Arizona

Restaurants in Arizona

No doubt, restaurants in Arizona offer plenty of good places to eat quality Southwestern and Mexican-influenced cuisine—whether that means cowboy-friendly steaks or grilled cactus that fills tacos, top salads, or is eaten as an appetizer. One not-so-gourmet—but beloved—Arizona restaurant staple is the Sonoran hot dog, where the frank is wrapped in bacon then topped with beans, onions, salsa, and peppers. But especially in the cities such as Sedona, Scottsdale and Tucson, you’ll also find a pretty international selection, and some of the best restaurants in Arizona. The Steak Out Restaurant and Saloon’s frontier-inspired design and weathered-wood exterior brings the Old West to life in this Tucson restaurant. Great mesquite-grilled steaks, ribs, chicken, and fish, washed down with margaritas to the twang of country music.
Not many people come to the desert for great pizza, but Pizzeria Blanco’s brick oven in Phoenix regularly makes the lists of the best gourmet pizza in the U.S. Be prepared to wait in line. Helmed by French-trained chef Vincent Guerithault, Vincent on Camelback is a longtime favorite in the Phoenix area is an excellent choice for classically informed Mexican fare, such as the rich, spicy duck tamales with Anaheim chile and raisins, or grilled wild boar loin in a habanero sauce. René at Tlaquepaque has French-meets-cowboy-cuisine in Sedona’s toney shopping plaza and is known for its rack of lamb, escargot and antelope carpaccio.

There aren’t many frills as this wood-bedecked café, but it’s got a fireplace and serves all sorts of comfort food: biscuits and gravy, homemade soups, and all sorts of cobblers (try the peach, apple, or blackberry).

They used to make and sell the pizza at La Grande Orange out of a little market, but the pies became so popular that they opened a full-size restaurant next door.

Suzana Davila, who runs the nouvelle-Mexican Café Poca Cosa, constantly updates her chalkboard menu—look for pollo en pipian or the irresistible tamale pie.

A nostalgic ’50s-style joint serving coke floats from an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Muscovy duck and short ribs with Yorkshire pudding are a few of the old-world favorite. The wine list is exceptional.

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Set on a floating pier, the marina restaurant serves decent wood-fired pizzas and stunning lake views.

The simple, flavorful dishes (many of them vegetarian) won’t break the bank

Sit at the counter for a beer and the spicy, lemony Seven Seafood Stew.