15 Metro Phoenix Restaurants to Visit During Spring Training 2013


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Nikki Buchanan
Nobuo
Nobuo at Teeter House

From a wood-floored, turn-of-the-century bungalow in Heritage Square, James Beard award winning chef-owner Nobuo Fukuda brings East and West together, offering rustic izakaya classics given a modern American spin. Lunch's warm duck salad, pork belly buns, okonomiyaki and panko-fried soft shell crab sandwich are so off-the-charts good you'll be pinching yourself at the prices (hovering around $10). And while dinner selections of grapefruit and hamachi (with avocado and white truffle ponzu oil) or Washugyu short rib (with local asparagus and local fried egg) are more expensive, they're still do-able, given the small plates format. Fukuda features premium Japanese beer, sake, shochu, wine and teas you won't find anywhere else, all adding up to the sort of experience you really can't find anywhere else. Best bargain going: $50 Omakase Sunday brunch (call three days ahead). $-$$$

Quiessence / Morning Glory Cafe

When it's serenity and a touch of romance you require, nothing beats hard-to-pronounce, easy-to-love Quiessence, ensconced in a cozy converted farmhouse on the bucolic Farm at South Mountain. Drive down a pecan tree-lined lane and walk through a garden gate to get to this sweet hideaway, which seems a world away from business as usual. Chef-owner Greg LaPrad and his right hand man Tony Andiario bake bread in the outdoor hearth and turn out hand-made pasta each day, creating an Italian-inspired, New American menu predicated upon local ingredients and seasonality. Can't swing a pricy (but well worth it) dinner? Go for breakfast at LaPrad's adorable, al fresco café next door, where you'll eat challah bread French toast, huevos rancheros, and cowboy breakfast chili and eggs under the trees. Quiessence -- $$$; Morning Glory -- $-$$

Location Info

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue

6130 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Kai

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Olivos Mexican Patio

7328 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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