For pizza and Italian cuisine lovers, Il Posto is the perfect choice for a meal. There is a wide range of pasta dishes as well as highly recommended pizzas. You can try contemporary dishes or stick with a traditional meal. On a nice day consider eating out on their patio.
Whether you are looking for a Feta fix or just can not resist the wafting aromas of freshly baked flat breads; you will be drawn to this small bakery and deli. Full lines of retail products, from cookware to music and movie videos, are also sold in the shop. The lines form early for these edibles that include dolmathes, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush and falafel. Full meals are available, or order items individually. Choose from diverse olives and cheeses, which are sold by the pound. Pitas and other flat breads are baked on-premises
This Mexican restaurant lovingly prepares the food. Decoration isn't this restaurant's strong suit unless you have a thing for neon beer signs and pinatas. But do not let the plain surroundings keep you from enjoying an above-average meal. Machaca, the reconstituted dried beef, is one of its most popular foodstuffs and is used in a variety of dishes. Navajo tacos (also known as fry bread) and stacked enchiladas are unusual and worth trying. Freshly made tortillas are available by the dozen.
This gourmet food store, kitchen gadget retailer and deli has served breakfast and lunch fare for over a quarter of a century. Wine and beer tasting events are held here regularly. Enjoy the patio where, often, there is live music. A full line of coffee, tea and baked goods are sold during breakfast hours. Soups, salads and sandwiches are served at lunch. The award-winning wines on offer are not to be missed.
Chef/owner Natascha Ovando prepares a superb selection of dessert tarts daily, but there is much more to the menu. Housed in a mid-town home, the ambiance at Coup des Tartes is sophisticated with the feel of a small European country inn. Starting with desserts, the Banana Brulee Tart is the signature here, but you will find many other treats. Dinners are generally French-accented, but sometimes stray to Italian or Mediterranean preparations.
2119 East Camelback Road Town & Country Shopping Center Phoenix, AZ 85016
What started as a tiny little shack in Scottsdale has grown into arguably the Valley's best known and loved Cajun eatery. Chef/owner Kay "Baby Kay" Romero serves up Cajun classics like etouffee, gumbo and po'boys in an expanded Phoenix restaurant. All the Cajun staples can be found here with an emphasis on spice and southern seafood (catfish, crawfish). A good selection of Louisiana beers is available to wash down these exquisite delicacies.
As the crossed chili peppers in its logo would imply, there's spice in this mid-town restaurant's dishes. Previously named a "Best of Phoenix" winner by Phoenix New Times, this restaurant is a popular spot. Called "one of the best taste-to-price values in town" by food critic Howard Seftel. Be sure to try the Szechwan String Beans, Spicy Eggplant, Spicy or Honey Walnut Prawns and Lettuce Wraps. Catering is available and a full wine list is offered.
Super-fresh breakfasts and lunches and fast, friendly service makes this small chain one of the Valley's favorites for breakfasts and light lunches. The place features comfortable wooden booth seating. Omelets are a specialty, but a full range of pancake and egg dishes, soups, salads and sandwiches are available during all hours they are open.
5200 East Camelback Road Royal Palms Resort and Spa Phoenix, AZ 85018
Gourmet Magazine called it one of the top restaurants in Phoenix/Scottsdale and with just one visit, you'll understand why. The Mediterranean-inspired menu is served in the elegant surroundings of the revamped Royal Palms Hotel; one of the Valley's earliest resort properties. Using a wood-burning rotisserie, the kitchen creates such wonderful dishes as Grilled Loin of Lamb with Roasted Eggplant and the signature Mediterranean Paella. Vegetarian dishes are also available, as is a daily breakfast and lunch menu.
Carlos O'Brien's-Mexican restaurant with the Irish last name has been popular for more than two decades. Enjoy Chimichangas (deep-fried burritos) filled with beef, chicken or machaca (reconstituted dried beef) then topped with red or green chile sauce. Other items include fajitas, with the traditional sides of rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and hot flour tortillas. Low-fat options are also available. Catering is available and delivery for a fee.
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