Phoenix has always been known for a few things: great weather, beautiful hiking, and most importantly: awesome food. Recently, Phoenix was named one of the best cities in the country for restaurants and food and it’s obvious why.

Over the years, this great city has become a melting pot of diverse world cultures–giving us some of the best places to eat in the world. Mexican, Italian, Chinese, BBQ, Fusion–you name it–Phoenix has got it all.

And in today’s competitive food culture, we’re constantly on the lookout for great experiences that we can share with friends and family. Our favorite restaurants–the places we’ll return for years to come–typically us all three. If any restaurant lacks these qualities–we can’t afford to return. And with only so little time and so many places to try, we should only eat at the best of the best of the best.

Here at Spoonthumbs, our restaurant recommendations are based on three separate criteria: Food (Quality, Quantity, & Creativity), Atmosphere, and Service. If you see something recommended on our list, you can rest assured knowing that the restaurant has passed our test for all three factors. (Or at least has a really, really strong two.) Creative meals cooked well in unique atmosphere with attentive service is how you become one of the best Phoenix restaurants. Don’t take our word for it–give them a try.

Check out our interactive map below for an on-going list of up-and-coming local Phoenix restaurants.  We’re constantly adding our favorites to this list over time. Feel free to save a copy of this map in your personal Google Maps account or share it with your friends! To search options, view the map in full-screen. (Don’t forget to check out our blog for weekly visits and hotspots!)

Wanna recommend the next big place to hit the valley? Drop us a line!