10 Best Things to Eat and Drink While Visiting Metro Phoenix
Feel the Heat at Los Dos Molinos
Timur Guseynov Los Dos Molinos
If you're looking to experience the kind of Arizona heat that has nothing to do with weather, then Los Dos Molinos is the place you'll want to be. The family-owned restaurant has made its spicy New Mexican-style food a Valley legend. Now there are several locations around the Valley, but the only one you need to worry about is the original location, housed in an old adobe building in South Phoenix. Just about every signature dish on the menu features either red or hatch green chiles, which means you're in for a real tongue-tingling experience.
Drink at Four Peaks
Zach Fowle Four Peaks Peach Ale
See also: 10 Best Breweries in Metro Phoenix
If you're looking for a taste of Arizona beer, then you won't want to miss Tempe's Four Peaks Brewery, where you can wash down elevated pub fare with one of the brewery's many award-winning beers. At the original location, on Eighth Street in Tempe, you'll be able to check out the 1892 Mission-style warehouse where the brewery has been located since 1996 while sipping a Hop Knot American IPA or a Sunbru Kölsch-Style Ale. There's also a nearby location on Wilson, just a few miles from the main brewery. The Taproom on Wilson offers a 60-barrel system of Four Peaks beer, with food trucks parked out front every day to offer eats. There's also a North Scottsdale location and -- if you're truly pressed for time -- a Four Peaks Brewery at Sky Harbor International Airport.
Try a Sonoran Hot Dog
JK Grence A Sonoran Hot Dog
Every region has its own way of enjoying a hot dog. In the Valley, we take ours Sonoran-style. Never heard of it? A Sonoran hot dog comes wrapped in bacon and is covered in mayonnaise, tomatoes, beans, and onions (and often a variety of other sauces). Typically, it's served with a roasted pepper on the side. We've got a whole list of places where you can find them, but some of our favorites include Nogales Hot Dogs in Phoenix. As with most of the very good Sonoran hot dog joints, it's not a restaurant really, but rather a makeshift setup you'll find only at night in a parking lot on the southwest corner of Indian School Road and 20th Street. Another favorite spot is on the west side of town, El Exquisito. You'll find the setup on Indian School Road near 39th Avenue. (Beware, it's not there all the time.)
Have Dinner at FnB
Courtesy of FnB Chef Charleen Badman, recently named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest award.
For an intimate dining experience of extraordinary quality, FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale is a must-consider. Chef Charleen Badman, who has been recognized by national media outlets including Food + Wine and New York Magazine and recently was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award foundation's Best Chef Southwest award, is known for her talent for turning ordinary vegetables into culinary masterpieces. She opened FnB with her business partner Pavle Milic in 2009, and together the duo have become poster children for the state's local food and wine movements. FnB sources many of its ingredients from local food producers and only serves Arizona-made wine, making this restaurant a special experience for locals and tourists alike. The menu changes seasonally, but a few don't-miss dishes include the braised leeks, roasted chicken and spatezel, and butterscotch pudding.
4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ
4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ
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2401 S. Wilson St., Tempe, AZ
36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ
6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ
2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ
15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ
1945 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ
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7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ
3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ
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