For almost 25 years, I missed out on local Phoenix Restaurants. I grew up eating at chain restaurants in Arizona. I never knew any better - family celebrations were at Red Lobster or Olive Garden, and fast food was Subway and Burger King. Boy was I missing out! Phoenix and the surrounding areas have some amazing restaurants that delight local Phoenix foodies.
On a daily basis, I don't eat breakfast. Sometimes I just grab coffee from a local coffee shop, and I'm lucky if I get a bagel or banana down before I get to work. But on a morning when I have time to relax and enjoy, there's nothing like a tasty breakfast at some of our Phoenix restaurants! If you're waking up downtown, you have to check out Matt's Big Breakfast. In Old Town Scottsdale? Daily Dose is just the right start no matter what you're craving! A bit further north at Scottsdale and Shea, you'll find Butterfield's. Their fresh squeezed orange juice and biscuits will wake up your senses and get you ready for the day. In north Scottsdale? Perk Eatery has some great seasonal pancakes and delicious egg scrambles, and the Waffle Dogs and Caramel Banana Pecan French Toast at Over Easy Cafe will delight your taste buds. If you find yourself near North Mountain and Tapatio Cliffs, make a point to stop into Scramble for one of their signature Brizza's (breakfast pizza if you're wondering) you won't be disappointed!
If you're looking to step out of your normal comfort food, these Phoenix restaurants will treat you to delicious delicacies. Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles takes you out of the desert and into the deep south. Arizona has been slow to follow national crazes like food trucks, but the Valley is beginning to embrace these mobile eateries through events like Food Truck Fridays and Third Thursdays. Or dine in the middle of the Schnepf Farm orchard in March or April and experience a gourmet meal featuring the pick of the orchard.
For those of you who love Mexican food, try Carolina's for quality, authentic fare. If you want something a little different, Chino Bandito combines Chinese and Mexican food. You know how pretty ethnically blended people are? This is that pretty person for you taste buds.
Looking for a tasty beer, but haven't gotten down the art of making it yourself? Never fear, there are plenty of Breweries and nanoBreweries around the valley. The very first brewery we came to love is Four Peaks Brewing Company, which can be found in most valley grocery stores and on tap in restaurants.
If you prefer to be the chef of your own creations - there are several Farmer's Markets where you can get fresh, locally grown produce and hormone free meat from valley ranchers. A few grocery stores, like Phoenix Public Market offer fresh, local products all week long if you can't make it to one of the the open air markets.