Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine1919 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler
2. PURE Sushi Bar & Dining20567 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale
3. Fuego Bistro713 E Palo Verde Dr, Phoenix
4. The Cove Trattoria7001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
5. Rita’s Kitchen5402 East Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale
6. Su Cocina Dos Ranchitos1005 North Arizona Ave, Chandler
7. Nello's Ahwatukee4710 E Warner Rd, Phoenix
8. Vintage 95 Wine Lounge95 W Boston St, Chandler
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.