Food & Drink

The 8 Most Underrated Phoenix Restaurants

Published On 02/11/2015 Published On 02/11/2015
Courtesy of The Cove
Courtesy of Dave Pisani
Pure Sushi Bar
Fuego Bistro
Courtesy of The Cove Trattoria
Courtesy of Dave Pisani
Nello's Ahwatukee
Vintage 95 Wine Lounge
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1. Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine 1919 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224

Although Cyclo is located in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shopping center, it is still one of the best pho spots in the Phoenix area, serving up a variety of Vietnamese staples and specialties, including house-made broth that is simmered for 13 hours. AND, it's BYOB!

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2. PURE Sushi Bar & Dining 20567 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Not only is it considered one of the prettiest sushi bars in town (despite its location north of the Loop 101), PURE offers some of the area’s best Japanese cuisine. While main courses like teriyaki and tempura are sure to please, the obvious star here is the raw fish, from sushi and sashimi to a full menu of specialty rolls.

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3. Fuego Bistro 713 E Palo Verde Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85014

You may work up an appetite trying to find Fuego Bistro, but once you get to this Alhambra resto, you get to enjoy live music as you relax outside on the brick patio and sip on a signature mojito or margarita, not to mention its signature Latin fare.

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4. The Cove Trattoria 7001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Although its location in a strip center that includes five other small café/restaurants and that’s anchored by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is pure Phoenix, the cozy atmosphere at The Cove will make you’ll feel like you’re dining in your Italian Grandma’s family room. Gourmet pizzas, made with homemade dough, are always a popular choice, but for a real taste of Italy, try one of its taste-tempting pasta dishes.

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5. Rita’s Kitchen 5402 East Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Located in the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Rita's features fresh, regional Southwest cuisine. And whether you dine indoors or outside on the patio, you’ll want to start with one of hotel’s signature margaritas (prickly pear or agave blossom, anyone?) or red sangria with a hint of vanilla. The fajitas and chicken enchiladas are favorites, while the Marriott Burger is always a welcome choice for lunch or dinner.

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6. Su Cocina Dos Ranchitos 1005 North Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85224

Located in Food City in Chandler, Su Cocina is a authentic Mexican resto that dishes out outstanding burritos (big enough for two) and other South-of-the-border fare in a festive atmosphere that's not reflective of its grocery store confines.

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7. Nello's Ahwatukee 4710 E Warner Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044

This long-time Ahwatukee fixture pulls in local crowds with its wood-fired pizzas featuring house-made mozzarella and dough (available in original, whole wheat or gluten-free), as well as the rest of its solid Italian menu.

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8. Vintage 95 Wine Lounge 95 W Boston St, Chandler, AZ 85225

Located in the heart of downtown Chandler, Vintage 95 is a sophisticated wine lounge with exposed brick walls and a tin ceiling, giving it a vintage vibe. And while its extensive wine list (more than 300 bottles and 28 by the glass) make it the perfect spot for oenophiles, don't overlook the tasty small plates and classic American dinner dishes.