20 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Phoenix: Best of Phoenix 2012

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Aloha Kitchen: Best Hawaiian Restaurant
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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.

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Villa Peru: Best Latin American Restaurant
Best Latin American Restaurant: Villa Peru

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.

Location Info

The Rose & Crown Pub

628 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Villa Peru

1857 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Aloha Kitchen

2950 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Chou's Kitchen

910 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Café Ga Hyang

4362 W. Olive Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Yupha's Thai Kitchen

1020 W. Elliot Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hue Gourmet

66 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Curry Corner

1212 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Eden's Grill

13843 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee

4111 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

GreekTown Restaurant

8519 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Beaver Choice

745 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub

906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Zur Kate

4815 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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joanamiltons
joanamiltons

I think you should also try the Tulsi restaurant in Chicago and California, they have the best pasta in the world and at the same time they serve the finest tea which is a tulsi or the one we call holy basil. I've been drinking this tea since the time I read about the article http://organicindia.mercola.com/tulsi-tea.aspx. I know it's exaggerating but it is true for me. Even though you think ethnic restaurant word is used in this one, it still means a good sign of there is still somebody who uses traditional words like that.

Sindi
Sindi

Did I miss a page?  I did not find an Italian restaurant mentioned.  Could it be because there are no good Italian  restaurants in Phoenix since all the good ones are on the East coast?

hexkrak
hexkrak

Hahaha! How did that title even pass the editor?

eth·nic/ˈeTHnik/

Adjective:Of or relating to a population subgroup (within a larger or dominant national or cultural group) with a common national or cultural tradition. 

I think you meant "foreign", "international", or simply "non-American".

JKGrence
JKGrence

 @hexkrak Just a guess, but I think the editor okayed "ethnic restaurants" because the phrase has been in use for decades.

hexkrak
hexkrak

 @JKGrence  @hexkrak People have also been misusing there, they're, and their for decades, but it's never made it correct. American food is just as ethnic as any other regional cuisine :P

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