10 Best Lunch Spots in Phoenix for a Midday Feast

Lunch is one of the best times of day to sample the best of the modern Phoenix food scene. It's usually easier to score a table at last minute, lunch specials abound, and you don't have to worry about making it to the restaurant before closing time (Phoenix is still a little hard-up on late-evening dining options). 

For an Arizona-centric lunch option with a sprawling menu of small plates, vegetable dishes, hand-made pasta, and even a sandwich or two, check out Ocotillo in midtown Phoenix. This is one of the liveliest lunch spots in midtown, the place to go to catch a glimpse of the downtown crowd doing business, or to simply enjoy the gourmet (but never pretentious) comestibles of co-chefs Walter Sterling and Sacha Levine.

For a cool downtown spot where you can also grab a gourmet tea, cocktail or pretty much anything else on your to-eat list, head to The Larder + The Delta, a Southern-inflected food counter located inside the DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix. The menu changes often, but the food is grounded in Southern cooking, where plates are dressed up and mashed up with the various whims and inspirations on chef Stephen Jones' culinary palette. 

In the mood for pizza? Check out Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana in downtown Pizza, where you can savor excellent pizza made in the traditional style of Napoli. 

The Larder + The Delta is a small restaurant operating out of a food stall inside downtown Phoenix's DeSoto Market. It's worth seeking out a meal here, though, since there's nothing else quite like it around town. Take a seat at the small...  Read More

The fun, funky Mexican-themed dining room at Most Wanted Taco Shop is half the fun of visiting this north Phoenix taco shop. The other half is picking through the menu to pick out lunch or dinner. Everything is made-to-order fresh and excellent...  Read More

Zookz Sandwiches is the brainchild of chef Carole Meyer, who spent 18 months experimenting with a patent-pending sandwich press designed to create delicious, wholesome "sandwiches with an edge." The disc-shaped grilled sandwiches at Zookz are...  Read More

Once a humble downtown Phoenix food truck, Short Leash Hot Dogs is now one of downtown Phoenix's most-loved local eateries. The restaurant specializes in gourmet hot dogs - but these are not your typical ballpark hot dogs. They come wrapped in...  Read More

Chris Bianco, the well-known chef and restaurateur, started Pane Bianco as an offshoot of Pizzeria Bianco, the award-winning Phoenix pizzeria that gained him national attention. Pane Bianco is a tiny sandwich shop with an even smaller menu. The...  Read More

Noble Eatery may not look like one of the hottest lunch spots in Phoenix at first glance. The restaurant and bakery is shoehorned into a tiny cafe on an unassuming stretch of McDowell Road. But step inside and you suddenly feel like you've been...  Read More

You would think that finding authentic Neapolitan-style pizza would be a challenge in the Arizona desert. If traveling to southern Italy in search of great pizza isn't feasible right now, you can satiate your appetite for great pizza with a...  Read More

Comedor Guadalajara

Comedor Guadalajara, situated on a quiet stretch of Central Avenue, has been catering to South Phoenix Mexican food-lovers for more than 40 years. The Sonoran-style menu is straightforward but consistently delicious. Tamales, burros, flautas,...  Read More

Since it opened, folks have been clamoring to this hopping, no-reservations-accepted restaurant for its inventive southern Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. Abandoned are bland burritos and tacos in favor of lush, richly layered flavors achieved...  Read More

Ocotillo is a bonafide food and drink compound in central Phoenix, with a sprawling, ambitious menu of New American eats. Here, "New American" means everything from big plates of gorgeously burnished roasted chicken, enormous falafel burgers, or...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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