A focus on modern American cuisine, seasonal and sustainable produce and stylish ambience abound in Phoenix, a location quickly becoming a South-western culture and foodie destination in its own right. Dine against a backdrop of dramatic panoramic views atop North Mountain, embrace the farm-to-table ethos at a rustic farm or enjoy a handcrafted cocktail in a sleek, urban gastro-lounge. These are 10 of our favorite restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona.
A truly authentic farm-to-table dining experience, Quiessence is located on The Farm at South Mountain, a ten-acre working farm just a short drive from downtown Phoenix. Overseen by mother and son duo Pat and Dustin Christofolo, who double as co-owner and executive chef, Quiessence prides itself on creating classic dishes with a contemporary twist based on sustainable produce grown on the premises and other local farms. The rustic yet modern menu includes handcrafted pappardelle pasta in a pork ragu with sweet potato, braised greens and farmer’s cheese and mixed grill Arizona lamb served with baby artichokes, asparagus and green garlic. The carefully selected wine list features international and American wines, along with a number of local Arizona varieties including a Pillsbury vineyard chardonnay and Sand Reckoner’s Malvasia.
Christopher’s is an intimate restaurant that manages to be upmarket and stylish, yet at the same time relaxed and comfortable. Soft lighting is suspended from exposed ceilings, while black and orange furnishings lend a splash of colour against glass panels and walls that provide views of the restaurant’s open kitchen. Award-winning chef Christopher Gross, who has worked in renowned restaurants including Thierry’s in London and Chez Albert in Paris, has created a menu of contemporary American cuisine mixed with classic French bistro fare. Start your meal with the typically Gallic escargot en croute in a garlic herb butter or Alsatian onion tart with frisee and bacon, before mixing it up with an all American-inspired 8-ounce burger with mixed pommes frites.
Christopher’s, Suite 102, 2502 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, USA, +1 602 522 2344