HERSH24k Local Dining Guide

The HERSH24k Local Dining Guide puts a spotlight on twelve of the best restaurants in the Phoenix Metro area. For a more comprehensive list of what delectable dining experiences Arizona has to offer, check out our go-to sources for dining recommendations at Zagat.com and Phoenixmag.com

THE SICILIAN BUTCHER

Italian | North Phoenix | $$

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The Zagat Review

This hip North Phoenix Italian from celebrity chef Joey Maggiore focuses on small plates, seasonal charcuterie boards and creative meatballs served over pastas, salads and breads, plus craft cocktails and wine. The lively industrial-chic spot has high-ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, along with rustic woods and modern banquettes and tables.

GLAI BAAN

Thai | East Phoenix | $

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Address: 2333 East Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Phone: (602) 595-5881

The Zagat Review

Refined Thai comfort food stars at this cozy East Phoenix joint serving a mix of noodle dishes, soups and small plates crafted from local ingredients, plus wine, cocktails and Thai beers. The snug, rustic spot features an eclectic collection of photos on the walls, exposed brick and dark wood banquettes.

THE COVENANT

America | North Phoenix | $$

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The Zagat Review

A massive wood-fired oven dominates the dining room and menu at this Paradise Valley modern American, using local ingredients to inspire seasonal plates, plus a large wine and whiskey list. The spacious restaurant features an open kitchen, colorful seating around the bar and modern banquettes in the dining room, along with a bold mural.

OBON SUSHI BAR RAMEN

Sushi | North Scottsdale | $$

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The Zagat Review

This hip outpost of the Tucson original serves a mix of modern Asian bites – think fried chicken steamed buns, ramen and poke – and specialty sushi rolls alongside sophisticated cocktails and sake. The sleek wood-lined interiors are modern with plush banquettes, high ceilings, funky light fixtures and a bar and patio.

GALLO BLANCO

Mexican | Central Phoenix | $$

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The Zagat Review

This Downtown reboot of a Central Phoenix favorite offers many of the old standbys from its modern Mexican menu – tortas with housemade bread, huaraches and chilaquiles – along with newbies like street-style tacos, plus house cocktails starring tequila. The airy digs offer rustic, communal tables and a large patio for counter-service dining, plus a cozy, full-service bar area.

CASA AÑEJO

Mexican | North Central Phoenix | $$

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The Zagat Review

 

Modern Mexican fare is dished out in this stylish North Central Phoenix kitchen, offering street-style tacos, ceviche, classic shareable plates and a parade of housemade cocktails and tequilas. The colorful space blends rustic woods and Mexican tilework, plus an open kitchen, a massive bar and a spacious covered patio.

STEAK 44

Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick | Best Steakhouse

Image Credit: Steak 44, May 2014

Website: https://steak44.com/

Address: 5101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Phone: (602) 271-4400

From Steak 44

Steak 44 specializes in providing a fantastic experience and exceptional personal service. We feature USDA Prime Grade Beef, the highest grade Domestic Wagyu, fresh seafood, a menu of unique side dishes and appetizers, along with an award winning wine list and great cocktails.

RESTAURANT PROGRESS

Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick | Best New Restaurant

Image Credit: Restaurant Progress, January 2017

Address: 702 West Montecito Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Phone: (602) 441-0553

The Zagat Review

From the chef behind the Pop-Up PHX dinner series comes this cozy Melrose District New American serving a rotating menu of artfully presented small plates and entrees – think poached egg with buckwheat froth or a NY strip steak with horseradish powder and celery root – plus creative cocktails, wine and craft brews. An open kitchen with white subway tiles, whitewashed brick walls and exposed beams accent the stylish dining room, and there’s a brick patio.

ELEMENTS

Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick | Best Restaurant with a View

Image Credit: elements, April 2010

From elements

Indulge in the culinary delights and impeccable service at elements restaurant at Sanctuary Resort. This award-winning array of farm-fresh American Cuisine with Asian accents presented by Food Network star and Chef Beau MacMillan features innovative seasonal menus incorporating local, organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat. Savor delicious, diverse fare, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. From its extraordinary views of Paradise Valley to its acclaimed innovative offerings, elements is a highlight among Scottsdale’s luxury dining options.

DURANT’S

Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick | Best Classic Arizona Restaurant

Image Credit: Phoenix New Times, January 2017

From Patricia Escarcega, USA Today 10BEST

Durant’s has been a staple on Central Avenue for decades. The secret of its success is simple enough: perfect martinis, fantastic steaks, and incomparable service have made this steakhouse a popular local haunt. Dark wood, leather booths, and flocked wallpaper hark back to earlier days, but the 48-oz. mesquite-broiled porterhouse and the 20-oz. Delmonico are absolutely fresh. Prime rib, crab cakes, broiled scallops, calf’s liver, and lamb chops also give diners delicious pause. Great wines and pungent garlic bread are a way of life here, and if you park in back, don’t hesitate to come in through the kitchen, like everyone else does. Bustling after-work bar scene too.

FNB

Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick | Best Locavore Restaurant

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From Patricia Escarcega, USA Today 10BEST

Sophisticated yet down-home, FnB remains the darling of the Scottsdale culinary scene. The menu, which changes frequently, is based on seasonal ingredients sourced from local vendors and farms. The farm-fresh ingredients are carefully selected to create unexpected and delightful pairings. On any given visit, you’ll find succulent combos such as leeks and grilled broccoli, brussels sprouts with meyer lemon, chile, and mint, or roasted beets with yogurt, oil cured olives, cilantro and pine nuts. Expect the unexpected at FnB, where the artful plates are served with locally crafted beer or ative Arizona wine. Don’t miss the homemade butterscotch pudding for dessert, or the sticky grapefruit cake.

CHULA SEAFOOD

Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick | Best Seafood Restaurant

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From Chula Seafood

Established in San Diego, CA by The Heflin Family in 2009, Chula Seafood is a family owned + operated fishery that purveys high quality, fresh fish from the Pacific Coast. The boat, CHULA, specializes in harpoon-caught Swordfish in addition to species off the California Coast. After years of commercial fishing, the family decided to take the plunge into wholesale distribution in California, delivering fresh, Chula caught fish. In August of 2015, the family recognized the need for fresh fish in the desert and began delivering straight from the boat to Arizona.