Best of Phoenix

Best of Phoenix 2020: The Valley's Top Restaurants in Photos

  • Best Restaurant: Kai Restaurant
  • Recado rojo compressed lamb on ceme't at Kai Restaurant.
  • The sensory course of Navajo tea poured over creosote, desert broom, and jojoba.
  • Best New Restaurant: Vecina
  • Vecina's ice cream sandwich built on a concha.
  • A pork chop blackened at Vecina.
  • Best Food Truck: Emerson Fry Bread
  • Roxanne Wilson and Loren Emerson captain Emerson Fry Bread.
  • Emerson Fry Bread's Navajo newly regular mutton sandwich has become a top seller.
  • Best Drive-Thru: 32 Shea
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  • Pull up to the bumber at 32 Shea.
  • Best Outdoors Feast: Cloth & Flame
  • Cloth & Flame sets up outdoor dining in style.
  • A Cloth & Flame event held in downtown Phoenix.
  • Best Hidden Gem: Shamy Market & Bakery
  • Syrian-style bread baked by fire at Shamy Market & Bakery.
  • Flaky baklava dusted with pistachios at Shamy.
  • Best Place To Take A Foodie: Binkley's Restaurant
  • One of chef Kevin Binkley's creations.
  • Smoked sweet onion roll with onion butter at Binkley's.
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  • Best Authentic Arizona Restaurant: Rancho Pinot
  • Seasonal crispy squash blossoms with ricotta-goat cheese stuffed with a tomato vinaigrette from Rancho Pinot.
  • Grilled lamb chops with flageolet bean ragout dressed with mint pesto at Rancho Pinot.
  • Best Hotel Restaurant: Alter Ego
  • Alter Ego, the new hotel restaurant in downtown Tempe, really knows how to put a menu together.
  • The skirt steak chimichurri from Alter Ego.
  • Best Breakfast: Hash Kitchen
  • Hash Kitchen is known for its build-your-own bloody mary bar.
  • A brunch spread from Prep & Pastry.
  • Best Brunch: Prep & Pastry
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  • Best lunch spot? It's got to be Pane Bianco.
  • Just one option — Ridgeview Farms Chicken Salad.
  • Best Restaurant Patio: Glai Baan
  • The son-in-law eggs at Glai Baan.
  • Best Bar Food: 12 West Brewing Co.
  • The steak sandwich at 12 West Brewing Co.
  • The Bretzel with Belgian wheat beer cheese at 12 West Brewing Co.
  • Best Late-Night Restaurant: Welcome Diner
  • Some dishes from Welcome Diner.
  • Shrimp toast from Welcome Diner.
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  • Best Romantic Restaurant: Café Monarch
  • Best Restaurant to Take Your Kids: Luci's at the Orchard
  • The cute entrance of Luci's at The Orchard.
  • The majestic landscape of Luci's at The Orchard.
  • Best Steakhouse: Maple & Ash
  • The bar area at Maple & Ash.
  • The Maple & Ash outpost near the Scottsdale Waterfront.
  • Best Diner: Arturo's Roosevelt Diner
  • The always cozy Roosevelt Diner.
  • Chili is a guarantee at Roosevelt Diner.
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  • Best Soul Food: Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café
  • Southern country-style chicken at Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe with double mac and cheese? Yes, please.
  • The lunch counter at Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe.
  • Best English Pub: Cornish Pasty Co.
  • A tasty take on classic wings: The tandoori wings at Cornish Pasty Co.
  • Cornish Pasty Co. in downtown Phoenix.
  • Best Irish Pub: Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Best German Restaurant: Haus Murphy's
  • Haus Murphy's in Old Towne Glendale.
  • Come for the giant pretzels, but stay for the homemade Bavarian grub at this classic Glendale restaurant.
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  • Best French Restaurant: Vincent on Camelback
  • Paella is made on the spot at Camelback Market hosted by Vincent on Camelback.
  • Best Italian Restaurant: Tratto
  • Goat cheese mezzaluna pasta with cherry tomatoes at Tratto.
  • A tray of freshly rolled and shaped garganelli pasta at Tratto.
  • Best Puerto Rican Restaurant: Puerto Rico Latin Grill
  • Plated entrees from Puerto Rico Latin Grill.
  • Best Cuban Restaurant: Fe La Cubana
  • Glendale's Fe La Cubana.
  • A small but mighty side of yuca at Fe La Cubana.
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  • Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Little Saigon
  • The perfect lunch: pho at Little Saigon in historic downtown Glendale.
  • The back room at Little Saigon.
  • Best Thai Restaurant: Chanpen Thai Cuisine
  • Best Korean Restaurant: Manna Korean BBQ
  • Best Japanese Restaurant: Hana Japanese Eatery
  • Hana Japanese Eatery has some high-end sushi.
  • Best Chinese Restaurant: Old Town Taste
  • Twice-cooked pork, eggplant, and Chonqing chicken from Old Town Taste.
  • Slide into a booth at Old Town Taste in Tempe.
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  • Best Indian Restaurant: Chennai Chettinaad Palace.
  • Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Haji-Baba
  • The lamb tongue sandwich at Haji Baba in Tempe.
  • Best African Restaurant: WaaMo Restaurant
  • Waamo’s food travels from East Africa to across the Mediterranean.
  • Folks waiting to place to-go orders at Waamo.
  • Best Kosher Restaurant: Cafe Chenar
  • Hanum, a dough-ensconced delicacy filled with potato, topped with tomato.
  • Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Green New American Vegetarian
  • The original “g” spicy po-boy — a messy handheld just waiting to be ordered at Green.
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  • Best Vegan Restaurant: Giving Tree Café
  • The lentil pancakes from Giving Tree Café.
  • Gluten-free, organic, and vegetarian choices are available at Giving Tree Cafe.
  • Best Gluten-Free Restaurant: Jewel's Bakery & Cafe
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Best Restaurant: Kai Restaurant
We recently released our 2020 Best of Phoenix issue, and many of those awards went to superior restaurants in the Phoenix area. After you browse all the food and drink awards at your leisure online, here's a visual aid to help you work up more of an appetite. Next step: Go eat at these places.