Why grab a pizza when you can enjoy something truly unique to Arizona? The valley is chock full of amazing dining destinations, but these are our top 3 for out-of-towners and desert dwellers alike.
El Chorro Lodge
Nestled beneath Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley you will find El Chorro Lodge, a historic restaurant that was built in 1934 and the original home of the Judson School for Girls. It changed hands in 1937 and then again in 1973. Throughout the years the “rustic” and “homey” El Chorro Lodge hosted the likes of Clark Gable, Milton Berle and other prominent figures. Although it again changed owners in 2009, it has remained a staple in the Valley of the Sun offering a distinctly “Arizona” feel with it’s Western décor and southwestern menu. Dining alfresco is a must in order to take in the beautiful ranch style atmosphere and surrounding property.
Cowboy Ciao has had roots firmly planted in Old Town Scottsdale for almost two decades. Offering whimsical Southwestern fair, diners keep coming back to enjoy the eclectic menu, exciting wine list and funky vibe of this uniquely Arizona restaurant. Although it offers an array of fantastic entrées, it’s the “Stetson Chop Salad” that has become famous across the country for its artistic and playful take on the chop salad.
Barrio Café is one of the most innovative restaurants to hit Phoenix in years. Opened in 2002, the restaurant offers a comfortable, casual place to enjoy outrageously delicious Southern Mexican food created by Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. Using fresh local ingredients, Chef Silvana’s menu pops with some of the most unique Mexican dishes in the southwest. The restaurant has gained national recognition in magazines and TV shows and is an absolute MUST visit in downtown Phoenix.
BestOfArizonaLiving.com/Relocating To Arizona | September 30th, 2015