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I feel like I have tried almost all of the highly recommended restaurants in the greater Phoenix area (with the exception of Binkley's and Nobuo... soon!)

I live in Central Phoenix and love frequenting a lot of my favorite neighborhood places like The Tuck Shop, Barrio Cafe, Phoenix Public Market Cafe, NoCa, Fuego Bistro and Ticoz. What other restaurants in this area would you recommend? Any new places that you are looking forward to opening?

I'm disappointed with all of the big chain restaurants in the Biltmore area! Are there any local gems that I may have missed? I'm also really looking forward to the emergence of all of the food trucks downtown.

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Fuego Bistro
713 E Palo Verde Dr Ste D, Phoenix, AZ 85014

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  1. I had lunch at Focaccia Fiorentina while serving jury duty and thought it was very good ... I think they only serve lunch though ...


    Focaccia Fiorentina
    112 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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    1. re: willyum

      I haven't heard of it - I will check it out. Thanks!

    2. The Parlor, St. Francis, and Maizies.

      1. cibo for lunch is good, i think they do a great job with their sandwiches (eggplant is my fav) and the house salad is excellent

        i like lgo pizza over cibo's but i am a sourdough crust fan

        1. Sens (Asian tapas) and Breadfruit (Jamaican), both downtown, are interesting and very good.

          1. I second Maizies and Portland's burgers are GREAT and their fries are not to be missed!

            1. There's a Tortas Paquime just south of Arcadia you might like, and Eliana's for Salvadorean food.

              Eliana's Restaurant
              1627 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

              Tortas Paquime
              2541 E McDowell Rd Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85008

              1. Lunch at the Heard Museum cafe is excellent. The patio is especially nice this time of year.

                Cafe at the Heard Museum
                2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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                1. re: fledflew

                  I forgot to mention Aiello's on Central. Super nice owners and solid food.

                  5202 North Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

                2. Great neighborhood Italian restaurant! I had linguini and calamari and my wife had linguini and clams. Both were great. Service was fast and friendly. The place was packed on a Sunday evening. We'll certainly go back

                  Harley's Italian Bistro
                  4221 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013