20 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Phoenix: Best of Phoenix 2012
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Photo by Nicole Hoffman Aloha Kitchen: Best Hawaiian Restaurant
If you're looking for ethnic dining options around Phoenix, you have plenty of places to choose from. We've narrowed them down for you in our annual Best of Phoenix 2012 issue. Read on to see which restaurants made our list.
Best Latin American Restaurant: Villa Peru
Photo by Jackie Mercandetti Villa Peru: Best Latin American Restaurant
Whether it was by slim chance or sheer accident that chef Walter Salazar came to Tempe from Tucson last year to take over ownership of Villa Peru just as the world's obsession with Peruvian cuisine was peaking, the Valley's lucky to have him. Along with members of his family, all originally from Lima, Salazar serves up a menu based on traditional Peruvian cuisine in a cozy, carpeted room with the occasional travel video of Peru running on a flatscreen TV. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Villa Peru.
Best Soul Food Restaurant: Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe
For more than 40 years, this unassuming stand-alone spot a few blocks east of Chase Field has remained one of downtown Phoenix's best restaurants for comfort food. And in recent years, it's caught the attention of various TV food shows, giving the humble little eatery some much-deserved props. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe.
Best Hawaiian Restaurant: Aloha Kitchen
Unlike the One Percenters, the majority of us can't jet-set off to Hawaii for a swanky luau when we're having a case of the Mondays. For our money, and there's not a lot of it, we get our tropical taste on at this little gem in Mesa that's been serving up fast-casual Hawaiian eats for over 25 years. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Aloha Kitchen.
Best Chinese Restaurant: Chou's Kitchen
When it comes to Dongbei cai, the food of northeastern China, this humble eatery in Chandler may be the only one of its kind in the Valley. Originally from the province of Liaoning, owners Tong Rizzo and Ping Chou serve a menu of unique and comforting dishes from a selection-packed, near-descriptionless menu. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story on Chou's Kitchen.