Food & Drink

The 9 Best Southwestern Restaurants in Phoenix

Published On 03/23/2015 Published On 03/23/2015
Richardson's
Taco Guild
La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop
Canyon Café
Sierra Bonita Grill
Old Town Tortilla Factory
Barrio Queen Tequileria
Los Dos Molinos
Original Blue Adobe Grille
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1. Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico 6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Check out Richardson’s for a comfortable atmosphere, beautiful patio, and one-of-a-kind Southwestern food inspired by traditional New Mexican cuisine. Best of all is it’s not just open for lunch and dinner, you can have an incredible Southwestern brunch here as well.

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2. Taco Guild 546 E. Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

If you’re looking for the finest tequila in a beautiful setting, look no further than Taco Guild. Quality is king here so you can be confident your drink, whether you opt for straight tequila or a margarita, is the best The Valley has to offer. And if you want to build a base before your booze, the fantastic Mexican eats here should do the trick.

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3. La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop 5932 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 (Glendale)

La Santisma blends traditional Mexican food from around the country with the family’s own special take on Southwestern cuisine. They use local farm produce and tortillas imported from Mexico to achieve the most authentic, fresh flavor possible.

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4. Canyon Café 455 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Downtown Phoenix)

Canyon Café embodies the essence of what it means to be Southwestern. The menu is influenced by Western United States, Mexican, Native American, and Spanish cuisine. The mix lends itself to a pretty long and diverse menu that even the pickiest of eaters will be able to enjoy. Just make sure you don’t miss out on the tableside guacamole.

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5. Sierra Bonita Grill 6933 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

This Central Phoenix eatery has a menu that blends its 1800s heritage with Spanish fare to create a uniquely Southwest selection. For those not as keen on traditional Southwestern food, it also boasts “the best hamburger you can find West of the Mississippi.”

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6. Old Town Tortilla Factory 6910 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

The award-winning Old Town Tortilla Factory might just have the best patio in Scottsdale. It’s 1400sqft, and shaded by 100-year-old pecan trees and has received many accolades for its ability to accommodate large groups and parties. Aside from its fantastic group dining experience, Old Town Tortilla Factory has a fantastic Southwestern menu that offers a Mexican twist.

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7. Barrio Queen 7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

Barrio Queen has it all –- uniquely Southwest, yet also authentically Mexican dishes, a hip atmosphere, and a lot of variety, especially if you’re looking for a great margarita. The award-winning restaurant also has some great deals, and you can look forward to a great weekday happy hour, Margarita Mondays, and Taco Tuesdays.

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8. Original Blue Adobe Grille 144 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201 (Mesa)

This local favorite is a diamond in the rough. While its exterior might not suggest it’s a mecca for Southwestern food, this is truly a case of when looks are deceiving. If you’re into spice, this is definitely the place for you. It even has jalapeño bacon!

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