When you think of Phoenix, you might not picture a foodie’s paradise—but the city’s culinary scene is quickly making a name for itself. From mouthwatering pizza to finger-licking barbecue, we’ve got a little bit of everything on the menu.
If you’re looking for your next dinner spot, these are the top five restaurants in Phoenix that you need to try ASAP.
Pizzeria Bianco comes from humble beginnings. Chef Chris Bianco started the eatery back in 1988, operating out of the back of a neighborhood grocery store. Since then both Bianco and his restaurants have gone on to earn national acclaim, including a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest and a published cookbook—not to mention an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
On the menu, you’ll find classic pies, like the Margherita, as well as more experimental options, like the Rosa and Biancoverde. Other menu offerings include salads, antipasto, and prosciutto.
A locally famous steakhouse dating back to the 1950s, Durant’s has been frequented by big names like Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable, and John Wayne. The restaurant was founded by Jack Durant, something of a local legend, who even inspired a film detailing his colorful life.
If you stop by the classic red leather booths of Durant’s, be sure to try the fresh oysters, the slow-roasted prime rib, or one of the deceptively delicious liver specials.
Binkley’s is a little pricier than your other options, but that’s because they offer fine dining at its finest. Chef Binkley has been nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award not once, not twice, but four times, and his restaurant is a testament to those skills.
You won’t have a traditional dining experience at Binkley’s. Instead, it’s a 3.5 hour long dining experience, where you can enjoy courses like poached scallop, grilled Shishito peppers, and lobster mushroom, each infused with luxurious and innovative flavors.
Little Miss BBQ
Where you can find the best BBQ in the country is a point of contention for many people. You have Kanasas City-style, North Carolina-style, Memphis-style, and more. Here in Phoenix, our best BBQ joint—Little Miss BBQ—specializes in Central Texas-style flavors.
You can expect your meat to be served up on butcher paper with sides of onions, pickles, jalapeños, and white bread. The food is roasted using Arizona oak and pecan wood, which infuses a unique flavor in every dish. Just order any type of meat, and you really can’t go wrong!
Welcome Diner is built on old bones, but recently changed locations and revamped their interior and menu. The iconic exterior of the diner is a popular spot for a photo-op, but if you head inside, you’ll also find some pretty delicious flavors.
There’s a menu for every meal, from brunch to late night, so you’ve got plenty of options to choose from, whether it’s classic diner grub like a breakfast platter or hip foodie trends like lox toast.
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