Eat This Now

11 New Lunch Spots to Try in Greater Phoenix Right Now

Chris Malloy
Oxtail Pho from Basilic Vietnamese Kitchen.
Restaurants with a good lunch menu and atmosphere are important. It’s a break from your work day, an excuse to eat something aside from a homemade salad. So it’s terrific news so many new lunch spots have opened in the Phoenix area lately, from a second location of Pane Bianco to a Cajun kitchen and a gluten-free burrito spot.

Let’s recap the as-of-late lunch scene.

Basilic Vietnamese Kitchen

101 East McDowell Road

Three Vu brothers from southern Vietnam opened this 132-seat restaurant in central Phoenix across from the Phoenix Art Museum in early April. The expansive menu covers bowls of pho, banh mi sandwiches, banh xeo, bun, raw and fried spring rolls, mussel bowls, and wok-fried calamari. And at Basilic Vietnamese Kitchen, drink options range from Vietnamese coffee to Asian beer with a mixologist on the way.

Craft 64

68 West Buffalo Street, Chandler

This is the ideal lunch spot if you're looking at a half day. Downtown Chandler now has a Craft 64 — a pizzeria and craft beer bar (plus wine and cocktails) with more than 30 options of Arizona beer, including eight from in-house. And to eat, it also offers wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and bruschetta.

click to enlarge Lunch in the loft? - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Lunch in the loft?
Lauren Cusimano

Fate Brewing Company

201 East Southern Avenue, Tempe

The third Valley location of Fate Brewing Company — very recently known as McFate Brewing — took over a midcentury, two-story, 6,000-square-foot office complex at Southern Avenue and College Road last month. There’s beer, a full bar, and a dog-friendly beer garden — but there's also food.. Fate in Tempe offers wings, nachos, and spinach, plus salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and more.

click to enlarge There's brunch, but there's also lunch. - HASH KITCHEN
There's brunch, but there's also lunch.
Hash Kitchen

Hash Kitchen

4315 East Indian School Road

This month, Hash Kitchen’s latest location opened at 44th Street and Indian School Road. The 3,900-square-foot, 100-seat space will have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, plus a imaginative cocktail menu. Lunch options include the toasted cous cous and kale salad, fried chicken salad sandwich, and the Notorious Burger.

La Marquesa

1915 East McDowell Road

The owners of La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop opened a Jalisco-style restaurant, La Marquesa, where most of the food is cooked in a mesquite-fired clay ovens. Think chammoro (pork shank), cachete (beef cheek), marrow bone, plus appetizers and meat-heavy tacos. Yet the main focus of the menu is birria in the form of goat, beef, shrimp, and a vegan option with mushrooms, peppers, and nopales. Dress it up with freshly made corn tortillas, onion, cilantro, key lime, and salsa.

click to enlarge Trying the XXXHot at Mrs. Chicken? - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Trying the XXXHot at Mrs. Chicken?
Lauren Cusimano

Mrs. Chicken

4011 North 32nd Street

George Frasher of Frasher’s Smokehouse has recently opened Mrs. Chicken — a Nashville hot chicken restaurant in Arcadia. Aside from the great name, Mrs. Chicken offers typical chicken joint entrees (two-piece breast with a side, for example). But if you like that Nashville hot chicken just that — hot — you may elect the XXXHot option. There are also wings, tenders, sides like crinkle-cut fries, and dessert options.

click to enlarge The stunning starters at Pane Bianco Van Buren — or PBVB. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
The stunning starters at Pane Bianco Van Buren — or PBVB.
Lauren Cusimano

Pane Bianco Van Buren

1505 East Van Buren Street

This is the second location of Pane Bianco, yet this one offers breakfast, like pancakes made from Hayden Flour Mills and toast. There are of course market sandwiches, including the arrabiata, or angry, chicken sandwich. And of course, there are squares of pizza al taglio. And for starters, literally, there are olives, fresh mozzarella, Francesca’s meatballs, and candied pecans.

click to enlarge Slices is back in a big way. - ANGELICA VANAUKEN
Slices is back in a big way.
Angelica VanAuken

Slices on Mill

11 East Sixth Street, Tempe

In case you didn't know, Slices Pizza Joint has reopened as Slices on Mill with new owners, but the same East Coast-style pizza. There are also make-your-own calzones, cauliflower crust, and specialties like mac and cheese, loaded potato, and buffalo chicken pizzas. This is ideal for anyone popping around Mill Avenue look for a mid-day carbo load.

click to enlarge New owners, old menu. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
New owners, old menu.
Lauren Cusimano

The Dirty Drummer

2303 North 44th Street

The Dirty Drummer has reopened as … The Dirty Drummer. There’s a new look, new stage and dance floor, and new jukebox, but the same old menu and vibe. The former chef has also rejoined the team to help keep the old dishes alive. The Drummer features domestic and Arizona beer, wings, other appetizers, and the famous Drummer burgers. There's a veggie option, the Chili Drummer, and the Super Drummer — two-thirds of a pound of beef with cheese between the double patties. The best part is watching, and feeling, it get made on the grill right behind the bar.

click to enlarge Salads, bowls, and more at Scottsdale Fashion Square. - TOCAYA ORGANICA
Salads, bowls, and more at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Tocaya Organica

Tocaya Organica

4712 North Goldwater Boulevard, #1210, Scottsdale

Ever get hungry while you're shopping? Of course, we all do. This Southern California-Mexican restaurant opened a Scottsdale Fashion Square location on Cinco de Mayo. Tocaya Organica offers everything from gluten-free burritos to churro bites, salads, tacos, burritos, bowls, and many a diet-friendly option.

click to enlarge VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen is spicing things up. - JANET ZHOU-WILT
VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen is spicing things up.
Janet Zhou-Wilt

VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen

1325 West Elliot Road, #106, Tempe

If you love Cajun and Creole food, VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen in Tempe has your jambalaya and gumbo fix. There’s also red beans and rice, po’boys, etouffee, shrimp and grits, and certainly beignets for dessert. The Tempe Cajun joint also offers a Creole remoulade sauce that is out of this world.