5 Best Restaurants in Glendale Right Now

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Wynter Holden
We'll admit that Glendale is always a great place to do some vintage shopping and a worthwhile place to dine before catching a concert or game, and right now it's also ground zero for football fans from all over the country.

As such, we thought it'd be an appropriate time to show some love to our favorite spots in Glendale -- and they're a diverse bunch. Whether you're looking for a charming family-owned spot in the heart of the city's downtown or on the hunt for a one-of-kind dining adventure, there's plenty to eat in this Valley suburb.

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5 Best Restaurants in Mesa Right Now

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Jackie Mercandetti
Alaskan crab, one pound of shrimp, one pound of clams, and fried clam strips with veggies from Angry Crab Shack in Mesa.
Craving something savory from northern Italy? How about the fresh taste of a tropical island? Or maybe something spicy by the way of the South is more your style.

In any case, you can satisfy all those cravings with a trip to Mesa. This East Valley suburb has some of our favorite dining destinations, including a top spot for Hong Kong-style cuisine and an adorable place for Latin American eats.

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5 Latin Restaurants in Metro Phoenix to Try

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Jackie Mercandetti
Sandwich Cubano.
Phoenix may be teeming with Mexican restaurants to try -- but don't stop there. Just like Chinese food isn't the only type of Asian food, Mexican isn't the only type of Latin food. There is overlap among regions, making the process a little smoother, and less confusing when it comes to ordering.

Here are five Latin American restaurants in metro Phoenix you should try.

Cuban Foods Bakery and Restaurant
Potatoes and meat are staples in the Latin American's diet, so Cubans did right when they created papas rellenas. They are potato balls stuffed with hot, seasoned beef. Get your dose of them at Cuban Foods, and don't skip over their selection of Cuban sandwiches. And don't leave without trying some Cuban desserts from the pastry cases.


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10 Best New Metro Phoenix Restaurants of 2014

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Lauren Saria
Ribs from Little Miss BBQ
Now that 2014 has officially come and gone (and now that I've caught my breath from the holiday season), I'm ready to look back on the collection of new restaurants that joined our local scene in the last year. I ate all over the Valley in 2014, trying new restaurants and re-visiting old ones but these ten spots stand out from the pack. As a whole, I think they represent the face of Phoenix as a restaurant town right now and paint a bright picture for where we're headed in the coming year.

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5 Best Restaurants in North Phoenix Right Now

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Lauren Saria
For fresh seafood, Nee House can't be beat.
Though North Phoenix doesn't exactly rank as a Valley dining destination, there's good cause to be envious of those who live in this part of town. You may have to look a little harder to find upscale, fancy restaurant options, but several standout Asian restaurants call this area home.

Our list of favorite North Phoenix restaurants includes a cozy spot for sushi and Japanese eats, as well as an Indian restaurant where the spicy cuisine comes with a side of unique cocktails.

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5 Unexpectedly Great Desserts in Metro Phoenix

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Courtesy of Craig Cummins
There are a lot of chocolate lava cakes out there, but we think SOLO Trattoria's is one of the best.
With so many restaurants in the Valley boasting gourmet desserts, it's easy to lose track of which places carry the best ones. Not every restaurant with a great dessert brags about it though, as many amazing desserts are kept on the back page of the menu and show no sign of being something out of the ordinary until you order it.

Just because you have a good restaurant doesn't mean you make good dessert, so here's our list of five of our favorite desserts from places that you may already go to for dinner, but foolishly pass on the post-meal sweetness.

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8 Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix You've Probably Never Tried -- But Should

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Natalie Miranda
The pollo, fish and gobernador tacos from Gorda's Baja Taco.
If "try something new" is on your To Do list, you're in luck. We know you have your favorite Mexican spot, but leave your comfort zone and you just might discover a gem. Here are 10 places we urge you to try.

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5 Best Restaurants in Tempe Right Now

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Lauren Saria
The Grand Prix crepe from Crepe Bar in Tempe
If we had to name the 'burb within the Valley dining scene that's changed the most over the last year, there' s no doubt that it would be Tempe. It seems that every local restaurateur has his or her eyes on the Tempe neighborhood with Sam Fox opening up his biggest project to date just steps from Mill Avenue and Upward Projects installing the latest Postino wine bar just off the ASU campus.

But just because there are plenty of new options in this neck of the woods, doesn't mean we don't still love Tempe's tried-and-true dining options. At least one newcomer to the Tempe scene rises to the top of our list, but many of our favorite spots are the places that have already stood the test of time.

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10 Best Biscuit and Gravy Spots in Metro Phoenix

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Hayden Harrison
Biscuit and gravy at Ollie Vaughn's

Biscuits and gravy: a simple feast. We could make the dish ourselves, but sometimes the best part of comfort food is letting someone else prepare it. Just for you, we put on our stretchy pants and found 10 of the best biscuit and gravy pairings in Phoenix.


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5 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
What's the best thing since sliced bread? We're pretty sure it involves putting slices of cheese in between said bread and heating it up in a frying pan, with butter. From picky eaters to dairy indulgers, grilled cheese sandwiches are easily the crowd favorite of the lactose tolerant. Before your New Year's diets kick in, we recommend trying five grilled cheese sandwiches that were too good to be confined to the children's menu.


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