Thousands of visitors will descend upon the Phoenix area over the next two weeks, in advance of Super Bowl LVII and the 2023 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Those visitors will arrive to the Valley famished and ready to hit the town, looking to try one of the bounty of acclaimed restaurants. They might be interested in a little Arizona sports betting as well, and we certainly have that covered, too.
From James Beard Award-wining Pizzeria Bianco to well-loved staples like Tempe’s Curry Corner and Welcome Diner in Phoenix’s Garfield neighborhood, there’s no shortage of dining options for Super Bowl and WMPO visitors.
As BetArizona.com’s lead writer and the fiancé of a local food editor, I have had the good fortune of trying some of the Valley’s best culinary fare.
Here’s the full list of Phoenix-area restaurants that are at least as worthy of admiration as Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts:
My Top Phoenix Restaurants (Alphabetically)
- Andreoli Italian Grocer (Italian Market)
- Bacanora (Sonoran comfort food)
- Barrio Café (Creative Mexican fare)
- Casa Corazon Restaurant (Gourmet Southern Mexican food)
- Café Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine (Ethiopian fare)
- Call Her Martina (Modern Mexican fare)
- Citizen Public House (New American food)
- Copper Star Coffee (Coffee and bagel shop)
- Cornish Pasty Co.(British pub food)
- Curry Corner (Pakistani curry)
- Dim Sum Café (Chinese multi-course comfort food)
- Duck and Decanter (Lunch restaurant specializing in sandwiches & salads)
- Earth Plant Based Cuisine (Vegan Mexican fare)
- Eric’s Family Barbecue (Texas style barbeque)
- Fame Caffe (French-style brunch and lunch restaurant)
- Fat Ox (Chef-driven regional Italian restaurant)
- Francine (Elegant Southern French cuisine)
- George and Dragon English Pub (British Pub)
- Glai Baan (Thai street food and snacks)
- Haji Baba Middle Eastern Food (Middle Eastern market & restaurant)
- JL Patisserie (French pastries)
- Kabob Grill n’ Go (Armenian deli service kabobs and wraps)
- La Piazza Al Forno (Pizza)
- Little Miss BBQ (Texas style BBQ)
- Los Reyes De La Torta (Mexican tortas and other staples)
- NakedQ BBQ (Texas style BBQ)
- Origami Ramen Bar (Japanese ramen bar)
- Pa’La (Wood-fired cooking)
- Pane Bianco (lunch sandwich/salads spot)
- Pizzeria Bianco (James Beard Award-winning pizzeria)
- Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana (Italian pizzeria)
- Restaurant Progress (American concept dining)
- Rito’s Mexican Food (Mexican fare)
- Rough Rider (American food, craft cocktails)
- Short Leash Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts (Hot dogs, donuts, creative brunch options)
- Sottise (Modern French bistro)
- St. Urban (Cocktail and wine bar with lite bites)
- Tacos Chiwas (Chihuahuan style Mexican fare)
- Testal Mexican Kitchen (Chihuahuan style Mexican fare)
- Welcome Diner (Scratch-made diner food)
- Worth Takeaway (Lunch fare)
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Why These Restaurants Are Worthy of Acclaim
Whether your party includes worldly travelers that prefer to gorge on smoking chunks of perfectly skewered meats or aim to steer clear of meat entirely, the Valley’s dining scene has you covered.
The Phoenix area is home to more than 1.6 million people, meaning it’s easy to find virtually any culinary style you’re craving at any given moment.
If you’re looking to enjoy food you’d typically find 180 or so miles south in Sonora, Mexico, then you’d be hard-pressed to find better fare than what you’ll enjoy at Grand Avenue’s Bacanora.
If you’re looking for a slightly different spin on your traditional, beans-and-rice Mexican fare, then venture north of downtown to Tacos Chiwas, or a block or so past Bacanora on Grand Avenue to Testal Mexican Kitchen.
Both restaurants feature the savory flavors of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with open-ended burritos and flavor-packed gorditas that are sure to leave you satisfied.
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Phoenix Food Covers All Bases
For those looking to venture outside the bounds of North American classics, Tempe Ethiopian staple Café Lalibela is a can’t-miss house of treats (just make sure you remember to order the vat of scalding Ethiopian coffee to round out your meal), and 16th Street’s Kabob Grill N’ Go is a surefire option for a heaping helping of deliciousness.
For those looking for a fine dining option, Roosevelt Row’s Sottise and Rough Rider, along with Scottsdale’s Call Her Martina and Citizen Public House, are top picks.
If you’re simply looking for a mean hot dog and possibly a side of maple bacon donuts, then Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Doughnuts on 7th Avenue along the Melrose Curve is a must-visit joint.
Speaking of Uptown Phoenix’s funkiest neighborhood, visitors to the Melrose Curve region would be remiss to not swing through the original drive-thru coffeeshop in Phoenix — Copper Star Coffee — which has been slinging devilishly good bagels and coffee drinks in town for 17 years and counting.
All told, there are hundreds of restaurants, from the far reaches of Queen Creek in the southeast to the outer grasps of Surprise, that warrant acclaim from those coming to the Valley for Super Bowl LVII.
The options above are merely a footnote in the grand scheme of the Phoenix dining scene but are a good place to start as Chiefs and Eagles fans chart out their treks to the Grand Canyon State for Super Bowl LVII.
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