The Best in Foods & Restaurants: 2020

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 2020 contest winners. Winners will be featured in the April 2020 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 2020. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

Winners, download your 2020 Winners logo here and reserve space in the annual Collectors Edition here.


Best Acai Bowl: Karma Apple

Best Asian Cuisine: YC’s Mongolian Grill

Best Baked Goods or Sweets: Noms Bake Shop

Best Barbecue: Bobby Q

Best Breakfast: Eggstasy

Best Brunch: The Lola

Best Burger: BluBurger Grille

Best Business Lunch Spot: The Farm Kitchen at The Farm at South Mountain

Best Catering: Emily’s Events

Best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Best Comfort Food: Kelly’s at Southbridge

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

Best Culinary Event: Arizona Taco Festival

Best Cup of Coffee: Press Coffee

Best Cupcake: Bada Bling Cupcakes

Best Date Spot: Bourbon & Bones

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

Best Dining with Live Music: Kelly’s at SouthBridge

Best Doughnut: The Local Donut

Best Farmers Market: Scottsdale Old Town Farmers’ Market

Best Fondue: Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District

Best Food Photography: Future Photo Group

Best Frozen Treat: Unbaked

Best Gluten-Free Menu: Fired Pie

Best Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s

Best Health Food or Vegetarian Food: YC’s Mongolian Grill

Best Health Food Store: Sprouts Famers Market

Best Hot Dogs: Mama’s Dogs

Best Italian: Marcellino’s Ristorante

Best Juice Bar: Juice Core

Best Locally-Owned Drive-Thru: 32 Shea

Best Macaron: Decadent Macaron

Best Mexican Food: America’s Taco Shop

Best New Restaurant: Ocean 44

Best Outdoor Dining: Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant: 32 Shea

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: Dominick’s Steakhouse

Best Resort Restaurant: Deseo, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

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

Best Restaurant to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck: YC’s Mongolian Grill

Best Sandwich Shop: Worth Takeaway

Best Seafood: Ocean 44

Best Sky Harbor Airport Dining: Zinc Brasserie

Best Spa Cuisine: Joya Terrace, Joya Spa at Montelucia

Best Steakhouse: Bourbon & Bones

Best Sushi: Sushi Roku

Best Taco: CRUjiente Tacos

Best Tea Spot: Pop ‘N Tea Bar

Best Valley Food Truck: Rock A Belly

Favorite Local Food Blog or Website: Write on Rubee

Most Amazing Restaurant Interior: Bourbon Steak, Scottsdale Fairmont

Most Fun Lunch Spot: YC’s Mongolian Grill

Old Favorite: DeFalco’s Italian Eatery, Grocery & Deli

Spiciest Dining: Malee’s Thai Bistro

AFM Fave Best Speciality Drinks: Teaspressa

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