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16 Metro Phoenix Chefs Share Favorite Lunch Spots and What They Order

Chefs, like most people, appreciate a standby lunch spot. From pho and sushi to killer sandwiches at Noble Eatery, discover where metro Phoenix chefs are eating and what they're ordering at their favorite lunch spots in town. 

What's your go-to spot for lunch and what do you order?

Sadhana Raj, Owner of 24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery

I love Little India on Baseline and Rural. I usually get a muuli paratha (flaky whole wheat bread stuffed with spiced radish) and a cup of warm dhaal.

Gio Osso, Chef of Virtú

I usually don't go out to lunch, but if I do, I love to go to Andreoli Italian Grocer. For one, we're from the same area in Italy. Two, I just love his cooking! I usually order a pasta, but the entire menu is fantastic.

Brian Konefal, Co-Owner and chef of Coppa Cafe

I like Pho Thanh. Start with a crepe and then pho dac biet with raw beef on the side….Then we take a vermicelli to go!

Christopher Gross, Owner and chef of Christopher’s and Crush Lounge

I love going to Los Dos Molinos. I always order their carne adovada, enchilada style with red chili sauce. It’s amazing!

Silvana Esparza, Chef of Barrio Cafe and Barrio Urbano

I find myself eating on Calle 16 three or more times a week. Two places that have been seeing me for years are Tortas El Güero for their Milanesa torta and Mariscos Ensenada for their tacos de marlin humado

Brian Archibald, Executive Chef of The Boulders Resort & Spa

Well, when there is time to go out for lunch, it would be Pane Bianco for the soppressata sandwich.

Chrysa Robertson, Chef and owner of Rancho Pinot 

Noble Eatery. The Ramon Navarro bowl. It's all about wild and untamed gluten.

Jacques Qualin, Chef of J&G Steakhouse

I do have many places I like to go for lunch depending on the mood, but I always try to eat something healthy, so many times I’ll look for authentic Thai or Vietnamese food. A few of my favorites are unPhogettable in Mesa, Fresh Mint in Scottsdale, or Hana Japanese in Phoenix.

Cullen Campbell, Chef/Owner of Okra/Crudo 

Noble Eatery is my go-to lunch place in town, and a lot of times, I do order the whole menu because there is not much on there that I don’t love. Worst-case scenario, I have delicious snacks for later.

Lucia Schnitzer, Co-Owner of Luci’s healthy Marketplace

I love sushi and find myself craving it a couple times a week. So, I go to Moto for their great and tasty portions and their ability to meet my “special request” due to my dietary restrictions. And my Moscow Mule!

Rick Phillips, Owner/Menu Development of Bootleggers 

Probably the most consistent place I end up going to outside of my own is Hillstone. I cannot resist the Osaka pressed sushi or the cashew kale slaw.

Jacob Cutino, Owner of Homeboy’s Hot Sauces

The Larder + The Delta. Cauliflower, shaved catfish, PBR.

Kelly Fletcher, Chef de Cuisine of El Chorro

I'm going to be honest with you: One of my all time favorite things is Tee Pee. But I don’t go there and order Mexican food. I go there and order a cheeseburger. They have one of the best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had. It is stellar. Off the charts. Their cheeseburger is un-fucking-believable.

Santiago Estrada, Executive Chef of Roaring Fork

These are my two spots: Postino on Central for a glass of Last August Sauv Blanc and the vegetarian sandwich on ciabatta with bacon and RedThai on Northern and 12th Street. Chef Johnny Chu's red chicken curry and hot and sour soup are absolutely delicious. 

Brady Cohen, Chef of Salty Sow

Pho AV. It's a hidden gem and you can order takeout, but it's not the same as eating there. I usually order the combination beef pho.

Rebecca Tillman, Executive Chef of Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Relish Burger at The Phoenician is amazing . . . great views, great service, even better food. You forget you are in the middle of the city when you are there. The Cobb Burger is my favorite.


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