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Greater Phoenix Food News: 2019 Year-End Wrap Up

Twila Cassadore leads gloscho hunts on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.EXPAND
Twila Cassadore leads gloscho hunts on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
Zee Peralta

We’ve thrown a lot of information at you this past month concerning the Valley’s food and drink world. We’ve listed our favorite dishes, our most-read stories, and the best new restaurants and bars, but if you’re looking for all the 2019 talk in one place as we’re wrapping up the year (and decade), we absolutely hear you.

Here are all the best things this year had to offer — dishes, drinks, and more.

Our 10 Favorite Food Stories of 2019

By Chris Malloy and Lauren Cusimano


We had many reported adventures this year, but these are our favorites.

Vecina in Arcadia.EXPAND
Vecina in Arcadia.
Jackie Mercandetti Photo

The 7 Best New Restaurants of 2019 in Greater Phoenix

By Chris Malloy


Our food critic shares his absolute favorite openings of the year, and it was a good one.

The al pastor tacos from La Bamba in El Mirage.
The al pastor tacos from La Bamba in El Mirage.
Charles Barth

The 10 Best Dishes Our Critic Ate in 2019

By Chris Malloy


After a year of eating from downtown to the outer margins of the desert, our critic says these 10 dishes were his favorites of 2019.

Little Rituals makes one seriously interesting daiquiri.EXPAND
Little Rituals makes one seriously interesting daiquiri.
Jackie Mercandetti Photo

The 5 Best Drinks Our Critic Drank in 2019

By Chris Malloy


Our restaurant critic also likes to drink, and to write about drinks, so enjoy this tasty list of his favorites from 2019.

A real honky-tonkin' vibe.EXPAND
A real honky-tonkin' vibe.
Lauren Cusimano

The 10 Best New Bars of 2019 in Greater Phoenix

By Lauren Cusimano


When it comes to gathering and drinking, the Valley had a great year.

Roland's Cafe Market Bar griddled its last tortilla in February.EXPAND
Roland's Cafe Market Bar griddled its last tortilla in February.
Chris Malloy

Visual Aid: 2019’s Most Notable Restaurant Closings in Greater Phoenix

By Lauren Cusimano


In 2019, we had our final meals and last, last calls before saying goodbye to these Valley restaurants and bars.

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Restaurant Mexico, a Tempe classic, closed in August, and we talked to some regulars about it.EXPAND
Restaurant Mexico, a Tempe classic, closed in August, and we talked to some regulars about it.
Robrt L. Pela

10 Most-Read Phoenix Food Stories of 2019

By Lauren Cusimano


We food writers hit the streets, and you readers hit the screens, following along as we announced restaurant openings and closings, ranked some White Claw, and called out a Burger King.

The Toduken stand is the colors of the flag of the Philippines.EXPAND
The Toduken stand is the colors of the flag of the Philippines.
Chris Malloy

7 Food Trends to Look Out for in 2020 and Beyond

By Chris Malloy


Our food critic reads the tea leaves to noodle about the future of local food.

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