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The Hottest Restaurants in Phoenix Right Now

Published On 10/09/2017 Published On 10/09/2017
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Diego Pops

Diego Pops

Old Town Scottsdale

If you would have told us that Brussels sprouts nachos were possibly the best thing ever, we would have thought you were playing a mean trick on us. That’s until we tasted Diego Pops' version (it’s topped with a fried egg). The Old Town Scottsdale Mexican eatery is catering to the night owl crowd with its late night menu (think a la carte tacos), but they’ve got plenty to offer during the daylight hours, too. The interior provides the perfect Instagrammable moments, fun wallpaper, retro signs, bright colors, and the like. And when it’s hot, you can (and should) get a snow cone margarita here.

Little Miss BBQ

Little Miss BBQ

Phoenix

Phoenix isn’t one of America’s great BBQ cities -- yet. But joints like Little Miss BBQ might just put us on the map. The Central Texas-style BBQ is cooked up daily with Arizona oak and pecan on a giant smoker. Here your food is served up market-style on paper with onions, pickles, and a generous handful of white bread. You can get your standard sides, like potato salad, beans, and slaw, but the standout is the jalapeño cheese grits. We advise getting there early. It's open ‘til 4pm, but it runs out of the good stuff by then. Regulars start lining up in the morning hours.

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Noble Eatery

Central Phoenix

We’ve never encountered a slice of bread we didn’t like. And while all bread is good, Noble’s baked goods are easily some of the best you can find around the Valley. Here you can order salads, sandwiches, and other lunch favorites from their Arizona farm-focused daily changing menus. Although Noble Eatery just swung open the doors to the lunch-focused joint in January of 2015, it's been sharing the bread love with local restaurateurs and farmers markets around the area, making a name for itself and its doughy goodies since 2013. Having Claudio Urciuoli, formerly of Noca (sadly, now closed), Prado, and Chris Bianco’s little Italian restaurant, as well as Jason Raducha at the helm certainly can’t hurt either.

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Vovomeena

Phoenix

Specializing in breakfast eats, Vovomeena has mastered the art of creating the perfect brunch menu. Here, you can get something sweet, like crepes; something “Phoenix,” like Mexican eggs Benedict; something Southern, like biscuits & gravy; or something downright crazy, like pork chop & waffles (try it, it’s topped with a donut, too). The order-at-the-counter breakfast joint is owned by DJ Fernandes and his wife Jennifer Ruis.

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Buck & Rider

Central Phoenix

After giving us some of the best restaurants around town, including La Grande Orange Pizzeria and Chelsea’s Kitchen, the folks over at LGO Hospitality introduced us to Buck & Rider, an Arcadia neighborhood seafood eatery and oyster bar. This place has everything fish lovers want: market-priced stone crab claws, freshwater blue prawns, and, of course, oysters -- all flown in fresh every day. There's also a great selection of sushi offerings, Prince Edward Island mussels, snapper ceviche, or halibut. For those craving something a little less surf and a little more turf, take a look at either the New York strip or the grass-fed steak tartare. And don’t worry, you won’t go thirsty: this place has some great cocktail choices, many of which you can try at the weekday happy hour from 11am-7pm.

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Ocotillo

Central Phoenix

Whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix before the sun rises or a place to sit and enjoy a plate of homemade pasta, this Midtown spot will make your day. It’s just steps away from the light rail, making it a great place for brunch, lunch, or a quick “O to Go” -- which is exactly what the name implies. Ocotillo opened just last fall, but the casual restaurant is already gaining some popularity and becoming a rising star in the Phoenix restaurant scene, possibly because of the java from Sightglass Coffee. And the food. OK, just go.

Republica Empanada

Republica Empanada

Mesa

Let’s be honest: you’re more likely to find big chain restaurants in the East Valley than you are local spots. But, luckily for us, there’s been a recent influx of new places popping up. Downtown Mesa’s pan-Latin bistro, República Empanada, is one we can’t recommend enough. This place offers a diverse menu of different styles of empanadas, from hearty to sweet, ensuring you can get exactly what you’re craving. So whether it’s the sweet Dizzy Fig, made with local Mesa figs, or the food coma-inducing El Capitan empanada (stuffed with ground beef, a boiled egg, and potatoes), it’s not hard to find something good at República. Be sure to try out another favorite, the yucca frita: a heap of cassava fries covered in a cilantro jalapeño ranch sauce.

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Tratto

Biltmore

Tratto is the latest conception from one of Phoenix’s most notable men in the restaurant game, Chris Bianco, the genius behind Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco, and Pizzeria Bianco -- the best pizza in Arizona. This new place won’t be exclusively tossing pies, but instead, will be serving up pasta... and lots of it. With only 35 seats in the entire restaurant, Tratto pretty much guarantees you a cozy, well-taken-care-of experience. Plus, maybe a little bit of a wait. So make those reservations now!

Worth Takeaway

Worth Takeaway

Downtown Mesa

Located just steps away from the Main St and Country Club Dr light rail stop, this months-old Downtown Mesa spot is one of the new and noteworthy places popping up in the East Valley. Owners Jim and Kelsey are no strangers to the restaurant scene, having started at Postino. You won’t find any bottles here; this restaurant specializes in craft sandwiches built with locally sourced and homemade ingredients. And considering the partnerships with the likes of Proof Bread, Crooked Sky Farms, Danzeisen Dairy, and The Simple Farm, it’s possible this might be the best sandwich you’ll ever have.

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Welcome Chicken + Donuts

Downtown Phoenix

From the folks who brought us the award-winning Welcome Diner comes Welcome Chicken + Donuts, a Korean-style fried chicken joint operating out of what was once a KFC in a super-hip area of Phoenix. You’d be surprised how well donuts and chicken go together. It's closed on Mondays, but you can get your fix every other day of the week until 4pm.

Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva

Barrio Café Gran Reserva

Downtown Phoenix

While you won’t find tacos on the menu, like at the original Barrio Cafe, you will be able to order up some of the more casual spot’s iconic dishes, like the Chile Nogales, stuffed with apples and walnuts drizzled with a crema sauce and topped with pomegranate. Don’t get too accustomed to the current menu, though: Esparza will be putting together new dishes regularly to keep things fresh. And yes, that’s a very good excuse to become a regular.

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Tacos Chiwas

Phoenix

Located just off of the 51, this family-owned Phoenix Chihuahuan-style restaurant is deceptively simple from the outside, but its food is pretty damn delicious -- looks aren’t everything people! Order at the counter from the straightforward menu of tacos, burritos, and gorditas (the the carne asada and el pastor tacos are what you’re here for), and then load up at the impressive homemade salsa bar (the chile rojo is quickly becoming one of our favorite in town) while you wait for your food.

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House of Egg Roll

Chandler

If you're looking for egg rolls, you're in the wrong place. Contrary to the big bold letters on the outside of the building, you will only find one single egg roll on the menu here. It is a token of sorts, paying homage to the former joint, an American-Chinese spot. When new owners took over the space earlier this year they did away with the American-Chinese fare, but decided to keep the name. Now, the nationally acclaimed Chandler spot serves up Shaanxi regional cuisine, including dishes like lamb dumplings and handmade noodle bowls.

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Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

Uptown Phoenix

Craving enchiladas? There's no better place to go to satisfy your ferocious appetite for cheese and red sauce than Gadzooks. Offering a smattering of soups, including a vegetarian choice, and a seemingly endless lineup of build-your-own enchilada options, Gadzooks is sure to fill up that empty spot in your stomach. The 7th St spot is also an exceptional choice for takeout. Good news for those of you in Arcadia: Owner Aaron Pool plans to open up a new spot in your 'hood. Keep an eye out for it.

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Nino's Greek Cafe

Phoenix

Located in what looks like a house with a wrap-around porch, this order at the counter-style Greek joint has been pleasing palates since 2014. Epic portions and dishes like lamb souvlaki skewers, gyros, and leafy green Greek-style salads make it hands-down one of the best damn spots for Mediterranean food in Phoenix. Let your Greek flag fly -- and be sure to try the tzatziki.

Restaurant Progress

Restaurant Progress

Melrose District

The Phoenix dining scene is making strides, and it’s evident in Restaurant Progress. Headed by Chef TJ Culp, known for his pop-up dinner series, the Melrose District spot offers a rotating menu that features a lineup of New American entrees and small plates, all of which are artfully crafted and presented. The poached egg is a must-try, and the scallops and blue fin crudo are downright delicious.

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Chula Seafood

South Scottsdale

“There’s no good seafood in Phoenix” is a statement that is overused and highly inaccurate. Chula Seafood, a San Diego-based company that opened up shop in Scottsdale in 2016, considers itself a fish market first and distributes fish to many local restaurants including F&B, The Gladly, Twisted Grove, and many more. On top of that, Chula has the hands down best poke bowl in the area -- try the Hawaiian, which is equally as colorful as it is beautiful.

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Mora Italian

Central Phoenix

This modern oysteria headed up by celebrity chef and Food Network personality Scott Conant swung open its big, sexy doors in February. Here, you can order his famous polenta or get yourself a swirl of Scarpetta-style pomodoro pasta. Both are solid choices, but our favorite is the rolling bread cart with its tableside guacamole servings.

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Fire and Brimstone

Gilbert

Housed inside of Gilbert’s Barnone, the brainchild of Joe Johnston shares the space with nearly a dozen other makers, including the experimental winery Garage East, and the brick-and-mortar version of the vegetarian food truck The Uprooted Kitchen. The community-focused order-at-the-counter pizza shop uses rustic cooking methods, including a wood-fired oven that makes for perfect crusts. Many of the ingredients are sourced directly from Gilbert’s community farm at Agritopia, so you’re always guaranteed some fresh tastes on your hot pie.

Nico Heirloom Kitchen

Nico Heirloom Kitchen

Gilbert

Notable for its brunch and impressive ambiance, Nico Heirloom Kitchen was brought to life by Valley chef and James Beard nominee Gio Osso, who’s also known for Scottsdale’s Virtu. Diners can expect to find West Coast-inspired Italian dishes on the menu like lasagna al forno, rigatoni with slow-cooked pork sugo, house-made ricotta, and bistecca tagliata -- a 40-ounce Niman Ranch tomahawk ribeye intended for two.

MATCH

MATCH

Phoenix

Local meets global at MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, the modern restaurant tucked inside FOUND:RE, the city’s newest arts-driven hotel. Belly-up to the chef’s table for a close-up look into the kitchen, with its wood-fired oven and open-fire grill. Many of the menu’s dishes are prepared over the flames, like selections of pizzas and plates like baked gnocchi and meatballs.

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CRUjiente Tacos

Arcadia

Street tacos aren’t exactly hard to come by in Phoenix, but it’s unlikely that you’ll come across ahi poke, Korean fried chicken, or duck versions that often -- unless you’re at CRUjiente. Executive Chef Rich Hinojosa opened CRU in 2016 with co-owner Jason Morris, and the restaurant offers soft and crunchy options that bring street tacos into the modern dining scene with delicate plating and interesting ingredients.

Sosoba

SoSoBa

Roosevelt Row

Hailing from Flagstaff, SoSoBa found its second home in Phoenix in the Roosevelt Row neighborhood. Noodle-lovers here in The Valley can slurp up ramen and cocktails ‘til their heart’s content, but there’s more than noodle dishes on the menu. The restaurant offers shareable plates and bites like the pork belly salad, kimchi tostadas, and creative weekly mashups including a ramen-meets-gumbo dish.

Fame Caffe

Fàme Caffe

Central Phoenix

Fàme, which also means hungry in both Northern Spain and Italy, can satisfy your rumbling appetite with a selection of eats ranging from breakfast tacos and French toast to burgers and BLTs. With a focus on “French Mexican food,” Chef Ivan O’Farrill blends the best of both worlds at the Central Phoenix cafe. While Fàme is currently serving breakfast and lunch all day, fans can expect to see the cafe open for dinner service soon.

Tampopo Ramen

Tampopo Ramen

Tempe

Don’t be so quick to write off Tempe as a culinary dead zone. The college town has some of the best eats in Phoenix, including Tampopo Ramen, which boasts some of the most slurpable Japanese-style ramen you can find in The Valley. Fill your belly with braised pork belly, steamed buns, homemade Japanese dumplings, grilled octopus, and Japanese fried chicken. For ramen, choose from favorites like a bowl of Tonkotsu with slices of pork, black wood fungus, or go all-out and order the ultra spicy version with Tampopo hot sauce, chili oil, roasted pork, and seaweed.

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Pokitrition

Chandler

Sushi and burritos collide at Chandler’s Pokitrition, and it’s a mash-up we’re stoked about. The East Valley resto swung open its doors a little while back, but it’s already a hit with poke lovers across The Valley, as it’s the first spot to roll up poke-style wraps in Phoenix. Most notably, it sources its fish directly from Hawaii, so it’s got many of its local competitors beat in the “fresh” category.

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1. Diego Pops 4338 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Although this Old Town Scottsdale Mexican eatery is catering to the night owl crowd with its late night menu (think a la carte tacos), it also has plenty to offer during the daylight hours. Decked out with requisite houseplants, mid century modern seating, and neon signage, Diego Pops serves up creative Mexican fare (think braised pineapple tacos, poke, and Sonoran hot dogs) and boozy snow cones.

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2. Little Miss BBQ 4301 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034

With nods from Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Republic, and Phoenix New Times, it's no wonder that this Okemah Haven 'cue joint is one of the best in country. At Little Miss', the Central Texas-style BBQ is cooked up daily -- with Arizona oak and pecan on a giant smoker -- along with the from-scratch sides. Most impressive are the Lone Star-state inspired jalapeño cheddar grits and the pulled chopped sandwich.

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3. Noble Eatery 2201 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

The menu changes daily at this counter-serve Central Phoenix eatery, featuring soup, salad, and deli-style sandwiches made with farm-to-table ingredients from places like Blue Sky Farms in Litchfield and McClendon’s Select. Old world techniques, a stone hearth, GMO-free flour, water, and salt and (incredibly) 36 hours is needed to create just a single loaf of Noble Eatery's iconic bread.

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4. Vovomeena 1515 N 7th Ave, Ste 170, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Specializing in breakfast eats, Vovomeena has mastered the art of creating the perfect brunch menu. Here, you can get something sweet, like crepes; something “Phoenix,” like Mexican eggs Benedict; something Southern, like biscuits & gravy; or something downright crazy, like pork chop & waffles. This neighborhood hidden gem also supplies local coffee and organic juices on tap.

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5. Buck & Rider 4225 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

From the folks behind La Grande Orange Pizzeria and Chelsea's Kitchen, Buck & Rider is a handsome, beach house-inspired seafood restaurant that flies in fresh catches daily to create a menu that focuses on both standards like freshwater blue prawns, oysters, and Prince Edward Island mussels, plus creative dishes like a Thai-style king crab salad and an ahi tuna burger with avocado. Guests can quench their thirst with a wide selection of hand-crafted cocktails, too, such as the rum-infused High and Mighty with Jamaican bitters and traditional Swedish liqueur.

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6. Ocotillo 3243 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix before the sun rises or a place to sit and enjoy a plate of homemade pasta, this Midtown spot will make your day. It’s just steps away from the light rail, making it a great place for brunch, lunch, or a quick “O to Go” -- which is exactly what the name implies. And if the one-size-fits-all food pitch sounds too good to be true, also note the extensive beer, cocktail, and wine list, which really isn't something you can fake.

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7. Republica Empanada 204 E 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210

Downtown Mesa’s pan-Latin bistro República Empanada offers a diverse menu of different styles of empanadas, from hearty, to sweet, ensuring you can get exactly what you’re craving for. Whether it’s the sweet Dizzy Fig, made with local Mesa figs, or the food coma-inducing El Capitan empanada (stuffed with ground beef, a boiled egg, and potatoes), the menu won't leave a single mouth unsatisfied. And with a bright and inviting space adorned with an Arizona landscape mural, this restaurant is basically begging you to stay for something from their extensive list of beers, as well as wines.

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8. Tratto 4747 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Helmed by James Beard award-winning chef/pizzaiolo Chris Bianco (the man behind Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco, and Pizzeria Bianco, which is one of the city's best pizzerias), Tratto at Town & Country takes a step away from tossing pies in favor of kneading pasta. A small venue creates a cozy, well-taken-care-of experience.

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9. Worth Takeaway 218 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Located just steps away from the Main St and Country Club Dr light rail stop, this Downtown Mesa spot is one of the new and noteworthy places popping up in the East Valley. You won’t find any bottles here; this restaurant specializes in craft sandwiches built with locally sourced and homemade ingredients. If you are a breakfast lover, you will enjoy that their menu serves breakfast all day, as well as lunch and dinner.

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10. Welcome Chicken + Donuts 1535 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

No place in town slings fried rings of dough better than this spot. With options like a crunchy cheddar-topped apple fritter and rose pistachio chocolate donuts, there are a lot of unique flavors going on -- but you should get there early if you want a full selection.

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11. Barrio Café Gran Reserva 1301 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

While you won’t find tacos on the menu like at the original Barrio Café, you can still order some of its iconic dishes at this more elegant Central City outpost, like Chile Nogales, stuffed with apples and walnuts, drizzled with a crema sauce, and topped with pomegranate. You should, of course, pair it with a glass from the exclusively Mexican wine list. Don’t get too accustomed to the current food menu, though: beloved Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza puts together new dishes regularly to keep things fresh, a perfect excuse to become a regular and try all of her latest creations.

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12. Tacos Chiwas 1923 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Located just off of the 51, this family-owned Phoenix Chihuahuan-style restaurant is deceptively simple from the outside, but its food is pretty damn delicious -- looks aren’t everything people! Order at the counter from the straightforward menu of tacos, burritos, and gorditas (the the carne asada and el pastor tacos are what you’re here for), and then load up at the impressive homemade salsa bar (the chile rojo is quickly becoming one of our favorite in town) while you wait for your food.

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13. House Of Egg Roll 961 W Ray Rd #11, Chandler, AZ 85225

House of Egg Roll offers the cuisine of China’s Shaanxi province in the northwestern region blending fire, spice, and vinegar. Favorites include the heart lamb dumplings in sour broth and thick slices of pork belly, enjoyed by a diverse crowd of diners (in many instances, you won’t hear a word of English uttered above the din of Chinese conversation at House of Egg Roll). No matter which dish(es) you order, you’ll want to drizzle some of the restaurant’s chili oil on your plate to further set the flavor ablaze.

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14. 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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15. Nino's Greek Cafe 3102 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Nino’s Greek Café in Phoenix is, perhaps unexpectedly, best known for its cheese fries, a dish that takes sturdy and tall golden crisps and layers them with creamy melted feta, American, and Parmesan cheeses, an artery-clogging, smile-inspiring trifecta. For more standard Greek fare, you can choose from gyro platters, chicken souvlaki, and, of course, falafel, all of which are served in Olympian-sized portions. With its string lights and white picnic tables outdoors, Nino’s feels like it’s celebrating its delectable plates right alongside you.

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16. Restaurant Progress 702 W Montecito Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

The Phoenix dining scene is making strides, and it’s evident in Restaurant Progress. Headed by Chef TJ Culp, known for his pop-up dinner series, the Melrose District spot offers a rotating menu that features a lineup of New American entrees and small plates, all of which are artfully crafted and presented. The poached egg is a must-try and the scallops and blue fin crudo are downright delicious.

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17. Chula Seafood 8015 E Roosevelt St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

“There’s no good seafood in Phoenix” is a statement that is overused and highly inaccurate. Chula Seafood, a San Diego-based company which opened up shop in Scottsdale in 2016, considers itself a fish market first and distributes fish to many local restaurants including F&B, The Glady, Twisted Grove, and many more. On top of that, Chula has the hands-down best poke bowl in the area -- try the Hawaiian, which is equally as colorful as it is beautiful.

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18. Mora Italian 5651 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

This modern-oysteria headed-up by celebrity chef and Food Network personality Scott Conant swung open its big, sexy doors in February. Here, you can order his famous polenta or get yourself a swirl of Scarpetta-style pomodoro pasta. Both are solid choices, but our favorite is the rolling bread cart with its tableside guacamole servings.

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19. Fire & Brimstone 3000 E Ray Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296

Housed inside of Gilbert’s BARNONE, the brainchild of Joe Johnston shares the space with nearly a dozen other makers, including the experimental winery Garage East, and the brick-and-mortar version of the vegetarian food truck The Uprooted Kitchen. The community-focused order-at-the-counter pizza shop uses rustic cooking methods, including a wood-fired oven that makes for perfect crusts. Many of the ingredients are sourced directly from Gilbert’s community farm at Agritopia, so you’re always guaranteed some fresh tastes on your hot pie.

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20. Nico Heirloom Kitchen 366 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Notable for its brunch and impressive ambiance, Nico Heirloom Kitchen was brought to life by Valley chef and James Beard nominee Gio Osso, who’s also known for Scottsdale’s Virtu. Diners can expect to find West Coast-inspired Italian dishes on the menu like lasagna al forno, rigatoni with slow-cooked pork sugo, housemade ricotta, and bistecca tagliata, a 40oz Niman Ranch tomahawk ribeye intended for two.

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21. MATCH , Phoenix, AZ

Local meets global at MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, the modern restaurant tucked inside Found:Re, the city’s newest arts-driven hotel. Belly-up to the chef’s table for a closeup look into the kitchen, with its wood-fired oven and open-fire grill. Many of the menu’s dishes are prepared over the flames, like selections of pizzas and plates like baked gnocchi and meatballs.

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22. Crujiente Tacos 3961 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Street tacos aren’t exactly hard to come by in Phoenix, but it’s unlikely that you’ll come across ahi poke, Korean fried chicken, or duck versions that often -- unless you’re at CRUjiente. Executive Chef Rich Hinojosa opened CRU in 2016 with co-owner Jason Morris, and the restaurant offers soft and crunchy options that bring street tacos into the modern dining scene with delicate plating and interesting ingredients.

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23. Sosoba 214 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Hailing from Flagstaff, SoSoBa found its second home in Phoenix in the Roosevelt Row neighborhood. Noodle lovers here in The Valley can slurp up ramen and cocktails ‘til their heart’s content, but there’s more than noodle dishes on the menu. The restaurant offers shareable plates and bites like the pork belly salad, kimchi tostadas, and creative weekly mashups including a ramen-meets-gumbo dish.

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24. Fàme Caffe 4700 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Fàme, which also means hungry in both Northern Spain and Italy, can satisfy your rumbling appetite with a selection of eats ranging from breakfast tacos and French toast to burgers and BLT’s. With a focus on “French Mexican food,” Chef Ivan O’Farrill blends the best of both worlds at the Central Phoenix cafe. While Fàme is currently serving breakfast and lunch all day, fans can expect to see the cafe open for dinner service soon.

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25. Tampopo Ramen 3223 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

Don’t be so quick to write off Tempe as a culinary dead zone. The college town has some of the best eats in Phoenix, including Tampopo Ramen, some of the most slurpable Japanese-style ramen you can find in The Valley. Fill your belly with braised pork belly, steamed buns, homemade Japanese dumplings, grilled octopus, and Japanese fried chicken. For ramen, choose from favorites like a bowl of Tonkotsu with slices of pork, black wood fungus, or go all-out and order the ultra spicy version with Tampopo hot sauce, chili oil, roasted pork, and seaweed.

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26. Pokitrition 3235 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226

Sushi and burritos collide at Chandler’s Pokitrition, and it’s a mashup we’re stoked about. The East Valley resto swung open its doors a little while back, but it’s already a hit with poke lovers across The Valley, as it’s the first spot to roll up poke-style wraps in Phoenix. Most notably, it sources its fish directly from Hawaii, so it’s got many of its local competitors beat in the “fresh” category.