52 new bars and restaurants to try around the Phoenix metro


PHOENIX — From deep-fried churros and corn canines to pizza, upscale steakhouses, vegan and vegetarian tacos, and seafood, at the least 40 bars, restaurants — ghost kitchens, included — and dessert spots have opened around the Valley in latest months.

Last October, we put collectively an inventory of greater than 100 new bars and restaurants in the Valley that opened amid the pandemic. With this checklist, we’re bridging the hole and taking a look at all the completely different eateries which have opened between then and now. Know of a spot we missed? Send me an e-mail and let me know.

Due to COVID-19, restaurants are working at 50% capability, however eating rooms are open. Takeout, pickup, and supply are additionally accessible. Make positive to test every restaurant’s web site for the newest hours and updates.

If you are in search of a new spot to take a look at around city, take a look at the checklist under.

The Kolache Cafe: A new cafe in Ahwatukee that serves kolaches, a well-liked pastry in the Czech Republic. They have conventional kolaches which are served open-faced and stuffed with fruit fillings and Texas-style kolaches, that are stuffed with meats, greens, and cheeses.

Where to discover them: 4302 E Ray Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044; thekolachecafe.com

Cold Beers & Pizza: A new restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale and a sister idea to Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers. Cold Beers & Pizza makes a speciality of Midwestern thin-crust pizza and Neapolitan-style pizza. It opened in the former Famous 48 and Crab & Mermaid house.

Where to discover them: 7600 E Camelback Rd, Suite #1, Scottsdale AZ 85151; www.coldbeers.com/pizza

STK Steakhouse: Self-described as “not your daddy’s steakhouse,” STK Scottsdale is the newest high-end, fashionable steakhouse to open in Scottsdale. It took over the former “Herb Box” restaurant house. The menu options quite a lot of specialty steaks, seafood, hen dishes, and uncooked bar.

Where to discover them: 7134 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251; stksteakhouse.com

The Porch (Gilbert): The upscale, neighborhood restaurant opened its third location in the Valley in downtown Gilbert, subsequent to Snooze A.M. Eatery. You’ll discover tacos, bowls, sandwiches, burgers, and salads on the menu. There are two different areas in Arcadia and Tempe.

Where to discover them: 312 N Gilbert Rd., Gilbert AZ 85234; www.porchrestaurants.com

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken: The fried hen chain opened its first restaurant in Arizona in downtown Mesa. Gus’s makes a speciality of Memphis-style fried hen. They even have quite a lot of sides, together with fried pickle spears, fried okra, Mac and cheese, coleslaw, and baked beans.

Where to discover them: 212 W Main St Mesa, AZ 85201; gusfriedchicken.com/mesa-arizona-location

Hot Daisy Pizza: A quick-casual pizza idea from Tammie Coe, a widely known Arizona pastry who makes a speciality of cupcakes, cookies, and different desserts. She not too long ago reworked her bakery in downtown Phoenix right into a pizzeria. Yes, these desserts are nonetheless on the menu (phew!).

Where to discover them: 610 E. Roosevelt #145 Phoenix, AZ 85004; www.hotdaisypizza.com

Valentine PHX: A new chef-driven, neighborhood espresso store, bar, and restaurant situated in the Modern Manor constructing with Phoenix’s Melrose District. Diners will discover quite a lot of breakfast sandwiches, waffles, sandwiches, bowls, tacos, and heartier dinner choices on the menu.

Where to discover them: 4130 N seventh Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013; www.valentinephx.com

Sotol Modern Cocktail Kitchen: The first rooftop cocktail bar and lounge in downtown Gilbert. It is the second idea from Erika Rode, who owns Bitters Cocktail Bar & Food in South Scottsdale. Sotol’s menu was designed to spotlight elements from Arizona and the Sonoran Desert. It was beforehand named Ilegal Modern Cocktail Kitchen.

Where to discover them: 313 N Gilbert Rd #301, Gilbert, AZ 85234; sotolmck.com

Herb ’N’ Smoke: The homeowners behind the BBQ meals truck have opened their first bodily restaurant in downtown Mesa. The menu options pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, BBQ Mac and cheese, burgers, nachos, tacos, and mixture plates.

Where to discover them: 123 W. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201; www.herbnsmokeaz.com

Tap That! Downtown: A self-serve beer bar and restaurant in downtown Phoenix, close to Roosevelt Street. The restaurant has 35 self-pour beer and wine faucets. The menu options flatbreads, nachos, and sandwiches. They have a breakfast menu on the weekends.

Where to discover them: 909 N fifth St, Phoenix, AZ 85004; www.tapthatbeer.com

Il Bosco Pizza: The wood-fired pizza restaurant not too long ago opened a second restaurant in downtown Mesa close to the Roosevelt Row district. They have greater than 20 signature pizzas which are cooked in a 900-degree oven. The unique restaurant is in Scottsdale. Two others are being deliberate in the East Valley.

Where to discover them: 918 N. fifth St., Phoenix, AZ 85004; www.ilboscopizza.com

The Pemberton in downtown Phoenix.

The Pemberton: An out of doors collective of meals vehicles and cell trailers serving meals and drinks in downtown Phoenix. The Pemberton is at present house to Breakfast Bitch, Saint Pasta, Dino’s Napoletana Pizza, Abnormal Beer Co., and MovieBar. Other ideas are in the works.

Where to discover them: 1121 N 2nd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004; www.pembertonphx.com

Silver Key Lounge: A board recreation lounge in Mesa that focuses on new, trendy board video games, card video games, and desk video games. They have greater than 600 board video games of their library. At the bar, they’ve 30 craft beers, some wine, and craft soda, espresso, and power drinks.

Where to discover them: 1837 W Guadalupe Rd., Ste 105/106, Mesa, Arizona 85202; thesilverkeylounge.com

GuacStar Kitchen & Cantina: A Mexican-inspired plant-based restaurant in Tempe with a “rock star attitude.” The restaurant options shareable appetizers, together with guacamole, fruit guacamole, and sheet pan nachos. They even have a number of tacos, a burrito, and an enchilada on the menu. They had been supposed to open in spring 2020, however the pandemic delayed the opening to the fall.

Where to discover them: 920 E University Dr. #204 Tempe, AZ 85281; guacstar.com

Early Bird Vegan: The proprietor behind the Trash Panda Vegan Food Truck has opened her personal restaurant in South Phoenix, Early Bird Vegan. Early Bird serves wholesome grab-and-go gadgets, comparable to espresso, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, toasts, and pastries.

Where to discover them: 1712 E. Broadway Rd #3 Phoenix, AZ 85040; www.earlybirdvegan.com

Desi Fusion Indian Cuisine: A new restaurant in Mesa that serves genuine Indian delicacies. Their menu showcases quite a lot of soups, appetizers, comparable to Masala fries, spring rolls, and masala hen wings, shawarma, street-style fried rice, curries, and biryani dishes.

Where to discover them: 1130 W. Grove Avenue, Mesa AZ 85210; desifusionmesa.com

Tru Tacos (pop-up): The homeowners of Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe not too long ago opened a night pop-up taco store at the restaurant on the weekend. They have six signature tacos, plus loaded avenue fries, elote, and pozole:

Where to discover them: Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe, 4041 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Thursday – Sunday nights); www.trutacos.fun

BeneathTow (pop-up): While BeneathTow’s building at its new house inside the Century Grand constructing continues, a pop-up model has opened at the Sands constructing at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. They’ve added crops and decorations to give it a tiki vibe. The menu options cocktails from BeneathTow’s present and earlier menus.

Where to discover them: BeneathTow (pop-up), 6850 East Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251; undertowphx.com.

Bourbon & Bones Chophouse: The Scottsdale steakhouse opened a second restaurant at SanTan Village in Gilbert. The steakhouse makes a speciality of bone-in and boneless aged steaks, seafood, meats, and hearty sides.

Where to discover them: 2150 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert AZ 85295; www.bourbonandbonesaz.com.

Ofrenda: A Latin-inspired restaurant in Cave Creek that opened in the former Cartwright’s house. The menu options regional Mexican dishes and South American dishes utilizing conventional and trendy methods.s

Where to discover them: 7100 E Cave Creek Rd #151, Cave Creek, AZ 85331; www.theofrenda.com

Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor: Restauranteur Julian Wright, who based Pedal Haus Brewery, not too long ago opened Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor in downtown Phoenix. It’s described as a neighborhood bar with a “vintage vibe.” The inside has billiards and Skee-ball. The exterior has a Nineteen Seventies trailer, picnic tables, and bocce ball. For meals, they’ve rotating meals vehicles.

Where to discover them: 817 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004; www.luckysphx.com.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants: The Illinois-based vineyard and restaurant chain opened its first Arizona location in Scottsdale. A second one is deliberate for Chandler. In addition to its wine and cocktails, the menu options quite a lot of meat and seafood dishes, salads, flatbreads, pastas, burgers, and sandwiches.

Where to discover them: 16495 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254; chwinery.com

Cream of the Crop: A small, locally-owned do-it-yourself ice cream store in Gilbert. It is the newest business to be a part of Barnone. Flavors embody “Cream of the Crop Vanilla,” lime and vanilla bean, “Legacy,” Medjool dates infused with smoked hay, and orange blossoms, and Strawberry Champagne, strawberry sorbet, champagne, and strawberry bits.

Where to discover them: Inside Barnone, 3000 E Ray Rd Building 6, suite 103, Gilbert, AZ 85296; www.creamofthecrop-az.com

Photo courtesy Chin Up Donuts in Scottsdale

Chin Up Donuts: No surprises right here, doughnuts are the specialty at Chin Up Donuts. Chief Donut Officer Alex McEntire opened her doughnut store in Scottsdale. She likes to characteristic specialty doughnuts and distinctive toppings and glazes blended in with the classics. Flavors embody Birthday Suit, butter vanilla glaze topped with sprinkles or the Sriracha-cha, a candy and spicy Sriracha glaze, cinnamon sugar, and purple pepper flakes.

Where to discover them: 7325 E Frank Lloyd Wright Suite 103 Scottsdale, AZ 85260; www.chinupdonuts.com

Churro Gonutz: The doughnut meals truck not too long ago opened a bodily restaurant in Phoenix. Like its identify suggests, they concentrate on churro doughnuts. They have ice cream-topped churros, churro bites, churro fries, and a handful of signature churro creations.

Where to discover them: 4229 W. Bell Road, Phoenix AZ 85083; www.churrogonutz.com.

Two Hands Corn Dogs: A new business promoting South Korean-style corn canines. The menu options six signature combos, together with a candy and savory corn canine, a corn canine topped with potato cubes, and one other coated in crispy rice.

Where to discover them: 1933 W. Main St. Ste. 6 Mesa, AZ 85201; www.twohandsus.com

Por Vida Bakery: Owner Eileen Payan not too long ago opened her bakery inside Las Palabras, a bilingual bookstore that relocated to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row. She serves quite a lot of pastries, desserts, muffins, and espresso.

Where to discover them: At Las Palabras, 906 W Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85007; www.instagram.com/porvidabakery

Monroe’s Hot Chicken: Larry White’s fashionable hen idea identified for its scorching hen sandwiches not too long ago opened a second location at The Watermark in Tempe. The unique location opened in Phoenix.

Where to discover them: 430 N Scottsdale Rd. Suite 108 Tempe, AZ 85281; monroeshotchicken.com

Knuckle Sandwiches: Roscoe Smith first opened his sandwich store, Knuckle Sandwiches, in Mesa. Months later, he opened a second location in Tempe. His bread is made every day and his meats are made in-house.

Where to discover them: 325 W. Elliott Road #103 Tempe AZ 85284; knucklesandwichesaz.com

Pita Jungle: The Scottsdale-based Mediterranean restaurant chain opened its newest restaurant (really, it’s twenty fourth in Arizona) in Chandler. Pita Jungle additionally launched a meals truck in February. The restaurant is thought for its hummus, pitas, and salads.

Where to discover them: 5025 S Gilbert Rd #8 Chandler, AZ 85249; www.pitajungle.com

Salad & Go: The wholesome drive-thru idea has continued its speedy growth in the Valley with the openings of its twenty sixth and twenty seventh areas in Chandler and Tempe. More are on the means. Salad & Go presents breakfast burritos, custom-made salads, and drinks in a fast-food, drive-thru environment.

Where to discover them: 2020 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85224; 3229 S. forty eighth St., Tempe, AZ 85282; saladandgo.com

California Fish Grill: The California-based seafood restaurant opened its first Arizona location in Mesa. Diners will discover quite a lot of seafood dishes, together with bowls, tacos, grilled or fried fish, and salads.

Where to discover them: 1855 S Stapley Dr Suite 101 Mesa, AZ 85204; www.cafishgrill.com

Lure Fish House: Based in California, the restaurant chain opened its first restaurant in Arizona in Scottsdale. It additionally options quite a lot of seafood dishes, together with soups, bowls, ceviches, seafood burgers and burritos, and grilled or fried favorites.

Where to discover them: 8877 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85258; www.lurefishhouse.com

Barrio Queen: The Phoenix-based Mexican chain opened its first of two restaurants in the West Valley. Its location in Glendale opened at the starting of the year. A second restaurant is below building in Avondale and anticipated to open someday in the spring. Barrio Queen has restaurants in Glendale, North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Queen Creek.

Where to discover them: 7640 W. Bell Rd. Glendale, AZ 85308; barrioqueen.com

Belle’s Nashville Kitchen: A Nashville-inspired honky-tonk that not too long ago opened in Old Town Scottsdale. The menu options Southern fried favorites, comparable to Nashville scorching hen tenders and Nashville scorching hen sandwiches, in addition to Mac and cheese, tacos, sandwiches, and salads.

Where to discover them: 7212 E Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251; www.bellesnashvillekitchen.com

Wicked Brews, Bites & Spirits: Wicked Brews opened final fall in the former Uncle Bear’s Grill and Tap house in Ahwatukee. The neighborhood bar and restaurant options locally-brewed beer and ciders, wine and cocktails. The menu options shareable appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, nachos, and salads.

Where to discover them: 4921 E Ray Rd #103, Phoenix, AZ 85044; wicked-bbs.com

Twin Peaks: The sports activities bar and restaurant chain opened its fourth Arizona restaurant at Tempe Marketplace. It is situated close to the U.S. Bank.

Where to discover them: 2050 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281; twinpeaksrestaurant.com

Pasta78: A quick-casual DIY pasta restaurant in Chandler. The pasta and sauces are made recent. They have seven pasta selections and six sauces. Diners may also select to add-in proteins, comparable to hen, or greens.

Where to discover them: 2780 W Chandler Blvd, Ste 6, Chandler, AZ 85224; https://www.pasta78.com

Blanco Cocina + Cantina: A Mexican-inspired idea from Sam Fox, founding father of Fox Restaurant Concepts. Its latest location has formally opened at the Block 23 growth in downtown Phoenix.

Where to discover them: 123 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85004; www.blancococinacantina.com

Belly Kitchen & Bar: A South Asian restaurant and cocktail bar in Phoenix. Currently, they’re open for takeout solely. The menu options a number of spring and veggie rolls, braised clay pot dishes, Pan Mi, and a handful of specialties and noodle dishes. The homeowners additionally not too long ago introduced {that a} second location can be opening at Epicenter in Agritopia in Gilbert.

Where to discover them: 4971 N. seventh Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85013; (*52*)


Fly Bye To Go: A takeout-only idea from Sam Fox’s Fox Restaurant Concepts that focuses on Detroit-style pan pizza. It’s situated at FRC’s Culinary Dropout at The Yard at seventh Street.

Where to discover them: Inside Culinary Dropout: 5632 N seventh St, Phoenix, AZ 85014; flybyetogo.com

The Absolute Brands: A new group of to-go-only digital restaurant ideas from Dog Haus. Currently, these are being served out of Dog Haus’ restaurants in Downtown Phoenix, SanTan Village, and Scottsdale Quarter.

  • Bad Mutha Clucka: hen sandwiches, wings, and sides like fries, tots and onion rings.
  • Plant B To Go: Vegetarian burgers, a Dog Haus sandwich, and fried sides, like fries, tots, and onion rings.
  • Bad-Ass Breakfast Burritos: Signature breakfast burritos and fried sides, comparable to fries, tots, and onion rings.

Central Kitchen Food Online: A gaggle of digital kitchen ideas from the homeowners of Thirsty Lion. All 4 are housed at Thirsty Lion’s Chandler restaurant.

  • Soy Joy: An Asian-inspired idea with sushi rolls, ramen, a poke bowl, rice bowls, and hen and tofu dishes.
  • Southern Jewel: A Southern menu with cheese curds, fried pickles, cornbreads, hen sandwiches, BBQ sandwiches, and fried hen plates.
  • Killer Wings: Bone-in or boneless wings, fried sides, and a few salads
  • Pizza & Spice: 10-inch personal pizzas

Where to discover them: Operating out of Thirsty Lion in Chandler, 3077 W Frye Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226; centralkitchenfoodonline.com

Ghost Street Asian Taqueria: A digital restaurant from the homeowners of Ling and Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill providing Asian-inspired avenue tacos.

Where to discover them: Operating out of Ling and Louie’s in Scottsdale; www.ghoststreettacos.com

Carnitas Way: A digital restaurant from homeowners of Los Sombreros providing Mexican bowls and burritos.

Where to discover them: Operating out of all Los Sombreros areas; www.carnitasway.com.

NOBANA: An Asian-inspired digital restaurant from Wildflower providing noodle bowls, salads, and wraps.

Where to discover them: Operating out of Wildflower’s Sonora Village location in north Scottsdale; eatnobana.com.

Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen: The chef and TV host has partnered with restaurants throughout the nation to open his ghost kitchen idea. In Arizona, diners can try his menu at Buca Di Beppo areas in Chandler, Peoria, and Scottsdale.

Where to discover them: Delivery solely from Buca Di Beppo in Chandler, Peoria, and Scottsdale; guysflavortownkitchen.com.


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