Restaurants in Arizona

Best dishes and restaurants in Arizona

Long before Arizona became a state, Tucson was a capital of Sonoran-style Mexican fare. That tradition continues, from street food from the crazy Sonoran hot dog to traditional green corn tamales and artisan tacos to chefs’ high-end interpretations of Mexican dishes. South of Tucson along the border are culinary gems that reflect not only Mexico but also the quirky, colorful personality of settlers who came to find their fortune or to get away from the rest of the world.

Phoenix is a newer city and its eateries tend to be more stylish (although here, too, traditional Mexican food can be extraordinary); and to the north, around old Route 66, is a legacy of diners, cafes, and casual restaurants where travelers are made to feel at home.

Arizona’s Most Famous Dishes

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream


Green corn tamale is wrapped in a fresh corn husk.

Green Corn Tamales

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Cross section of a burrito filled with carne asada, cheese, and veggies

Carne Asada

Arizona’s Best Restaurants

Pat’s Drive-In - Chili Dog
Pat’s Drive-In


Millie’s Pancake Haus - Buttermilk Pancakes
Millie’s Pancake Haus


Mariscos Chihuahua - Grilled Shrimp
Mariscos Chihuahua


La Cabana - Chili Relleno
La Cabana


Gus Balon’s - Breakfast Burger
Gus Balon’s


El Torero - Topopo Salad
El Torero


Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria


Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles


Plastic tray holds a variety of fruits sprinkled with pepper.
Juice N Fruit


El Manantial


Pizzeria Bianco


Fry Bread House


Stacy’s Smoke Dem Bones Pit Stop BBQ


Flour tortillas sandwich melted cheese and carne asada
El Indio


Mother Hubbard’s Cafe


Le Cave’s


Hub Ice Cream Factory




Chile-red chunks of marinated pork spill out of a folded-over tortilla
Border Taco


Boca Tacos Y Tequila


The Little One


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Smashed crispyburger, fully dressed

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Multi-meat BBQ meal

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Randy's donuts exterior view

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Tall Mexican topopo salad features plenty of carne seca.

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Café Poca Cosa - Tamale Pie

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A plate of creamy grits, topped with shrimp and sided by butter beans

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Granola is loaded with nuts, berries, raisins, coconut, etc., etc.

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Taco Temple Combo Plate

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Great Arizona Recipes

Cherry Tomato, Mint, and Cucumber Salsa

Garlic Bulbs

Garlic Puree

Sarapes Restaurante - Enchiladas Suiza

Green Enchilada Sauce


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