If you’re looking for some new restaurants to try for the new year, here are some that may fit your fancy.
The Hatter and Hare is a whimsical Alice in Wonderland-inspired spot with playful décor, oversized furniture, colorful murals, interesting cuisine and a creative cocktail menu. It’s located off 7th Street in Phoenix.
For the newest, freshest and finest seafood - dive into Ocean 44 located near Scottsdale Fashion Square off Goldwater Boulevard. If it sounds familiar, its sister restaurant is Steak 44. This swanky seafood restaurant also features mouthwatering prime grade steaks – combining the best of both worlds all on one plate.
For a modern take on traditional Mexican cuisine- try Toca Madera right across the street at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The restaurant pairs locally sourced ingredients with bold flavors. Not to mention their signature farm-to-glass cocktails that use fresh, seasonal ingredients with every sip.
Another modern twist on southwestern food is Ghost Ranch… which brings the untamed flavors to south Tempe. Enjoy hearty cowboy steaks, smoky rancho beans, larger than life taco platters and legendary bowls of green chile stew.
Experience a fun cool vibe at Pitch in Scottsdale off Thomas Road where you can dine for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Each week, the chef crafts new culinary specials where every taste and texture you experience is lovingly made from scratch. Pitch also prides itself on using local businesses.
For a modern comfort scratch kitchen restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, pastries and coffee- make a stop at Muse and Market off Thomas Road in Phoenix.
Another breakfast, lunch and happy hour hang out is The Larry in Phoenix’s warehouse district off Grant Street. The Larry offers globally inspired food, vegan options, and specialty craft cocktails.
Toast to a new neighborhood cocktail joint, Cotton and Copper off Warner Road in south Tempe. Here, it’s all about conversation and community with handcrafted cocktails, select beer and wine paired with a unique, seasonal and locally focused cuisine.
If you want a high-energy sports bar, check out Tempe’s newest hot spot – Varsity Tavern- that plays host to foodies and sports fans by day and party-goers by night. You can eat, drink and dance in this lively bar located off Mill Avenue.
For something more chill, try Little Rituals. The brains behind the bar are Ross Simon, founder of Bitter and Twisted, and Aaron Defeo, a popular mixologist. It’s a cocktail lounge on the 4th floor of the Residence Inn by Marriott off Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. Drink classically-inspired and season cocktails served alongside chef-driven bar bites.
Finally, for a sweet treat- Scoopwell’s Dough Bar is opening soon to Uptown Plaza. Here, you can savor from-scratch gourmet cookie dough- spooned straight from the mixing bowl and no oven needed! Don’t worry- it’s safe and delicious to eat unbaked.