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Ah-maaaazing specialty donuts and Korean-style chicken. Ramen on Sundays.
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Welcome Chicken and Donuts
1535 East Buckeye Road
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Ah-maaaazing specialty donuts and Korean-style chicken. Ramen on Sundays.
On all the latest lists of the best BBQ in the USA. SO. GOOD. Give me enough notice and I can pre-order for you, save us both the two hour wait in line. Happy to.
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Little Miss BBQ
4301 East University Drive
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On all the latest lists of the best BBQ in the USA. SO. GOOD. Give me enough notice and I can pre-order for you, save us both the two hour wait in line. Happy to.
Outdoor brunch at its absolute best. Closed summers.
Morning Glory Cafe
6106 S 32nd St
Outdoor brunch at its absolute best. Closed summers.
Farm to Table is pretty good when the farm is right at the front door. Dustin Cristofolo trained in Italy and has cooked at the James Beard house. For a special occasion, won't disappoint, and the setting is a warm , elegant farmhouse surrounded by 200 year old pecan trees. You will never believe you are six miles from downtown.
Quiessence
6106 South 32nd Street
Farm to Table is pretty good when the farm is right at the front door. Dustin Cristofolo trained in Italy and has cooked at the James Beard house. For a special occasion, won't disappoint, and the setting is a warm , elegant farmhouse surrounded by 200 year old pecan trees. You will never believe you are six miles from downtown.
It's in a tough neighborhood but everyone is all smiles when they get a Carolina's burrito or tortillas to go. Best way: order your burrito of choice foot long, enchilada style, with a butter tortilla on the side. Long lines at lunch because it is that good. Closes at 7.
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Carolina's
1202 East Mohave Street
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It's in a tough neighborhood but everyone is all smiles when they get a Carolina's burrito or tortillas to go. Best way: order your burrito of choice foot long, enchilada style, with a butter tortilla on the side. Long lines at lunch because it is that good. Closes at 7.
Local family doing ice cream right. I love the "Laveen Concrete Mix."
Scooptacular
5150 W Baseline Rd
Local family doing ice cream right. I love the "Laveen Concrete Mix."
Best Chef Southwest nominee Charleen Badman isn't called "The Veggie Whisperer" for nothing. A bodega-style market of local products, produce, and wine is right next door.
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FnB Restaurant
7125 East 5th Avenue
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Best Chef Southwest nominee Charleen Badman isn't called "The Veggie Whisperer" for nothing. A bodega-style market of local products, produce, and wine is right next door.
The only thing better than the food here is the cocktail list.
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Bar Pesce
3603 East Indian School Road
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The only thing better than the food here is the cocktail list.
You would never guess that the menu is about half vegetarian or gluten-free, because the varied menu is packed with smokey flavor. I like to think of it a comfort food done healthy - but not so as you'd notice, you know? Will please both the picky eaters and the foodies in your group.
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Beckett's Table
3717 East Indian School Road
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You would never guess that the menu is about half vegetarian or gluten-free, because the varied menu is packed with smokey flavor. I like to think of it a comfort food done healthy - but not so as you'd notice, you know? Will please both the picky eaters and the foodies in your group.
Dongbei style noodles and dumplings made while you watch.
Chou's Kitchen
910 N Alma School Rd
Dongbei style noodles and dumplings made while you watch.
This is a BYO neighborhood sushi joint with flawlessly fresh fish and inventive execution. I ignore the menu and order off the specials board or ask for omakase. Popular with local chefs and foodies.
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Hana Japanese Eatery
5524 North 7th Avenue
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This is a BYO neighborhood sushi joint with flawlessly fresh fish and inventive execution. I ignore the menu and order off the specials board or ask for omakase. Popular with local chefs and foodies.
A modern izakaya in a historic bungalow set in the middle of eveything going on downtown. Chef Nobuo Fukuda is one of the great talents in Phoenix. Call ahead and put yourself in his hands for his tasting menu or just show up and enjoy yourself a la carte.
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Nobuo at Teeter House
622 East Adams Street
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A modern izakaya in a historic bungalow set in the middle of eveything going on downtown. Chef Nobuo Fukuda is one of the great talents in Phoenix. Call ahead and put yourself in his hands for his tasting menu or just show up and enjoy yourself a la carte.
Afghan/Pakistani style deliciousness. Lamb mantoo, pilafs, kebabs all served family-style. No liquor license.
Khyber Halal Restaurant & Catering
4030 North 24th Street
Afghan/Pakistani style deliciousness. Lamb mantoo, pilafs, kebabs all served family-style. No liquor license.
Chef Stephen does elevated low country food; tasty Southern cuisine with sharp, dialed-in flavors paired with surprising cocktails. Want a Bloody made with vodka infused with Nashville Hot fried chicken skins? They can do that for you here.
the larder and the delta
200 W Portland St
Chef Stephen does elevated low country food; tasty Southern cuisine with sharp, dialed-in flavors paired with surprising cocktails. Want a Bloody made with vodka infused with Nashville Hot fried chicken skins? They can do that for you here.
Northern Chinese food including toothsome hand-pulled noodles of many kinds, cumin lamb, short ribs so glazed and tender they're practically meat candy, whole Szechuan fish. Bring a crowd so you can order more.
Shaanxi Garden
67 N Dobson Rd
Northern Chinese food including toothsome hand-pulled noodles of many kinds, cumin lamb, short ribs so glazed and tender they're practically meat candy, whole Szechuan fish. Bring a crowd so you can order more.
Used to be Crudo, but the chef and mixologist's stylings haven't changed. Hidden, warm, stylish room where you won't be sorry for trying anything on the menu. It's all good.
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Bar Pesce
3603 East Indian School Road
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Used to be Crudo, but the chef and mixologist's stylings haven't changed. Hidden, warm, stylish room where you won't be sorry for trying anything on the menu. It's all good.
Chef Leo and his team are doing wonderful things with their omakase here - you may place yourself in their hands without fear. Or, order one of the savory don nabe stews. Tiny spot that gets busy, and rightfully so.
Sushi Nakano
4025 E Chandler Blvd
Chef Leo and his team are doing wonderful things with their omakase here - you may place yourself in their hands without fear. Or, order one of the savory don nabe stews. Tiny spot that gets busy, and rightfully so.
Oprah loves Chris Bianco and she's never wrong, right? You would think that such a famous spot would be more assuming, but this is a lovely spot to sit at the bar and nosh.
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Pizzeria Bianco
623 East Adams Street
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Oprah loves Chris Bianco and she's never wrong, right? You would think that such a famous spot would be more assuming, but this is a lovely spot to sit at the bar and nosh.
This is my favorite restaurant in Phoenix and that's all I can say about that. Chris Bianco's food in a very cozy room, it's a perfect evening.
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Tratto
4743 N 20th St
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This is my favorite restaurant in Phoenix and that's all I can say about that. Chris Bianco's food in a very cozy room, it's a perfect evening.
The cafe on University closed and moved to Arcadia. Pretty room worth lingering a few hours with the ladies, enjoying fine French patisserie, macarons, and coffee.
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Essence Bakery Cafe
3830 East Indian School Road
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The cafe on University closed and moved to Arcadia. Pretty room worth lingering a few hours with the ladies, enjoying fine French patisserie, macarons, and coffee.
This tap room and all-purpose funkified coffee shop used to be a JiffyLube. Bonus, there is a secret speakeasy Tiki bar down below the converted oil-change bay; it's called Undertow. Need to call ahead to get down there.
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Sip Coffee & Beer
3620 E Indian School Rd
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This tap room and all-purpose funkified coffee shop used to be a JiffyLube. Bonus, there is a secret speakeasy Tiki bar down below the converted oil-change bay; it's called Undertow. Need to call ahead to get down there.
Chef Claudio Urcioli doing his best casual, seasonal menu with the finest ingredients. Very healthy stuff. He always looks a little grouchy and his flavors pull no punches, but if food is love, this guy is overflowing with it.
Pa'la
2107 N 24th St
Chef Claudio Urcioli doing his best casual, seasonal menu with the finest ingredients. Very healthy stuff. He always looks a little grouchy and his flavors pull no punches, but if food is love, this guy is overflowing with it.
Watch downtown go by and get the best hipster coffee we have to offer.
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Cartel Coffee Lab
1 N 1st St
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Watch downtown go by and get the best hipster coffee we have to offer.
This is the third of the eateries on the historic Farm At South Mountain property. All-outdoor picnic lunches under the 200-year-old pecan trees. Soups and sandwiches made with the farm fuits, veggies, and eggs raised onsite.
The Farm Kitchen
6106 S 32nd St
This is the third of the eateries on the historic Farm At South Mountain property. All-outdoor picnic lunches under the 200-year-old pecan trees. Soups and sandwiches made with the farm fuits, veggies, and eggs raised onsite.
Soak up the vibe of Melrose, one of Phoenix's most eclectic neighborhoods. Pies come both sweet and savory here.
Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole
15414 North 7th Street
Soak up the vibe of Melrose, one of Phoenix's most eclectic neighborhoods. Pies come both sweet and savory here.
Chef Justin Beckett's other place, has a large patio overlooking the Central & Camelback light rail stop, so it's a convenient place to pop in and enjoy an afternoon. This shares a building with a fantastic Changing Hands bookstore with a wine bar in the middle of it, and an adorable garden decor shop. I mean between that and the comfort food, it's like they designed a place specifically for me. Hard not to spend several hours here.
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Southern Rail Restaurant
300 West Camelback Road
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Chef Justin Beckett's other place, has a large patio overlooking the Central & Camelback light rail stop, so it's a convenient place to pop in and enjoy an afternoon. This shares a building with a fantastic Changing Hands bookstore with a wine bar in the middle of it, and an adorable garden decor shop. I mean between that and the comfort food, it's like they designed a place specifically for me. Hard not to spend several hours here.
The best breakfast you can get in the East Valley, I promise
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Crêpe Bar
7520 South Rural Road
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The best breakfast you can get in the East Valley, I promise
The freshest in town, driven off the docks in San Diego daily. Known for gorgeously composed poke bowls with garden-fresh toppings originally, the new uptown location has a wider menu and beer & wine available.
Chula Seafood Uptown
100 E Camelback Rd
The freshest in town, driven off the docks in San Diego daily. Known for gorgeously composed poke bowls with garden-fresh toppings originally, the new uptown location has a wider menu and beer & wine available.
All the same award-winning BBQ as the original but with more, and more comfortable, seating.
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Little Miss BBQ Sunnyslope
8901 N 7th St
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All the same award-winning BBQ as the original but with more, and more comfortable, seating.
Thai food the way you get it in Thailand, straight north on 24th St a few miles in the neighborhood of Arcadia. Small menu in a refitted cottage, wonderful specials, and one of the best bartenders in town get your evening off to a great start. Kitty-corner from the foodiest restaurant in town, Binkley's.
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Glai Baan
2333 E Osborn Rd
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Thai food the way you get it in Thailand, straight north on 24th St a few miles in the neighborhood of Arcadia. Small menu in a refitted cottage, wonderful specials, and one of the best bartenders in town get your evening off to a great start. Kitty-corner from the foodiest restaurant in town, Binkley's.
Drinks & Nightlife
Just trust me here.
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Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
1 West Jefferson Street
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Just trust me here.
You're not a local until you've been.
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The Lost Leaf
914 North 5th Street
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You're not a local until you've been.
24 beers on tap, wine on tap, Crowlers filled, get the sausage platter or the spam sliders and a homemade Pop Tart for dessert. I like their TV dinner specials, too.
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Angels Trumpet Ale House
810 North 2nd Street
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24 beers on tap, wine on tap, Crowlers filled, get the sausage platter or the spam sliders and a homemade Pop Tart for dessert. I like their TV dinner specials, too.
Inventive and well-balanced cocktails, a stylish space, and lots of talent in the kitchen.
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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
2 East Jefferson Street
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Inventive and well-balanced cocktails, a stylish space, and lots of talent in the kitchen.
Every time they release a new beer, they do a $10 raclette special, with that kind of high-octane tilting brazier which blisters the cheese and then they scrape that molten, oozing wonderfulness over baby potatoes and cornichons for you. Oh, and the beer's really good, too.
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Helton Brewing Company
2144 E Indian School Rd
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Every time they release a new beer, they do a $10 raclette special, with that kind of high-octane tilting brazier which blisters the cheese and then they scrape that molten, oozing wonderfulness over baby potatoes and cornichons for you. Oh, and the beer's really good, too.
I feel like this is more an afternoon spot, but ABB is insisting it goes in this category. Oh well. These are the tastiest brews in Phoenix, I'm saying.
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Wren House Brewing Company
2125 N 24th St
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I feel like this is more an afternoon spot, but ABB is insisting it goes in this category. Oh well. These are the tastiest brews in Phoenix, I'm saying.
Parks & Nature
See what the desert has to offer, stop and have a drink or meal at Gertude's, the on-site restaurant.
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Jardín Botánico del Desierto
1201 North Galvin Parkway
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See what the desert has to offer, stop and have a drink or meal at Gertude's, the on-site restaurant.
Take this 2-mile trail to the top and take the Hidden Valley spur, squeeze through the house-sized boulder known as Fat Man's Pass. So Instagrammable! Many Likes! So Cactus.
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Mormon Trailhead
8610 South 24th Street
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Take this 2-mile trail to the top and take the Hidden Valley spur, squeeze through the house-sized boulder known as Fat Man's Pass. So Instagrammable! Many Likes! So Cactus.
This is my favorite hike, up to Buena Vista and back is five miles, or you can take National across the top of the mountain and come back down Mormon trail for a vigorous 8-mile morning.
Geronimo Trailhead
9331 S 20th St
This is my favorite hike, up to Buena Vista and back is five miles, or you can take National across the top of the mountain and come back down Mormon trail for a vigorous 8-mile morning.
It's a fair drive out to Gold Canyon, the other side of Mesa, but this is a very pretty trail through a shady canyon and then up for a jaw-dropping view of the back of the Flatiron in the Superstitions. Very wild west, you'll love it.
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Peralta Trailhead
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It's a fair drive out to Gold Canyon, the other side of Mesa, but this is a very pretty trail through a shady canyon and then up for a jaw-dropping view of the back of the Flatiron in the Superstitions. Very wild west, you'll love it.
Arts & Culture
Terrific exhibits, stunning building.
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phoenix art museum
1625 North Central Avenue
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Terrific exhibits, stunning building.
South Mountain Community Library
7050 South 24th Street
Young and old alike will enjoy their time here. There are interactive exhibits and many rooms to explore. The Cafe food is delicious.
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Café Allegro
4725 East Mayo Boulevard
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Young and old alike will enjoy their time here. There are interactive exhibits and many rooms to explore. The Cafe food is delicious.
Immerse yourself in the Southwest with a visit to this gorgeous adobe museum.
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Heard Museum
2301 North Central Avenue
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Immerse yourself in the Southwest with a visit to this gorgeous adobe museum.
Shopping
Just the best and most carefully curated boutique for unique gifts, accessories, local crafts, the best souvenirs.
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Frances
10 West Camelback Road
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Just the best and most carefully curated boutique for unique gifts, accessories, local crafts, the best souvenirs.
Elie Tahari and Kate Spade outlets! Ouch, my wallet.
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Phoenix Premium Outlets
4976 Premium Outlets Way
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Elie Tahari and Kate Spade outlets! Ouch, my wallet.
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Changing Hands Bookstore
300 West Camelback Road
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Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 South McClintock Drive
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Essentials
So close. I even grocery shop here about half the time.
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Target
2140 E Baseline Rd
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So close. I even grocery shop here about half the time.
I can get you a week guest pass, just ask.
LA Fitness
2325 East Baseline Road
I can get you a week guest pass, just ask.
Getting Around
24th St/Baseline PNR
This is a bus transit hub.
South Mountain Community Library
7050 South 24th Street
This is a bus transit hub.