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10 of Arcadia's Best Restaurants, Bars and Culinary Hot Spots



Although it can be challenging to narrow down a list of the ten best eateries in Arcadia, it's easy to recommend Nook, a small 50-seat eatery tucked away in the Gaslight Square shopping center. The trattoria delivers excellent light-Italian fare that hits all the right notes. 

Another top Arcadia foodie hot spot is Chelsea's Kitchen, a casually upscale neighborhood restaurant has earned a high reputation locally for its commitment to organic ingredients, creative American cuisine, and excellent ambiance.

Also high on our list is Bar Pesce (formerly Crudo), featuring a one-of-a-kind menu that marries Italian flavors with sashimi-inspired small plates. The results are simply inimitable: sophisticated, surprising and nearly always delectable.

If you're looking for a sophisticated spot that won't break your eating budget, head towards Postino, one of the city's first wine cafes and a local staple. Don't leave without trying a couple of their signature bruschettas. 

If socializing with friends over a craft beer is your goal, head to O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery. Not only will you find a huge selection of local brews, but the kitchen also offers a late-night food menu with gourmet takes on comfort food classics like burgers and grilled cheese. 


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The Henry


The Henry likes to bill itself as one of the best neighborhood restaurants in Phoenix, and fortunately for us, it's not just empty boasting. The Henry really is as charming and stylish as it looks from the outside. The sleek Fox Concepts restaurant and bar has become a premier brunch and happy hour destination in the leafy Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix. The menu is modern New American fare, with an emphasis on bright chopped salads, hearty burgers, and upscale bistro items like steaks and fish. There is also a gourmet coffee and fresh-pressed juice bar, along with a great cocktail bar. Come here for a relaxing and casually upscale neighborhood vibe that's full of color, quality ingredients and seamless execution.


Postino Arcadia


Adapted from what used to be a neighborhood post office, this trendy wine bar is awash in candlelight, earthy colors, and dark wood furniture. It's also distinguished by a glass garage door that blurs interior and exterior space when the weather cooperates. The stylish mid-century style is replete with artisanal touches, plenty of open, communal spaces, and even a hand-carved wood wine wall. The menu is rustic and flavorful, defined by bruschettas, paninis, antipasti, and salads. Knowledgeable servers are happy to help with wine selections, which hail from across the world and are available by glass and bottle. Great for couples or groups.


The Vig


The Vig Uptown is a popular local restaurant and tavern known for its hip crowd, sleek decor and laid-back patio. Unique yet unpretentious, the menu dishes up deluxe American comfort food. From the burger menu try the Vigazz Burger made with grilled beef with bacon, smoked gouda, tomato, arugula, grilled red onion, spicy mayo and mustard on a toasted bun. Adventurous foodies take note: The Vig's special dishes menu includes unique plates such as the Carne Asada on a Potato Pancake, sliced carne asada on a potato pancake served with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cotija cheese and tomato-garlic sauce. An extensive wine and beer menu have earned The Vig a reputation for one of the city's best happy hours. Two locations.


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O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery


O.H.S.O. Brewery is a mega-popular microbrewery, restaurant and general hang-out zone with a lively, dog-friendly patio. The extensive kitchen menu features a huge variety of eats. For starters, try the garlic pesto hummus. You also can't go wrong with the house pretzel board, featuring buttery-hot pretzels with a selection of peppered salami, corn nuts, pickles, IPA mustard, and a zesty, creamy green chile cheese dip. The entree menu is small but eclectic (and delicious). Try the kalua pork, served with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and a perfectly sweet pineapple glaze. There is a separate gourmet taco menu, as well as a selection of late night eats featuring gourmet burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and crispy fries.


Chelsea's Kitchen
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Occupying a canal-side brick building, this decidedly popular, neighborhood-casual restaurant is part of a local dynasty. The enterprise appeals to upscale families and maintains a solid menu that capitalizes on premium ingredients. Organic chicken is a specialty, and mouthwatering Dixie pan-fried chicken and roasted chicken with spaetzle showcase it beautifully. Other attractions include tuna tartare with guacamole, Chelsea's short ribs, and the Howie burger, with gruyere and caramelized onions. Ask for a table on the patio for the best vantage point. The hip atmosphere makes this a great destination to impress a date or enjoy a night out with friends.


CRUjiente Tacos


Chef Richard Hinojosa's swank taqueria in Arcadia features haute renditions of tacos. Some of the highlights here include a duck taco draped in a bittersweet mole sauce, a blue crab taco topped with an avocado mouse and a popular short-rib taco that is cooked for around 36 hours until it is extraordinarily tender. There is a very good lengua taco, too. The sometimes rubbery tongue offal is braised to until it takes on a melting quality. Don't miss the small selection of "crujiente," or crunchy tacos, especially the saucy beef crunchy taco. A fine bar serves up tequila, mezcal and plenty of strong cocktails.




La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria is one of Phoenix's most popular grocery, cafe, breakfast bar and pizzeria. The pizzas here are sumptuous and unique, hand-crafted with the freshest ingredients available. Try "The Fallen Angel," made with Schreiner's sausage, shaved fennel, roasted peppers, premium cheese and red sauce. Craving a spicy pie? Try "The Rocket Man," featuring spicy red fresno chiles, broccolini, roasted peppers, roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. You can even create your own specialty pizza from the wide selection of fresh veggies, meats and cheeses. "LGO," as it is known to locals, is quite popular, so be prepared for a short wait.


Ingo's Tasty Food


Ingo's Tasty Food is an Arcadia original. The foodie hot spot features a menu that is as delicious as it is unpretentious. The restaurant, which describes itself as "a gourmet food stand," features an eating counter and picnic garden seating - perfect for an outdoor dining feast, or for gourmet takeaway that won't break the bank. The menu features some of the best grass-fed beef burgers in Phoenix, as well as specialty salads, sandwiches, and even a juicy steak-and-salad combo. The drink menu features a small but excellent selection of wine, blush sangria, and three craft draft beers. Everything on the menu is available to go.


Nook


Nook evokes images of a cozy place to sit back and relax with a hearty plate of comfort food. Fortunately, that's exactly what you'll find at this Arcadia eatery, tucked away in the Gas Light shopping center. The menu has everything from light cafe fare to hearty Mediterranean dinners. For starters, try the excellent poutine house fries, served with beef gravy and mozzarella curd. The restaurant also serves a variety of unique bruschettas, including a short rib variety featuring a mushroom duxelle and port demi reduction. Dinner entrees include a savory filet, savory halibut tacos, and a creamy pasta crepe. Gourmet pizzas, excellent desserts, and a winning wine menu make this the perfect destination for a special occasion dinner or date night.


Bar Pesce (formerly Crudo)


Formerly known as Crudo, Bar Pesce is the re-branded and re-engineered new restaurant from chef Cullen Campbell. Like it's predecessor, Bar Pesce offers a refined menu where sushi sensibility meets traditional Italian flavors, this time around with a greater emphasis on seafood. Highlights from the menu include raw fish crudos like the swordfish belly zapped with Leche de Tigre, shallot and white olive oil. Looking for a truly compelling dish? If you place your order 72 hours ahead of time, the kitchen prepares a bahn mi style roasted pig head for $100 that begs to be shared with a group of friends.


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