Guilty Pleasures

Here's Where to Find Your Favorite Guilty Pleasures in Metro Phoenix

Gourmet s’mores at the Toasted Mallow
Gourmet s’mores at the Toasted Mallow Toasted Marshmallow


There's a time to count calories, and a time to live a little and dig into something delicious. If you're looking for a little indulgence, we've got plenty of ideas on where to find the best s'mores, cinnamon rolls, loaded fries, and cheese curds in town.

Campfire s’mores sundae at Sweet Republic. - SWEET REPUBLIC
Campfire s’mores sundae at Sweet Republic.
Sweet Republic
These Are the 5 Best S'Mores in Metro Phoenix
The taste of freshly roasted s’mores is the taste of autumn at its finest. A simple recipe of graham crackers and chocolate sandwiching a marshmallow, s’mores are as good as it gets. Although you can easily make this classic over an open fire (or even in your microwave), there are several Phoenix hot spots that have created their own rendition worth tasting. Here are some of our favorites.

The cream cheese frosting perfectly covers the top of this cinnamon roll at Lux Central. - DILLON ROSENBLATT
The cream cheese frosting perfectly covers the top of this cinnamon roll at Lux Central.
Dillon Rosenblatt
5 Spots for Delicious Cinnamon Rolls in Metro Phoenix
Cinnamon rolls should be chewy and ultra-soft on the inside, and the frosting should complement this lushness. A perfect balance of the cinnamon in the roll and the sweetness of the frosting is ideal. The roll should be warm. Not hot. That might be the most important part. These rolls exemplify the perfect pastry. They will all melt in your mouth. Really, what other breakfast delight can make use of all five senses all at once? Here are our five favorites.

The jalapeño chili cheese pastrami fries at the Original Lenny's Burger. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
The jalapeño chili cheese pastrami fries at the Original Lenny's Burger.
Lauren Cusimano
12 Places to Find Loaded Fries in Metro Phoenix
There’s nothing more hedonistic than a mess load of crazy fries. It’s already French fries, and now we’re going to load them up with savory meats, oozing cheese, gobs of sauce, and who knows what else. Burger and pizza joints are loading up their menus with this shareable dish – or not, no judgment – as the demand rises for starches weighed down with zany ingredients. From jalapeño-chili-cheese-pastrami fries to bulgogi poutine, here’s where to find loaded fries in the Valley.


Here's where to find fried cheese curds across metro Phoenix. - COURTESY OF ROCKET BURGER & SUBS
Here's where to find fried cheese curds across metro Phoenix.
Courtesy of Rocket Burger & Subs
5 Places to Eat Fried Cheese Curds in Metro Phoenix
Usually brought to you in baskets, deep fried, and accompanied by a side of ranch, cheese curds can be irresistible. This piping hot appetizer or side also can be served deliciously cold as little pops of cheese. Sure, Canada and the Midwest have cheese curds covered – but there are plenty of spots in the Valley where you can have a seat and an order of squeaky cheese. Here are five places across metro Phoenix where the curd is the word.
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