5 Best Food Neighborhoods in Metro Phoenix

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We love our Valley dining scene but it's impossible to deny that there are certain parts of town with more to offer than others. That's not to say there aren't plenty of great restaurants, bars, and breweries that lie outside of these five geographic areas, but these are the places with more to offer than just a few dining and drinking gems.

We chose these parts of town for different reasons including variety of types of cuisines and pure concentration of options. The fact that each of these neighborhoods has its own unique vibe is a testament to just how diverse the Valley dining scene has become.

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Lauren Saria
Crudo, located just south of Indian School on 28th Street, is one of the gems of the neighborhood.
Arcadia

Though the Arcadia neighborhood is relatively small in square miles -- it's roughly bounded by 36th Street on the west, Camelback on the north, 68th Street on the east, and Indian School on the south -- the high concentration of restaurants in the area makes this easily one of the hottest dining neighborhoods in town. It's true, Arcadia isn't where you'll find the widest variety of cuisines, but residents benefit from having everything from steakhouses to cool, beer-centric hangouts within arm's reach. Chic, health-focused lunch options abound, while dinner highlights include spots such as Crudo and Ingo's Tasty Food.

See also: 5 Best Restaurants in Arcadia Right Now

Location Info

O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery

4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ingo's Tasty Food

4502 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Beaver Choice

745 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Republica Empanada

204 E. 1st Ave., Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dolce Vita Italian Grocer

5251 E. Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ

Category: General

La Merced

855 W. University Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pane Bianco

4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Clever Koi

4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Durant's

2611 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Virtu Honest Craft

3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The House

6936 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Barrio Queen Tequileria

7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Original ChopShop Co.

35 W. Boston St., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Brat Haus

3622 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Liberty Market

230 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Coffee Shop

3000 E. Ray Road, Building 2, Gilbert, AZ

Category: General

Joe's Real BBQ

301 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co

721 N. Arizona Ave., Gilbert, AZ

Category: General


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Moses Kennedy
Moses Kennedy

I'm going to take my dog out for a walk around the neighborhood you call Mesa. Should only take us about three days.

Yaiza Brown
Yaiza Brown

This is why I moved From boring North Scottsdale to Arcadia!

David Quijano
David Quijano

I'm pretty sure Acadia's boundaries are determined by the school district boundaries.

legitfatgi
legitfatgi

How about Midtown: The Yard, Fuego Bistro, Otro, Spinatos,The Vig, Ticoz, Los Dos, Pizza Heaven, The Garage, Phx City, Sierra Bonita, Rokerj, Dicks, Sweet Republic..

Jd Wolfmeyer
Jd Wolfmeyer

nice article...but gilbert and mesa are cities, not neighborhoods. dont get lazy...narrow it down.

tedri50
tedri50

who the hell would wanna live in that red state bog?


Jon Cordoba
Jon Cordoba

C'mon N.T. Whole cities do not equate to neighborhoods...

Jukes
Jukes

I agree with the other people.  Mesa and Gilbert do not qualify as neighborhoods.  Mesa is 125 square miles FFS. 

Jeffrey Daniels
Jeffrey Daniels

Are we just calling Mesa a neighborhood now? Maybe Arcadia should get its own airport too.

Paul Wetzel
Paul Wetzel

Yes. I grew up in the Arcadia area of Phoenix. My neighborhood rules!

Shane C. Erausquin
Shane C. Erausquin

These are all main streets....so....no, no neighborhoods made the list.

Valerie J Marbach
Valerie J Marbach

THIS is the reason I cant lose weight!!!! LOL My hood is filled with too many great restaurants. :)

Ron Mack
Ron Mack

16th street, between Camelback and Glendale ... best corridor hands down! And Central is close 2nd.

Joseph Bentley
Joseph Bentley

Mesa and Gilbert over Phoenix / Biltmore. Makes total sense.

mattthompson
mattthompson

When is "Mesa" a neighborhood. What a joke of a journalist and list. Write a real article instead of a mindless list that doesn't even make sense.

Doreen Pollack
Doreen Pollack

What about Coronado - Tuck Shop, Astor House, Humble Pie, The Main Ingredient, Rice Paper, America's Taco, The Urban Vine, McAlpines. to name a few!

Glenda McNeal Stechnij
Glenda McNeal Stechnij

Gilbert: Romeo's Euro Cafe, Postino.East, Bergies Coffee Roast House, The Farmhouse Restaurant, Gilbert Food Truck Food Court, So Cal Fish Taco Company and Udder Delights...just to name some of the great ones!

Mastaneh Godfrey
Mastaneh Godfrey

No Ahwatukee? Pomegranate Cafe, Hillside Spot, Nello's, Los Taquitos, Wedge & Bottle, Los Dos Molinos, The Perfect Pear ... Just to name a few.

Rob Hall
Rob Hall

Lots of good choices in my 'hood (Camelback corridor and 7th st)

Daniel Allen
Daniel Allen

I'm just curious how you classify Mesa and Gilbert as a "neighborhood"...ha!

Pam Selthun
Pam Selthun

Arcadia - #1, and we're within walking distance of Ingo's. Waiting for cooler weather so we can sit outside again.

Mich Hernandez
Mich Hernandez

Can you do an article like this for Mesa? Hopefully no further south than University. It may be a factor in our home search. LOL.

Sinofomission
Sinofomission

Seriously, to leave out the 16th street food scene is ludicrous.

opinionatedbutright
opinionatedbutright

I think you forgot my neighborhood: 16th Street and Bethany Home Road. Some of the best restaurants in town with some mediocre ones but plenty of choices on four corners. Phoenix City Grille, The Garage, Zipps, Z Tejas, Luci's, TexAZ, Golden Phoenix, Sweet Republic. Did I leave anything out? If you go a few blocks north you've got Urban Tacos and Richardson's. I'd say that's a pretty good concentration of places to eat.

templewolf
templewolf

Stop by Terra Java- under new ownership, its been redecorated, new food and new drinks - like Gelato Floats with our famous cold brew.


wackus4
wackus4

Opinionated, you lose points for naming a sports bar and a chain restaurant as best restaurants in town. Sorry, opinionatedbutwrong!

Jukes
Jukes

@opinionatedbutright Those places need better signage.  I keep reading that Bethany Home at 16th is a great restaurant neighborhood, so I got off of Route 51 a couple of weeks ago and drove around looking for someplace to eat.  I was alone, so I was driving in mid-day traffic and looking, but shouldn't some of those places you name be easy to see?  I saw a sign for Luci's Healthy Marketplace, which I wasn't sure was a restaurant, and a Starbucks on the opposite corner.  No other obvious eating establishments jumped out at me, so I left and went to a place I knew. 

Hock
Hock

waaaaah my favorite isn't listed.

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