10 Best Things to Eat and Drink While Visiting Metro Phoenix
Dine at Crudo
Katie Johnson Crudo's burrata is topped with fresh pancetta vin and arugula.
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.
Find Your Way to Citizen R+D
Heather Hoch The G + T at R + D is unlike any other you've had.
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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.
Get Yourself Some Sweet Republic Ice Cream
Hayden Harrison Campfire Smore sundae at Sweet Republic
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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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