If you are a fan of green and red chillies sauces, Mexican-style chorizo sausage, hefty burros and sauce-soaked enchiladas, then find your way here. The Mexican comfort cuisine is inexpensive and the service is fast and friendly. It gets extremely busy here at lunch, so come early or plan to wait. Though the decor is simple, it offers a full range of Sonoran-style Mexican dishes such as burros, enchiladas, tacos, plus hand-made tamales and tortillas.
In-the-know locals frequent this unassuming little wine bar in the Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood (there are two others as well, one in Gilbert and the other in Downtown Phoenix). In a city buzzing with strip-mall cuisine, Postino is hidden a residential neighborhood, where the kitchen serves wonderful helpings of the Italian countryside, the Napa Valley, the South of France and the Mediterranean coast. The wine selection rotates every few months but Californian and Italian labels are the most common, with a few French wines and a handful of Argentinian ones added for good measure. Beer lovers can appreciate the selection as well, with the stellar Guinness on draft or the Alesmith IPA.
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.
Established in 1990, Arcadia Farms Cafe is hidden away in downtown Scottsdale, and is a cozy cottage serving gourmet goodies which will tantalize your taste-buds. At lunch, soups, salad and sandwiches make up most of the menu. They are all house-made, healthy, fresh and flavorful. At dinner, the entrees are sophisticated and heartier. Do not forget to try the pork tenderloin with Portobello and artichoke or the roasted halibut with mustard glaze and caramelized cabbage. The menu also features scrumptious desserts made of quality ingredients. Unwind over exquisite drinks with friends and family as you relax in the welcoming space. Arcadia offers catering and event planning services as well.
Oregano's Pizza Bistro in Old Scottsdale keeps growing by leaps and bounds. A full range of creative pizzas, pastas, salads and appetizers are served in a setting that draws people like a magnet. Their oven fresh pizza cookie dressed with vanilla ice cream is a must have when you are here. There is definitely something for everyone here at this inventive pizza bistro.
Operated by the Houston's organization, Bandera is not only known for its terrific rotisserie-roasted chicken, but as a great place to gather for a friendly drink or a full meal. Besides the renowned rotisserie, the prime ribs, meatloaf and fresh fish dishes are among the popular favorites. This peppy restaurant is so sought after for its delicious food that reservations are highly recommended. With food that is reasonably priced and loaded with flavor, Bandera is a great place to dine with friends and family.
In 1929, the place was a burger joint and gin mill, complete with bookmakers in the back taking bets. Tom's captures much of that feel with vintage pictures and classy decor. Serving sandwiches like the French dip, turkey club and an old-fashioned Reuben, this tavern also features a daily Blue Plate Special, some salads and a hearty lunch menu.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a chic and classy cocktail bar and restaurant which is located in downtown Phoenix. The restaurant serves a variety of delicious seasonal dishes such as Pappardelle Veal and Schreiner’s Sausage Ragu, and Trout Golden Raisins, Capers, Green Beans and Brown Butter. The bar is known for its varied cocktail list. These crafted concoctions perfectly complement the dishes served. Sharing plates of food and a cozy yet trendy ambiance makes this a great hangout for friends.
Even though former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle is no longer a part of the franchise, his legacy lives on in his eponymous restaurant. It is usually crowded before, during and after Suns games. At lunch, it's also popular with downtown businessmen. Housed in the oldest commercial building in downtown Phoenix, the interior has the feel of a contemporary sports bar. The fare is mainly sandwiches, burgers and a few hot entrees.
One of Phoenix's downtown highlights, albeit a bit retro, is the revolving Compass Restaurant located high atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This favorite of Valley visitors offers regional American cuisine and a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city as the top spins at a slow three miles per hour. Recently updated, the dining area features upholstered banquettes and each one provides amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Decor is elegant contemporary and service is friendly and a bit formal. American favorites such as steaks, poultry, seafood are all prepared with a Southwestern spin.
Located at the Westin Phoenix Downtown, Province serves you American cuisine that incorporates flavors from Spain and South America. The produce used is fresh and local, and the menus feature seasonal delicacies, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. Small plates of bay scallop ceviche and steak tacos are perfect for sharing with the group, after which you can move on to some scrumptious mains like vegetable paella, strip steak and pan-roasted sea bass. The dessert includes many delectable confections like strawberry tartlets, and there is also a wine list for you to savor.