Beckett's Table
Citizen Public House
Quiessence at The Farm
Pig & Pickle
Caffe Boa
Beckett’s Table
Cowboy Ciao
The Windsor
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Four Peaks Brewing Company
The Whining Pig
Blancos Tacos + Tequila
Frank & Lupe's
Barrio Cafe
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Rancho de Tia Rosa
Gallo Blanco Cafe + Bar
Upward Projects
Snooze A.M. Eatery
Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
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1. Beckett's Table 3717 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

There is an indescribable warmth the moment you walk through the door of this Arcadia resto, and you just know that every detail has been carefully considered, from the contemporary decor to the continually evolving American menu.

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2. Pig & Pickle 2922 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

There is a certain chill atmosphere that wouldn’t normally lead you to imagine such a culinary masterpiece of a menu at this Scottsdale resto. Pig & Pickle is a place where you can order the little neck clams with a side of the daily featured tots and not look like a complete weirdo. It’s also worth mentioning that it's open until 2am every single day.

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3. Postino 3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Bright, industrial-chic wine bar Postino in Arcadia is beloved for its magical combination of scrumptious bruschetta and exceptional wine. The masterminds at Upward Projects have wooed Phoenix with a handful of staples (Joyride, Federal Pizza, Churn), but if we're being honest, Postino is our favorite -- not just for the wine cafe’s hip, laid-back feel, but also for its excellent service, solid lineup of primarily European and Californian wines, and its dozen (!) varieties of bruschetta (the burrata/bacon/arugula/tomato option is always a smart decision).

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4. Caffe Boa 398 S Mill Ave, #110, Tempe, AZ 85281

The menu at Boa changes daily depending simply on the ingredients available in the kitchen, and the chefs at this Tempe Italian spot know how to play their cards by serving as many locally grown or raised ingredients, beers, and wines as humanly possible.

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5. Citizen Public House 7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Citizen Public House is exactly as the name suggests -- a wide open, dark-wooded, democratic space for craft beers, house cocktails, and, of course, socializing. Full of expansive tables with plenty of seating for large groups, the place truly feels something like a traditional public house. The bar, topped with stainless steel, serves a full list of drinks prepared by the resident mixologists (several of which are set on fire), in addition to exhaustive wine and beer lists. And while the beverages alone are reason enough to stop by, the public house has a full menu of modern American fare as well -- everything from bacon brittle and pub pork cheeks to filet mignon asada tacos.

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6. Quiessence at The Farm 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

This South Mountain resto is a no-kids-allowed, super-romantic date spot that can put a car payment-size dent in your bank account, but it is absolutely worth every bit of it. Expect your server to know every obscure ingredient on the planet and have the ability to explain a plate or beverage so well that you simply have to have it or you’ll die.

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7. Defalco’s Italian Eatery 2334 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

This Scottsdale establishment wears many hats, serving as a deli, boutique Italian grocery store, and dine-in or take-out Italian restaurant, and it does them all well. Stop in for lunch and enjoy a calzone bigger than the size of your dog, or sample anything from its expansive menu.

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8. Windsor 5223 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Sundays are king at this casual spot. Why, ask you? Three words: Bloody. Mary. Cart. For $5, you can choose a red or green Bloody Mary base and then walk over to the cart to jazz it up with mix-ins like pickles, olives, cocktail onions, sports peppers, pickled peppers, lemons, horseradish, and more. Oh, and you should probably get some donut holes or a crab cake eggs Benedict to sop up some of that boozy goodness.

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9. Four Peaks Brewing Company 1340 E 8th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

This industrial-chic brewery, sporting lots of wood, exposed brick, and metalwork inside a former creamery, is a favorite hangout for locals -- from college students to families -- who stop in to sip craft brews and nosh on burgers and pizzas. With four locations across the Phoenix area, it’s a household name among beer lovers, whether they're into mainstays like the Scottish-style Kilt Lifter and the sweet Peach Ale, or the unique seasonal brews.

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10. The Whining Pig 1612 E Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

This Midtown Phoenix spot is known for its ever-changing drink selection and is a local favorite. Every two weeks, 33% of the wine selection and 25% of the beer selection will change, giving customers a revolving door of new options to try.

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11. Cowboy Ciao 7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

This Downtown Scottsdale locale features a long wine list with vino originating from 45 different countries. That’s not all though, the menu also features a variety of other alcohols, including craft beers and unique cocktails.

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12. Crudo 3603 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

There’s no doubt that Crudo, located off 36th St and Indian School Road, is a favorite in town for both food and cocktails. And when it’s time to brunch, Crudo is at the top of the list. Potato croquettes with poached eggs, brisket and beet hash, pork belly poutine, and sweet/savory brunch jars are all just a taste of what Chef Cullen Campbell’s menu has to offer.

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13. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails 2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

When you're feeling fancy, head to Blue Hound, an upscale spot in downtown where you can enjoy an elaborate cocktail and a hearty meal. You'll want to get comfortable in the lounge-like space that's as beautiful and decadent as the restaurant's menu, which features dishes like shrimp and grits (with andouille sausage, tomatoes, green onions) and a braised pork shank. Any of the cocktails are sure to impress, but consider going for the signature whiskey-based lawless.

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14. Frank & Lupe's 4121 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

You can pretty much throw a dart at the menu of this Mexican hole-in-the-wall and leave crazy satisfied, but you should narrow down your options to the enchiladas, or the chicken or fish tacos.

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15. Blanco Tacos + Tequila 2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

You know exactly what you’re going to get when you visit Blanco Tacos + Tequila; the name is pretty direct. There are approximately a million tequila choices available with which you can create a billion variations on the margarita, and its modern-Mexican dishes cut back on the grease and lighten things up with the freshest vegetables and cheeses.

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16. Barrio Cafe 2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Barrio Café’s brand of Mexican food is the central-southern, give-your-mouth-a-red-chile-burn, hearty stuff that’s spiced up by local culinary legend Silvana Salcido Esparza with some French influences for good measure. Esparza’s chips and dip are too precious to merely dole out as a precursor to the meal; instead, diners enjoy crust French bread with an olive tapenade accompaniment. The menu features salads, tacos, tortas, enchiladas, pan-seared fish, and bone-in meats, and highlights include the acclaimed Cochinita Pibil, pork marinated in achiote and sour orange, wrapped in a banana leaf and slow roasted overnight, and topped with pickled red onion and Yucatan-style pico de gallo, and Filete Mignon de mi Tita, topped with a crab and queso de cabra mélange. You’ll have a hard time choosing a favorite dish, let alone finding a flaw in any of plates that grace your table. So don’t even bother; simply relish the spread in front of you.

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17. Snooze A.M. Eatery 2045 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

If you love hollandaise, roll out of bed and head to this Biltmore breakfast spot. It has an entire menu portion dedicated to “the art of hollandaise” (seriously), and if you don't want EXACTLY what's on offer, you're encouraged to create your own custom meals.

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18. Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup 3313 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

You'd think the name pretty much says all you need to know, BUT, you should also know that everything you select has an eight step process of customization, from selecting tacos or enchiladas, to loading them up with a ton of different options, and finally combining them with drinks and other items to make a meal.

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19. Gallo Blanco Cafe + Bar 401 W Clarendon Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

This Uptown Mexi-spot is a terrific option to catch some live flamenco, breakfast options all day (!), and a great selection of ceviche, queso, and other spins on modern Mexican cuisine.