The Best In Food & Restaurants: 2018

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

These are AZ Foothills Best of Our Valley 2018 contest winners. Winners will be featured in the April 2018 issue of AZ 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 2018. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

Winners, download your 2018 Winners logo here and reserve space in the annual Collectors Edition here.


Best Acai Bowl: Kaleidoscope Juice

Best Asian Cuisine: Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar

Best Baked Goods or Sweets: Classic Cakes & Confections

Best Barbecue: Honey Bear’s

Best Breakfast: US Egg Breakfast & Lunch

Best Burger: Rehab Burger Therapy

Best Business Lunch Spot: Adobe Restaurant

Best Cafe: Phoenix Public Market Cafe

Best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza: Barro’s Pizza

Best Comfort Food: Grubstak

Best Country Club Chef: Lenard Rubin, Executive Chef at The Country Club at DC Ranch

Best Culinary Event: Cooks & Corks

Best Cup of Coffee: Press Coffee

Best Cupcake: High Spirited Cupcakes

Best Date Spot: Bourbon & Bones

Best Dining with a View: Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

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

Best Doughnut: Rainbow Donuts Cafe

Best Farmers Market: Phoenix Public Market

Best Fondue: Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District

Best Food Photography: Debby Wolvos

Best Frozen Treat: Gelato Dolce Vita

Best Gluten-Free Menu: Venezia’s Pizzeria

Best Grocery Store: Fry’s Signature Marketplace

Best Health Food or Vegetarian Food: Pita Jungle

Best Health Food Store: Sprouts Famers Market

Best Hot Dogs: Portillo’s

Best Italian: Tomaso

Best Juice Bar: Juice Core

Best Locally Owned Drive-Thru: The Stand

Best Macaron: Paris Rendez Vous

Best Mexican Food: Sandbar

Best New Restaurant: CRUjiente

Best Outdoor Dining: Bourbon Steak, Scottsdale Fairmont Princess

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant: Bottled Blonde

Best Pizza: Barro’s Pizza

Best Place to Watch the Big Game: RnR

Best Poke Bowl: Koi Poke

Best Private Dining Room: Ocean Prime

Best Resort Restaurant: Litchfield’s, The Wigwam

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: Worth Takeaway

Best Seafood: Ocean Prime

Best Sky Harbor Airport Dining: Barrio Cafe

Best Spa Cuisine: Aji Spa, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Best Steakhouse: Bourbon & Bones

Best Sunday Brunch: The Hash Kitchen

Best Sushi: Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar

Best Taco: CRUjiente

Best Tea Spot: The Phoenician

Best Teppanyaki: Sapporo

Best Valley Food Truck: Grubstak Mobile

Favorite Local Food Blog or Website: Write on Rubee

Most Amazing Restaurant Interior: Bourbon Steak, Scottsdale Fairmont

Most Fun Lunch Spot: Barro’s Pizza

Old Favorite: Texaz Grill

Spiciest Dining: The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

AFM Faves

Best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnati’s

Best Gluten Free Menu: Farm & Craft

Best Mexican Food: La Hacienda

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