Phoenix makes dining out fun; we were constantly impressed with how unique each restaurant was compared to the other and it was a never-ending deluge of good food and pretty interiors. As you can imagine, this list of fun places to eat in Phoenix only brushes on all that the city (and nearby Mesa and Scottsdale) has to offer. There’s so much more beyond this list but at least it gives you a great place to start on your foodie adventure.
Unique Eats Phoenix
Zuzu (Hotel Valley Ho)
Hotel Valley Ho is a hotel with an eclectic and colorful flair. Lucky for us it sports a wonderful restaurant that serves both breakfast and dinner. The breakfast is outstanding; try the cinnamon buns, berry-yogurt parfaits, and waffles!
Dinner at Zuzu’s is equally wonderful. The steaks are cooked to perfection and if you are a dessert lover at all, do yourself a favor and order the crazy malted milkshake that’s topped with brownie, chocolate dipped ice cream, malted milk balls and whipped cream. BEST EVER.
This new hipster restaurant offers plenty of options for the avid taco lover. My favorites were the tempura avocado taco and the lamb with cotija cheese tacos. But the absolute must-try at CRUjiente is the queso and guacamole. They’re a dinner in and of themselves!
Queen Creek Olive Mill
This is such a wonderful place to hang with friends. Everything we ate here was delicious: the bruschetta was amazing as was the vegetable poutine. And the olive oil cupcakes were literally the icing on the cake. They were a great way to end a fabulous lunch. Also the coffee shop inside makes a delicious granita-type coffee drink so be sure to grab that on your way out!
This is a wine cafe with about 7 locations throughout Arizona (and one in Colorado!). It’s a great place to come for an early dinner or lunch. The bruschetta is the highlight at Postino and will definitely make your mouth water. You can’t go wrong with their Brie & Apples with Fig Spread, Prosciutto with Figs & Mascarpone, Burrata, Bacon, Arugula and Tomato or their Ricotta with Dates & Pistachios bruschetta. Also try their moscato – so good if you love sweet wines.
Agritopia (The Coffee Shop and Garage-East)
The Coffee Shop sports delicious cupcakes including a tasty coconut cupcake with a cream cheese/whipped cream icing that we would highly recommend. They are located in Agritopia and have the cutest industrial interior. Garage-East is a wine bar that has countless varieties of wines to choose from. Oddly enough, my favorite was their Breakfast Wine. Just a heads up, it’s sweet!
Phoenix Public Market Café
Talk about an overload of great options for breakfast. Phoenix Public Market Café not only offers killer pastries but their breakfast menu is extensive with fantastic entrees like biscuits & gravy, various veggie omelets, and my favorite quinoa bowl with poached eggs and veggies. Their cappuccinos are superb.
The inside of this shop is adorable as are their food trucks. They had about 10 different doughnuts to choose from when we stopped in. What’s interesting about this shop is that they’re not just known for their doughnuts but also their gourmet hot dogs. They have two locations and 3 food trucks so keep an eye out for them!
Hearth ’61 (Mountain Shadows)
Hearth ’61 is located inside Mountain Shadows and is an elegant restaurant that offers breakfast and dinner. The waffles were my absolute favorite for breakfast (as you can see, we got 2!). I opted for a lighter dinner, salad with salmon, and the gals I was with opted for steak. Everything was fantastic. Hearth ’61 serves delicious appetizers as well as desserts so you can feel free to order whatever you want from the menu. You can’t go wrong.
Wine Me Dine Me Culinary Demo (Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa)
This demo was completely special from start to finish. The chef and sommelier were both very knowledgeable and engaging as they shared their passion with us. We had the perfect wine pairing with each dish and honestly, I loved every bite. Usually I have a favorite but in this case, I loved it all. So my recommendation is to make a reservation and go! You won’t be disappointed!