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At work?  Ready for your lunch break?  Are you a hungry, hungry “hippo?”  Well then, Phoenix has a grand variety of places to eat which reflects the cultural diversity of the growing metropolis and you’ll find cuisine to set your taste buds on fire from around the world. The local cuisine is essentially Mexican influenced though you will also find excellent Asian, American, and European food with influences from all over the world.

Here are the top five recommendations for you to try in Phoenix for satisfying your appetite.

The Atlas Bistro

You’ll find the Atlas on North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale and make sure you bring the best wine you can buy as the staff will create food to match! THIS Bring Your Own Bottle establishment produces absolutely brilliant signature dishes including hazelnut chocolate panna cotta, crispy skin grouper, ginger cured duck and wild boar empanada.

Drink and eat to your heart’s content in a friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere and at a price that will not blow the vacation budget.

Los Reyes de la Torta

Los Reyes is found on N Seventh Street in downtown Phoenix and delivers fabulous Mexican cuisine with the signature tortas (or a Mexican sandwich) taking center stage; the torta del rey is stuffed with beef, chorizo, pork, ham, cheese and fried eggs as well as a number of mouth watering spices and other ingredients which will ensure you certainly do enjoy a balanced diet!

If you think of Mexican food as heavy and over spiced you are in for a revelation so try the huaraches (thick open tortillas) and sopes (cornmeal breads) along with more traditional Mexican food but not as you’ve experienced it so far.

Barrio Café

Located in downtown Phoenix at North 16th Street, this is a low key Mexican eatery but this joint goes way beyond burritos and tacos. Mexican food has much more to offer and here you will be able to savor slow roasted Yucatan pork (in Mexican cochinitia pibil), tequila lobster quesadilla, chicken mole and very Moorish, duck breast with tamarind sauce.

Kai

Kai is something of a rarity – tribal cuisine served up in a memorable style and which you will never forget!

Kai is located on West Wild Horse Pass Boulevard on the Gila River Reservation so you can combine a visit to the reservation with a food experience you are going to remember for a long time after. The Baja scallops and buffalo loin with saguaro blossom syrup and fried bread are signature dishes and not to be missed and do not forget the Mexican chocolate!

Vincent on Camelback

You’ll find Vincent’s’ on East Camelback Road where Vincent Guerithault has been amazing the locals with his award winning cuisine for decades with a combination of Southwestern food with a French flair. Here you’ll find Arizona honey duck confit with an extra wickedly delicious tequila soufflé and don’t miss out on the blue corn crusted sweetbread which is something else indeed.

If you are looking for food with a touch of something extra, you will find it here served in elegant surroundings and a first class service.

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