Phoenix, AZ, also known as “The Valley” is a hotspot for great restaurants at any point during the year. Plus, new restaurants have been opened recently providing more options for people with a variety of tastes. It can be tough to decide where to eat with so many options to choose from. Take a look at this list of the some of the best restaurants The Valley has to offer.
Restaurant Progress is a relatively new restaurant in the area, having opened in February of this year. However, although it has only been around for a short amount of time, it has already made a positive impact on the Melrose district. It is an intimate 37-seat venue that provides seasonally inspired fine dining bringing a breath of fresh air to an area known primarily for its casual bars and diners. The restaurant’s chef and owner, TJ Culp is one of Phoenix’s most impressive young culinary talents, and his restaurant only further boosts this claim. The restaurant offers a modern American menu that changes every month with about a dozen dishes including appetizers, hot and cold small plates and entrees. You can also enjoy a five-course chef’s tasting menu for $75. Popular choices include the poached egg as well as the scallops and blue fin crudo.
Another restaurant recently opened in February; Mora Italian is headed up by celebrity chef and Food Network personality Scott Conant. It’s no surprise that it was the most high-profile opening in Central Phoenix for the spring. With a spacious dining room and attractive menu steeped in modern Italian cooking, it boasts the high-quality that is expected of a Conant-brand restaurant. The high-energy modern osteria is most well known for the grilled octopus ceci which is extra tender and pleasantly chewy. Another favorite entree is the pork Milanese which includes a pan-fried pork chop served with a gravy-like brown butter on the side.
Little Miss BBQ
While Phoenix is not known as one of the great BBQ cities in the United States, a spot like Little Miss BBQ is sure to start changing that narrative. Using a style similar Central Texas, the BBQ is cooked daily with Arizona oak and pecan on a large smoker. You can expect to have your food served market-style on paper with onions, pickles, and an abundant handful of white bread. The restaurant also offers your standard sides for BBQ such as potato salad, beans, and coleslaw. Their staple side, however, is the jalapeno cheese grits. It would also be wise to get there pretty early as regulars begin lining up in the morning hours and while it closes at 4 pm a lot of the good options have run out by then.