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.

This Pie Town establishment sells butterscotch, dutch apple crumb, New Mexico apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, (and on weekends:) banana cream, coconut cream, and chocolate pies. Though pies are the obvious specialty, try the green-chile stew before ordering a hearty dessert.

Development has gobbled up most of the old farmland in town, but not this tree-lined, 12-acre oasis, where the owners give a nod to the good old days by raising everything from turkeys to salad greens.

Located in the open-air garden of Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, True Food Kitchen serves “globally inspired cuisine” with an emphasis on freshness, health and flavor. True Food is a certified green restaurant where dishes are made with locally grown produce, and the menus are based on Dr.

This venue closed when the resort changed to a Waldorf Astoria property.

A nostalgic assemblage of neon, 50s tunes, and American comfort food.

Candlelit Mediterranean

Try a "karmic colada" - soy, coconut, strawberries, and a heart-strengthening shot of gac fruit.

From the menus on vintage metal clipboards to the cash register—which says, “You’re Pretty”—attention to detail is paramount at this sweet breakfast and lunch spot that opened in 2007.

The in-park option serves up freshly baked pizzas, including a “Southern Arizona” version with roasted green chiles, fresh tomatoes, and onion.

Go for the down-home comfort food, like giant portions of meatloaf and garlic fries followed by the obscenely large Sundae Supreme.

Formerly Yavapai Restaurant

At the multilevel Estate House you can go formal in the champagne-and-caviar bar, or head to the more casual lounge upstairs for small plates and live jazz.

Kai

At Kai in Phoenix’s Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, the focus is on Native American cuisine. Meaning “seed” in the Pima language, Kai builds its menu on the fruits of the Gila River Indian agriculture supplied by local tribal communities.