Phoenix foodies know that La Grande Orange Grocery is a great one-stop shop for gourmet groceries, organic coffee, but the adjacent pizzeria really stands out as well. Here, guests enjoy pizzas from the classic Margherita to the more eclectic roasted corn, tomatoes and goat cheese, whatever you choose, the ingredients are always local and in season. Other menu items besides the pizza include burgers, rotisserie chicken and fresh salads. To accompany the food, they offer a great selection of cocktails, craft beers and wines.
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.
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.
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.
Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace is exactly that, you can come and enjoy a meal, then buy one of the products used in the kitchen to take with you. As one of the popular restaurants from Fox Concepts chain, the kitchen serves innovations on Italian favorites. The restaurant features two private dining areas, a large patio and it offers more than 50 different wines at a time. The desserts complete the picture in perfect style, especially when you try the house-made gelato.
Voted one of the best BBQ joints in the entire United States, anyone looking for a taste of the south should head right over to Bobby Q's. The comfortable interior is full of cushy booths, exposed brick and weathered wood, evoking almost a roadside pit BBQ feel. Diners can indulge on platters of St. Louis or Texas style ribs, smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage. And of course don't forget the sides like mac 'n cheese, mashed potatoes and cole slaw. If a big platter of meat just isn't your thing, don't worry because Bobby Q's also serves all kinds of hot sandwiches, salads, steaks, fish and more.
Located right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Counter Burger brings the build-your-own-burger concept to businessmen and women in the financial district. Here, guests receive a menu that features some insane burger combinations. For example, the Korean BBQ is served with sliced cucumber, grilled red onions, a daikon and carrot mix then topped with BBQ inside a Brioche bun. The Bison with Bite comes with cheddar, pickles, onion, mustard and Worcestershire. If you choose to forego one of their creations, you can build your own starting with your choice of meat, type of cheese, sauces, toppings and then bread. Moreover, the Counter prepares superb handcrafted cocktails and the barkeeps sling plenty of local craft beer.
Established in 1976, Steve's Greenhouse Grill is conveniently located near Downtown Phoenix's major attractions. Acclaimed for their burgers, their classic American fare is equally noteworthy. Relish your meal with a micro brew or any other drink of choice while watching a game live on their big screen. Regular live music is played on their huge patio giving local musicians a chance to display their talent.
When the Japanese characters for 'Harumi' are defined in English, it roughly translates to 'Springtime Beauty'. Harumi is also a very popular girl's name in Japan, but despite the origins of the name, this sushi bar exemplifies fresh, springtime beauty on all its plates. The first thing diners will notice is that their favorite rolls use Black Rice, a much healthier version of the familiar white rice. The black rice when cooked subsequently turns a dark purple color, something which makes the rolls stand out on the plate. All of the familiar rolls are on the menu in addition to some signature ones like the massive Oh My God Roll which comes with perfectly smoked eel or the tangy Mango Crunch served with a soy glaze. The Chirashi here is also a good bet and if you order it, this seafood rice hodgepodge will definitely make you return.
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.
This swanky little breakfast meeting spot on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Downtown has first-rate service. Try classic American cuisine or Mediterranean fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner daily at Terrace Café. Breakfast menu items like Belgian Waffles, savory omelets, or a Mediterranean Frittata. Lunch offerings include Greek Salads, soups and sandwiches. For dinner, try the Paella Valenciana; a flavorful concoction of shellfish, chorizo, chicken and saffron rice. Call first for reservations, as they are often busy.
Coach's Corner Grill is a very popular restaurant and sports bar explored by locals and tourists alike. The place has a spacious interior which is lined with ample of seating spaces that makes Coach's Corner Grill perfect for larger groups and families. Several television screens are mounted all around, these ensure that patrons do not miss even the slightest of sports action. Good food in the form of American classics keep your palate company while beers keep flowing like water. The staff at Coach's Corner Grill is highly efficient and even on busier nights they get orders spot on. USA Today has bestowed this place with the honor being the best sports bar in Pheonix, and regular patrons could not agree more.