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Picture This: Restaurants worth snapping about

Picture This: Restaurants worth snapping about

Model Stefanie DiDonato at Barrio Queen at Tempe Marketplace, photographed by Tim Sealy. Hair and makeup by Ann Hughes of Modern Muse Salon; food and drinks by Barrio Queen head chef Julio Mata.

By Jordan Houston | September 3, 2021

The only thing better than enjoying mouth-watering food is indulging in a just-as-tasty atmosphere.

With over 1 billion monthly users, it’s no secret that Instagram has taken over the social media industry. The platform has curated a particular niche design trend, characterized by bright “Instagram walls,” patterned restaurant bathrooms, artful lattes and savory avocado toast. Photos that play into these trends have become so popular that they are almost synonymous with the app itself.

Because restaurants can provide incredibly aesthetically pleasing backdrops for Instagram, here is our roundup of the Valley’s most Instagram-worthy eateries, blending photo-worthy spaces with eye-catching menu items.


Barrio Queen

31 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe



Visit one of the Barrio Queen Valley locations to satisfy any cravings for authentic Mexican cuisine in an upbeat, colorful environment.

The restaurant designs are inspired by the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, according to owner Linda Nash. The festival is November 1 to November 2 and honors the dead with lively celebrations and rituals.

In addition to its family recipes, the restaurant is known for its carefully crafted cocktails and extensive tequila and mezcal menus.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: The Tempe location is known for its display of colorful, hand-painted angel wings that provide just enough space to stand in between for a photo op.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The chiles en nogada, a traditional dish that incorporates the colors of the Mexican flag, is often considered one of Mexico’s most patriotic dishes and is sure to be a smash for any photograph.


Diego Pops

4338 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale



Inspired by the Yucatan beaches, Diego Pops takes a modern and playful twist on authentic Mexican favorites. Made from a scratch kitchen, the dishes range from classic and reimagined tacos, Brussels sprout nachos and creative cocktails.

Built into the walls of a historic Southwestern pottery shop, the atmosphere creates a friendly, fun and laidback dining experience that is sure to pass any Instagram test.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: Strike a pose in front of the pink pineapple wall for a vibrant and fresh take on Instagram.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The Sonoran hot dog is an impressive display of a bacon-wrapped, all-beef hot dog with pinto beans, grilled onion, mayo and avocado crema on top of brioche bun.


Farm & Craft

4302 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale



This trendy Old Town Scottsdale restaurant offers organic food in a stylish setting. From health-conscious flatbreads, salads and sandwiches to cold-pressed juice and Kombucha cocktails, the opportunities for Instagram snaps are endless.

The space is modern and spunky, marked by outdoor, black-and-white striped patio umbrellas contrasted with bright yellow chairs and pops of greenery.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: Capture a photo in front of Farm & Craft’s minimalist mural emblazoned with its memorable mantra for a sophisticated look.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The California burger, made with a ground beef patty, melted Havarti, arugula, Sriracha aioli, pickled onions and a flaxseed bun, is almost too stunning to eat.


Hash Kitchen

4315 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix



With locations in Arcadia, Gainey Ranch, North Scottsdale, Chandler and Peoria, Hash Kitchen is a creative, trendy brunch eatery that will satisfy not only your foodie desires but also your social media needs. The brunch hotspot elevates the dining experience by featuring a day club atmosphere, live weekend DJ music, and Instagram-friendly eats and drinks.

“We played with the social media movement and hashtag world we live in,” Hash Kitchen co-founder and executive chef Joey Maggiore explains. “Every part of our menu, design and atmosphere is all made to create amazing social media moments that live on social media feeds.”

Maggiore is also the head of Hash Kitchen’s equally Instagrammable counterpart, The Sicilian Butcher.

On top of a satisfying environment, Hash Kitchen’s menu boasts eye-popping craft cocktails, like hard seltzers served in disco balls and Fruity Pebbles vodka cocktails, while its brunch food items include savory huevos ranchero hash, banana fosters pancakes and smoked salmon frittatas.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: Each Hash Kitchen location offers Instagram-friendly walls, including a champagne bottle wall, an LED light wall with the hashtag symbol, and other wall art with accompanying brunch quotes.

Most Instagrammable manu item: Spoil your Instagram feed with photos of the build-your-own bloody mary bar. The interactive setup invites guests to select their vodka and bloody mary flavors, as well as an unlimited amount of its over 60 toppings, such as bacon, meatballs and pickles.


Jojo Coffeehouse

3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale



Jojo Coffeehouse is a breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant sharing signature coffee and espresso drinks. But it’s not just any coffee joint. It also serves a selection of craft beers, wine, signature mimosas, sangria and kombucha drinks.

An Instagrammable heaven, the coffeehouse features artsy, rustic-farmhouse décor complemented by fun and trendy food.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: The table below the neon “Good Vibes” sign is perfect for a group photo with friends.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The original coffee flight is a Jojo Coffee specialty made from a proprietary blend that make for a great #SundayFunday post.


Los Sombreros

1976 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa



Established in 1994, Los Sombreros is known for its savory Mexican cuisine and refreshing cocktails. The alluring restaurant, with locations in South Scottsdale, Phoenix and Mesa, breathes life into charming, quaint brick buildings accompanied by spacious patios.

The aesthetic is marked by chic, desert vibes, featuring warm brown tones with pops of turquoise and green, providing blogger-esque boho imagery for Instagram.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: The Mesa location features a trendy Instagram wall with gold cattle skulls speckled across a brown backdrop.

Most Instagrammable menu item: Los Sombreros’ shrimp cocktail will satisfy your taste buds and Instagram cravings, comprised of tomato juice, cucumber, onion, tomatoes and jalapenos served in a chic glass topped with saltine crackers and lime slices.


Morning Squeeze

690 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 110, Tempe



Since 2013, the locally owned Morning Squeeze has fulfilled all retro lovers’ needs with its ’70s- and ’80s-inspired design and creative menu, featuring a combination of classic diner dishes and modern brunch favorites.

“We are inspired by the funky and groovy times of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s — whether it be the bright and friendly colors throughout each restaurant, retro photos on the walls or the tunes pumping through the speakers,” says Shea Neill, director of marketing. “All of these details create a happy and easy-going atmosphere for everyone.”

The dog-friendly restaurant is comprised of loud colors, most notably oranges and greens, and funky light fixtures, while its rainbow-colored mimosa flights just beg to be photographed.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: Morning Squeeze’s Tempe location is known for its neon “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’” sign, providing a retro, vintage backdrop to snap photos.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The restaurant’s stuffed French toast is a major hit, Neill says, and changes every month. With seasonal flavors in mind, like apple pie, peanut butter and jelly, maple bar and bacon, the dish is sure to cater to all types of tastes.


Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen

884 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert



Picazzo’s is a family-owned, health-centric restaurant. The restaurant takes a “fusion approach” to modern-Italian cuisine, sprinkling in flavors of Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican ingredients.

Designed with Instagram in mind, the space exudes a clean, sleek and cool-toned design with carefully placed light-fixtures guaranteed to bring out your best features in any photo. It also offers calming greenery installations, cozy cream couches and round tables complete with accompanying upholstered dining chairs.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: Pose for an effortlessly chic photo outside of the restaurant’s main entrance underneath the striking, concrete “Where Pizza is Art” sign, decorated with lush green shrubbery and stone benches.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The New York-style “Cheezecake” is a beautiful display of bright, housemade raspberry sauce artistically drizzled over a creamy, white cheesecake with artisan crust and topped with luscious raspberries. The dish provides for a sophisticated and simple filler photo for any feed.


The Sicilian Butcher

3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler



The Sicilian Butcher is a neighborhood gem that offers Instagrammable Italian fare like hand-rolled meatballs made daily, from-scratch authentic pasta, and Sicilian-inspired bruschetta and charcuterie boards.

The space is flooded with statement décor pieces that play into the overarching butcher theme, creating the perfect photo backdrop, co-founder and executive chef Joey Maggiore explains.

“You’ll find statement decor pieces that playfully make a nod to the butcher theme,” he shares.

“Like the butcher knife wall, meat hook light fixtures, a charcuterie board wall and a meat locker where charcuterie meat is displayed.”

Most Instagrammable backdrop: The butcher knife wall and charcuterie board wall create unique and provocative sets for top-notch selfies.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The 5-foot-long charcuterie board, featuring panelli fritters and craft meatballs, is the most Instagrammable menu item, and it is a favorite for every age and everyone at the table.



4712 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 110, Scottsdale



The French-inspired Zinqué boasts a vast menu with eye-catching breakfast, brunch, lunch dinner and late-night snack items. Located at the Scottsdale Fashion Square, the light, French fare joint offers a globally inspired cocktail and wine program, as well as craft coffee.

Zinqué features a main dining room complete with a wine bar, a semi-private dining and event space, as well as an outdoor patio complete with a 22-year-old oak tree, fireplace and plush lounge seating. Its design is open, airy and angular, with mod tiling, greenery and smooth wooden furniture that is guaranteed to elevate any Instagram profile.

“It’s meant to feel like a chic friend’s home away from home,” co-owner Kristin Dossetti says.

“Zinqué has warm wooden tables, eclectic artwork, a hand-wrought iron storefront, charred cedar and cozy banquettes.”

The spot has even earned the approval of some of Hollywood’s finest, including sightings of Hailey Bieber, Kourtney Kardashian, Joe Jonas, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

Most Instagrammable backdrop: Make sure to stop by and snap a picture in Zinquè’s outdoor area next to the beautiful fireplace.

Most Instagrammable menu item: The charcuterie boards with French cheeses and imported bread from Poilâne Bakery, tartines, whole grilled branzinos and moules frites create a perfectly framed photo.