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At first glance, Avondale, Arizona, seems to be a suburb with what seems to be a host of ordinary chain restaurants. Look closer and you will find a restaurant scene with hidden gems and a diverse selection. We highlight the 10 best.
Flavors of Louisiana brings the vibrant dishes of the cajun and creole cuisines from deep in the American South. The residents of Avondale get a rare slice of authentic bold flavors, far from The Bayou State. Regular menu items include crawfish, shrimp and grits, and fried okra. Try an alligator or catfish Po’ Boy for a sandwich you will never forget. If you didn’t think you could get a proper glass of sweet tea west of the Mississippi, you’re in for a refreshing treat. The owners and staff at Flavors of Louisiana are eager to share a bit of southern hospitality with everyone who visits.
Frybread is a dish that is unique to America. Based on authentic meals from selected Native American tribes, Arizona Frybread has taken the concept and dialed it way, way up. They take warm, pillowy fried dough and top it with things like seasoned shredded beef, mojito chicken, and slow-cooked beans. A house favorite is the Buckeye: beans, cheese, red chile, green chile, tomatoes and lettuce. For something sweet, try a dessert frybread with cinnamon brown sugar, or honey and powdered sugar. Arizona Frybread is a tasty offering that you won’t find outside of the American Southwest.
Arizona Frybread, 1473 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ, USA, +1 623-386-5544
The first priority at Colados is to make amazing coffee. At a very close second is to make their crepes unbelievable. The combination of those two items is a match made in heaven. Specialty coffee drinks are made to order, using high-quality beans and a pour-over brewing technique. Crepes are made with a variety of sweet and savory fillings. Try a sweet one with peaches, caramel, and almonds, or the tropical, with pineapple, coconut, and nuts. For a different flavor profile, try the chipotle, with cheese, ham, and spinach. Colados is open all day for a pick-me-up, with a delightful side of European-inspired crepe goodness.
Colados, 10685 W Indian School Rd, Avondale, AZ, USA, +1 623-215-3826
It seems that Avondalians really like their Greek food, because Greek Gyro Express is one of a few great Greek places that locals frequent. This restaurant is a more recent addition to the local scene. But their Gyros are said to be the best around, and the salads are piled high with tangy feta and olives. The homemade tzatziki is an expertly creamy complement to a number of dishes, including the falafel and the lamb shank. Greek Gyro Express also uses an old family recipe to make Greek spaghetti: pasta with ground beef sauce and a touch of cinnamon.
Greek Gyro Express, 1467 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ, USA, +1 623-882-9100