Best Tea Spot
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix-2011 Winner
At The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix’s Afternoon Tea (which takes place Wednesdays through Saturdays), guests are invited to enjoy bite-size treats, fit-for-a-queen service and, of course, a selection of high-end—and highly delicious—hot teas. The resort also hosts a plethora of seasonally inspired Afternoon Tea events. www.ritzcarlton.com/phoenix.
Best Place to Watch the Big Game
Arcadia Tavern-2011 Winner
A high-tech sound system, comfy booths and plenty of plasma TV’s make Arcadia Tavern a good place to watch the big game; a menu of tasty pizza, wings, burgers, cold beer and more make it a delicious place to watch the big game. www.arcadiatavern.com.
Best Juicy Steak
Durant’s, which has been serving the Valley for more than 60 years, specializes in out-of-this-world steakhouse fare, including its divine selection of broiled steaks. To truly indulge, sink your fork into Durant’s eye-popping 48-oz. porterhouse. www.durantsaz.com.
Mastro’s Ocean Club-2011 Winner
Seafoodies jet to Mastro’s Ocean Club at Kierland Commons for caviar, escargot, vanilla-battered shrimp, unique sushi selections and the restaurant’s famed seafood tower, all served in a sleek setting. www.mastrosrestaurants.com.
Best Valley Food Truck
Epic Hot Dogs-2011 Winner
This popular food truck’s name cuts to the point: They whip up epically delicious hot dogs to the hungry masses. Phoenicians are nuts over the Chicago Dog, complete with celery salt and a pickle spear, as well as the bacon-wrapped, fried egg-topped Good Morning Dog. Want to know where Epic Hot Dogs is parked today? Follow them on Twitter (@EpicHotDogs). www.epichotdogs.com.