As a member of the AZFoothills.com and Arizona Foothills Magazine team, getting to dine at the Valley's top restaurants is part of the job (pretty great, huh?) The Valley is chock-full of amazing restaurants and James Beard Award winners and nominees. And we feel many of these eateries and chefs deserve a special shout-out, so AZFoothills.com presents the third-annual roundup of our favorite Valley restaurants—plus a few delectable out-of-towners. Featuring updates on many of last year’s faves (you might even spy a few who are going on their third-year mention!) and several new must-tries, we present 50 of Arizona’s best and brightest (in no particular order) with a little help from our foodie friends. (If there is a restaurant you think we should consider for the 2013 list, please let us know at email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you.)
Even though the Phoenix strip-mall treasure is on its third chef, NOCA still churns out some of the Valley’s most delectable dishes. To cap the weekend, stop by the classy yet comfortable establishment (a restaurant can be sleek even if its next-door to grocery store) for its low-key Sunday Simple Supper. The last Sunday of the month welcomes NOCA’s much-adored Fried Chicken Night. www.restaurantnoca.com.