website for more information as the schedules for each restaurant vary widely.
The Vig is not just another bar; it is a way of life! The eclectic tavern has a certain aura about it that gets you hooked and coming back for more. Live events, amazing bands, superb happy hour, DJs and an excellent selection of food and drink make this place a local favorite. The relaxing outdoor patio has a following of its own allowing patrons to catch their breath. With an addictive atmosphere and stellar music lineup, Vig's is a great place to come by with friends.
O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery boasts of a range of home-brewed beers, as well as those sourced from famous breweries in the U.S. Their own brews include the O.H.S.O RB2, O.H.S.O Imperial IPA and O.H.S.O. Drunk Uncle Dunkle. You can also enjoy Myrcenary Double IPA from the Odell Brewery in Fort Collins, and Angry Orchard Cider from Boston Beer Corporation. There is a constant rotation of beers throughout the year and snacks such as garlic pesto hummus and shrimp ceviche are perfect matches with any of them.
Gourmet Magazine called it one of the top restaurants in the Phoenix Metro area and with just one visit, you'll understand why. The seasonal, organic menu is served within the cozy confines of the Royal Palms Hotel; one of the Valley's earliest resort properties. Here visitors can dine in the private dining room, alfresco on the patios, and for larger parties, the entire orange grove is also available. For nearly twenty years, the chefs have garnered many accolades for their dinner service, usually served in four courses that entail shared plates to begin, followed by fireplace favorites like polenta and Foie Gras, then salads and finally an entree. It is no wonder that it is consistently rated as one of the best kitchens in Phoenix.
There are few restaurants in the Phoenix area with surroundings quite so scenic as Gertrude's, located inside the Desert Botanical Garden. The menu is seasonal, so it changes often, but always includes fresh, local ingredients sourced from Arizona and the Southwest. Dishes come take their inspiration from all over, with past menu items including dishes like Bangers & Mash, smoked salmon "tartare" and smoked beef brisket to name just a few. The bar features a great selection of craft beers, cocktails and wines to accompany your meal. Whenever the weather is permitting, make sure you grab a table outside so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.