Pasta, Tacos and Craft Beer: 20 New Restaurants and Bars in Metro Phoenix

Article originally posted on AZ Central on December 2, 2021

You can find build-your-own rice bowls, order Thai boat noodles and sample local brews at the newest restaurants and bars in town.

Explore seasonal offerings from the Chanukah menu at a new Chompie’s in Paradise Valley to Cider Corp’s Winter Fruit Salad brew at Tap Dragon in Gilbert.

Heading to a Cardinals game? Eric’s Family Barbecue in the West Valley is now slinging sandwiches at State Farm Stadium.

Diners should follow pandemic guidelines when eating out. As of Nov. 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that people who are fully vaccinated may resume activities they were doing prior to the pandemic. Medical experts say booster shots, now available for adults, can decrease your chances of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Here are 20 new restaurants and bars to try in metro Phoenix this month.

Aftermath Bar & Kitchen

Located near the northwest corner of 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, this swanky new restaurant from Charles Barber Jr., co-founder of Hush Public House, offers a menu of upscale gastropub dishes like decadent mac n’ cheese and slide-off-the-bone short ribs with harissa sauce.

Details: 1534 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix. aftermathphoenix.com.

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Babbo Italian Eatery

This locally-owned Italian American restaurant serves salads, pasta, pizza and sandwiches. If you’re in the mood for noodles, the extensive menu includes a zoodles arrabbiata, lemon garlic spaghetti and a Cajun jambalaya fettuccine.

Details: 15705 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear. 623-440-2117, babboitalian.com.

Bap and Chicken

Bap (or bob/bop) means cooked rice or meal in Korean and it’s having a bit of a fast food moment in metro Phoenix. The latest arrival, Bap and Chicken, is located near the southwest corner of 54th Street and Ray Road in Chandler. Along with rice bowls, the restaurant offers Korean fried chicken and corn dogs on Thursdays.

Details: 960 N. 54th St., Chandler. 480-306-3324, bapandchicken.com.

Cha Da Thai

Scottsdale residents might remember Cha Da Thai, a mom-and-pop shop that specialized in Bangkok street foods. After changing ownership and the name to Simply Thai Kitchen in 2021, the original owner is back with Cha Da Thai 2.0. The Pan-Asian menu still features Thai specialties, including the kuaitiao (boat noodles), ka nom jeep (steamed dumplings), and yentafo, a noodle soup that gets its pink color from fermented bean paste.

Details: 2765 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-945-3182, chadathaiaz.com.

Chompie’s

 The mile-high corned beef sandwich at Chompie's.

The Borenstein family’s local chain has been around since 1979, offering classic Jewish and New York-style dishes like matzo ball soup, latkes, bagels and deli sandwiches. This new location at the northeast corner of 32nd Street and Cactus Road in Phoenix replaces the Paradise Valley Mall location.

Details: 3212 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. 602-710-2910, chompies.com.

Eric’s Family Barbecue

Albert loads the smoker with seasoned brisket for overnight cooking at Eric's Family BBQ in Avondale on Oct. 9, 2021.

This Avondale restaurant planted a significant flag in metro Phoenix’s barbecue scene. Now you can enjoy central Texas-style brisket or pulled pork sandwiches while cheering on the Cardinals since the barbecue joint opened as a concessions stand inside State Farm Stadium in section 434.

Details: State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale. ericsfamilybbq.com.

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Far Away Wine & Provisions

Located in a strip mall on the southeast corner of 30th Street and Indian School Road, this bar features a rotating selection of wines and craft beer sold by the glass and bottle, accompanied by light bites inspired by the owners’ “favorite wine bars around the world.”

Details: 3031 E. Indian School Road, #10, Phoenix. farawaywineaz.com.

The Garfield

This vintage diner is named after its Phoenix neighborhood. Husband-and-wife team Oswald “Ozzie” Fuentes and Shannon Moss run The Garfield, located in the original Welcome Diner building. The restaurant serves coffee, ice cream and tacos with flank steak carne asada.

Details: 924 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. instagram.com/the_garfield_phx.

K-38 Beach Mex Cantina

You can find shrimp borrachos, green chile queso, mango micheladas and a variety of margaritas at this new Baja California-inspired restaurant in south Chandler. The cantina is named after the surf breaks found at Kilometer 38 of Baja Highway 1.

Details: 1155 W. Ocotillo Road, #1, Chandler. 480-758-4536, k-38beachmexcantina.com.

K-Bop

Deez Buns co-founder Justin Jin Park announced earlier this year his family was creating a Korean build-your-own rice bowl shop, and it has now opened ink the former location of Deez Buns, near the northeast corner of Priest Drive and Washington Street in Tempe. The restaurant also offers dosirak, or Korean-style lunchboxes with sides.

Details: 1158 W. Washington St., #105, Tempe. 602-267-1715.

Ono Hawaiian BBQ

The latest in this fast-casual chain’s expansion across the Valley, Ono Hawaiian BBQ has opened on Rural Road in Tempe. The restaurant serves classic Hawaiian plate lunches, from grilled spam and eggs to kalua pork with white rice and macaroni salad. Appetizers include crab rangoon and musubi.

Details: 9954 S. Rural Road, Tempe. 602-617-4339, onohawaiianbbq.com.

Pedal Haus

This popular Tempe brewery made its downtown Phoenix debut. The pub on Roosevelt Row offers a selection of fresh, award-winning brews from Tempe, plus cocktails and bar food, such as nachos, chicken wings and burgers. Pedal Haus also features an outdoor patio and merchandise corner.

Details: 220 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. pedalhausbrewery.com.

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Raising Cane’s

This Louisiana fast food chain is known for its breaded chicken fingers, which come in combo boxes with crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast, coleslaw and Cane’s sauce. The rapidly expanding company opened a restaurant near Westgate Entertainment District that features a double drive-thru.

Details: Northeast of Westgate, 9232 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. raisingcanes.com.

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Salt Tacos y Tequila

Restaurant by day, club by night, this Westgate party spot recently opened its third location in SanTan Village shopping center. The menu features an elote dip, enchiladas with red or green sauce and taco salad, as well as mimosa and bloody mary pitchers during weekend brunch.

Details: SanTan Village, 2206 E. Williams Field Road, #101, Gilbert. santan.salttacosytequila.com.

Tacos Calafia

Nachos al pastor with chips, nacho cheese sauce and meat at Tacos Calafia in Tolleson.

This former taco truck has since expanded from the West Valley across the metro area, offering Tijuana-style tacos, vampiros and mulitas. Former Arizona Republic dining critic Dominic Armato was a fan of the al pastor, “sizzled to a charred crisp with a potent marinade and a light cinnamon scent.” The new Ahwatukee shop is located in the plaza near the southwest side of I-10 and Chandler Boulevard.

Details: 4909 E. Chandler Blvd., #511, Phoenix. tacoscalafia.com.

Tap Dragon

This craft beer taproom and wine bar features a wide, rotating selection of local brews, as well as mead and cider. TV screens set up around the bar ensure you can catch the game while imbibing on a strawberry rhubarb sour.

Details: 835 S. Gilbert Road, #101, Gilbert. 480-841-5566, thetapdragon.com.

Ziggi’s Coffee

This drive-thru chain from Colorado offers classic cappuccinos, cold brews and café au lait, as well as flavored coffee drinks like Turtle Mocha and Raspberry Truffle. The coffee shop also serves smoothies, Red Bull infusions and scones.

Details: 4044 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. ziggiscoffee.com.

Angie’s Lobster

Lobster roll meal at Angie's Lobster.

From Salad and Go co-founders Tony and Roushan Christofellis comes a food truck and soon-to-be drive-thru restaurant, located in the former Taco Bell on Hardy Drive and Baseline Road in Tempe. Boasting $9.99 lobster rolls, including fries and drink, Tony said the restaurant honors his blue-collar mom — “anyone cat eat lobster.”

Details: 835 W. Baseline Road, Tempe. angieslobster.com.

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Moiselle

In downtown Phoenix, sommelier Kristin Humphrey and her friend Grace Perry, owner of Gracie’s Tax Bar in Phoenix, have combined powers to open a wine trailer inspired by cafes hidden on the backstreets of Paris. The light pink trailer sits on a blue-tiled patio with seating. The menu offers a rotation of French wines like Cabernet Franc from Chinon and unoaked Chardonnay.

Details: The Pemberton, 1121 N. Second St., Phoenix. instagram.com/moisellephx.

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Neighborly Public House

Grab a seat at the bar or in a tufted leather booth at this uptown Phoenix restaurant, located near the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue. Menu items include baby back ribs, charred cauliflower with yogurt-garlic tahini, Maryland-style crab cakes, broiled oysters Rockefeller and salad with goat cheese and Arizona-grown dates.

Details: 5538 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-675-1852, neighborlypublichouse.com.

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