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Eating and Drinking in Phoenix

Find great food and inventive cocktails in the Greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area.
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  Although much of Phoenix and Scottsdale are desert, the eating situation is anything but a culinary wasteland. Local purveyors bring... more »

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Points of Interest

The Phoenix Public Market, in downtown Phoenix, features local produce, Arizona wines and craft beers.

Order breakfast, lunch or dinner at the counter, pick up coffee at the Royal Coffee Bar, and claim your seat.

You can start your day with a raw, vegan protein shake or a hearty veggie burrito, made with organic vegetables and cage-free egg... More

NoRTH, a Sam Fox restaurant, features modern Italian food. Start with a trio of spreads: tapenade, hummus and pesto-goat cheese, with garlic bread. There are also pizzas, including one with fig and goat cheese, and another with wild mushroom and arugula.

Pastas include one with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts and bucatini with braised short... More

The Mexican restaurant La Hacienda has Mexican food and a tequila bar with 120 different tequilas. Get to know the difference with a 'snake bite flight' of 3 tequilas, plus a shot of spicy tomato juice to cleanse your palate. The resident 'tequila goddess' explains the different tequilas.

Try a sampling of 3 ceviches or lobster tacos with avocado... More

Rustler's Rooste, a steakhouse on a butte in South Mountain, has a dramatic setting. You enter through the bar and can take a slide down to the restaurant.

Steaks, beef ribs and barbecued pork ribs are specialties, and vegetarians can get a veggie burger topped with chili.

Start with spicy wings, onion rings or, if you are brave, fried... More

The casual Spotted Donkey Cantina has Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. Guacamole is made table side, with as much heat as you want.

Arizona Mac & Cheese tweaks a classic, with green chiles and smoked bacon. A quesadilla combines
portabella mushrooms, sundried tomato, zucchini and goat cheese, and tacos are filled with shrimp, beef or chicken... More

6. Pizzeria Bianco

At Pizzeria Bianco, a pizza purist uses a wood-fueled oven to churn out impeccable pizzas and some roasted vegetables.

The restaurant doesn't take reservations and people line up for hours before it opens. The pizza is that good. There is margherita, with fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce, rosa, with red onion, rosemary and pistachios and a... More