In 1986, the Tenorio family pooled their knowledge of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine to create a restaurant that combined authentic, south-of-the-border cuisine with quick service. They named it Filiberto’s after one of their own, Filiberto Tenorio. Since then, Filiberto’s Mexican Food has expanded to three states and 55 locations, but their commitment to fresh ingredients hasn’t changed. Available for dine-in or carry-out, the menu abounds with crispy chicken, beef, and pork tacos, hefty burritos, and combination platters that pair enchiladas, tacos, and chili rellenos with rice and beans or a compatible paper doll.
Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant’s executive chef has been manning the kitchen for more than 20 years, cooking Mandarin recipes that he first crafted in Northern China. More than 80 different dishes populate the menu, including the Lotus Delight, a popular blend of crispy bacon, chicken, and veggies submerged in a secret sauce, whose recipe is only revealed to diners who can correctly guess the number between one and three. The chef also whips up supersize portions of beef broccoli and almond chicken for family-style dinners.
Maxim Restaurant’s lunch specials may read like a Chinese takeout menu—it includes kung pao chicken served with soup, an egg roll, and rice—but its extensive selection of pho epitomizes Vietnamese fare. Beef phos filled with meats cooked to different temperatures and textures represent a large portion.
If you want a truly authentic experience, ask for the Chinese menu when owner Rose seats you. It's the quickest way to dishes such as crispy pork belly, shark-fin soup, and chicken with squid. But don't overlook the mammoth egg rolls, which the Phoenix New Times called a "must have."
Bamboo Grille’s culinary craftspeople grill, steam, and sizzle signature entrees that are found on a mouthwatering menu, which showcases authentic dishes from Japan, China, Vietnam, and Korea. Ravenous patrons can coronate a meal with an appetizer, such as edamame ($4) or chicken lettuce wraps with green beans, carrots, and shiitake mushrooms ($9). Discover edible treasure troves such as the flaming pepper steak drizzled in flaming cognac sauce ($17), or the lightly battered walnut shrimp, which utilizes a creamy white sauce and honey-glazed walnuts to enliven incisors with a sense of elation they haven’t felt since they were spared by the tooth fairy ($13). Treat taste buds to an underwater delight with the teriyaki salmon ($15), or revel in the various choices of sushi, such as the spicy crab and yellowtail-packed Rodeo roll ($10.50) or the soft-shell crab tempura roll ($10).
The whole family can sample Dragon Palace’s Mandarin and Sichuan-style cuisine with a family dinner for up to six people. Each dinner comes with soups, egg rolls, fried wontons, chow mein, and an assortment of meat dishes. The restaurant also hosts four other meal options that serve a minimum of two.