10 Best Ethnic Markets in Metro Phoenix

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Natalie Miranda
Get some new flavor in your cooking at Lam's.
The best part of traveling is indulging in food we've tried to imiitate at home. But let's face it: How many of us really have the time or funds to get to our dream locations? Luckily, we don't have to pull out those dusty passports to get a taste of India or Japan. Phoenix is full of convenient ethnic markets with their shelves full of foods from its native countries.

We sought out 10 markets to give you the most ethnic experience without having to leave the Valley.

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5 Best Happy Hours in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

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Sarah Hurwitz
Quick PHX Guide gets its drink on.
Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options this year. From coffee to day drinking and cocktails, we have some spots for slinging some of the best imbibing options in Central/Downtown Phoenix.

Today we'll show you the best spots for happy hour in Central/Downtown Phoenix:

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10 Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Cheap, healthy, vegan lunch at Desert Roots is the way to go.
If you're looking to eat right, whether that means you adhere to a strict Paleo or Whole 30 diet or you just try to go as local and organic as possible, there's plenty of places in town that serve up healthful fare without sacrificing flavor. Vegetarians, dairy-free, and gluten-free folk know to hit up these spots in town because the restaurants usually list right on the menu if a dish will satisfy their dietary needs.

Here are ten of our favorite spots to eat well in metro Phoenix:

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10 Best Hot Dogs in Metro Phoenix

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Natalie Miranda
The Boston Dog
There are few dishes that demonstration our country's regional differences as well as the hot dog. This All-American dish has been personalized and adapted by nearly every major city coast to coast with regionally specific toppings ranging from mayonnaise and beans (Sonoran Dog, anyone?) to ham cooked in pure butter (yeah we see you, Pittsburgh).

But no matter what style dog you prefer the good news is you can probably find it somewhere in the Valley. We've got restaurants that specialize in everything from the Southwest's bacon-wrapped creation to the veggie-laden dogs popular in the Second City.

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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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10 Best Sushi Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Tsukuri Six from ShinBay
Whether you're a California roll fan or a diehard sushi diner, this city offers plenty of options for your raw fish fix. Just because we live in the middle of the desert doesn't mean we have to suffer mediocre maki rolls loaded up with cream cheese and imitation crab. Our list of the best sushi restaurants in Phoenix includes options for everyone. The Valley is home to some of best Japanese and sushi restaurants in the country and even for those who aren't interested in fresh amaebi there are a number of local spots that deliver sushi in high style.

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10 Best Veggie Burgers in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
The veggie burger changes daily at Pomegranate Cafe.
Okay herbivores and omnivores, it's time to venture into veggie burger territory: the happy medium between grass-fed beef and straight up grass where good ingredients like ground soy beans, black beans, beets, and chickpeas gather together to give you mother nature's finest on a sesame seed bun. While our carnivorous counterparts may think they have the best of us, here are 10 veggie burgers in Metro Phoenix that beg to differ.

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10 Weirdest Pizzas in the U.S.

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What flavor of ice cream would you put on pizza? Pizza, of course!

Pizza is so universally loved because it's adaptable to any personal tastes or dietary preferences. Don't like bread? It's ok to leave the crust on the plate. Don't eat meat? Load your pie with lots of veggies. And even if you can't stand to so much as look at a tomato, there are plenty of other sauces to choose from: alfredo, pesto, or something unexpected like hummus.

But it's because pizza is a blank canvas that it also lends itself to off-the-wall adaptations. That's what this list is all about. From the decadent (like caviar) to the eccentric (like bone-in frog legs), the toppings on these ten pizzas are unbelievable.

Frankford Avenue Taco from Pizza Brain

Can you believe there's a place on earth where you can order a slice of pizza pie a la mode? This Philadelphia pizzeria has a one-of-a-kind special that no other shop will dare replicate: a slice of cheese pizza topped with fresh basil and three small scoops of pizza-flavored ice cream, a mix of tomato, basil, and garlic, which is available year-round at Little Baby's Ice Cream.


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10 Underrated Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Jackie Mercandetti
Sure it's a hotel restaurant, but have you had the sangria at Rita's Kitchen?
It's a familiar scene: You're in your main food hang-out in town and it's dead. Why is it dead? You know it's great but for one reason or another your favorite joint just doesn't get the cred it deserves. We have a few of those places and we're sure you have many more. Here's our list of the most underrated dining spots in town, but if you think we missed any, pipe up in the comments section and let us know.

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Summer Schedules for 19 Metro Phoenix Restaurants

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There's nothing worse than looking forward to eating at your favorite local restaurant all day, only to show up and find that it's closed. Unfortunately, during summer in Phoenix that can be a pretty common occurrence.

With the snow birds and the tourists mostly long gone, things get slow -- like, really slow -- for those in the hospitality business. As such, many of our favorite local chefs and restauranteurs choose to shut down or cut back on hours to rest up, relax, and do some R+D.

Here are 19 independent Phoenix restaurants will summer hours or closures this year.

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