A Foodies Spring Break
I am flying out to Arizona for my spring break in mid-March and am looking for awesome yet not expensive (doesn't have to be super cheap either) places to eat. Having never been anywhere near this area of the country I am really flying blind as to good places to eat. I am staying with my mother who is a recent mover to Cottonwood Arizona but am flying in to LAX and then taking either I-10 or I-40 over to Cottonwood. I'm all ears for any tips or ideas for great restaurants of any style of cooking along these routes.
For a foodie in Phoenix, I think it is pretty much obligatory that you have to eat at Pizzeria Bianco, selected as the best pizza in America by Bon Appetit. Expect a CRAZY long wait, and depending on your wait time you might think the pizza is AMAZING or over-hyped, but either way you kind of have to try it. I personally thought the pizza was AMAZING, but I had good company and didn't have to wait too long.
my two personal favorite places to eat in phoenix:
1) Pane Bianco (not Pizza Bianco). Pizza Bianco is definitely good, but the 4 hour wait (seriously) plus the huge crowd who are all there FOR THE BEST PIZZA OMG IN THE WORLD kinda ruins the experience for me. the sandwiches at Pane Bianco are really really good, and as said above, the caprese is awesome. the place is really relaxed and comfy, with nice seating outside. if you're in phoenix sometime between 11-3 (they're only open for lunch) it's definitely worth your time.
2) Asadero Norte de Sonora. I'm not sure what part of the country you're coming from, but my guess is there aren't too many places where you're coming from that specialize in Sonora, Mexico style parillada (grilled meat) platters. huge platter of grilled meats with sides for like $12-17 for 2-4 people. it's not in the nicest part of town, but go during the day and you'll be 100% fine. also, it's very close to I-10, so that might help.
4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Asadero Norte De Sonora
122 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Hey, it's Phoenix and it's Spring Break so think inexpensive Mexican. Carolina's is a place you probably wouldn't go in without a recommendation from someone. Great for lunch. The one on Mojave is the original and outstanding. A new place we really like is America's Taco Shop on 7th St. Great carne asada tacos and inexpensive. Pepe's Taco Shop is good but order something adventurous and not tacos. Visit the Phoenix Ranch Market (16th St. and Roosevelt). They have lots of dining options> The best place of all is a bit more expensive but worth it. Barrio Cafe on 16th St. It's Mexican but like nothing you have ever tried. Chef Owned.