5 Best Restaurants in Sunnyslope Right Now

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Jackie Mercandetti
Marvelous mole at La 15 y Salsas.
The best restaurants in Sunnyslope, at the moment, are as eclectic as the neighborhood itself.

Bordered by 19th Avenue to the west, Cactus Road to the north, 16th Street to the east, and Northern Avenue to the south, they're a casual and modest bunch, capturing flavors from Mexico, Poland, Italy, and Greece for hearty, homestyle dishes that employ ingredients like Oaxacan cheese, char-grilled lamb, and roasted eggplant.

And (bonus) most of them are easy on the wallet. Which means you can afford to pay a visit to more than one.

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Jackie Mercandetti
Oaxacan-style eats at La 15 y Salsas.

La 15 y Salsas

Elizabeth Hernandez's cheery Oaxacan restaurant not only features some of the best moles in the Valley, it also serves up excellent tlayudas, enfrijoladas (chicken enchiladas smothered in an anise-kissed black bean sauce), and a spicy, homestyle soup called amarillo. The restaurant doubles as a Oaxacan marketplace, boasting deli cases and shelves filled with ingredients, foods, and cooking items from Hernandez's homeland.

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Timo
Wood-fired sandwich at Timo.

Timo

Stellar Spanish-style tapas, bruschetta, Napoletana flatbreads, bulky sandwiches, and other dishes of Italian-inspired fare are served up courtesy of a wood-fired oven at this inviting wine bar from restaurateurs Heinrich Stasiuk and Mercer Mohr (Brick, Spoke & Wheel). Grab a glass on wine and head out to Timo's sprawling, flora-filled patio for a fantastic el fresco experience.

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Chef-owner George Vassiliou welcomes guests to Greektown.

Greektown Restaurant

After five decades, George Vassilou's welcoming and often boisterous eatery may not have changed much in décor, but the classic Greek dishes, hailing from recipes passed down by Vassilou's grandmother, are as fresh and flavorful as ever. Kick up dishes like lasagna-esque pastitsio, char-grilled lamb chops, and the shrimp Grigori, which includes prawns stuffed with rock crab, with one of nearly two dozen kinds of ouzo -- including a devilish moonshine version.

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Jackie Mercandetti
Polish sausage and sauerkraut from Polish Goodies.

Polish Goodies

Hidden away behind a Radio Shack and a Walgreens at Seventh Street and Dunlap, this tiny eatery from husband-and-wife team Danuta and Richard Zablocki goes big on flavor when it comes to its home-style Polish eats. Don't-miss dishes include hearty homemade pierogi, boldly seasoned Polish sausage, and Danuta's stellar sauerkraut. Daily meal specials are simply one more reason to stop by.

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El Rinconcito serves Mexico City street food in a no-frills setting.

El Rinconcito del D.F.

A well-worn, non-descript spot beloved by the locals, this family-owned restaurant is no-frills at its finest, cash only and dirt cheap, and home to some exceptional real-deal Mexican street food. Huaraches? Check. Gigantic quesadillas? Got it. A monstrous smoky pambazo sandwich that leaves its red-orange mark on your fingers, nose, and shirt? Of course -- especially with a Sidral Mundet to keep it company.

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Location Info

GreekTown Restaurant

8519 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La 15 Y Salsas Mexican Grill

1507 W. Hatcher Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Timo

8801 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Polish Goodies

8903 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Rinconcito del D.F.

8901 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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25 comments
Jared Pflaster
Jared Pflaster

Omitting Scramble and Corbin's makes me doubt this list.

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

There are actually 5 restaurants in Sunnyslope? ;)

james8394
james8394

Odd no Vietnamese places were included. Ah well, it is only 5 restaurants



Alan M. Kafton
Alan M. Kafton

Thank you for these reco's....they all look great.

Matt Diamond
Matt Diamond

David, I agree, Thirteen North is great! Killer burgers + a lot more. Same people that own Stumpy's which I LOVE. Also, I dig Spoke & Wheel, but I don't think NT gave it a very good review so I'm not surprised it's not included here.

Amanda Stefansson
Amanda Stefansson

Anyone who would slag trying a restaurant in a "ghetto" is a) not a foodie; b) missing out on a ton of great food; c) clearly doesn't know what he is talking about; and d) values his own shortsighted and misinformed opinions just a wee bit too much.

Duhstyn Em
Duhstyn Em

Now I'm hungry. Gonna go eat like Victor Viking. Word. Cat, let's eat!

slopesurveyor
slopesurveyor

Not all of the Sunnyslope area is sketchy hood. The stretch of Central Ave. where Timo's situated is still pretty prime real estate. Granted, everything along Hatcher from Central to 19th Ave. is pure shithole, though. Parts are pretty close to post-Apocalyptic.

Here's a Sunnyslope foodie scoop too few folks know about...the chow coming out of the kitchen of the Maverick Saloon (19th Ave. north of Hatcher) is borderline stellar and can be had for the best prices in town, period. Yes, the Maverick's a dive bar, and no, I'm not connected to the operation in any way whatsoever. I stopped into the place on a lark about a year ago, and I couldn't believe the food quality/pricing I found there. Go or don't go, I don't care, but it's good. Real good. 

Ana Valdez
Ana Valdez

Pockets of Ghetto pockets of beauty but the people are loyal and proud. I don't know another area in Phoenix that has that diversity and unity combined and that's what makes it eclectic !

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

Matt - yeah, I "get it" and my comment wasn't a characterization of the area's residents, merely the area (which you agree is more ghetto than not.)

Joel LaTondress
Joel LaTondress

Their website is also down - glad to hear they are open.

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

They're open. Info needs to be updated. The new number is 602-870-2056. Thanks for the heads up.

Matt Diamond
Matt Diamond

Thanks for doing this! As a proud 'Sloper for the last 22 years I am very proud of our neighborhood & it's quirky restaurants & residents. Ghetto? Yeah, lil bit. Adds character. We don't need folks like Tony- wouldn't get it. Duhstyn Em Mark Kearney Rodney Coty Ana Valdez Britton Bailey Sanchez

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

Unless I'm confused about where sunny slope is....?

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

When did "the ghetto" become "eclectic?"

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