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The Non-Snobby Phoenix Dining Guide

This isn’t a guide to the fanciest food in town. We aren’t trying to be like the Michelin Guide. We’re normal people, who just like really, really good food. What follows is what we believe is the best food in Phoenix– we ignore factors like the pedigree of the chef and the price level. Our sole criterion is how good it tastes.

1. St. Francis Restaurant

Big thanks to the wonderful @brooklyn409, be sure to check her awesome feed!

Shoutout to the brilliant @stfrancisphx

and of course the fit and fabulous Melissa Moore

Address: 111 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 200-8111
Yelp: 4 stars with 1200+ reviews

  • They offer Happy Hour everyday from 5pm-6pm, free meals for kids and a seasonal menu that incorporates the freshest ingredients available
  • Chosen by OpenTable as Diner’s Choice in 2015, Best Bread in 2012 by AZ Republic, 2011 Best Happy Hour by New Times, and chosen as Restaurants with Great Kids Meal by AZ Foothills Magazine
  • The fingerling potatoes are to dire for – love love love the lemon aioli it’s served with

2. Pizzeria Bianco

Huge thanks and image creds to the amazing

and the always inspiring Kris H. Morris

Address: 623 E Adams St Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 258-8300
Yelp: 4 stars with 1800+ reviews

  • Chris Bianco, James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2003 winner and owner, started Pizzeria Bianco inside the back corner of a neighborhood grocery store in 1988 and now has 2 locations in Phoenix including an expanded menu with pasta and entrees at Town & Country
  • The New York Times call the pizza “perhaps the best in America” in 2004, Rachael Ray declared Pizzeria Bianco the winner of her Pizza Madness Bracket – a contest of pizzerias across the nation in 2010, Food & Wine has labeled Chris’ pizza as “arguably the best pizza in America” on June 2005 and June 2009, and Zagat named Chris as one of the 6 chefs who changed pizza

3. Veggie Village

Shoutout to the super awesome and compassionate @ahimsaessentials

and the super fit @onefitgurl

and the creative genius Kamilla Graham

Address: 1255 E Northern Ave Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone:  (602) 944-1088
Yelp: 5 stars with 100+ reviews

  • Phenomenal vegan spot, especially if you are craving vegan meats
  • We’re huge fans of the (mock) orange chicken, the fried enoki mushroom and the general tso / sesame mushrooms. 

4. Cibo

Address: 603 N 5th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 441-2697
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 1500+ reviews

Set in a restored 1913 bungalow, Cibo (pronounced “CHEE-boh”) has hardwood floors, exposed brick, a stained-glass panel and a fireplace to set the mood while revitalizing the downtown Phoenix area with beautiful salads, antipasto, artisanal pizzas and housemade fresh pasta.

  • The live music and twinkle lights outside get us everytime
  • Cap off your meal with a nutella strawberry banana crepe

5. Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

Big thanks to the brilliant West

the always interesting Aneesh

and the charming Delos Hawkins

Address: 3313 N 7th St Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 279-5080
Yelp: 4 stars with 600+ reviews

  • It’s like Chipotle for Enchiladas
  • We recommend trying goat cheese on your enchiladas – it’s surprisingly good
  • Excellent green sauce – it’s our go-to choice

6. Pomo Pizzeria

Cheers to real estate genius Taylor Tessa

and the insanely dapper Tim Melideo

Address: 705 N 1st St Ste 120 Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 795-2555
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 500+ reviews

  • Certified by Verace Pizza Napoletana and Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, Pomo Pizzeria offers one of the most authentic Italian dining experience outside of Italy itself
  • Every time we go they’ve given us fried dough crisps at the end of our meal and they are fantastic

7. Phoenix Public Market Cafe

Check out one of the city’s most prolific wine feeds @phoenixfoodandwine

and a huge thanks to the AWESOME Chef Aaron Chamberlin

Address: 14 E Pierce St Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 253-2700
Yelp: 4 stars with 700+ reviews

  • Casual urban hangout offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They serve fresh market cuisine crafted with seasonal ingredients, many sourced directly from the adjacent farmer’s market
  • Their simple, health-focused menu includes hearty sandwiches on house-baked bread, crisp salads, and fresh-baked pastries

8. Nandini Indian Cuisine

Address: 1845 E Broadway Rd Ste 101 Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 967-5234
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 400+ reviews

  • Excellent buffet spot –
  • Solid paneer tikka, malai kofta and the garlic naan is great, though it’s hard to mess up garlic naan

9. Tomaso’s

Big thanks to one of the best agencies around @theknightagency

Address: 3225 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 956-0836
Yelp: 4 stars with 100+ reviews

  • They’ve got a fully stocked bar, offer expertly prepared appetizers, pastas, seasonal vegetables, excellent entrees and their deserts are to die for.
  • We’re fans of the fresh seasonal sorbet and the creme brule

10. PHX Burrito House

We’ve got tons of love from the awesome Ally B

Be sure to tune in to Power983 to hear the always entertaining Crisco Kidd

Address: 4140 N 7th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (60 2) 265-1274
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 400+ reviews

  • Love the burritos here, but the horchata and margaritas are great as well
  • Fresh, high quality ingredients reduce the guilt of scarfing down a giant burrito

11. Oregano’s Pizza Bistro

Thanks Adrienne

Check out the incredible feed from one of the city’s cutest married couples @eat.phx

Address:  1008 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 241-0707
Yelp: 3.5 stars with 400+ reviews

  • Owner Mark S. Russel’s grandmother, a great traditional cook, taught his father the secrets of her pizza and many other family recipes. His dad, on the other hand, liked to experiment and actually started using fresh vegetables and whole wheat in his recipes (to the horror of his mother), long before it was in vogue. With the secrets passed on, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro was born.
  • Excellent thin crust pizza
  • The pizza cookie is a fun dessert

12. The Mission Old Town

Big thanks to the lovely lady with a smile that lights up the room – Carly Loving

Thanks to a true sweetheart – Brooke

Check out one of the city’s most interesting bloggers – Kristine Poulson

Address: 3815 N Brown Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: (480) 636-5005
Yelp: 4 stars with 1500+ reviews

  • Homemade tortillas, Arepas, and Salsas are made fresh daily and all meats are prepared on a Plancha or a grill using pecan and mesquite wood that instills a rich flavor
  • Definitely recommend ordering the table side guac

13. Chanpen Thai Cuisine

Cheers to the lovely Bryle Oliver

and adventurous Steven Garman

and the cool and athletic Christopher Morrison

Address: 2700 W Baseline Rd Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone: (602) 438-4029
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 200+ reviews

  • One of our favorite thai spots in town
  • Excellent pad thai and coconut ice cream dessert

14. Federal Pizza

Address: 5210 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 795-2520
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 700+ reviews

Housed in the restored 1950’s First Federal Bank building designed by Al Beadle, Federal Pizza is a midcentury-meets-modern restaurant specializing in wood fired pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, and salads. Also not to miss are their selection of wines, old school wine coolers and craft beer on tap and in bottles.

  • They have specials like the Monday & Tuesday night where you get one pizza and house bottle of wine or two pitchers of beer for just $20 from 8pm – 11pm and the double down lunchtime where you get ½ pizza and a salad of your choice for $10.50 from 11am – 4pm, 7 days a week
  • Brussels Sprouts pizza is a true gem, unique and delicious

15. Haji-Baba

Shoutout to @fueledxfood

and the brilliantly creative Abigail Betts

Address: 1513 E Apache Blvd Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 894-1905
Yelp:  4.5 stars with 600+ reviews

  • Great, no-nonsense spot for Mediterranean food
  • Huge portions, great prices
  • They’ve got some of the best baklava we’ve ever had

16. Green New American Vegetarian

Big thanks to @theveggiepilot

Address: 2240 N Scottsdale Rd Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 941-9003
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 900+ reviews

  • 100% vegan
  • Great spot for grabbing your favorite comfort foods done vegan
  • Owner Chef Damon Brasch’s sweet treats are made with unrefined, unbleached organic ingredients. Green’s “famous” VEGAN soft serve ice cream is prepared daily in his kitchen, so he can be sure it’s always perfect
  • The house made veggie burger is hand packed, cooked to order and served on a freshly toasted bun

17. La Grande Orange Pizzeria

High fives are due for Fernando Amaro

super fly Michelle

and adventurous Valerie Schweda

Address: 4410 N 40th St Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 840-7777
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 700+ reviews

  • One of our favorites when we’re craving pizza
  • We’re fans of the sourdough crust and Mushroom Party

18. Fry Bread House

Huge thanks to the wonderful Amanda Wilson

and last but not least Melanie Ball

Address: 4545 N 7th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (602) 351-2345
Yelp: 4 stars with 300+ reviews

  • Six words of advice: try the fry bread with honey
  • More words of advice: Fry bread is great with almost anything

19. OHSO Brewery

Check out the incredible work and awesome feed of @beersnbuddies

Shoutout to @oohjeebus

Address: 4900 E Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone:  (602) 955-0358
Yelp: 4 stars with 900+ reviews

Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost (O.H.S.O.) is a restaurant, local nano-brewery and dog-friendly social hot-spot located in Arcadia and many patrons bike to the bar as it’s located right by a scenic canal. They have over 40+ beers on tap as well as wine and house cocktails. They have a huge back patio with orange umbrellas and bikes set up so that when the wheels spin misters go off. O.H.S.O. is a very hip place.

20. Pasto di Forno

Address: 7116 E Mercer Ln Ste 101 Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480) 991-0486
Yelp: 5 stars with 20+ reviews

They have varieties of bread baked on a daily basis including French baguettes, ciabatta bread, and sourdough boules. They are dedicated to crafting the most delicious and fresh flat breads in the Scottsdale area. Whether the bread is enjoyed on its own or made into a sandwich, you will be able to tell the difference that it was made from scratch

  • Dessert, coffee, sandwiches are all also made from scratch

21. The Dhaba

Standing O for the brilliant and successful @lovetobefitwithliz

Address: 1872 E Apache Blvd Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 446-2824
Yelp: 4 stars with 400+ reviews

  • Solid Indian spot in Tempe
  • They offer vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and Halal choices
  • Excellent makhni dishes – we love the paneer makhni here

22. Crêpe Bar

Address: 7520 S Rural Rd Ste A12 Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone: (480) 247-8012
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 600+ reviews

Their crêpes are made fresh-to-order and incorporate seasonal ingredients thoughtfully sourced from some of the top farms in Arizona and the region. Open for breakfast and lunch, they also offer an exceptional selection of espresso, coffee, and teas sourced from a carefully curated list of purveyors.

  • Was featured in Phoenix Magazine March 2017, 100 Favorite Dishes in Phoenix New Times, 5 Elevated Desserts in Scottsdale Modern Luxury, etc. and was awarded Best Place To Take A Scenester 2016 by Phoenix New Times Best Of Awards, July 2015 Ripe Awards Winner, Best Crepes 2012-2014 by Phoenix New Times Best of Awards, etc.
  • Fantastic vanilla bean custard; it comes with strawberries and salted caramel and even though it’s dessert it isn’t overly sweet

23. Barrio Café

Address: 2814 N 16th St Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 636-0240
Yelp: 4 stars with 1100+ reviews

Chef Silvana’s versions of regional Mexican favorites are recognized as some of the best Mexican cuisine in Phoenix, the region and nationally.  Some iconic menu items include Cochinita Pibil, Chiles en Nogada, Chef’s tableside Guacamole and Churro Rellenos

  • Enjoy live music in the dining room each Thursday through Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoons
  • They have Happy Hours 2pm – 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and they are closed on Mondays

24. Lux Central

Cheers to the dashing Alan Clark

fit and fab Jess Hutchens

and the always smiling Regina

Address: 4400 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 327-1396
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 1600+ reviews

  • They open 6am – 12am every Sunday to Thursday and till 2am every Friday and Saturday so it’s a great spot for when you are hungry really late at night
  • Their homemade whipped cream is wonderful – add it to your coffee or pancakes

25. Even Stevens Sandwiches

A big shoutout to Alyssa Ben

and the super creative Kyle Dehn

Address: 21 W Van Buren St Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 258-4833
Yelp: 4 stars with 100+ reviews

  • They serve sandwiches, salads, bites and craft beer under $5
  • For every sandwich sold, they donate a sandwich to a local non-profit. So not only do you enjoy great food, it’s also for a good cause

26. Chelsea’s Kitchen

Cheers to the stunning Beth Halpern

and the brilliant and inspring Cassie be sure to check out her book!

Address: 5040 N 40th St Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 957-2555
Yelp: 4 stars with 1000+ reviews

Chelsea’s Kitchen, an Arizona roadhouse on the canal that pays tribute to the heritage and history of the area, provides high-quality, honest food that is always fresh and never frozen.

  • Our go-to is a slice of their incredible red velvet cake and their white sangria

27. Thai E-San

A huge thanks to the BEAUTIFUL Brittany Jean

Address: 616 W Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (602) 297-8888
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 300+ reviews

Rodger and Pui Pongtratic have been proud Phoenicians for over 35 years. Both originally from Thailand, this enterprising team have been staples in the community with past ownerships of The Pink Pepper in northern Phoenix, The Bali-Hi Motel & Bar in downtown, and then in 2011 taking over Thai E-San in the heart of the Melrose district.

  • Located in the northeastern area of Thailand and with influences from Laos and Cambodia, Esan cuisine, is known to be a little spicer and richer in herbs and sauces. Deceivingly simple, each dish is distinct, aromatic, and multi-dimensional. With every dish, there is a sweet, salty, spicy, sour, and savory component and with each bite, a new layer of flavor unfolds.

28. Udupi

Thanks to the super compassionate @rancidpineapple

and lovely Juliette

Address: 1636 N Scottsdale Rd Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 994-8787
Yelp: 4 stars with 200+ reviews

  • Our favorite south Indian spot
  • They specialize in variety of vegetarian & Vegan dishes
  • The Cauliflower Manchurian (Gobhi Manchurian) is insanely good

29. Vegan House

Big thanks to the always fly Roman Alvarado

Address: 20 W Adams St Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 258-3426
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 100+ reviews

  • They have lunch specials on Monday-Friday from 11am – 3pm where each item comes with soup and a salad. Their chef’s specials are made fresh daily.
  • Their produce is selected each day from local farmers markets and co-ops to ensure the highest quality and freshness

30. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Address: 100 E Camelback Rd Ste 152 Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 892-9998
Yelp: 4 stars with 700+ reviews

Every Lou Malnati’s pizza is handmade from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients. Every year, the Malnati team hand selects California vine-ripened tomatoes for the perfect sweet and tangy taste. The fresh mozzarella cheese comes from the same small dairy that has supplied Lou Malnati’s for over 40 years. And the family’s secret recipe for flaky, buttery crust has been passed down from generation to generation.

  • Authentic Chicago deep dish pizza
  • Lou malnati’s Pizza is considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza which started way back in 1971

31. True Food Kitchen

Shoutout to the always smiling Brittany Kirby

Check out foodie sisters Crystal & Hayley

Thank you to the creative and brilliant Lauren Keeton

Address: 2502 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 774-3488
Yelp: 4 stars with 900+ reviews

They take great pride in a menu that caters to nearly every food preference with a variety of gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian and vegan offerings.

  • Vegan Pizza is a total game changer – some of the best we’ve had anywhere
  • The Ginger Margarita and Hangover RX are some of our other favorites

32. Los Taquitos

Big thanks to Carmen

Address: 7000 N 16th St Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: (602) 371-0111
Yelp: 4 stars with 300+ reviews

  • They’ve been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Food Network)
  • $1 Tacos on Taco Tuesdays

33. La Santisima

Three cheers for Alicia Truhe Smudde

Address: 1919 N 16th St Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 254-6330
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 1500+ reviews

  • Tons of vegan and vegetarian friendly options
  • Their trio of tacos is popular and for good reason
  • They’ve got tons of salsa options

34. Fuego Bistro

Big thanks to the always dapper Ramses

super creative vintage fashionista Kayla Allison

brilliant @sheforksphx

and super stylish fashion designer Jessica Ann

Address: 713 E Palo Verde Rd Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 277-1151
Yelp: 4.5 stars with 500+ reviews

The story of Los Taquitos dates back more than 25 years ago when our parents prepared homemade tacos and burritos using family recipes and sold them from a small food cart in 1981. To this day, the Los Taquitos team still prepare their food using the same family recipes derived in Mexico generations ago. From their marinades to our spices and everything in between, each recipe is followed just as it was many years ago in order to bring you simple, authentic, great tasting food.

  • $1 tacos on Taco Tuesdays


  1. Emy Cummins

    November 11, 2017 at 4:34 am

    You should check out Joe’s Midnight Run on 7th St and Bethany!! Great 80s/90s music, love the drinks and of course their food is the bomb! SO f’in delicious!! Their bartenders are also awesome! You won’t regret it. Oh and they serve food late for the people in the restaurant industry. Can’t go wrong!!

  2. Larry Ortega

    May 18, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Been to most on your list and must agree for the most part on your choices

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