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Eat Local in Phoenix

Last Updated October 13, 2014
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Think of us as your trusted source for local dining in and around Phoenix.  Assuming you share our palate and our pocket book, these dining dens are sure to deliver on taste and authenticity.

The Breadfruit

Why We Love It: A Carribean seafood restaurant in the Valley? This restaurant also functions as a rum bar and that makes it a happy happy deviation from the norm. Wild-caught sustainable seafood is delivered fresh...
|108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.267.1266

Cafe Allegro at MIM

Why We Love It: The chef at this Bon Appetit Management Cafe shows us everyday that you don’t have to be a white tablecloth restaurant to support local. Worth a lunch visit even if you’re not visiting the...
|Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Phoenix, AZ, us
|480.478.6000

Carolina's Mexican Food

Why We Love It: Well, we also just love Carolina. She’s been cooking up the best burros, tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas and Oaxacan specials since 1968. And the handmade tortillas with butter or cheese? They will...
|1202 E Mohave Street, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.252.1503

Courtyard Cafe at The Heard Museum

Why We Love It: Sure you could have a turkey sandwich but while visiting the Heard why not go with more indigenous or traditional fare such as the tepary bean hummus or the posolé?
|Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.251.0204

Crudo Restaurant

Why We Love It: No pasta here, folks. At this modern Italian restaurant, it is all about the smart cocktails and a clever menu divided into: raw (crudo), cooked (cotto), mozzarella (mozza), and grilled (griglia). We...
|3603 E Indian School Rd / Ste B, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.358.8666

Delux Burger

Why We Love It: This burger has been named on “best of” lists so many times, we are just going to start referring to it as the Meryl Streep of burgers. In the mood for something else? This burger joint also does...
|3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.522.2288

Durant's

Why We Love It: This 60+-year-old steak house delivers all the classics: oysters, stuffed baked potatoes, and prime rib, 12 types of steak and chops to choose from, and a list of classic red wines to wash it down...
|611 North Central Avenue , Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.264.5967

Essence Bakery Cafe

Why We Love It: Did somebody say macarons? Essence macarons are so coveted, they’ve started offering a worldwide delivery service. Their breakfast is no stranger to accolades either—try the brioche French toast...
|825 W. University Dr., Tempe , AZ, us
|480.966.2745
|3830 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.296.4958

The Farm at South Mountain

Why We Love It: No matter where visitors are from, they say that The Farm at South Mountain feels like home. Combine that with a trio of restaurants (The Farm Kitchen, Morning Glory Cafe, Quiessence), Maya’s Farm...
|The Farm at South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.276.6360

The Farm Kitchen at The Farm at South Mountain

Why We Love It: The Farm Kitchen is the eldest sister in the trio of eating establishments at the Farm at South Mountain. It’s a walk-up counter featuring picnic-ready salads and sandwiches. Think: egg salad, pecan...
|The Farm at South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.276.6360

Flower Child

Why We Love It: You have to love a restaurant that takes their food so seriously, they consider it a revolution. Their motto: Happy Food for a Healthy World. And happy the food is indeed. The menu is simple in its...
|5013 N 44th St., Suite B2025B, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.429.6222

Gertrude’s Restaurant

Why We Love It: Gertrude started the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939. But, it wasn’t until 2013 that the restaurant was created to celebrate the desert Gertrude cared so much to preserve and promote. New chef Matt...
|1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ, us
|480.719.8600

Giuseppe's on 28th

Why We Love It: At this family-owned restaurant you’ll find all of the classics but the real gems are on the specials menus. Don’t forget to take home a bottle of the house super Tuscan olive oil.
|2824 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.381.1237

The Gladly

Why We Love It: This follow-up restaurant to Citizen Public House gives the original a run for its money. The Modern American menu features unexpected twists like brioche pretzels, smoked mozzarella fondue, duck...
|2201 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.759.8132

Hana Japanese Eatery

Why We Love It: The sashimi! Hana’s sushi list has a variety of fresh fish that you won’t find at your run-of-the-mill sushi place and Sushi Chef Koji Hashimoto is the pro handling it. The family-run restaurant...
|5524 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.973.1238

Harvey's Wineburger

Why We Love It: First of all, in case you don’t know what a wineburger is, it’s literally a burger with wine in it (for flavor). Harvey’s is known for serving up this Phoenix treasure but they also serve other...
|4812 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.248-9950

La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria

Why We Love It: This is the perfect breakfast and lunch spot. Their English muffins alone are worth coming for (doors open at 6:30 am) but the salads and sandwiches also hit the spot. The food is simple and clean and...
|4410 N. 40th St, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.840.7777

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles

Why We Love It: Larry “Lolo” White spent a lot time in his grandmother’s restaurant’s kitchen perfecting his fried chicken and waffles. The reward? A mini soul-food chain that has earned the following of...
|1220 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.340.1304
|3133 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, us
|480.945.1920
|366 N GIlbert Road, Gilbert, AZ, us

Matt's Big Breakfast

Why We Love It: Breakfast is served all day! But this isn’t your average breakfast. Here, they mean it when they say thick-cut bacon, the hash browns are fried in butter and the breakfast pork chops are marinated...
|825 North First Street, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.254.1074

Morning Glory Cafe

Why We Love It: Located within the beautiful Farm at South Mountain, this is the perfect outdoor breakfast and brunch spot. The menu is seasonal and varies depending on yield from the organic farm. But the house...
|6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.276.8804

Nobuo at Teeter House

Why We Love It: For special occasions, it’s the tasting menu hands down. But for lunch and dinner, the regular menu showcases all of our favorites: the nasu bacon, duck salad and the shiromi carpaccio. A special...
|622 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.254.0600

Nogales Hot Dogs

Why We Love It: Because they have changed the way we think about hot dogs. This big tent in a parking lot is known for its classic Sonoran, which is a bacon-wrapped dog stuffed in a Mexican roll called a bolillo,...
|1945 E Indian School Rd (at 20th St), Phoenix , AZ, us
|602.527.0208

Nook

Why We Love It: Nook is simple food done exceptionally well. There are some light entrees but the stars here are the bruschettas and Neopolitan-style pizzas. Margherita, proscuitto, diavolo, Florentine…they don’t...
|3623 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.651.1390

Ollie Vaughn's Kitchen and Bakery

Why We Love It: There are few things at Ollie’s that haven’t developed a bit of a cult following. They serve up a mean breakfast sandwich but the biscuits and gravy (a housemade southern buttermilk with schreiner...
| 1526 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ, us
| 602.254.1392

Palette at Phoenix Art Museum

Why We Love It: Eating in the sculpture garden is a pretty, fun experience. Palette serves casual American fare featuring organic vegetables, handcrafted cheeses, local meats and Arizona beers and wines. The menu...
|Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.257.2191

The Parlor

Why We Love It: The fact that the margherita and pepperoni pizzas sit at the bottom of the pizza menu list says something here. Parlor is a strong contender for best pizza in Phoenix because of its creative toppings...
|1916 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.248.2480

Phoenix City Grille

Why We Love It: A regulars kind of place, this cozy American Southwestern restaurant’s signature dishes include cedar-plank salmon, pollo asado (a citrus-chile? marinated grilled chicken breast with tomatillo salsa...
|5816 N 16th St. , Phoenix , AZ, us
|602.266.3001

Phoenix Public Market Cafe

Why We Love It: This casual cafe bakes fresh pastries and bagels daily and does a lot of sourcing from the farmer’s market next door. The healthy menu features an amazing selection for lunch and dinner—there are...
|14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ, us

Pizzeria Bianco / Pane Bianco

Why We Love It: James Beard award-winning Chef Chris Bianco was the mastermind behind this coal oven for 25 years. He’s busy writing cookbooks, selling canned tomatoes at Whole Foods and opening other restaurants...
|Downtown - Heritage Square, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.258.8300
|Town & Country, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.368.3273
|4404 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.234.2100

Pomegranate Cafe

Why We Love It: It’s hard to walk out of Pomegranate not feeling rejuvenated. The menu at this mother and daughter-owned vegetarian restaurant is chock full of nutrient rich, organic goodies. Pomegranate values the...
|4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 28, Phoenix, AZ, us
|480.706.7472

Postino Wine Cafe

Why We Love It: There are four locations, each set in a historically-relevant building and each carefully restored and renovated to capture the spirit of that specific community. The idea is to enjoy the surroundings...
|3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix , AZ, us
|602.852.3939

Province

Why We Love It: It’s not everyday that you find a farm-to-table restaurant in a hotel. The modern American menu at Province has your classics (like steak and fries) but also turns it up with dishes like melted...
|333 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.429.3600

Quiessence

Why We Love It: Here is a true farm-to-table experience. All goods that are not sourced right from the surrounding fields are acquired from local farms and other quality purveyors. The menu is therefore ever-changing...
|The Farm at South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.276.0601

Scramble

Why We Love It: This “breakfast joint” serves anything you could ever possibly want for breakfast—griddle cakes, brizzas (that’s breakfast pizzas), burritos and eggs every and any way. They even have a vegan...
|9832 n 7th street, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.374.2294
|6590 n scottsdale rd, Scottsdale, AZ, us
|480.404.7264

Sierra Bonita Grill

Why We Love It: Inspired by its name-sake ranch and early Spanish settlers, Sierra Bonita Grill offers a diverse Southwestern menu with the likes of Shrimp Ceviche, Santa Cruz Pasta, Smoked Red or Green Chile Pork...
|6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix , AZ, us
|602.264.0700

St. Francis

Why We Love It: The heart of this family-owned restaurant is a mesquite wood-fired oven that is constantly churning out fresh sourdough bread, flatbreads, roasted meats and vegetables. Almost every dish has an...
|111 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.200.8111

Tryst Cafe

Why We Love It: If you like clean, organic, fresh food, this is your place. There’s something for everyone on the extensive breakfast menu but the dish to try is the signature Tryst Benedict English muffin (...
| 21050 N Tatum Blvd #108 , Phoenix, AZ, us
|480.585.7978

Vincent's on Camelback

Why We Love It: Vincent Guerithault is a French-trained chef who prepares his Southwestern menu with the refined flare of haute cuisine. He opened his first restaurant, Vincent on Camelback, in 1986. Then his empire...
|3930 East Camelback Road, Phoenix , AZ, us
|602.224.0225

Vovomeena

Why We Love It: Cute alert: DJ Fernandes (the restaurateur behind Tuck Shop and Astor House) named his latest restaurant after his grandma. The food is no nonsense. Breakfast sandwiches and burritos are only to-go....
|1515 n 7th ave. ste 170, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.252.2541

W.M. Sacks

Why We Love It: For 22 years, Wanda Morrow has been making healthy, affordable, wholesome meals––just as she has made for her husband and son. This master sandwich maker still uses a lot of her original recipes...
|4247 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.840.4649

Welcome Diner

Why We Love It: This throwback 9-seat restaurant serves diner classics like all-day breakfast and burgers but also features southern comfort favorites like fried chicken biscuits, a fried green tomato sandwich and a...
|924 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix , AZ, us
|602.495.1111

The Wild Thaiger Restaurant

Why We Love It: This is the place for the more adventurous Thai eaters. Sure, you can get your regular Thai favorites like papaya salad, chicken roti, basil chicken, pad thai and panang. But the more exciting dishes...
|2631 North Central Avenue, Phoenix , AZ, us
|602.241.8995

Wildflower Bread Company

Why We Love It: With 13 locations, this local chain is an easy place to grab a healthy breakfast or sandwiches, salads and pastas for lunch. The fresh artisan bread is baked daily—with no additives or preservatives...
|Visit website for locations, us

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