Don’t expect tumbleweeds and swinging saloon doors when you come to Phoenix. Instead, you’ll find places like Ocotillo - a cool spot with an outdoor patio/beer garden that’s great for groups. Come for the fantastic brunch, which has everything from a skillet pancake with roasted bananas to brie-stuffed French toast. It’s also a great spot for lunch or dinner with its American menu with Southwestern twists, like beef ribs with a mole espresso barbeque sauce and the crispy eggplant “meatballs” over parmesan polenta.
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Tratto serves the best locally sourced Italian food in a rustic space perfect to share food with a date.
Pizzeria Bianco Town & Country Center
Pizzeria Bianco’s second location in the Town & Country Center has the same fantastic pizza, along with an extended menu and later weekend hours.
Glai Baan in one of the best Thai food spots in midtown Phoenix, in a charming converted bungalow with lots of interesting cocktails.
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Hanny’s is a swanky downtown Phoenix lounge where you should drink a few martinis and explore the weird space.
Century Grand is a 1920s train-themed restaurant and cocktail bar in Arcadia with a simulated train car experience great for a unique night out.
Second Story Liquor Bar
Second Story Liquor Bar is an upscale but comfortable cocktail bar in Old Town Scottsdale with great drinks and a small snacks menu.
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The Canal Club
The Canal Club is a fun, retro, Cuban restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale that you should go to before a night at the clubs in the area.
Barrio Café Gran Reserva
Barrio Café Gran Reserva is fine dining in downtown Phoenix with excellent tasting menu options perfect for trying various regions of Mexican cuisine.
Restaurant Progress serves thoughtful American food with incredible cocktails and a great natural wine selection in uptown Phoenix.
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