8 New Downtown PHX Restaurants You Need to Know
Must-try pizza, bagels, and ramen await.
We all know that the pandemic hit the hospitality industry hard with state-mandated closures, limited capacity protocols, and staffing shortages—to name just a few hurdles—but downtown Phoenix has shown incredible resiliency and is now boasting even more restaurants than it did prior to COVID-19. And while many great eateries have unfortunately closed permanently, there are plenty of new spots to celebrate. If you’re ready to check out a new spot downtown, consider one of these buzz-worthy new restaurants that have opened in recent months.
Earlier this year Pemberton PHX brought a safe way to have fun during the pandemic to Phoenix and we couldn’t be more grateful—the outdoor food, drink, and art collective is the new home of Phoenix favorites like indie movie theater FilmBar as well as best-loved affordable pasta spot Saint Pasta as well as brand new concepts like San Diego-based Abnormal Beer Co.
How to order: Storefront open for on-site dining
This is an authentic New York-style pizza and bagel shop with overflowing, creative bagel sandwiches and one-of-a-kind, thin pizza slices. While most of their pizzas are time-honored classics, we love the innovation of the Pizza Fundido topped with chorizo cream, mushrooms, poblano peppers, Oaxacan cheese, and Chihuahua cheese.
How to order: Storefront open for dine-in; call 602-354-8905 for takeout
This bagel and burger shop located inside The Churchill has already developed a loyal following of East Coast bagel lovers since opening late last year thanks to its out of this world bagel sandwiches. The eatery keeps it simple with just two sandwiches and classic bagel with schmear for the morning, and two burger options for the afternoon and evenings. And while the burgers aren’t bad, the breakfasts are really the highlight so sink your teeth into the Money Shot bagel sandwich made with spicy bacon jam shmear, marinated tomato, cheddar cheese, a hash brown cake and scrambled eggs on an Asiago bagel.
How to order: Storefront open for dine-in; order online for takeout
While Phoenix’s food scene is growing quickly, one thing we could use more of is ramen, and Ramen Kagawa opened late last year to answer that call with traditional, carefully crafted ramen bowls. We recommend opting for the spicy miso tonkotsu ramen with pork broth, spicy miso, pork chashu, and vegetables.
How to order: Storefront open for dine-in; call 602-675-0833 for takeout; order delivery on DoorDash
If your favorite part of a pizza is also the dough—you’ve got to try Hot Daisy Pizza which was opened by one of Phoenix’s most best-known pastry chefs, Tammie Coe. Not only does the restaurant serve up slices starting at just $3.50, you can also grab their delicious Cheezy Western Garlic Sticks for an extra dose of carbs.
How to order: Storefront open for takeout and curbside; order online for delivery
24K Gold Wings, a macaroni and cheese topped burger and cocktails served in mini watermelons are just a few of the reasons why you have to visit The Ainsworth. Trust us, this luxe eatery is exactly what you deserve after surviving a pandemic—just don’t forget to take an Instagram photo of at least one of the witty neon signs.
How to order: Storefront open for dine-in and takeout
Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor is a dark, retro bar that’s as cool as it is comfortable thanks to its casual atmosphere and light-up pinball machine. The best part? You can bounce between unpretentious $3 Jell-O shots and high-quality craft cocktails like the Irish Bird made with small batch Irish whiskey, pineapple, peach, lemon, Campari, maraschino cherries and mint.
How to order: Storefront open for dine-in
Blanco—the Mexican cuisine brainchild of famed Arizona restaurateur Sam Fox—certainly isn’t a new concept to the Valley but it has livened up downtown Phoenix with its vibrant atmosphere, hearty dishes and upscale cocktails. And while we love the slow-cooked BBQ pork tacos with a jalapeno and pineapple margarita, what really makes this restaurant special is the space—which takes up an impressive amount of square footage for downtown Phoenix. It offers indoor and outdoor seating, modern fixtures and custom art installations that set it apart from the other Blanco locations.
How to order: Storefront open for dine-in and takeout; order online for curbside pickup