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Yelp picked these 4 Arizona restaurants in their list of best places to eat in America

Two Tucson eateries and two Valley restaurants made the website's annual list of the top 100 places to eat in the country.

PHOENIX — Yelp recently unveiled its ranking of the 100 best places to eat in the U.S. and a few Arizona restaurants made the list. 

In its 10th iteration of the annual list, Yelp compiled which eateries got some of the best reviews on the company's website. 

A Hawaiian-Korean cafe in Los Angeles nabbed the highest spot on Yelp's list but a restaurant in Tucson managed to get one of the top 10 slots.

Tumerico, a Mexican restaurant specializing in vegetarian dishes, ranked in eighth place on the top 100 list. The restaurant's been singled out for its vegan tamale plates and tofu breakfast burritos.

Phoenix's Cocina Madrigal earned Yelp's No. 1 spot last year. The family-run restaurant was ranked in the 57th spot for the 2023 list. Some of Cocina's popular dishes include chicken enchiladas, oaxaca fundido, and wild mushroom enchiladas.

Two other Arizona restaurants to make the list include:

  • Tucson's Buendia Breakfast, No. 26
  • Scottsdale's De Babel, No. 39

The full list can be found here.

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What is the Valley?

“The Valley” is what locals call the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is considered the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest. 

The Valley is made up of various major cities other than Phoenix, including:

  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Scottsdale
  • Tempe
  • Glendale
  • Surprise
  • Peoria
  • Gilbert
  • El Mirage
  • Avondale
  • Litchfield Park
  • Goodyear
  • Buckeye

Whether a city is in the “East Valley” or “West Valley” depends on where it is in relation to Phoenix.

The cities of the Valley have a combined population of 4,845,832 people, according to the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country right behind the Boston and Atlanta areas.

How big is Maricopa County?

Maricopa County is the United States’ 4th largest county in terms of population with 4,485,414 people, according to the 2020 Census.

The county contains around 63% of Arizona’s population and is 9,224 square miles. That makes the county larger than seven U.S. states (Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire).

One of the largest park systems in the nation is also located in Maricopa County. The county has an estimated 120,000 acres of open space parks that includes hundreds of miles of trails, nature centers and campgrounds.

The county’s seat is located in Phoenix, which is also the state capital and the census-designated 5th most populous city in the United States.

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