5 Best Restaurants in Sunnyslope Right Now

Most Wanted Taco Shop in Sunnyslope is a destination for good, cheap tacos.
Most Wanted Taco Shop in Sunnyslope is a destination for good, cheap tacos.
Arren Kimble-Sannit

Considering that Sunnyslope consists of only about nine square miles, this north Phoenix neighborhood boasts an impressive selection of restaurants. Bounded by 19th Avenue to the west, Cactus Road to the north, 16th Street to the east, and Northern Avenue to the south, Sunnyslope features dining spots that represent a wide variety of cuisines.

Whether you're looking for top-notch Mexican food, a cozy wine bar, or a place to pick up an excellent dessert, the Sunnyslope 'hood can meet your needs.

Most Wanted Taco Shop

This brightly decorated Sunnyslope restaurant is one of our favorite places in the Valley for excellent tacos that will set you back less than two dollars each. At Most Wanted Taco Shop, diners can choose from 14 different varieties of meats, including cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork that's bursting with citrus flavor, and green chile chicken — meat so succulent that you'll need to eat your dripping taco over a plate. For those seeking something with a little more spice, try the morita pork, which delivers smokey and vinegary flavors that will linger for hours. And don't worry, the restaurant does serve more than just tacos. The menu also includes enchiladas, burritos, horchata, churros, and more. 

"Shabu shabu" means "swish swish."
"Shabu shabu" means "swish swish."
Jackie Mercandetti

Shabu Fondue

At Shabu Fondue chef Johnny Chu, also of the adjacent restaurant Red Thai, delivers the best shabu shabu dining in Phoenix. Shabu shabu, which means "swish-swish," involves cooking vegetables and thinly-sliced meats in any of a number of broths. We recommend Chu's spicy lemon grass broth, or for a more basic option, the Chinese herbal, a floral soup base filled with a mild flavor. Diners also have their pick from a long list of vegetables and meats, ranging from grass-fed beef and head-on shrimp to Chinese pumpkin and straw mushrooms. Don't let the concept be intimidating; the staff here will happily guide you through the process.

Coconut raspberry brownie at Karl's Quality Bakery
Coconut raspberry brownie at Karl's Quality Bakery
Lauren Saria

Karl's Quality Bakery

For more than 20 years, Karl's Quality Bakery resided at 15820 North 35th Avenue. And luckily for Sunnyslope residents, it relocated to its current spot, less than a mile from the original location, after being forced to move in 2013. The well-loved bakery serves a wide selection of treats including breads, pastries, and some of the city's best doughnuts. So whether you're looking for something healthy — for instance, a miniature bran muffin — or a decadent dessert — try the picture-perfect eclairs — this spot can meet your needs. What's more, the bakery also offers handmade chocolates, courtesy of owner Karl Boerner's daughter, Christine.

Timo

This Sunnyslope wine bar and restaurant uses exactly one method of cooking, and it's a wood-fired oven located in plain view of the entire dining room. Timo's lounge-worthy atmosphere — achieved through grey and tan tones and complemented by a spacious patio — pairs perfectly with the menu of Italian-inspired comfort food. Understandably wine-friendly, the menu features a selection of tapas, bruschettas, sandwiches, and sharable plates such as the platter of roasted eggplant dip, tomatoes, kalamata olives, goat cheese, and warm crostini. Even the restaurant's fresh baked bread will make an impression; with a perfect golden crust and pleasing flavor, you'll want to have it as a side with everything you eat.

When it comes to tamales oaxaqueño, La 15 y Salsas owner, Elizabeth Hernandez, makes the best.
When it comes to tamales oaxaqueño, La 15 y Salsas owner, Elizabeth Hernandez, makes the best.
Jackie Mercandetti

La 15 Y Salsas

When it comes to tamales oaxaqueño, the best in town can easily be found at La 15 Y Salsas. Here, chef and owner Elizabeth Hernandez, who grew up and learned to cook in Oaxaca, serves the southern Mexican specialty filled with a fragrant black mole sauce made with herbs and spices, some of which she grinds in a traditional mealing stone. The other memorable offerings include tlayudas, a crispy tortilla loaded with beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and meats, and quesadillas fritas, a cheese-filled tortilla that's then folded and fried. And don't skip the agua frescas. They're made daily and come in both common and unexpected flavors such as chilacayote, made with squash sweetened with honey, cinnamon, and unrefined whole cane sugar.

Originally published February 24, 2015. Updated March 8, 2016. 

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8801 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

602-354-3846

www.timocentral.com

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1507 W. Hatcher Rd.
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602-870-2056

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602-943-5933


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