10 Best Homestyle Restaurants in Phoenix for Comfort Food Favorites

Phoenix offers all kinds of homestyle restaurants delivering the kind of flavors that make home-cooking so craveable. For homestyle soul food, there's the legendary Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles, a south Phoenix institution known for soul food classics like fried catfish,  shrimp mac and cheese, and of course, crispy homemade fried chicken. The restaurant has an excellent all-day breakfast menu that features everything from short stacks to egg white omelets. 

For comfort food with foodie flair, head to Phoenix's artsy Roosevelt neighborhood for lunch at the Welcome Diner. Try one of the house made biscuit creations, like the Bumblebee plate. It comes with fried chicken breast, local honey, house made beer mustard, bread and butter pickles. 

Another midtown gem is Tuck Shop, which describes itself as a neighborhood comfort shop. The menu changes frequently, but you can always count on modern comfort food with a gourmet twist. For starters, try the beer-battered cheese curds. It's a decadent, mouth-watering appetizer that you simply won't find anywhere else.

For breakfast platters dripping with homestyle flavors, head to Phoenix's historic Arcadia neighborhood for brunch at the Ranch House Grille. The chicken fried steak is generously topped with the kitchen's excellent homemade gravy.

Finally, if you're looking for upscale comfort food, head to Ten Handcrafted American Fare & Spirits, where you'll find classic southern starters like hush puppies, along with midwest standards like Cincinnati chili.  


Matt's Big Breakfast

If you don't know where Matt's Big Breakfast is, no problem. Simply look for the long trail of chatting, slightly restless men and women lined up outside a modest brick house on First Street. This is Matt's Big Breakfast, one of the city's most...  Read More

The Original Breakfast House in northeast Phoenix is a popular breakfast and brunch destination for classic diner grub with a twist. The huge breakfast menu includes house favorites like the deep-fried French toast topped with seasonal food, and...  Read More

Phoenix has a lot of barbecue joints, but Pork on a Fork stands out from the crowd for its dedication and passion to complex, succulent chicken and beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked ribs. High quality meats are shipped in from the owner's...  Read More

This South Phoenix institution has been dishing out some of the best home-style Mexican food for decades. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior and lackluster dining area: the food is hot, tasty, and top-notch. Tacos, burros, flautas,...  Read More

The motto at Tuck Shop is "neighborhood comfort shop." Tucked away in a central Phoenix neighborhood, this popular restaurant serves carefully crafted comfort food in a small, intimate dining room. The menu, which changes frequently, features...  Read More

Located in the Arcadia neighborhood, Ranch House Grill is a family-owned restaurant in dishing out tasty Southwestern-style comfort food for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant is known for its large portions, great value, and of course, comfort...  Read More


"The most important meal of the day!" reads the breakfast menu at Biscuits, a popular mom-and-pop diner dishing out hot, delicious breakfast platters for a steady cadre of regulars. Old-fashioned breakfasts are the specialty here, including huge...  Read More

What this tiny traditional diner lacks in square footage, it more than makes up in style and heart. The vintage diner ambiance and modern American menu of comfort food classics has made Welcome Diner a downtown favorite. The food menu includes...  Read More

A local institution, Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffle's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, prompting an expansion into all corners of the city. But the original location on Central Avenue is still the best, offering a taste lesson in...  Read More

For homestyle eats in Phoenix served with a creative and upscale flair, head to Ten Handcrafted American Fare & Spirits. Chef & Owner Jeff Hostenske has become known for his approachable take on midwest classics and southern eats. The...  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.

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