The Best In Food & Restaurants: 2017

Valley residents love to wine and dine and luckily Arizona plays host to some amazing restaurants and chefs. Here are AZ Foothills readers top picks for food in the Valley.

These are Arizona Foothills Best of Our Valley 2017 contest winners. Winners will be featured in the April 2017 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.

As a special thanks to the winners and those who helped them attain their Best Of status, a celebratory bash will be held in May 2017. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

Winners, download your 2017 Winners logo here and reserve space for the Collector’s Edition here 


Best Acai Bowl – Kaleidoscope Juice

Best Asian Cuisine – YC’s Mongolian Grill

AFM Fave: Best Asian Cuisine – Clever Koi

Best Baked Goods or Sweets – Classic Cakes & Confections

AFM Fave: Best Baked Goods or Sweets – Ruze Cake House

Best Barbecue – Bobby Q

Best Breakfast – The Hash Kitchen

Best Burger – Relish Burger Bistro

Best Business Lunch Spot – Neiman Marcus Cafe

Best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza – Nello’s Pizza

Best Comfort Food – TEXAZ Grill

Best Country Club Chef – Marcus De Koning – Executive chef at Phoenix Country Club

Best Culinary Event – Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Best Cup of Coffee – Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

Best Cupcake – Classic Cakes & Confections

Best Date Spot – The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

Best Dining with a View – Constantino’s at Desert Mountain

Best Dining with Live Music – Pita Jungle (Chandler location)

Best Doughnut – Fractured Prune

Best Farmers Market – Downtown Chandler Farmers

Best Fondue – The Melting Pot

Best Food Photography – Diamond Troutman

AFM Fave: Best Food Photography – Debby Wolvos

Best Frozen Treat – Snoh

Best Gluten-Free Menu – Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

Best Grocery Store – Sprouts Famers Market

Best Health Food or Vegetarian Food – Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

Best Health Food Store – Sprouts Famers Market 

Best Hot Dogs – Portillo’s

Best Italian – Marcellino’s Ristorante

Best Juice Bar – Kaleidoscope Juice

Best Locally Owned Drive-Thru – D’Lite Healthy on the Go

Best Macaron – Classic Cakes & Confections

Best Mexican Food – Jalapeno Inferno Bistro Mexicano

Best New Restaurant – Stock & Stable

Best Outdoor Dining: TIE – Cloth & FlameAZ88

Best Pet-Friendly RestaurantRandy’s Restaurant

Best Pizza – Venezia’s Pizzeria

Best Place to Watch the Big Game – Social Tap Eatery

Best Private Dining Room – Constantino’s at Desert Mountain

Best Resort Restaurant – Deseo, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

AFM Fave: Best Restaurant Architect – PHX Architecture

Best Restaurant Group – Riot Hospitality Group – Farm & Craft, Whiskey Row, El Hefe, and more

Best Restaurant to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck – Pita Jungle

Best Sandwich Shop – Leoni’s Focaccia

Best Seafood – The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

Best Sky Harbor Airport Dining – Zinc Brasserie

Best Spa Cuisine – Cafe Verde at Desert Mountain

Best Steakhouse – Dominicks Steakhouse

Best Sunday Brunch – The Hash Kitchen

Best Sushi – Sakana Sushi & Grill

Best Taco – La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop

Best Tea Spot – Souvia Tea

AFM Fave: Best Tea Spot – Teaspressa

Best Teppanyaki – Sapporo

Best Valley Food Truck – Saffron JAK

Favorite Local Food Blog or Website – Write on Rubee

Most Amazing Restaurant Interior – Constantino’s at Desert Mountain

Most Fun Lunch Spot – Venezia’s Pizzeria

Old Favorite – Texaz Grill

Spiciest Dining – The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

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