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Where to Eat In and Around 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.

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Cotton & Copper

Chef Tamara Stanger is an artist, and her clarity of vision is evident in the dishes that she has created for Cotton & Copper. Her thoughtfully crafted and plated entrees are served on antique-patterned plates, and include both foraged and locally sourced, hand-picked ingredients. This beautiful O'odham bean spread is made with tepary beans, which have been local to this area since pre-Columbian times. The plate is studded with mildly pickled vegetables that include cholla cactus buds.

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Worth Takeaway

Worth Takeaway in Mesa is a reminder that you can take it with you. In the middle of a busy day, it’s nice to be able to stop and enjoy an exceptional sandwich made with care and love, like this roast beef, cheddar and horseradish with house made giardiniera. A happy lunch sets the pace for a happy afternoon.

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Phoenix Public Market Café

The light, bright and colorful Forbidden Rice Bowl packs a punch of healthy carbs to fuel your afternoon at the Phoenix Public Market Café. Black jasmine forbidden rice tossed with a sweet and spicy vinaigrette adds substance to the seasonal vegetables from the adjacent farmer’s market, with the option to add salmon, rotisserie chicken or NY strip steak.

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Crujiente Tacos

Surf and turf takes a taco form at Crujiente Tacos. A Texas Wagyu beef taco with soy-pickled shimeji mushrooms, fresh horseradish, Japanese mustard and cilantro "mojo" is served alongside the seared shrimp taco, with pickled vegetables, Thai green curry and basil. Both are served on blue corn tortillas.

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