Eating the World

International House of Food in Phoenix: Don't Pass It By

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See also: Fruit Lover's Paradise at Frutilandia

The name of the joint is definitely silly. IHOF, as we call it now, delivers on everything as promised though. Walking in, there are several tables, a large mural of a phoenix, and the friendly family that owns the downtown spot. It's simple and humble, giving a fairly accurate sense of the restaurant before you even take a bite. You can order homemade aguas frescas to start, or just dig into the massive menu.

In terms of the American fare, the breakfast offerings are the type of freshly made but still very cheap diner fare that downtown Phoenix sorely needs. That advertised $3.99 breakfast is 2 eggs, 2 pieces of either bacon or sausage, and toast. You can upgrade that toast to a big, fluffy waffle for $3 more with all of the other fixings. Chicken and waffles and pork chops with eggs are also on the roster, making this a must-stop for breakfast aficionados.

If you're not in the mood for breakfast, stop that. Okay, that's your choice, and IHOF has sandwiches, salads, and burgers to accommodate if you're not ready to venture to the international side yet either.

However, don't discount the Mexican and Asian fare as the next in a list of fusion spots popping up. The kitchen keeps the two culinary genres separate, offering authentic Mexican eats and Americanized Asian comfort foods.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
Contact: Heather Hoch