Restaurants in Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix restaurant scene is hot, with new, creative, cutting-edge, top-dollar restaurants opening all the time. For those who favor more casual eats and colorful meals that don’t cost an arm and a leg, the city is a bonanza of unfancy smoke shacks, burger joints, dog houses, and diners. Especially notable are breakfast at Harlow’s Cafe, masterful BBQ at Little Miss BBQ, comely burritos smothered with red or green chile at Rito’s Mexican Food, and a dazzling repertoire of non-traditional hot dogs at Short Leash Hot Dogs. In this wiener haven, even the buns are  unusual — naan bread, tortillas, pretzel rolls — and condiments include mango chutney, peanut butter, chipotle cream cheese, and avocado sauce. Short Leash Hot Dogs is paired with Rollover Doughnuts where, here, too, tradition is complemented by the likes of lemon-turmeric-poppy seed donuts, Key lime coconut donuts, and bourbon cream-filled Bismarks.

Phoenix’s Most Famous Dishes

Macaroni & cheese, spangled with herbs, comes in a small cast-iron pot

Macaroni and Cheese

Pizza is crowded with meats, veggies, and feta cheese


Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

BBQ-sauced beans in a blue bowl

BBQ Beans

Phoenix’s Best Restaurants

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles


Fry Bread House


Stacy’s Smoke Dem Bones Pit Stop BBQ




Hap’s Pit Barbecue


Short Leash Hot Dogs | Wonderful Weird Wieners of Phoenix


Strips of peppered bacon ... breakfast in Phoenix
Matt’s Big Breakfast


Rito's Mexican Food fresh made Tostada with lettuce and cheese
Rito’s Mexican Food


Fried Chicken at Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe in Phoenix, AZ
Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe


The Rosa Pizza at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, AZ
Pizzeria Bianco


A tray of brisket at Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix. AZ
Little Miss BBQ | Southwest BBQ At Its Best | Phoenix, Arizona


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