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The 40 best restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale, according to Food Network

Posted at 3:23 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 10:36:50-05

PHOENIX — From casual to fancy, family-friendly and spots perfect for date night, there are numerous restaurants, cafes and resorts to explore in and around Phoenix. Sometimes, it can be tough to choose the right one for the right occasion.

Perhaps Food Network can help. The TV network behind shows like "Chopped," "Beat Bobby Flay," and "Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives," all that have featured Arizona chefs over the years, put out two lists featuring the "best restaurants" in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Scroll down to see his lists.

The lists, however, weren't compiled by a Food Network TV personality. They were actually curated by David Tyda, a frequent member of the Valley's food and festival scenes.

Tyda helped create the Arizona Taco Festival (a venture he has since parted ways with), and currently runs the Phoenix Pizza Festival, FRIED Festival, and the inaugural Gilbert Pizza Festival, which will take place on March 21, 2020.

He said he wanted to make sure his list checked all the boxes no matter what type of restaurant people were looking for.

"What I basically did was make a checklist of boxes and then tried to come up with restaurants that check each type of box. So, affordable, expensive, Asian, Italian. East side. West Side. Bring the family. Date night. And then just sort of went from there so I made sure there was at least one restaurants that checked every one of those boxes," he said.

So, which restaurants made the list?


  • CRUjiente Tacos
  • Ghost Ranch
  • Kai
  • The Larder and The Delta
  • Chula Seafood
  • Century Grand
  • Arizona Wilderness
  • Little Miss BBQ
  • Across The Pond
  • Trapp Haus
  • Ocotillo
  • Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup
  • Fabio On Fire
  • Glai Baan
  • Richardson's
  • Piazza Romana
  • The Beignet Babe
  • Handlebar Diner
  • The Churchill
  • Pa'La
  • Urban Phoenix Cafe
  • Tratto
  • La Grande Orange
  • Topo


  • FnB
  • Fat Ox
  • SumoMaya
  • Toca Madera
  • Andreoli Italian Grocer
  • Maple and Ash
  • Citizen Public House
  • Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar
  • Postino
  • Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar
  • Merkin Vineyards
  • Pizzeria Virtu
  • T. Cooks
  • Hearth '61
  • ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
  • Zinc Bistro
  • The Mission
  • Virtu Honest Craft
  • ShinBay
  • Hush Public House
  • Cafe Monarch