5 Best Restaurants in North Phoenix Right Now

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Katie Johnson
Bootleggers burger at Bootleggers
When it comes to the north Phoenix part of town, the question isn't whether there are good places to eat, but whether or not you can make time to get to them all. There's a lot of square mileage that constitutes this part of town, but whether you're from the neighborhood or just passing through, there are plenty of places worth checking out. Even better, north Phoenix is home to all sorts of great cuisines, from excellent Asian food to one of the best places in town for modern American smokehouse fare.

Here are the five best restaurants in north Phoenix right now.

See also: PBLT at Bootleggers: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Jackie Mercandetti
Bootleggers

There's a growing number of places for good barbecue in this town. But there are only a few with the gastropub-meets-bbq-joint vibe that you'll find at Bootleggers in north Phoenix. There's a second location in Old Town Scottsdale these days, but we love the neighborhood feel you get a the original spot, tucked back in the corner of the strip mall just off the 51 freeway. Chef James Fox puts out excellent smoked meats, as well as a few more gourmet options like the Crispy Rock Shrimp with Cheddar Grits. Don't skimp on the sides either, Fox does wonders with kale and green beans.

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Jackie Mercandetti
Old Town Sarajevo delivers traditional Bosnian fare.
Old Town Sarajevo

When it comes to food that's filling and also fits a tight budget, you really can't beat Old Town Saraevjo. Owner/chef Seida Turulja delivers meaty Bosnian fare including cevapi, considered to be the country's national dish. It offers five, ten, or fifteen sausages between two pieces of lepinja, a chewy flatbread that's nearly the size of a dinner plate. The dish is served with sides of sour cream, onions, and eggplant and pepper spread. The best way to eat it will be to dig in with your hands, dipping pieces of bread and sausage into the sides of your choice.

Location Info

Bootleggers

3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Caffe Sarajevo

3411 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Wahsun

8056 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Michael Yarlott
Michael Yarlott

I would say Bootleggers BUT we went to the Old Town location earlier this year and the service AND some of our food was HORRIBLE. We had been a fan but will NOT go back. Too many other amazing places in N. Scottsdale to eat at! Too bad.

Tim Johns
Tim Johns

L'Amore... Best in north, south, west and east!!

Greg Rose
Greg Rose

L'Amore Italian restaurant !!!

Christine Callanan Holtz
Christine Callanan Holtz

Draft House Eatery & Lounge has an amazing Smore's they fire up table side - YUM! Their Chicken Pot Pie Pasty is amazing, too!

Valerie Gallagher
Valerie Gallagher

Nicole Wadsworth Greer, try old town Sarajevo for me! Looks so good

Amy Brown
Amy Brown

Los Reyes De La Torta if it is still there. You don't need fancy to be tasty.

Phil Razzi
Phil Razzi

What is North Phoenix? Rarely venture past Bethany.

Chelsea Krcek
Chelsea Krcek

Yen's Sake and Sushi Bar. 43rd Ave and Bell. SE corner.

Jay Budding
Jay Budding

Carolina's mexican food cactus and cave creek

Larry Gulliford
Larry Gulliford

Glendale and Northern is considered North Phoenix? What about Deer Valley or Happy Valley? You guys should start naming these articles "5 Restaurants Not In Scottsdale We Actually Like"

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Robert Eichenberger
Robert Eichenberger

Desert Ridge Cafe: Health concious good food and great coffee. And Good Fella's: Good reasonably priced Meditteranian food with Vegan offerings, and Lentil soup to die for.

legitfatgi
legitfatgi

FIVE GREAT NORTH PHOENIX RESTAURANTS BY A MOON VALLEY LOCAL:(North of Shea, West of 56th Street, East of the 17)

Salty Sow

Chino Bandido

Bootleggers(Food only)

Yasu Sushi Bistro

Villa Deli



Heath Clouse
Heath Clouse

My choice would definitely be Villa Deli.

Christi Grimwood
Christi Grimwood

3 of these are at 19th Ave & Northern or Glendale which is not North Phoenix. Also, I like Bootleggers but agree their service is awful... Salty Sow is much better. Yasu is best sushi in all of phx:)

Carla Miner
Carla Miner

Via DeLosSantos on Central between Dunlap & Hatcher. Great Mexican food for almost 30 years.

Rob Tavani
Rob Tavani

Agreed with Viktor! Bootleggers on Shea, although the food is great, they lack the fundamental concepts of customer service, quality, & production. I give it a thumbs down X 3.

Viktor Gene
Viktor Gene

Bootleggers on Shea/51 has got to be one one the worst places for service. Sadly, the food is amazing, when you finally get it. Usually out of everything you choose though. You have to end up settling for something. Too bad!

Lantha Rienhart
Lantha Rienhart

You missed Leneros on Bell! Fresh food, gluten free and great atmosphere! Small but quaint

Amy Lively
Amy Lively

Yasu is the best sushi in Phoenix, hands down. (Also agree about Sala Thai.)

Linda Napikoski
Linda Napikoski

Valle Luna is the must-have first stop every time I'm back in my hometown!

fishing1
fishing1

You college cheeseballs don't even know where west, north or east begins no less what good food is. Ask Brian Smith in Detroit what the future holds for ya!

Alex Johns
Alex Johns

Bootleggers may be considered North Phoenix, but the rest are really central.

Patty Koontz Rowen
Patty Koontz Rowen

Belfiore Italian Restaurant by Cave Creek and Greenway - I'm from Detroit and this restaurant has pizza, veal, and connoli's Detroit Sicilian style more than any other restaurant I've been to in Phoenix with a great bakery and deli as well

Alexander Gonzo
Alexander Gonzo

Aioli Burger food truck look out for it on twitter & facebook. Best burger I've tasted hands down.

Sindi Stack
Sindi Stack

But in a bad location. Its a white elephant. Every restaurant that goes into that location never succeeds.

az-desertgal
az-desertgal

That above comment I am sure is for the Spoke and Wheel. It has always been a white elephant.






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