Best of Our Valley: Food & Restaurants

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Valley residents love to wine and dine and luckily Arizona is home to some of the nation’s most amazing restaurants and chefs. Here are reader’s top picks for food in the Valley.

These are AZ Foothills Best of Our Valley 2021 contest winners. Winners will be featured in the 2021 issues 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 2021. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

Winners, download your 2021 Winners logo here and reserve space in the annual Collectors Edition here.


Best Acai Bowl: Karma Apple

Best Asian Cuisine: Malee’s Thai Bistro

Best Baked Goods or Sweets: Noms Bake Shop

Best Barbecue: Woodbarn BBQ

Best Breakfast: Eggstasy

Best Brunch: US Egg Breakfast & Lunch

Best Burger: BluBurger Grille

Best Business Lunch Spot: True Food Kitchen

Best Catering: Emily’s Events

Best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Best Chef: Chef Marcellino Verzino, Marcellino Ristorante

Best Comfort Food: Perk Eatery

Best Country Club Chef: Marcus De Koning, Executive Chef at Phoenix Country Club

Best Culinary Event: Phoenix Pizza Festival

Best Cup of Coffee: Press Coffee

Best Cupcake: Bada Bling Cupcakes

Best Date Spot: Toca Madera

Best Dining with a View: elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Best Dining with Live Music: Geordie’s Restaurant & Lounge

Best Doughnut: The Local Donut

Best Farmers Market: Scottsdale Old Town Farmers’ Market

Best Fondue: Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District

Best Food Photography: Debby Wolvos, DW Photography

Best Frozen Treat: Gelato Dolce Vita

Best Gluten-Free Menu: Pita Jungle

Best Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s

Best Health Food or Vegetarian Food: The Food Doctors

Best Health Food Store: Sprouts Famers Market

Best Healthy Meal Preps: Mad Fresh Kitchen

Best Hidden Gem: My Pie Pizza

Best Hot Dogs: Mama’s Dogs

Best Italian: Tutti Santi

Best Juice Bar: Juice Core

Best Locally-Owned Drive-Thru: Someburros

Best Macaron: Decadent Macaron

Best Mediterranean Cuisine: Marcellino Ristorante

Best Mexican Food: Dilla Libre Gourmet Quesadillas & Cantina

Best New Restaurant: Modern Oysterbar Chophouse

Best Outdoor Dining: Pita Jungle

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant: O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery

Best Pizza: Fired Pie

Best Place to Watch the Big Game: K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar & Grill

Best Poke Bowl: Pokitrition

Best Private Dining Room: LON’s at the Hermosa Inn

Best Resort Restaurant: LON’s at the Hermosa Inn

Best Restaurant Group: Pita Jungle

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

Best Sandwich Shop: Worth Takeaway

Best Seafood: Chula Seafood

Best Sky Harbor Airport Dining: Zinc Brasserie

Best Spa Cuisine: Joya Terrace, Joya Spa at Montelucia

Best Steakhouse: Dominick’s Steakhouse

Best Sushi: Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen

Best Taco: Dilla Libre Gourmet Quesadillas & Cantina

Best Tea Spot: Pop ‘N Tea Bar

Best Valley Food Truck: Mediterranean Majik

Favorite Local Food Blog or Website: tie between Write on Rubee and Chow Bella (Phoenix New Times)

Most Amazing Restaurant Interior: Toca Madera

Most Fun Lunch Spot: Worth Takeaway

Old Favorite: Pita Jungle

Spiciest Dining: tie between Malee’s Thai Bistro & Carolina’s Mexican Food

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