Phoenix’s food scene is growing by the day, with the addition of outstanding local joints and upscale national concepts making their mark. Explore these new outlets, ranging from tiki bars and cannoli bakeries to modern Mexican cuisine and beyond.
To add some spice to your dinner plate, multiple new eateries are dishing out regional favorites. Located in the former Butters space, Agave del Scottsdale has brought the tastes of Mexico City to the Valley. Dine on high-end Mexican cuisine like mole and ceviches and wash it all down with more than 100 varieties of tequila. Ghost Ranch in south Tempe is serving up modern Southwestern eats reminiscent of cowboys and the Wild West. Dig into green chile stew, enchiladas and chile rellenos in a chic atmosphere. For health nuts, the California casual concept Tocaya Organica has hit the desert with locations at Kierland and Scottsdale Fashion Square. With a focus on healthy choices, diners can enjoy burritos, tacos, bowls and more, all without the guilt. Picky eaters will love the option to choose their protein and queso for the majority of its dishes.
New and Noteworthy
Any local will tell you Steak 44 is one of the top steakhouses in town which makes the recently opened Ocean 44 that much more exciting. Opened by the same team, the glamorous seafood-forward restaurant houses a stunning raw bar and seafood selection, plus diners can still get the brand’s signature steaks. Other noteworthy openings include Across the Pond, an intimate upscale sushi restaurant from the team behind Clever Koi; Meat the Ball, a retro-themed Italian outlet from the same people behind Pomo and Mora where meatballs are the star of the menu; and Fellow Osteria, a beautifully designed outlet dishing out fresh pastas, pizzas and sandwiches.
Satisfy your sweet craving by stopping at The Sicilian Baker. Created by celebrity chef Joey Maggiore, the bakery boasts a build-your-own cannoli bar with an array of flavor options for the shell and cream so you can create your dessert to your exact liking. For the biggest of sweet tooths, order your cannoli Sicilian-style which measures out to a whopping one-foot long. There’s also plenty of other sweet pastries, savory treats, stuffed breads, pizzettes, espresso and more on the menu. Churroholic recently opened at Tempe Marketplace and is exactly what it sounds like. Serving up a variety of desserts that incorporate the beloved churro, enjoy sandwiches, ice cream, sundaes or just the classic treat as is.
Fans of Copper Blues in downtown Phoenix will love CB Live at Desert Ridge. The new venue houses a restaurant with live music and upscale bar eats while a separate area plays host to ticketed weekly entertainment (think comedy shows, live podcasts, open mics and more) while still serving a full menu and bar. In Old Town Scottsdale, newly opened Drunk Munk is a Polynesian restaurant and bar pouring up plenty of fun tiki cocktails. For those who prefer grapes over rum and Arizona over the islands, the nearby Merkin Vineyards has recently opened. The wine bar serves predominantly its own wine, grown in nearby Verde Valley, plus Arizona craft beers and tapas. In the Roosevelt Arts District, The Churchill is a destination in its own right. Made from shipping containers, the huge courtyard-like space is a hub of ten local businesses including The Pobrecito Cocktails, The Brill Line Beer & Spirits and more.
Plenty of local restaurant concepts have expanded throughout the Valley with new locations including favorites like Hash Kitchen, home to over-the-top Bloody Marys and breakfast creations, now open in Arcadia; family-friendly Culinary Dropout, who’s newest space in Downtown Gilbert is perfect for kicking back complete with outdoor yard games; Spinato’s, the local Italian eatery slinging pies, closed its original location to move to a larger space near Tempe Marketplace; Chula Seafood, home to the freshest fish, has added a location in Phoenix; health-conscious Pita Jungle will soon open a new location in Peoria; and Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company who just opened their second location in downtown Phoenix.
Keep your eyes on Scottsdale where highly anticipated national concepts will be arriving within this year including Maple & Ash, Toca Madera, Nobu, FARMHOUSE and Zinqué.