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Eater names '20 hottest new restaurants in Phoenix'

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 20:07:39-05

PHOENIX — With WWE in town this week, the Phoenix Open beginning next week, and Spring Training a few weeks after that, it is a safe bet that thousands of people will soon make their way to West to soak up Arizona's sunshine and clear skies, and mountain landscapes.

Since people have to eat, it is an opportune time for both locals and out-of-towners to take a bite out of the Valley's restaurant scene. And, yes, Arizona has one and it is worth exploring. If you were in need of a few suggestions, keep on reading.

Eater, a website that covers food and restaurants around the country, released its "Guide To The Southwest" including the "20 hottest new restaurants in Phoenix." The list was put together by Patricia Escárcega, a food critic at the Los Angeles Times, and former dining reporter at Arizona Republic and critic at Phoenix New Times; Shelby Moore, a Phoenix-based food writer; and Steven Totten, a former journalist who covered dining and restaurants for the Phoenix Business Journal, and is now director of media and marketing with LGO Hospitality.

Here are their top picks:

  1. Tacos Calafia, 8258 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, Arizona 85381
  2. La Mejor Barbacoa, 6522 N. 59 Ave. Glendale, Arizona 85301
  3. The Larder & The Delta, 200 W Portland St #101, Phoenix, AZ 85003
  4. Across the Pond, 4236 N Central Ave Ste 101, Phoenix, AZ 85012
  5. The Churchill, 901 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  6. Sauvage Bottle Shop (at The Churchill), 901 N 1st St #109, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  7. Pobrecito (at The Churchill), 901 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  8. Taco Chelo, 501 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  9. Little Miss BBQ, 8901 N 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
  10. Bri, 2221 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006

You can view the rest of the list at www.eater.com.