10 Best Things to Eat and Drink While Visiting Metro Phoenix

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Timur Guseynov
Los Dos Molinos
Feel the Heat at Los Dos Molinos

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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.

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Zach Fowle
Four Peaks Peach Ale
Drink at Four Peaks

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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.

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JK Grence
A Sonoran Hot Dog
Try a Sonoran Hot Dog

See also: 9 Best Sonoran-Style Hot Dogs in Metro Phoenix

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.)

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Chef Charleen Badman, recently named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest award.
Have Dinner at FnB

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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.

Location Info

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pane Bianco

4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Dos Molinos

260 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Four Peaks Tasting Room on Wilson

2401 S. Wilson St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bink's Midtown

2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Four Peaks Brewing Company

15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nogales Hot Dog

1945 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Exquisito Hot Dog

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen R+D - CLOSED

7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Sweet Republic

9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Michael D. Strauber
Michael D. Strauber

Best of Phoenix? In my humble opinion-mediocre to boring. Just nothing much more interesting in this town.

Michael Cochise Young
Michael Cochise Young

Patricia Kelley Sacks, suggestions for your Phoenix adventures; I can vouch for some from experience and have heard very good things about all. ☺

rtbarry
rtbarry

Finally... a fucking list to get behind!

Katie Roe
Katie Roe

Elizabeth Walton here are good ideas for when your friends come in February.

Kevin R Manire
Kevin R Manire

That pizza is so unappealing. So sparse and lame looking. Can't be that good..........Where's the beef?

Amber Lynn
Amber Lynn

Mark ! Great ideas for next week. ;)

Rickey Lynn Gans
Rickey Lynn Gans

I can't believe that you are still promoting Bianco's as the best pizza. I've had much better in many places across the U.S. It's a good pizza, but far from the best.

Tyler Franks
Tyler Franks

4 peaks is the best. Btw I'll miss weisenbock...it was so good.

Ashley Lawsuns
Ashley Lawsuns

Liz Finney-here's your guide for next weekend!!!

Jessica Elliott
Jessica Elliott

Always on my list when I come home from Denver. 3 weeks...

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

love them all, with the exception of los dos. highly overrated, plus I do not like eating in a mortuary

Kody Ray
Kody Ray

Yeah, I just see more and more bottle shops shipping. Most of it out of California though. Wasn't sure what Arizona laws allowed. The Beer Temple here in Chicago has started shipping too.

Mike Vaughn
Mike Vaughn

Moved from Tempe to Chicago myself not too long ago. It's true the mexican food isn't the same. For craft beer try Revolution or Three Floyds. That will get you by until your next AZ visit.

Tom Adikes
Tom Adikes

You should probably add the Cornish Pasty to this list.

Kody Ray
Kody Ray

I like that they start off with "So Phoenix may not quite be a culinary destination, like New York or Chicago". Since moving from Tempe to Chicago, certain dishes are some of what I miss most about the valley. You can't find most of the Mexican dishes that you take for granted there. BTW, I'm down to my last few 4P brews. Any bottle shops you are aware of that ship your beers?

Tom Hokans
Tom Hokans

Too bad Maizie's didn't make the list.

Tom Jetland
Tom Jetland

With over 1500 restaurants in town, the same cast of characters always get the press. They are good for sure but it's like a broken record. How about some good neighborhood or ethnic places with no PR agent and with solid food, talented staff and quality experiences?

Bill Schatz
Bill Schatz

I usually take visitors to the dirtiest, greasiest, somebertos I can find an introduce them to the epic carne asada burrito w/extra hot sauce

Sharon B. Salomon
Sharon B. Salomon

Don't know you, Jim Armstrong, but Lo Lo's may not be your choice but it is the choice of many others. Although I agree that the chicken at Tuck is good, it's not the same "kind" of chicken. They are not comparable. That's like comparing one religion to another! Each has its appeal. My preference is for Lo Lo's for many reasons not the least of which is that they offer me wings and that's my favorite part. Tuck does not. Also I do not like Tuck's waffles because I don't eat cheese.

Arianna Lorraine
Arianna Lorraine

Fuck this state no one wants to come to this racist discriminating state

lily1sonny2
lily1sonny2

may i add..best middle eastern..yaha bebe's tempe!!

Jim Armstrong
Jim Armstrong

Lo Lo's is overrated. Tuck Shop has the best chicken and waffles.

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Some of you act as if gay Couples walk around carrying big giant gay signs that flash and sparkle and say "hey! Were gay!" B

Kate Crowley
Kate Crowley

The Farm at South Mountain in addition ;)

Susan Martin
Susan Martin

Seems like the same restaurants every other publication pushes and not all of them are that great. Yawn.

John Gunn
John Gunn

If they are smart they will.

rvanbuh
rvanbuh

No but you are.  Why are you even reading the New Times articles.

rvanbuh
rvanbuh

Uncomfortable truth.....you have a good memory.

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