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Visual Aid — Top 100 Restaurants in Greater Phoenix

  • Dig in to this slideshow of the top 100 restaurants in greater Phoenix.
  • An offering from 24 Carrots, Sasha Raj's Tempe restaurant.
  • Chef Sasha Raj of 24 Carrots.
  • The Ms. Paka cocktail from Across the Pond.
  • Sushi from Across the Pond.
  • A teriyaki chicken combo plate from Aloha Kitchen.
  • The exterior of Aloha Kitchen in Mesa.
  • Try to control yourself inside Andreoli Italian Grocer.
  • The counter at Andreoli Italian Grocer.
  • A selection from inside the Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. downtown location.
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  • Favorite menu items from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
  • In the red cup at back, the chile de arbol salsa from Asadero Norte de Sonora.
  • Cabeza tacos from Asadero Norte De Sonora.
  • Chili salt chicken wings at Asian Café Express.
  • The broken line of veal at Atlas Bistro.
  • Atlas Bistro is known for its BYOB policy.
  • A batch of boureks just out of the oven from Balkan Bakery.
  • Jasenko Osmic standing before his bakery's bounty.
  • The fried chicken bao with lemon sambal aioli at Bao Chow.
  • Yucca Tap Room is the perfect dining room for Bao Chow.
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  • The famous guacamole from Barrio Cafe.
  • Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe.
  • The short ribs at Beckett's Table.
  • Justin and Michelle Beckett and Katie and T. Scott Stephens are all co-owners of Beckett's Table and Southern Rail.
  • One of Phoenix's best restaurants is Binkley's Restaurant.
  • Fermented cucumbers with polenta chips at Binkley's Restaurant.
  • Chef Kevin Binkley prepares Figs in a Blanket.
  • Plated at Binkley's Restaurant.
  • Green tea and a pastry from Cafe Chenar.
  • Uzbek plov, a hummus plate, and hanum are among the featured items at Cafe Chenar.
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  • The doro wat at Cafe Lalibela.
  • Anibal and Salem Bayene own Cafe Lalibela in Tempe.
  • Perfect Mexican food is waiting at the original Carolina's.
  • A burrito at Carolina's — wrapped in that famous tortilla.
  • Fahad Shakir prepares the falafel plate at Casa de Falafel.
  • The falafel plate from the Casa itself.
  • Anything goes at this classic Mex-Chinese restaurant in north Phoenix.
  • The ultimate fusion dining is found at Chino Bandido.
  • Grilled oysters from Chula Seafood Uptown are finished with bourbon-chipotle butter.
  • A spread from Chula Seafood.
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  • Being on the patio at CiBO will make you feel like you're in your own backyard.
  • Another top pizza at CiBO.
  • Cocina 10 at Crescent Ballroom serves a mean barbacoa burrito.
  • Crescent Ballroom and Cocina 10 opened in 2011.
  • Pasties from the Cornish Pasty Company — our best English pub.
  • A house cocktail from Cornish Pasty Co.
  • Cotton & Copper serves a Ramona Farms tepary bean spread.
  • Antique Collins glasses at Cotton & Copper.
  • Offerings from CRUjiente Tacos.
  • Richard Hinojosa, the man behind CRUjiente's new-age tacos.
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  • A masterful taco from CRUjiente Tacos.
  • The dining room at Da Vang in Phoenix is loose, friendly, and very casual.
  • The spring rolls at Da Vang.
  • Walking up to Da Vang.
  • But your dinner guests are more than welcome to Dick's Hideaway.
  • The cheesy, spicy New Mexican sausage plate at Dick's Hideaway in uptown Phoenix.
  • Build your own Nooner at Duck and Decanter.
  • Inside the Duck, the coolest sandwich shop in town.
  • The famous back entrance at Phoenix's most storied steakhouse — Durant's.
  • Inside Durant's steakhouse.
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  • Grilling beef heart at El Chullo.
  • El Chullo does a lot more than beef hearts, though.
  • Some of the most impressive barbecue in the Valley is in Avondale at Eric's Family Barbecue.
  • One smoker has been welded by Fat Stack, a cult favorite artisan in southern California.
  • Fàme Caffe is a go-to for breakfast.
  • Inside Fàme Caffe.
  • The Farish House is your downtown date spot.
  • The burrata cheese ball before it was destroyed at Farish House.
  • A fresh-lookin' dish from FnB.
  • The 2019 James Beard Foundation Award-winning FnB chef, Charleen Badman.
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  • Offerings from Charleen Badman.
  • The best place to enjoy the food at FnB.
  • The Fry Bread House has been serving traditional Tohono O'odham food since 1992.
  • The entrance to the Fry Bread House.
  • A tray of fall comfort foods from Fry Bread House.
  • Leading to Geordie’s Restaurant at the Wrigley Mansion.
  • Chef Christopher Gross of Geordie's Restaurant at Wrigley Mansion.
  • The Aztec Cake from Ghost Ranch in Tempe.
  • Rene Andrade at Ghost Ranch, with the aguachile dish he sold on weekends as a 13-year-old in Sonora.
  • The chopped salad and wedge are always top of mind at Kantak restaurants like The Gladly.
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  • The Gladly brings some elegance to your whiskey experience.
  • Glai Baan has a hopping vibe inside.
  • Northern Thai eats can be next-level at Glai Baan.
  • Haji-Baba has it all.
  • The lamb tongue sandwich at Haji-Baba in Tempe.
  • Hana Japanese Eatery served charcoal-grilled lamb cutlets at Devour the World.
  • Lori Hashimoto, chef and co-owner of Hana Japanese Eatery.
  • The famous Haus Murphy's on Glendale Avenue.
  • Come for the giant pretzels, but stay for the homemade Bavarian grub at this classic Glendale restaurant.
  • Mountain Shadows's Hearth ‘61 has some of the best resort cooking in Arizona.
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  • Plates often look like art at Hearth '61.
  • One of Hearth ‘61's top dishes is short rib agnolotti.
  • Our best Sonoran hot dog cart is El Caprichoso.
  • Goma ramen at Hot Noodles Cold Sake.
  • Sisig atop ramen at Hot Noodles Cold Sake.
  • Josh Hebert, chef-owner of Scottsdale’s Hot Noodles Cold Sake.
  • Bartender making a Boulevardier cocktail at Hush Public House.
  • Hush Public House's ridiculously delicious Italian beef remix.
  • A spread from Jalapeno Bucks.
  • Jalapeno Bucks' owners Duaine and Dianne Burden.
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  • Jewel’s Café brunch menu items are 100 percent free of gluten.
  • Pastries from Jewel's Bakery & Cafe.
  • Recado rojo compressed lamb from Kai.
  • The aromatic course at Kai Restaurant.
  • Chef Ryan Swanson at Kai.
  • The soon legendary al pastor tacos at La Bamba.
  • Chef Edson Garcia and his raw materials at La Bamba in El Mirage.
  • Tacos from La Frontera 1.
  • La Frontera — one of the 16th street food trucks.
  • La Mejor Barbecoa near Old Towne Glendale.
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  • Offerings from La Mejor Barbacoa.
  • Hoe cakes, pickles, and braised greens from the Larder + the Delta.
  • Stephen Jones of the Larder + the Delta.
  • Join your meat platter with a beer.
  • All the side dishes from Little Miss BBQ.
  • The Maine Lobster Lady's long lines are worth it.
  • Lines for The Maine Lobster Lady often exceed one hour.
  • El Peligroso from Mariscos Playa Hermosa.
  • Shrimp and oyster aguachile from Mariscos Playa Hermosa.
  • The colorful patio at Mariscos Playa Hermosa.
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  • Prepare yourself for the Chop & Chick at Matt's Big Breakfast.
  • Matt's Big Breakfast is a favorite breakfast spot.
  • Entering the Mercado de los Cielos at Desert Sky Mall.
  • The food court at Mercado de los Cielos.
  • The lunch counter at Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe.
  • Find black-eyed peas at Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe.
  • Southern fare from Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe.
  • Myke Pizza's potato and bacon pie is one of Phoenix's best, and pairs well with a choice from Cider Corps.
  • Myke Olsen of Myke's Pizza.
  • A veggie option from Noble Eatery.
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  • The menu on full display at Noble Eatery.
  • Nobuo at Teeter House at Heritage Square.
  • Upscale Japanese fare at Nobuo at Teeter House.
  • Inside Nobuo at Teeter House.
  • The chicken version of Old Town Taste's Chongqing-rooted special.
  • Slide into a booth at Old Town Taste in Tempe.
  • Pork blood, intestines, and Spam in hot chile oil at Original Cuisine.
  • Pork belly with garlic sauce at Original Cusine.
  • Interior of Original Cuisine.
  • Otro Cafe in uptown Phoenix has a good morning vibe.
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  • A classic quinoa salad done right at Otro Cafe.
  • It's all about those vegetables at Otro Cafe.
  • Pa'La cooks using wood-fired heat sources.
  • Shrimp in a grain bowl and schiacciata from Pa'La.
  • Inside Persepshen on Central Avenue.
  • Duck l'orange at Persepshen.
  • The lemongrass beef from Pho Thanh.
  • Inside Pho Thanh.
  • Pita Jungle is always worth a visit.
  • The creamy jalapeno cilantro hummus from Pita Jungle.
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  • Downtown Pita Jungle's back patio and entrance.
  • The best pizza in town is from Pizzeria Bianco.
  • Inside Pizzeria Bianco.
  • One of the dining setups at The Farm.
  • Pakora-spiced fish and chips from Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain.
  • The dining room at Rancho Pinot.
  • Chef and owner Chrysa Robertson has an eye for detail.
  • Seasonal crispy squash blossoms with ricotta-goat cheese stuffed with a tomato vinaigrette from Rancho Pinot.
  • The lemongrass stir fry from Reathrey Sekong Cambodian Cuisine.
  • Student noodles from Reathrey Sekong Cambodian Cuisine.
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  • República Empanada's empanada boricua.
  • Inside República Empanada. Viva Mesa!
  • The smell alone may bring you in, though reservations are highly recommended at Restaurant Progress.
  • Vegan green chile corn with butternut squash bisque from The REZ.
  • Find some of the best aguas frescas at The REZ, an Urban Eatery.
  • A burrito from Rito’s Mexican Food.
  • Bolognese from Saint Pasta.
  • "Pizza" from the deep fryer at Saint Pasta.
  • Saint Pasta's dynamic duo: Racon Alhoch and Joe Cetrulo.
  • The lobby at the subterranean Salt Cellar.
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  • Shrimp cocktail on the bar at Salt Cellar.
  • Three pupusas ripe with cheese and a side of curtido from Seydi’s Pupuseria & Grill.
  • These noodles from Sherpa Kitchen have more color than most in town.
  • The dish of creamy curry is a lot like a big bear hug from Sherpa Kitchen.
  • Subash Yadav is the chef and owner at Sherpa Kitchen.
  • A mixed seafood platter from ShinBay.
  • ShinBay's executive chef Shinji Kurita preparing seafood bites.
  • Hot dogs and fun at Short Leash Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts.
  • The Bear is perhaps Short Leash's craziest hot dog.
  • The lobster risotto at St. Amand Kitchen and Cocktails.
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  • The Vanilla Rosa looks like the cocktail version of a wedding dress.
  • The Stand was built from cactus ribs, palm fronds, and arrowroot.
  • Fry bread smothered with red chile from The Stand.
  • Cindy Washington forks newborn fry bread at The Stand.
  • Steak from the famed Stockyards Steakhouse.
  • Will you see the Lady in Red at The Stockyards?
  • Monkfish liver with snapper, Spanish mackerel, and yellowtail from Sushi Nakano.
  • Leo Nakano hard at work, with nigiri in the foreground.
  • Front and center: Taco Boy’s barbacoa.
  • If you want to-go tacos, be sure to try Taco Boy’s.
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  • Taco Boy's has a vibrant, light-filled interior.
  • The husband-and-wife team behind Tacos Chiwas, Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin.
  • The main attraction from Tacos Chiwas.
  • The incredible view from Talavera.
  • The show-stopping seafood paella from Talavera.
  • A torta ahogada from TEG Torta Shop.
  • The exterior of TEG Torta Shop on 16th Street.
  • The iconic Texaz Grill at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road.
  • Inside Texaz Grill.
  • Chicken-fried steak at Texaz Grill.
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  • The Piña Colada Redux with rum whipped cream at The Breadfruit & Rum Bar.
  • Rolling everything in banana leaves at The Breadfruit.
  • Chef Danielle Leoni of The Breadfruit.
  • Goat cheese mezzaluna pasta with cherry tomatoes at Tratto.
  • Chris Bianco of Tratto ... and a few other places.
  • The spicy shoyu bowl of ramen from Umami.
  • The Mr. Robato at Umami in Tempe combo is completed with a beer and house sake.
  • The beloved ceviche from Vecina in Arcadia.
  • Does a cocktail get more fun than this? A smoky drink from Vecina.
  • One of the many fun offerings from Verdura.
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  • One of the best vegan restaurants in town is Verdura.
  • The Goth Waffles, made with activated charcoal and topped with fresh fruit, from Verdura.
  • A dish from Virtu Honest Craft.
  • Virtu is best with friends.
  • Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale.
  • Waamo’s food travels from East Africa to across the Mediterranean.
  • Waamo, a Somali restaurant in a tiny strip mall home to several Somali businesses.
  • Folks waiting to place to-go orders at Waamo.
  • Try visiting the porch at Welcome Diner.
  • Welcome Diner's terrific trio: the hurricane cocktail, gumbo, and pork and grits.
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  • Inside Welcome Diner.
  • Crispy chicken sandwich at Worth Takeaway.
  • The veggie sandwich at Worth Takeaway.
  • Walking up to Worth Takeaway.
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Debby Wolvos
Dig in to this slideshow of the top 100 restaurants in greater Phoenix.
We’ve put together a guide to our 100 favorite places to eat in greater Phoenix right now. Consider this list of restaurants — ordered alphabetically, not ranked — a guidebook to culinary delight in a city growing faster, hotter, and better by the day.