Restaurants in Arizona
John Wayne ate here, so a meal is obligatory for all True Grit fans. Keep in mind: real cowboys order steak. And don’t let the kitschy steer on the roof put you off.
Mrs. White may not consider herself a gourmet cook, but patrons of her Phoenix restaurant come for gourmet of a different sort. One of the state's longest operating African American-owned businesses, her Golden Rule Café has been serving down-home soul food for more than 40 years.
The kitchen churns out authentic Mexican dishes like carne asada tacos, tangy ceviche, and creamy fresh horchata (an addictively sweet rice drink).
The restaurant serves hefty southwestern food.
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.
You’ll find good hearty barbecue and smoked pork—plus plenty of old-timey atmosphere—at the town’s oldest continually operated restaurant.
Despite its unassuming strip mall location in Paradise Valley, this tiny Japanese restaurant has an inviting interior with bamboo ceiling panels, decorative screens, and soft jazz background tunes.
Located 30 minutes from Scottsdale at the CopperWynd Resort, Alchemy serves New American cuisine amid panoramic views of the Sonoran Desert and McDowell Mountains.
Get a literal taste of Native American culture at Kai, which means “seed” in the Pima language. The restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort south of Phoenix incorporates indigenous plants grown on the Gila River Indian Community’s land.
Think of Arcadia Tavern as a sports bar you can actually bring the kids to. Half the restaurant is dedicated to draft beers and with a couple of dozen big TVs, broadcasting a variety of games. The other half is a restaurant/playroom with video games and kid-sized tables.
Grimaldi’s brings a Brooklyn tradition to Scottsdale with its unique coal-fired ovens and “secret” sauce. The simple menu offers salad starters, calzones and pizzas (kids will love the quarter-size slices of pepperoni).
This 75-year-old adobe home is now one of Scottsdale’s favorite Southwestern restaurants.
It’s all about the ice cream and gooey sundaes at the cotton-candy pink Sugar Bowl in Old Town. This old-school throwback to the 1950s soda fountain is a favorite with kids and grandparents.