Restaurants in Arizona
Founded in 2002, Phoenix's Barrio Cafe offers a taste of Mexico in both atmosphere and flavor. The menu is focused on southern Mexico cuisine, with a number of co-founder Silvana Salcido Esparza's own creations available.
The restaurant serves terrific omelettes and charbroiled burgers; it’s also the de facto canteen for the adjacent “World’s Smallest Museum” (exhibiting a hodgepodge of curios, from an 1850s frying pan to a 1984 Compaq computer).
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.
The restaurant serves excellent fresh rotisserie chicken and home-style pot roast; it also serves its own private-label wines from Napa Valley. At lunch, feast on salads and burgers, but don’t miss the signature roasted chicken pot pie.
Located atop The Phoenician hotel, J&G Steakhouse serves steakhouse classics interpreted by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Located in the Biltmore Fashion Park, Christopher’s is outfitted with a wood-plank ceiling, white walls with bright orange accents, and plush brown chairs. Seating is also available at the chef’s table and kitchen bar, which offer views of chef Christopher Gross and his team at work.
Flagstaff’s most popular special occasion restaurant's giant portions run the gamut from seafood and an oyster bar to the over-the-top Veal Buster (veal with crab, asparagus, and béarnaise sauce).
The sophisticated fare at Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar—known for its superb wine list—includes dishes like crispy duck breast with a tart-cherry gastrique and pork chops with apple-bourbon jus.