Welcome to Phoenix: A Guide to Food & Drinks

Where to Eat & Drink in Phoenix
Wendy Diep
Foodie & Co-Founder @ Let's Jetty

Alright, babes, let's talk about Phoenix's food scene – because it's hotter than the Arizona sun. Get ready to indulge like the boujee queens you are at these must-hit spots that are totally on point with all the Phoenix vibes and flavors. My best friend lived in Phoenix/Scottsdale for over 5 years and I visited her several times a year during that time. I'm saying these are my recommendations, but really they're hers from every time she played tour guide.

1. Buck & Rider

Get ready to dive into some serious seafood decadence at Buck & Rider – it's basically an ocean oasis in the desert. From succulent oysters to Insta-worthy lobster rolls, this place is serving up freshness that's so on point, you'll feel like you're seaside.

Order from the Raw Bar at Buck & Rider

As a total seafood aficionado, I fancy myself a bit of a raw bar expert, and let me tell you, Buck & Rider's raw bar is on freaking point. 🐟🍣 Trust me, you won't find fresher oysters or more succulent seafood anywhere else in Phoenix. It's basically seafood heaven, and you're gonna want to dive in headfirst.

Website: Buck & Rider
Instagram: @buckandrider

2. North Italia

If you're all about that Italian flair, North Italia is your jam. Handmade pasta, wood-fired pizzas – need we say more? It's like a taste of Italy right here in the heart of Phoenix. Get ready to carb-load like a true Italian goddess.

Charcuterie Plate at North

Okay, so I'm a total East Coast Italian food snob – I mean, nothing beats New York, right? But North Italia? It's pretty freaking solid. 🍝🗽 Sure, it might not be Little Italy, but their pasta game is strong, and their pizzas? Chef's kiss. Plus, they've got multiple locations with outdoor seating, perfect for group hangs – just maybe skip the patio in the scorching Phoenix heat, unless you're into that whole "I'm melting" vibe.

Website: North Italia
Instagram: @eatnorthitalia

3. O.H.S.O. Brewery

Summer Patio Vibes at O.H.S.O.

Let's talk beer, babes. O.H.S.O. Brewery is where it's at for all you craft brew connoisseurs. Sip on a cold one while soaking up those desert vibes – because nothing beats a locally brewed pint after a long day of slaying in the Phoenix heat.

Website: O.H.S.O. Brewery
Instagram: @ohsobrewery

4. The Porch

The Porch in Phoenix, AZ

Need a cozy spot to chill? The Porch has got you covered. Juicy burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches – easy comfort food. I wouldn't say it's a place for the cocktails, but a great neighborhood hang with drinks. They've got swing seats in their outdoor patio that'll make you feel like you're chilling in a freakin' treehouse. 🌳 With retro vibes and games (ski ball for the win, am I right?), it's the ultimate hangout spot where you'll find good vibes and a good time.

Website: The Porch
Instagram: @porchrestaurants

5. Century Grand Phoenix

Grey Hen at Century Grand

Okay, hold onto your cocktail glasses, because I'm about to spill the tea on Century Grand – the ultimate boujee oasis for cocktail connoisseurs like us. 🍸✨ Named Best Cocktail Bar in the 2023 Spirited Awards by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. But wait, it's not home to one, or even two, BUT THREE amazing cocktail bars -- like, do you even need any more convincing? These spots at the Century Grand are a must visit while you're in Phoenix.

Website: Century Grand Phoenix
Instagram: @centurygrandphx

Platform 18 @ Century Grand

First up, let's talk about Platform 18 – it's not just a bar, it's a freakin' experience. Picture yourself transported back to 1924 New York, boarding a glamorous, Presidential Pullman-inspired train car. It's like old Hollywood glamour meets Gatsby vibes, and you're living your best life.

Platform 18 at Century Grand

Picture yourself sipping on a perfectly crafted old fashioned as you soak up the vintage vibes of this Presidential Pullman-inspired train car. But the cocktails here aren't just drinks – they're works of art. From timeless classics to innovative concoctions, each sip is a journey through cocktail history, elevated to new heights of perfection.

Website: Platform 18 @ Century Grand
Instagram: @centurygrandphx

Grey Hen Rx @ Century Grand

Get ready to elevate your cocktail game at Grey Hen Rx. With hand-selected fine spirits and a team of seasoned professionals behind the bar, this apothecary-style lounge is all about pushing the boundaries of mixology.

Grey Hen at Century Grand

Think carefully curated cocktails that blend the finest bourbons and whiskeys with exotic ingredients and bold flavors. Whether you're sipping on a smoky bourbon concoction or a refreshing New Orleans-inspired cocktail, each drink is a symphony of taste and sophistication.

Website: Grey Hen Rx @ Century Grand
Instagram: @greyhenphx

Undertow @ Century Grand

Ahoy, cocktail lovers! Prepare to set sail on a flavor voyage like no other at Undertow. From the moment you step into this nautical-inspired paradise, you'll be greeted with a menu of tropical and exotic cocktails that will transport you to distant shores.

Picture yourself sipping on a handcrafted tiki masterpiece, garnished with fresh fruit and served in a coconut shell – it's like a vacation in a glass. And with rare rums sourced from around the world, every sip is a celebration of the rich history and culture of cocktail craftsmanship.

Website: Undertow at Century Grand
Instagram: @undertowphx

So there you have it, babes – your ultimate foodie guide to Phoenix. Whether you're craving seafood, Italian eats, craft brews, or creative cocktails, these spots have everything you need to live your best boujee life in the desert. Cheers to good eats and even better vibes!

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