10 Favorite Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Amy Edelen
You probably know this chicken shawarma like the back of your hand.
You've downed the Kool-Aid and you don't even care because some restaurants in town deserve the obsessive following you give them. That might mean constantly checking a joint's Facebook page to find out the week's market specials or it might mean stalking your favorite local chef's Instagram. Ain't no shame in it. Admitting that you're crazy in love with a restaurant is the first step -- though we have no interest in recovery -- and we have to come clean about these 10 Valley spots that we just can't get enough of.

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JK Grence
Ol' fashioned ice cream is something to be loyal to.

Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor
Younger generations probably associate other places with ice cream, but those who have been here for a while know that ice cream can only mean Mary Coyle's Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor. It's like a restaurant lost in time, with nostalgic décor and a classic menu of ice cream with plenty of butterfat -- 16 percent, to be exact. It's also a surprisingly well-loved lunch spot for those hardcore fans of the restaurant's housemade Thousand Island dressing and soups.

The Original Hamburger Works
This no-frills bar and grill at the corner of Thomas Road and 15th Avenue has been keeping steady foot traffic since 1974 -- probably because very little has changed. Its regulars consist of Phoenix police, Phoenix College students, and Encanto Park visitors who enjoy the casual atmosphere of order-at-the-counter and build-your-own-burger toppings bar. Add to that, the consistent quality of mesquite grilled meats and reasonably priced drinks, and it's easy to see why this burger hub has earned the right to call itself "The Original."

Location Info

Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor

5521 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles

1220 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Az 88

7353 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ted's Charcoal Broiled Hot Dog

1755 E. Broadway, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lux Coffeebar

4402 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Bosa Donuts

1835 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tee Pee Mexican Food

4144 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dick's Hideaway

6008 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Haji Baba Middle Eastern Food

1513 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Original Hamburger Works

2801 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Laura Ory
Laura Ory

Angels Trumpet, Phx Public Market Cafe and Gadzooks.

Tricia Lehane
Tricia Lehane

Tex Az has the best chicken fried steak. ..not something you want to do often.

Rachel Mahkovtz Gostola
Rachel Mahkovtz Gostola

After reading this article i went to Teepee Mexican food. What fidiot decided it was soooooo amazing?? Worst service ever and the food was far beyond substandard. Our meal came 3 minutes after ordering.....that was not fresh. Tinas frozen 33 cent burritos are better.

Michael Kracht
Michael Kracht

Hard to really nail it down. But when I do - it's local - and if I haven't tried it before - I do it with a 1/2 price GC from www.localdines.com. Sweet way to check out hot local spots...

John Wiseman
John Wiseman

Apparently someone needs a dictionary. Phoenix is most definitely in a valley as is the vast majority of the Phoenix metropolitan area. val·ley ˈvalē/ noun 1. a low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it.

John Wiseman
John Wiseman

Damn you took my answer lol. I have been going there for 22 years I love Chino's. I only go a few times a year cuz its not exactly health food, but still delicious.

Brian Price
Brian Price

Marisa how could I say no to that? ;)

PA LoLo
PA LoLo

LoLos Chicken & Waffles

Mark Kearney
Mark Kearney

Ted's, Dick's, and Tee Pee's is where I frequent.

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly

I've been to all on the list except AZ88

Mike Stevenson
Mike Stevenson

El Pollo Supremo! Tempes finest following. Nuff said!

Julianne Bannon Brett
Julianne Bannon Brett

AZ88! My now husband and I had our first date at the now closed Bar89 in NYC.

caune
caune

The reason I have never been to Dicks is because, duh, TexAZ is right across the street and I will always choose to eat there before anywhere in town!

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