Best Contemporary American Restaurant Phoenix 2010 - Quiessence
You never know what chef Greg LaPrad is going to cook up at Quiessence. This tiny, romantic spot — nestled in a surprisingly lush part of town, at the back of the Farm at South Mountain — is all about eating seasonally, with a menu that changes from day to day based on what local produce LaPrad has sourced. (The selection of housemade salumi, one of his signatures, varies as well but can always be found on the menu — and it's a must-try.) His sophisticated but unpretentious American cuisine has even caught the attention of the folks at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, where LaPrad was recently invited to show the Big Apple why he's a big deal in Arizona. We're proud to say we've been fans from the get-go.