10 Metro Phoenix Restaurants We Miss

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Heather Hoch
These goat cheese medallions make us miss Lola Tapas.
Some restaurants in Phoenix seemed to be ahead of their time. Others were good in theory but just didn't pan out to be regular stomping grounds for local diners. Still more restaurants just simply couldn't stay open just because we wanted them to, no matter how many times we ate there. Come take a trip with us down culinary memory lane and check out these 10 defunct metro Phoenix restaurants that we wish we could have just one more meal at, but be warned that after reading this you might get a craving for an old favorite that you won't be able to satisfy. Trust us, we know your pain.

See also: 10 Favorite Cult Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Lola Tapas
Chef Felicia Ruiz's legit Spanish tapas joint in Phoenix near Seventh Street and Camelback Road closed for good over four years ago, but we can't help remembering her legendary small plates. Although Eric Gitenstein ran the kitchen when the place finally shuttered, Ruiz's passion and tradition is what we remember most about this hip little restaurant. Dishes like garbanzos con espinacas a la Andaluza, tortilla de patatas, and creamy, tangy goat cheese medallions just aren't available in town since Lola Tapas closed, and it's a bummer. We can't even drown our sorrows in the house sangria, and though a Lola Tapas and Wine Bar opened at the Yard, it really isn't even remotely the same without Ruiz.

Brookshire's
On one hand, it was just another chain of local breakfast houses. But in a sea of Hobo Joe's, Humpty Dumpty's, and Coco's, Brookshire's was, well, a little different. Its bottomless cup of coffee was French-roasted long before anyone cared about such things, and its all-night menu included entrées like deep-fried burritos and all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy. Three locations, most of them launched in the early 1970s, served uptown, downtown, and midtown neighborhoods looking for a little burger or pancake action at 2 in the morning or afternoon.

Treulich's Steak and Seafood
It was like Durant's, only grungy. This dark, banquette-busy, old-time supper club of the 1950s lasted well into the middle '90s, serving strong martinis to vaguely sinister-looking dudes and their pretty young "nieces." Steaks and spaghetti and loads of atmosphere were the order of the day or night at this once-swanky, now-long-gone page out of time.

Location Info

China Doll Restaurant - CLOSED

3336 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trader Vic's - CLOSED

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lola Tapas - CLOSED

800 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Treulich's Steak & Seafood - CLOSED

5020 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Digestif - CLOSED

7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

PastaBAR - CLOSED

705 N. First St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Jennifer Raznick LeGrand
Jennifer Raznick LeGrand

Barmouche, Steamers, American Grill, Lunt Ave Marble Club, Picnic Company, Foster's Seafood....

Sharon B. Salomon
Sharon B. Salomon

Caf'Casino, Hapa, Livia's, Roxsand, Barmouche, Café Terra Cota, Lunt Avenue Marble Club and lots more.

Kate Kealy
Kate Kealy

Sure, I miss Brookshire's and, oddly, Piccadilly, but I miss Katz's Deli most of all. I've never gone to Il Postino 'cause I don't really want to see what they've done to it.

Henri Ng
Henri Ng

Rock n roll fingers, phoenix cheesesteak company

Rob Maggs
Rob Maggs

Pischke's Paradise or the old school Carlos O'Brians @ 16th

Crystal Zampino-Coons
Crystal Zampino-Coons

This was a million years ago, but there used to be this amazing Italian restaurant in Fountain Hills with the most delicious handmade pasta and sausages called Olives. It was outstanding! I ate there several times and even though it's been closed for at least 10 years, I'll never forget it!

Linda Snowder Gayles
Linda Snowder Gayles

Earth and Joy by ASU. Best vegetable soup and veggie burger. To this day I use Spike seasoning I discovered it there.

Ron Mack
Ron Mack

Chez Bubba's - the place was phenomenal... for those that don't know, it was the restaurant that occupied the space of the old Matt's Big Breakfast years ago. Unbelievable blackened fish and other Caribbean and Creole dishes.

Kathi Montoya
Kathi Montoya

Barmouche was incredible...lovely, inviting and the food - simple, elegant and so good...I remember eating a combination of side dishes: olives, bread/butter and mashed potatoes...unpretentious and basic, but so well done. To this day, I think of it fondly,, and is my benchmark; a chef must be able to make the simplest things sing...

Lisa Chapman
Lisa Chapman

Willy and Guillermo's, Que pasa, french corner and katz's deli.

seabreak
seabreak

Roxsand, Hapa, Cafe Terra Cotta, Hops, Barmouche, Digestif, Union Bar & Grill, Nonni's, Michael's at the Citadel, Ianuzzi, Oceania, and Arizona Bar & Grill (Christopher Gross) to name a few.

NoFestRequired
NoFestRequired

Gene's Broiler Buffet, Enrico's and of course Green Gables.


DGPHXAZ
DGPHXAZ

El Matador downtown.

Christopher Gorbett
Christopher Gorbett

Used to go to this place called Burger Town. Fries were awesome there

Kaila Bacik
Kaila Bacik

I really loved this place in chandler called Bol. it was italian and you could tell it was actually made by someone who was italian. tasted just like my boyfriends mothers food.

Neil Hounchell
Neil Hounchell

They still have Piccadilly Cafeteria in Atlanta.

James Pyper
James Pyper

Tony and Maria's, where Barrio is now.

tdempc
tdempc

Gregory's World Bistro, Restaurant Hapa, Medizona, Sea Saw, Digestif, Bar Mouche, Pischke's Paradise... Miss them all.

Janet_Reeves
Janet_Reeves

I miss Fast Freddie's, the predecessor for Zipps. Their pancakes were to die for. 

james8394
james8394

And, going back in time, "The Nogales Cafe." It was where the Suns stadium is now in "The Duce". I didn't think the food was that good but it sure had atmosphere of a type that could not be replicated today. I'd bet Lacey ate there. 

John Schampel
John Schampel

In Tempe, Greasy Tony's! 3am Jersey-style pizza and incredible cheese steaks

Liz Kohl
Liz Kohl

Markgraf's, Caf' Casino, RoxSand's

Gabriel Cruz
Gabriel Cruz

Some big fat greasy delicious steaming pepperoni pizza dripping with some melted mozzarella cheese.. With an ice cold one..

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