ad info

CNN.com   food > restaurants  
CNN.com EUROPE:
EDITIONS:
CNN.com U.S.:
*

LOCAL LANGUAGES:


MULTIMEDIA:

CNN WEB SITES:

CNN NETWORKS:
CNN International

TIME INC. SITES:

SITE INFO:

WEB SERVICES:
Editions|myCNN|Video|Audio|News Brief|Free E-mail|Feedback
weissmann reviews
PHOENIX
Restaurants:
  • Favorite restaurants
  • Local and regional specialties
  • American
  • Asian
  • Breakfast and brunch
  • Continental
  • French
  • Italian (including pizzerias)
  • Mexican
  • Spanish
  • Vegetarian
  • Related Links on CNN:
  • Weather Forecast
  • Sports Teams
  • Local Link: KPHO
  • Local Link: KTVK
  • Local Link: KUTV
  • Travel Guide: Arizona
  • Steak and Mexican dishes remain stalwart items on the Valley's menus, but growth has brought a demand for more sophistication and diversity. Ethnic favorites—French, Chinese, Thai and Spanish—are well represented, and the Valley now has its share of celebrity chefs. The areas around 24th Street and Camelback Road and central Scottsdale offer particularly rich pickings. Even downtown Phoenix, long considered a cultural desert, has improved dramatically with the arrival of the Arizona Center, Bank One Ballpark and America West Arena: New restaurants have cropped up to accommodate the shoppers and the sports fans.

    Below is a sampling of restaurants in town. Expect to pay within these general guidelines for a dinner for one, not including drinks, tax or tip: $ = less than US$15; $$ = US$15-$25; $$$ = US$26-$50; $$$$ = more than US$50.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

    Alice Cooper'stown Sports Bar & Grill—Rock 'n' ribs is the battle cry for this sports bar just down the street from Bank One Ballpark and America West Arena. Hometown rocker Alice Cooper is the man behind the rock-and-baseball theme. Offerings include the "Mega Death" meatloaf, named for local heavy metal heroes, and a tequila-laden Waborita, inspired by singer Sammy Hagar. Daily 11 am-1 am. $-$$. Most major credit cards. 101 E. Jackson St., Phoenix. Phone 602-253-7337.

    Christopher's Fermier Brasserie—The latest venture by award-winning chef Christopher Gross, the Fermier Brasserie, or Farmer's Tavern, serves French-American cuisine cooked in a wood-burning oven. Specialties include house-smoked salmon and lightly smoked truffle-cured sirloin. The attached Paola's Wine Bar features a rotating menu of wines, cheeses, microbrews and cigars. Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon-10 pm. Reservations recommended. $$$-$$$$. Most major credit cards. 2584 E. Camelback Rd. (in the Biltmore Fashion Park), Phoenix. Phone 602-522-2344.

    Durant's—Eavesdrop on intrigue and rub shoulders with local politicos and business bigwigs at this slice of Americana, where dishes and decor haven't changed since the 1950s. The place is renowned for its steaks. Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm, Friday 11 am-11 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm, Sunday 4:30-10 pm. $$$. Most major credit cards. 2611 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Phone 602-264-5967.

    Fish Market Restaurant—Although in midtown—deep inland—the Fish Market approximates an oceanside dining experience. Go upscale upstairs or casual downstairs: Both sites have a lively, nautical atmosphere. Monday-Thursday 11 am-9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am-10 pm, Sunday noon-9:30 pm. $$$. Most major credit cards. 1720 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Phone 602-277-3474.

    Ice—One of Scottsdale's newest supper clubs, Ice comes with an industrial-chic look. Fusion and dressed-up comfort foods like spicy seafood stew and pizza with tandoori chicken and mango chutney fill the menu. Jazz and mellow electronic dance music is piped through a digital deejay. Monday-Friday 11 am-1 am, Saturday 5 pm-1 am. $-$$. Most major credit cards. 7341 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale. Phone 480-423-2393.

    Malee's on Main—Some of the best Thai food in the Valley is found at Malee's. Take their spices seriously—even mild dishes have a bit of a bite. Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 am-2:30 pm, Saturday noon-2:30 pm. Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5-9 pm, Friday and Saturday 5-10 pm. Reservations recommended. $. Most major credit cards. 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale. Phone 480-947-6042.

    Mary Elaine's—This elegant eatery at the Phoenician resort is the creme de la creme of fine dining. An intimate atmosphere, a superb wine list, gorgeous city views and impeccable service add to the experience. Monday-Thursday 6-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 6-11 pm. $$$-$$$$. Most major credit cards. Jacket required. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. Phone 480-423-2530.

    Tarbell's—The decor and fare at Tarbell's are chic but not fussy. Chef Mark Tarbell successfully blends homey with trendy in his delicious American bistro dishes. If you go with a big appetite, try the Angus rib chop. Other favorites include the cold-smoked rock shrimp. Monday-Saturday 5-11 pm, Sunday 5-10 pm. Reservations required. $$$-$$$$. Most major credit cards. 3213 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Phone 602-955-8100.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    LOCAL AND REGIONAL SPECIALTIES

    Cafe Terra Cotta—Rated the best in Phoenix (and Tucson, home of the original restaurant) for Southwestern fare, this cafe's menu features inventive regional creations with sophisticated flavors. Daily 11 am-2:30 pm and 5-9:30 pm. $$$. Most major credit cards. 6166 N. Scottsdale Rd. (in the Borgata shopping center), Scottsdale. Phone 480-948-8100.

    Compass—The tasty Southwestern cuisine is always visual and delightful. (It has to be to compete with the view of the city: The restaurant rotates atop the Hyatt Regency tower in the heart of downtown.) Time your visit to have soup with the sun, your entree while the sun silhouettes the mountains and your dessert above twinkling city lights. Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30 am-2 pm, brunch Sunday 10 am-2 pm, dinner nightly 5:30-10 pm. Reservations recommended. $$-$$$. Most major credit cards. 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. Phone 602-440-3166.

    Z' Tejas—Feast on Southwestern cuisine with a touch of New Orleans. This restaurant has become so popular that new locations are popping up all over the Valley. Sunday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am-11 pm. $$-$$$. Most major credit cards. 7014 E. Camelback Rd. (in Scottsdale Fashion Square), Scottsdale. Phone 480-946-4171. Also at 20 W. 6th St., Tempe. Phone 480-377-1170.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    AMERICAN

    Eddie Matney's Epicurean Trio—Spices and big, bold flavors typify chef Eddie Matney's new American cuisine. The three-in-one concept features a dining room that serves an eight-course prix-fixe meal, a bistro patio and an upstairs wine and cigar club. Monday-Friday 11:30 am-10:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 5:30-10:30 pm. (The dining room is closed Sunday and Monday.) $$$-$$$$. Most major credit cards. 2398 E. Camelback Rd. Phone 602-957-3214.

    House of Tricks—Serving Continental American cuisine, the Tricks family has turned a small house in Tempe into one of the area's best kept secrets. Indoor and outdoor dining, with a wonderful patio bar. Monday-Friday 11 am-2 pm and 4:30-10 pm, Saturday 4:30-10 pm. $$-$$$. Most major credit cards. 114 E. 7th St., Tempe. Phone 480-968-1114.

    Rustler's Rooste—There's never a dull moment dining western style at Rustler's Rooste—beef 'n' brew with a view atop South Mountain. It's raucous. Sawdust on the floor, rustic wood decor and a country-and-western band. Dress is very casual: Don your cowpoke gear if you've got it. Try the rattlesnake. Sunday-Thursday 5-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 5-11 pm. $$-$$$. Most major credit cards. Pointe Hilton South Mountain Resort, 7777 S. Pointe Parkway. Phone 602-431-6474.

    Stockyards Restaurant—This is a dignified, Old West landmark restaurant replete with an 1889 bar with its saloon-style heavy wood and ornate mirrors. Try aged and handcut prime rib with cowpoke fixin's. Monday-Friday 11 am-2 pm and 5-10 pm, Saturday 5-10 pm, Sunday 4:30-9 pm. $$-$$$. Most major credit cards. 5001 E. Washington St. Phone 602-273-7378.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    ASIAN

    C-Fu GourmetC-Fu is the transliteration for "Master Chef," an apt title for the cooks at this Asian restaurant. Although a variety of Chinese dishes is served, seafood is the house specialty. A dozen shrimp entrees, nine fish entrees and 18 other seafood selections dominate the menu. Dim sum is available daily. Daily 10 am-2:30 pm and 4:30-9:30 pm. $$. Most major credit cards. 2051 W. Warner Rd., Chandler. Phone 480-899-3888.

    China Doll—Enjoy Cantonese specialties and delicious dim sum, made daily. Colorful decor. Sunday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am-11 pm. $$. Most major credit cards. 3336 N. 7th Ave. Phone 602-264-0538.

    Sushi Ko—The menu offers a choice of a dozen trendy, new Japanese dishes, along with such standards as sukiyaki and shabu-shabu (sliced beef, tofu, vegetables and rice boiled on a tableside stove). The noodle dishes delight. Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 am-2 pm. Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30-10 pm, Sunday 5:30-9:30 pm. Reservations recommended. $$. Most major credit cards. 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Phone 480-860-2960.

    Sushi on Shea—Lovely presentation of the dishes makes the food look too pretty to eat—but dive in anyway. Serving such homey Japanese fare as teriyaki and tempura, Sushi on Shea keeps customers coming back for more. Try the wonderful nabemono (one-pot meals). Sunday-Thursday 5-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 5-11 pm. $$-$$$. Most major credit cards. 7000 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Phone 480-483-7799.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH

    5 & Diner—Renowned for its '50s ambience and 24-hour service, this diner features a round-the-clock breakfast. $. Nine Valley locations including 5220 N. 16th St., phone 602-264-5220. For other locations, call 602-962-7104.

    First Watch—Multiple locations including Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix as well as a string of local press awards make this a mecca for breakfasting. Daily 6:30 am-2:30 pm. $. 1 N. 1st St. Phone 602-340-9089. Also at 4422 N. 75th St., Scottsdale. Phone 480-941-8464.

    T.C. Eggington's—This is locally regarded as the best breakfast spot in the East Valley. Menu includes omelettes, frittatas and other egg dishes, as well as tasty sandwiches and salads. Be prepared to wait on weekends. Daily 6:30 am-2:30 pm. $. 1660 S. Alma School Rd. (just south of Highway 60), Mesa. Phone 480-345-9288.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    CONTINENTAL

    T. Cook's—Housed in the historic Royal Palms Hotel and Casitas, T. Cook's affords a view of Camelback Mountain to the north and stately palm and citrus trees to the south. The fare reflects Mediterranean influences. Soup is a specialty, and the homemade breads and rotisserie dishes are tasty and filling. Daily 6-10 am, 11 am-2 pm and 6-10 pm. Sunday brunch 10 am-2 pm. Reservations recommended. $$$. Most major credit cards. 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Phone 602-808-0766.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    FRENCH

    Citrus Cafe—This unimposing eatery located in a Chandler strip mall serves up some of the best French comfort food in the Valley. Tuesday-Saturday 5-10 pm. $$$. 2330 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Phone 480-899-0502.

    Vincent Guerithault on Camelback—Enjoy the pampering at this restaurant with an elegant, intimate country French setting. Chef Guerithault's French cuisine is incomparable, blending French cooking techniques with Southwestern ingredients. Try the duck tamales or grilled rack of lamb. Tuesday-Friday 11:30 am-1:30 pm and 6-10:30 pm, Saturday 5:30-10:30 pm. Reservations required. $$$. Most major credit cards. 3930 E. Camelback Rd. Phone 602-224-0225.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    ITALIAN (INCLUDING PIZZERIAS)

    Che Bella Tuscan Grill—With two locations, this contemporary Italian trattoria serves fresh pasta, rotisserie-fried meats and vegetarian dishes. The wine list is extensive. Daily 11 am-10 pm. $$. Most major credit cards. 4241 S. 37th St. Phone 602-426-0560. Also in the Biltmore Fashion Park (24th Street and Camelback Road). Phone 602-956-5705.

    Franco's Trattoria—This award-winning Scottsdale restaurant serves authentic Italian food with a Tuscan accent. Try the bistecca Fiorentina or the mixed grill of rabbit, quail, lamb and homemade sausage. Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 am-2 pm and 5-10 pm. $$$. Most major credit cards. 8120 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. Phone 480-948-6655.

    Pizzeria Bianco—Chris Bianco loves to cook, and it shows. His Lilliputian cafe specializes in wood-fired pizzas topped with fresh, handmade mozzarella, and his salads and sandwiches are delicious. It's located in a restored machine shop in Phoenix's historic Heritage Square. An adjoining bakery and wine bar provide diversions when there's a line at the restaurant. Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:30 am-2 pm. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-10 pm, Sunday 5:30-9 pm. $$. Visa and MasterCard only. 623 E. Adams St. Phone 602-258-8300.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    MEXICAN

    Carolina's—This Mexican favorite is well worth the trip, despite its out-of-the-way location in south Phoenix. The restaurant is famous for its homemade tortillas and serves wonderful enchiladas, machaca (shredded beef) dishes and burritos. Make your selection, place your order at the counter and wait for your number to be called. Tuesday-Sunday 7 am-7:30 pm. $. Most major credit cards. 1202 E. Mohave St. Phone 602-252-1503.

    Los Dos Molinos—Ready for some heat? This colorfully renovated stucco hacienda is decorated with chili-pepper ristras. The salsa and chili pack a punch; quench the fire with any number of Mexican beers. Tuesday-Friday 11 am-3 pm and 5-9 pm, Saturday 11 am-9 pm. $-$$. Most major credit cards. 8646 S. Central Ave. (at the foot of South Mountain). Phone 602-243-9113.

    Los Olivos—Scottsdale's oldest Mexican restaurant has been family owned for more than 50 years. Besides the great food, Los Olivos features entertainment and dancing Friday and Saturday nights. Daily 11 am-11 pm. $-$$. Most major credit cards. 7328 2nd St., Scottsdale. Phone 480-946-2256.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    SPANISH

    Eliana's—This family-run restaurant serves up south-of-south-of-the-border fare, specializing in Salvadoran staples such as empanadas, pupusas (corn tortillas stuffed with meat, cheese and bell peppers, then grilled) and fried plantains. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable and offer advice to first-time diners. Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-8:30 pm, Sunday noon-8 pm. $-$$. Most major credit cards. 1627 N. 24th St. Phone 602-225-2925.

    Pepin's—This flamenco-and-food establishment is wedged in a corner of the fountain- and flower-laden Scottsdale Civic Center. Tank up on rioja or sangria—and a few plates of tapas—then enjoy the foot-stomping flair of the flamenco shows (at 7:30 and 8:45 pm Thursday-Saturday). Lunch Tuesday-Sunday noon-4:30 pm. Dinner Tuesday-Friday 4:30-10 pm, Saturday 5-10 pm. Reservations recommended on weekends. $$$. Most major credit cards. 7363 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale. Phone 480-990-9026.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian

    VEGETARIAN

    Desert Greens Cafe—Wholesome, appetizing vegetarian and vegan meals are served at this cafe inside the Gentle Strength Cooperative (an institution with its own newspaper and activities schedule, and a crossroads for ideas and projects). Monday 11 am-2:30 pm, Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-7:30 pm, Sunday 8 am-1:30 pm. $. Most major credit cards. 234 W. University Dr., Tempe. Phone 480-968-4831.

    Pita Jungle—Vegetarians will surmise they've entered a culinary cathedral. Although the generous menu does include poultry, it shines with such selections as vegan crepes, soy milk smoothies and stuffed pita sandwiches. Daily 9 am-10 pm. $-$$. Most major credit cards. Several Valley locations including 1250 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. Phone 480-804-0234.


    Favorite restaurants  | Local and regional specialties  | American  | Asian  | Breakfast and brunch  | Continental  | French  | Italian (including pizzerias)  | Mexican  | Spanish  | Vegetarian



    Information prepared by Weissmann Travel Reports
    Copyright © 2000 by Reed Travel Group. All rights reserved.




     Search   
     

    Search


    Search tips
    FOOD
    TOP STORIES

    Texas cattle quarantined after violation of mad-cow feed ban

    Spago Hollywood closing its doors

    A low-fat standby

    Yogurt: Got culture?

    Super shrimp for a Super Bowl barbecue

    Ask the baker: About pies, bread and chocolate

    (MORE)

    TOP STORIES

    Quake rocks Indian subcontinent

    Brussels inquiry into price of CDs

    Spain car bomb kills cook

    Serbian security chief sacked

    (MORE)

     MARKETS    1613 GMT, 12/28
    5217.4
    -25.00
    5160.1
    +42.97
    4624.58
    +33.42

     
    SPORTS

    (MORE)

     All Scoreboards
    WEATHER
    European Forecast

     Or choose another Region:
    EUROPE

    WORLD

    TECHNOLOGY

    ENTERTAINMENT

      IN OTHER NEWS

    U.S.

    HEALTH

    TRAVEL

    ARTS & STYLE

    NATURE



    (MORE HEADLINES)

    Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
    Terms under which this service is provided to you.
    Read our privacy guidelines.