5 Best New Metro Phoenix Restaurants of 2014 -- So Far

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Lauren Saria
A two-meat plate from Little Miss BBQ
If the first half of 2014 is an accurate indication of how the rest of this year's going to go, then we're in for quite a delicious ride. We've welcomed more than a few hot new dining spots to the scene, some of which didn't quite make this list but just need time and a few tweaks to become true top-notch spots for Valley diners.

Some of the places that top this list of the best new restaurants so far take a cue from the current dining trends, while others deliver classic cuisine done remarkably well. All of them play a part in making the city a more delicious place to dine with every passing year. In no particular order, here are five of my favorite restaurants to open so far in 2014.

See also: Little Miss BBQ: The Way Meat Was Meant to Be Cooked

Little Miss BBQ

It may have taken a little while for the barbecue trend to make its way here. But with the arrival of Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix, it's fair to say it's arrived and in a big way. When we look back on the Valley's barbecue scene, I think we'll see two distinct eras: pre-Little Miss and post-. Because yes, the barbecue is really that good. Owners Scott and Bekke Holmes do central Texas-style 'cue that's dry rubbed and slow smoked -- for a full 11 hours in the case of Little Miss BBQ's brisket. The rest of the menu's meaty options include pulled pork, housemade sausage, pastrami, and turkey. Waiting in the restaurant's inevitable line is part of the experience. Just keep your fingers crossed they don't run out before you reach the counter. Best to show up early and avoid the risk of severe disappointment.

Location Info

Sumo Maya Mexican-Asian Kitchen

6562 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Steak 44

5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Local

1011 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix Burrito House

4140 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Little Miss BBQ

4301 East University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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20 comments
naoma
naoma

Only got 4 in and none of them looked appetizing to me.  Maybe it was the photos or the dishes but none would be on a "best list" in my book ! I eat no meat so I am limited but none looked good to me in the list.

az-desertgal
az-desertgal

5???? Restaurants????   I see only 1 listed.  Then on the location info is another 1 listed but it is not in Phoenix.  It is in Scottsdale.  BOO

Cody Codes
Cody Codes

The local was very disappointing to me! I was very sad. Great cocktails thou! Steak 44 is right next to my house and I go all the time for Happy Hour (VERY WORTH IT). If you every go, you must try the Crispy Shrimp app...Amazing!

Bo Brafford
Bo Brafford

I will bring it to your office for lunch tomorrow, after golf.

Mark Crigler
Mark Crigler

Very nice, Little Miss BBQ got first page billing.

Chris Rudhe
Chris Rudhe

Little Miss BBQ is off the charts good! Get there early!

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@az-desertgal Um.... I think you need to learn how to use your computer. I saw reviews of 5 (yes-FIVE) restaurants.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

It'll have to take your word for it. Will never go there. I was a huge fan of the Cork & Clever.  Steak 44 stripped away a major Arcadia landmark. We used to go there for a good meal, good time, good price. Now they want $34 for the cheapest steak, where that used to buy a meal. Cork' s baked potato was $1.00 - S44 baked potato is $9.00. Just one example. Cork Shrimp Cocktail $9.95- S44=$30.00 for the same 6 shrimp.


Nah. It'll pass. No interest. If I want to get ripped off in the Arcadia/Biltmore area I can go to Donovan' s or any number of overpriced snobby places.

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