The 10 Top Restaurants In Glendale, Arizona

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9 February 2017

The beautiful and vibrant modern city of Glendale in the heart of Arizona is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Phoenix and boasts a lively media and entertainment district as well as a plethora of restaurants, cafés and bars. Read on to find the 10 best places to dine when next in town.

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Arrowhead Grill

Specialising in succulent steaks, the Arrowhead Grill menu is the brainchild of executive chef Charles Wade Schwerd. The beef is bred on corn and alfalfa, ensuring tender, flavoursome and well-marbled meat that has been carefully reared with attention to sustainability. Choose from a wide variety of cuts, such as filet, T-bone, and bone-in porterhouse steaks, to be enjoyed with a range of sides, from caramelised onions to lobster mashed potatoes. For those looking for something a little lighter, the chef also promises a tempting array of seafood, from lobster to salmon and everything in between. Desserts have the feel of classic French cooking, with favourites including crème brûlée, chocolate fondue and chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream.

Arrowhead Grill, 8280 W Union Hills Dr, Glendale, AZ, USA, +1 623 566 2224

Betty’s Nosh

Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American, Seafood, $$$
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Betty’s Nosh is full of fun-guys, or, fungi, as it has become well-known as a unique haven for mushroom enthusiasts. The signature mushroom bar, perhaps the only one of its kind, requires the diner to choose between a portobello mushroom or three large button mushrooms topped with a range of fillings, from shepherd’s pie to eggs Florentine and chicken al fredo. For those less keen on the humble mushroom, Betty’s is also a comprehensive wine bar, offering more traditional culinary options such as steak, beef sliders and penne bolognese. For dessert, indulge your sweet tooth with a trio of crème brûlée, caramel toffee roulade and white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake.

Le Chalet

A French, Swiss and fondue specialist, Le Chalet gives off an air of homeliness, serving indulgently rich dishes perfect for sharing. The interior is decorated with traditional French posters and street signs alongside hand painted murals of traditional and nostalgic French scenes. As well as great food and an evocative, authentic atmosphere, Le Chalet also hosts great live music events several times a month. Signature dishes include beef fondue, served with a selection of four different sauces and sweet potato fries, as well as a traditional Swiss fondue with oozy Gruyère cheese. Desserts come in the form of sweet French-style crepes and, of course, a chocolate fondue with fresh fruit for dipping.

Le Chalet, 5626 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ, USA, +1 602 337 8760

Cucina Tagliani

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Cucina Tagliana is a two-part enterprise in Arizona, with the original site set in Glendale. The Glendale restaurant is an intimate, family-owned space specialising in providing fresh, authentic Italian pizza to the region for over 21 years, a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike. The team serves a selection of traditional pizzas and Italian sandwiches for dining in and taking away, including specialties such as spicy sausage, Mediterranean inspired toppings and a giant Stromboli, perfect for sharing. If looking for a delicate flavour of Italy, choose the strawberry and goats cheese salad with toasted almonds, finishing off with a slice of chocolate mascarpone cake.

Haus Murphy’s

Restaurant, German, $$$
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Haus Murphy’s German restaurant celebrates the qualities of excellent hospitality and delicious cuisine from one of the most influential countries in Europe. Promising excellent German food, beer and festivities, this friendly restaurant transports you to Berlin without having to cross the Atlantic. Every year, Haus Murphy’s celebrates important events within the German calendar, including the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest. In terms of cuisine, Haus Murphy’s keeps it traditional, with a multitude of pork and beef wursts that are perfect for soaking up the free-flowing German beer. The currywurst in particular comes locally recommended, a punchy classic to be enjoyed with lashings of curry ketchup. The friendly staff and loyal patrons are sure to guarantee a fun, if slightly boisterous, night of music, beer and food.

Kiss The Cook

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Since 1982, Kiss the Cook has been serving fantastic home-cooked brunches and delicious, hearty dinners to the people of Glendale. As well as offering the opportunity to dine-in, Kiss the Cook provides a selection of ready-made pies for customers to take home, filled with rich fruit and cream. For those seeking the restaurant experience, stop by for their famous breakfasts and brunches and enjoy syrupy pancakes and fluffy omelettes as well as corned beef hash and succulent breakfast meats in gravy. If available for lunch, try one of their more unusual sandwich choices, such as peanut butter and sprouts, or stick with tradition and opt for the ever-popular roast beef and smoked ham sandwiches.


Diner, Restaurant, Mexican
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If looking for the very best Mexican food in Glendale, search no further than Pedro’s, the quintessential Mexican restaurant. With more than 33 years’ experience, guests are in safe hands when it comes to picking sumptuous Tex-Mex dishes. The menu features all of the classics, including beef burritos, shrimp (and the famous chicken) tacos, shredded meat and bean tostadas, perfect for any occasion and great for sharing with family and friends. For fans of variety and extra spice, mixing and matching will help to create a Mexican-style tapas meal perfect for even the most discerning diner.

Rayner’s Chocolate And Coffee Shop

Cafe, Patisserie, Pastries, European, $$$
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Rayner’s Chocolate and Coffee Shop is a small, downtown café that specialises in homemade chocolates, pastries and artisan coffee. Inspired by European patisserie, diners can choose from French classics (such as pithiviers), Danish cakes, English sausage rolls, Cornish pasties, and Welsh Eccles cakes. The chocolates are handcrafted from decadent Belgian chocolate, used to crown the strawberry and praline bon bons as well as the lime basil and goats cheese chocolates, for those looking to be adventurous. The rich, dark coffee is roasted in house and carefully brewed to optimise flavour, perfect alongside a savoury sandwiches, filled with everything from tuna artichoke salad to classic roast beef.

The Spicery

Restaurant, American, Tea , $$$
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The Spicery is nestled within one of Glendale’s oldest buildings. Built in 1895, the house belonged to successive families until 1987, when it was bought by Martha Campbell, who promptly renovated the space into a successful restaurant. Today, the Spicery is owned and operated by Matt Borowski and promises a smorgasbord of dishes from traditional pastries, sandwiches and soups to bigger plates such as quiche served with garden salad and crisp, freshly baked rolls. The restaurant also serves a sterling afternoon tea, arriving as a three-course meal, concluding with a decadent array of bite-sized sweet treats from brownies to lemon bars. Set in a charming location, the Spicery offers both quality and relaxation for an extra special afternoon treat.

Three Pitts Again

As the undisputed home of the Barbecue, the USA has many thousands of top-notch restaurants attempting to perfect the ultimate outdoor meal. Amongst the best is Glendale’s Three Pitts Again. Stop by for classic Barbecue cuisine such as pulled chicken with a side of sharp dill pickles and crispy onion rings, or house-smoked turkey with chilli cheese fries. The most popular choices include the slow barbecued beef brisket and the ample slab ribs, both marinated in a secret sauce and rolled in a unique blend of spices.

Three Pitts Again, 5558 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ, USA, +1 602 996 7488