Phoenix

Restaurants in Phoenix

From casual taquerias to award-wining fine-dining rooms, Phoenix restaurants cater to a myriad of tastes. A trip to the Southwest wouldn't be complete without a little south-of-the-border flavor, available in spades at popular Phoenix restaurants such as the Barrio Cafe. Here, diners can enjoy guacamole made tableside, coffee sourced from Chiapas and more than 250 types of tequila.

Standout restaurants in Phoenix are also at home at many of the area's resorts. Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten operates J&G Steakhouse out of The Phoenician Hotel, offering expertly prepared steak, seafood and live jazz entertainment. Its neighbor, Il Terrazzo, also at The Phoenician, serves up Italian-American dishes sic has lasagna, beef carpaccio and minestrone. Plus, diners can dine al fresco on its desert-side patio.

Many of the best restaurants in Phoenix call its downtown area home. Visitors can find slices with a national reputation at Pizzeria Bianco in Heritage Square, all prepared with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

Located in the Kierland Commons shopping center, Zinc Bistro serves classic French fare alongside inventive French-American fusion dishes.

For a city with such a small African-American population (just over 5 percent, according to the latest census), Phoenix boasts some surprisingly good soul food. A longtime staple of the genre, Mrs.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

Located in the Camelback Corridor, Pane Bianco’s menu may be small, but this bakery and sandwich shop keeps customers returning for favorites like date and tomato jam and crow’s dairy goat cheese.

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.