Phoenix has SO MUCH great food to offer any palate. I'm so happy to be sharing my favorite local spots with you guys. Make sure to constantly check back for updates.
My favorite restaurant in the whole Phoenix area is Second Story Liquor Bar. It's a speak-easy-type, loungy, whiskey bar. The menu is always changing so that the food they're serving is always in season.
My second favorite restaurant is Fat Ox. It's an Italian spot with a great wine selection, delicious hand-made pastas, and great craft cocktails.
My third favorites in Scottsdale/PHX are Okra, Crudo & Virtú -- similar vibes to SSLB & Fat Ox, both also have amazing craft cocktails. I recommend sitting at the bar at all of these. They're both really fun dining experiences and adventurous for the Phoenix area! Locally sourced foods, all that good stuff.
I love Farm & Craft, it's a cool lunch spot, although it can be a little scene-y on the weekends. It has lots of healthy choices and even Kombucha cocktails. It's VERY on-brand for CCB!!
I love brunch and Happy Hour at Postino, there are several locations. Lunch at Flower Child is also a fave .- super healthy spot that also has wine. What's not to love? Make sure to order the Mother Earth w/ extra avocado. And as far as brunch goes, Chelsea's Kitchen, The Market, Chestnut, and The Henry (The Henry is actually great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner). See a full list below with links. xo
One of my favorite easy and affordable breakfast spots is First Watch. There are locations all over Phoenix and there is something for everyone. On the weekends, this is a good option when all the brunch places seem to be waitlisted like crazy and you're just STARVING. Lots of snowbirds frequent this place, but it's not to be missed. See my full review HERE.
More Phoenix Favorites
#1 Helio Brewing Company - go for the banana leaf! Trust me.
Diego Pops - go for the crispy. And top everything with the pink beet crema.
Songbird Coffe & Tea House - amazing lavender lattes.
Phoenix Public Market - order at counter type place, delicious food but limited menu.
St Francis - live music for brunch on the weekends, great place. Delicious food.
Ocotillo - service sucks but great outside seating and DJ on the weekends. Food is good!
Best Italian Food
Tratto - one of my favorite places in Phoenix. The menu is limited and seasonal. Tip: go with a large group so you can try everything.
Nobuo at Teeter House - high end, delicious and very unique.
Zu Izakaya - affordable, dog-friendly, delicious hot foods. Great staff!
Other Easy Dinner Dining
Wink 24 - Italian, great pizza, charcuterie and rosé.
Grassroots Kitchen & Tap - Wednesday nights they have delicious Gumbo. Dog-friendly patio.
Citizen Public House - my go-to is the chicken!
The Clever Koi - unique spin on traditional Chinese food.
Buck & Rider - delicious raw bar and even better Ribeye! We share a Ribeye, oysters, crab claw, and THE BEST crab cakes you will ever eat.
Postino - great brunch, equally as great brussel sprout salad. Italian-ish. Amazing wine deals and an even more amazing wine selection.
Ingo's Tasty Food - delicious grass-fed burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, and kale salads. My go-to (i eat once a week) is crispy chicken on top of the kale salad.
Market - great grilled salmon with parsnips and mushrooms. I get it without parsnips and add extra mushrooms.
I have always considered myself a foodie, my husband, not so much! But I definitely think living in San Francisco for so long helped him on that end. He's such a creature of habit, so we kind of end up going to the same places over and over. But they're always delicious, quality foods, you can be sure.