Like everything else in Phoenix, the culinary scene changes almost daily.
Don’t believe us? Check out some of the new Phoenix restaurants that opened their doors in recent months or are set to start serving soon.
Breakfast Kitchen Bar
Located at Scottsdale Quarter, this cozy neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot offers a laidback-yet-hip vibe. At BKB, you’ll find mouthwatering dishes such as croissant French toast, lobster omelets and churro waffles. Also enjoy health protein plates and pizza hash, as well as salads, sandwiches, and a full bar and coffee menu.
Where: Scottsdale Quarter, 15147 N. Scottsdale Road, Unit H133, Scottsdale
Chico Malo offers a lively, new take on Mexican food in downtown Phoenix’s CityScape this spring. Bound to be an urbanites’ favorite, this new bad boy offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. All dishes incorporate bold flavors from across South America.
Where: 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Gilbert
A country-themed and entertainment-focused restaurant, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row serves familiar “American Gastropub Fare type cuisine with a modern twist.” The live-music restaurant and bar opened its third Arizona location in Gilbert in March. It combines interactive entertainment, signature dishes and memorable beverages to create a fun, country-inspired environment.
Where: 323 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Fat Ox serves up Chef Matt Carter’s modern takes on the authentic, ingredient-driven and hearty recipes of rural Italy. Think shareable starters, signature Caesar salads, handmade pastas, premium cuts of meat and more.
Housed inside a striking, marble-lined and wood-accented space at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Scottsdale roads, it combines the sleek, urbane look of Milan and the rustic sensibilities of cattle country in Arizona and Italy.
Where: 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
The Grand Blue
This eatery comes from the same trio of owners that opened the first Pita Jungle restaurant in Tempe more than 20 years ago. Their ambitious new concept attempts to create a high-end seafood restaurant at an affordable price. The varied menu includes everything from sushi to ceviche and even Italian cioppino.
Where: 7318 E. Shea Boulevard, Suite 101, Scottsdale
GrubStak is unlike any other restaurant in Gilbert’s Heritage Marketplace. Actually, it’s unlike any other restaurant in Phoenix. When you order, you choose your base — either regular or sweet potato waffle fries. Then load it up with fresh-braised meats, homemade sauces, and other unique toppings to create something entirely yours.
Where: Heritage Marketplace, 384 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 106, Gilbert
Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
Old Town Scottsdale gains a new neighborhood hotspot from the folks behind Farm & Craft, El Hefe and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. Fast-casual by day and full-service by night, Hand Cut specializes in grass-fed and finished burgers, steaks and chops. You can also savor house-made ice cream and a generous selection of wine, cocktails and craft beer.
Where: Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 154, Scottsdale
Hearth ’61 is the ingredient-driven on-property restaurant at the new Mountain Shadows resort in Paradise Valley. Headed by Valley legend Charles Wiley, it features a wood-fired hearth that prepares a featured daily roast. The restaurant opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and showcases a seasonal menu, along with an inventive cocktail program. Add unparalleled hospitality and some of the best views in the Valley, and you get a winner.
Where: Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Liberty Station serves American comfort food with regional touches. High-quality smoked meat, shareable appetizers and even vegan-friendly options reign at this “neighborfood” spot. Craft cocktails, local beer and an excellent wine list can quench anyone’s thirst.
Where: 34522 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 180, Scottsdale
Modern Market features clean, simple food made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. Order from the counter and get your food served fast.
Modern Market’s Scottsdale location reuses a historic mid-century modern bank. It promises to breathe new life into this stunning setting, thanks to an artful remodel that mixes rustic woods, vintage light fixtures and cozy seating with the sleek, bustling backdrop.
Where: 4821 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale
The Seventh Street stretch got its latest destination restaurant in Mora Italian. With Chef Scott Conant at the helm, Mora gives central Phoenix a sure-to-be award winning restaurant and more. Expect reimagined Italian classics as well as entirely new, innovative creations.
Where: 5651 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix
Sonata’s Restaurant introduces residents to a breadth of dishes inspired by Old World Europe. For example, enjoy pork shank with sauerkraut and potato pancakes served with duck or smoked salmon and a vegetable chutney. The interior design incorporates European finishes and even pays tribute to the namesake owner, Sonata, in a stunning portrait.
Where: 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 127, Scottsdale
Finally, the East Valley gets the chance to fall “head over eels” with the vibrant fare that already exists at two locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale. One of the latest additions to Heritage Marketplace in Gilbert, Sushi Brokers serves up an impressive, all-natural menu in a space that’s equally remarkable.
Where: 350 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 101, Gilbert
Sweet Provisions will take you back to childhood as you sample gourmet treats for all ages. These include fresh-churned ice cream, frosty floats, cookies, and decadent shakes. It’s the perfect stop after your meal for a sweet treat with family or a sweet afternoon pick me up.
Where: 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Zen Culinary’s bold bill of fare includes everything from handcrafted sushi and sashimi to thick-cut wood-grilled steaks and chops, all prepared with a vibrant blend of Asian-American ingredients and cooking techniques. Beverage Director Michael Liberatore holds up the libation front with irresistible craft cocktail concoctions featuring Asian ingredients and liquors.
Where: 15544 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
– Alison Bailin Batz, The Entertainer! Magazine / Edited for Phoenix.org