Arizona’s Sonoran cuisine features a blend of Mexican and Native American influences, although numerous Phoenix restaurants look to even more exotic flavors. Some of the best restaurants in Phoenix—including several James Beard Award winners—indulge diners with eclectic options such as authentic Neapolitan pizza or izakaya-style Japanese cuisine. In the East Valley, Scottsdale restaurants lure crowds with refined, locally inspired cooking, much like the cuisine at Rancho Pinot. When searching for the best Mexican food in Phoenix, prepare to sample classic comfort foods typically found throughout Oaxaca, Hidalgo, and, of course, Sonora.

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