11 Must-Try Dishes in Phoenix

Go beyond the cowboy steaks and traditional Mexican fare – here are 11 dishes that showcase the best food in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

11 Must-Try Dishes in Phoenix

Go beyond the cowboy steaks and traditional Mexican fare that are often associated with Phoenix, and celebrate the city with these dishes inspired by international cuisines, as well as local trends and influences. Here are 11 of the best dishes that the city has to offer. Plus one more as a bonus: The wonderfully fresh nicoise salad at FnB, pictured here.

French Crepe at Virtù

3701 N. Marshall Way

 

This traditional yet giant (see the fork in the photo for scale) French crepe at Virtù Honest Craft is made with locally raised eggs, Parma cotto ham, Gruyère, Mornay sauce and chives. They serve it daily for brunch. 

Pistachio Chicken Liver Pate at The Gladly

2201 E. Camelback Rd.

 

The addictive pistachio chicken liver pate at the Gladly was inspired by a recipe from the chef's German grandfather. It’s served with crostini, sage mustard, pickled onion and capers. 

Chopped Salad at Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave.

 

The chopped salad at the Citizen Public House is so popular that it has its own Facebook page. It's a crazy/brilliant combination of Israeli couscous, sweet dried corn, smoked salmon, asiago, pepitas, tomatoes, currants and arugula with a basil-ranch dressing. 

Molletes at Barrio Queen

7114 E. Stetson Dr.

 

Molletes may be the next big thing for breakfast. This Mexican staple is traditionally made with refried beans and a cheese-slathered toasted bolillo, which is same type of soft, sweet roll that the Sonoran hot dog is encased in. The molletes at Barrio Queen are then topped with avocado, tomato, picked onion and chorizo. Two eggs are served on the side for a traditional Mexican breakfast any time of day. 

Harissa Fries at Fez 

3815 N. Central Ave.

 

Spicy-food fans: How often have you looked forward with hopeful anticipation to a dish declared fiery, only to find that it is in fact NOT spicy? Well, the harissa fries served at Fez are inspired by the flavors of Morocco and they are indeed SUPER-hot, yet not insane. Try them alongside the exotic Fez burger. 

Peruvian-Style Street Corn at The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave.

 

Fancified street food in a beautiful setting is always a pleasure. The grilled Peruvian-style street corn at The Mission is skewered, then slathered in butter, chili paprika, aji rocoto, cilantro and Cotija cheese.   

Caprese at Pane Bianco

4404 N. Central Ave.

 

Many people don't know that Phoenix's famous Pizzeria Bianco folks also have an awesome downtown sandwich shop. They serve delicious sandwich fillings stuffed between two of the best wood-fired pizza crusts you've ever had. The popular Caprese has fresh basil, housemade mozzarella and locally sourced tomatoes. 

Chocolate Fondue at Kazimierz World Wine Bar

7137 E. Stetson Dr.

 

No once could ever consider fondue a fon-don't once they’ve tried the chocolate fondue with housemade marshmallows and dipping cakes for dessert at the Kazimierz secret hidden "speakeasy"/wine bar. We love that Kazimierz changes up these little dipping cakes seasonally, including a variety of adorable holiday-themed concoctions for their annual Christmas in July celebration. 

Braised Leeks at FnB

7125 E. 5th Ave., #31

 

Braised leeks are coated in mustardy breadcrumbs and housemade mozzarella cheese. Then, a fried egg is broken tableside and spooned over the top. The flavors of the leek gratin with egg at FnB are simple and satisfying. It's a perfect dish, and it's available only in the fall, when the leeks are tenderest.  

Avocado Pizza at La Grande Orange Pizzeria

4410 N. 40th St.

 

What makes this pizza so good? Is it the lemon zest? The perfectly crispy yet slightly chewy crust? The mix of salty prosciutto and creamy avocado? It's probably all of those things working in unison to make the perfect storm of a pizza. Also try the excellent corn and goat cheese pizza with fresh basil.

Red Velvet Waffle at Zuzu in the Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.

Arizona had a big population boom in the '50s and '60s, resulting in a plethora of mid-century modern architecture. The Hotel Valley Ho, designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, is a prime example. Even the restaurant's menu reflects the time period. Red velvet cake first became popular in the early '60s, and the Valley Ho celebrates it in full waffle form.

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