Phoenix Shacks

4 STOPS | 11 MILES | 25 min

The Phoenix restaurant scene is white hot, with new, creative, cutting-edge, top-dollar restaurants opening all the time. For those of us who prefer less pretentious eats and sleeves-up meals that don’t cost an arm and a leg, Phoenix is a bonanza of another kind. Here is a round-up of unfancy smoke shacks, burger joints, dog houses, and diners we discovered during a recent visit.


Harlow’s Cafe

A bustling diner serving breakfast all day ('til 2pm closing), Harlow's of Tempe offers well-crafted omelets, griddle-crisp hash browns, and blueberry pancakes.


Little Miss BBQ

One of the best BBQs of the Southwest – one of the best anywhere – Phoenix's Little Miss makes brisket, pork and beans that belong on all foodies' bucket list.


Rito’s Mexican Food

A Phoenix neighborhood Mexican food stand with patio dining, Rito's serves exemplary Sonoran dishes: burritos, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and chimichangas.


Short Leash Hot Dogs

Creative hot dog variations are the specialty of this clever Phoenix restaurant. If Short Leash doesn't have a wiener you like, you don't like wieners.