10 Best Things to Eat and Drink While Visiting Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Crudo's burrata is topped with fresh pancetta vin and arugula.
Dine at Crudo

See also: 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

We're not sure what we're bigger fans of at Crudo, the food or the drinks. When we sit down for dinner and taste chef Cullen Campbell's take on Italian cuisine, we lean toward the food. But one sip of mixologist Micah Olson's inventive cocktails and we're back at square one. The restaurant takes its name from the Italian word for raw fish, which Campbell features prominently on the menu. There also are pastas, housemade cheeses, and a section of grilled dishes. Don't skip the crispy pig ears though. They're served with Fresno chiles and EVOO and make for a perfect bar snack if you're not sitting down for a full meal. And speaking of the bar, it's where you'll find some of the best drinks in town, often made with artisan spirits and Arizona-made ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab Mas Mole Bitters and AZ Distilling Co. Copper City Bourbon.

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Heather Hoch
The G + T at R + D is unlike any other you've had.
Find Your Way to Citizen R+D

See also: 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Metro Phoenix

Cocktail culture is alive and well in Phoenix, and if you're looking for proof, all you have to do is grab a drink at Citizen R+D -- though that's easier said than done. This modern speakeasy is located above Citizen Public House in Old Town Scottsdale and requires a phone number to get inside. (You can look it up on the bar's website.) If you want to get one of the lounge's 28 seats, you'll have to call upstairs to to check before walking around the building to the back alley and being escorted up. Small groups are highly recommended and when they go over the list of house rules (yeah, there are rules), acutally pay attention because their bouncers are not messing around. If you make it up there, consider the tableside gin. The talented bartenders will make your gin and tonic right before your eyes. Oh, and the cozy cocktail lounge is only open Thursday through Saturday so plan ahead. We know that all sounds like quite a pain, but the experience is worth doing at least once.

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Hayden Harrison
Campfire Smore sundae at Sweet Republic
Get Yourself Some Sweet Republic Ice Cream

See also: 9 Best Desserts in Metro Phoenix

Right here in the Valley of the Sun, you'll find one of the country's best spots for gourmet ice cream. Sweet Republic serves unexpected, off-the-wall, but always delicious flavors of ice cream such as I Heart Bacon, Sichuan Orange Chocolate, and Honey Blue Cheese. If you want more traditional offerings, they have those, too, just order up a scoop or two of bananas foster, rocky road, brownie swirl, or salted butter caramel (our personal fave). And we're not the only ones who love Sweet Republic; other fans of this ice creamery include Bon Appetit, Time, and U.S. News and World Report. Soon you'll also be able find Sweet Republic treats at a second location in Central Phoenix, as well as at Sky Harbor Airport.

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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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57 comments
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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