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5 of the Hottest Restaurants Around Phoenix Right Now

The restaurant scene in the Phoenix area has never been more sizzling. A host of new additions to this vibrant city have elevated its stature as one of the hottest dining destinations in the country. Here are five of the most popular restaurants in Phoenix that should definitely be at the top of your dining out bucket list:

1. Confluence

Located in the scenic foothills of Carefree, this new establishment is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Brandon and Tori Gauthier. Brandon is an acclaimed chef who studied under the famous Chef Kevin Binkley while Tori manages the front end of Confluence. The bistro specializes in delivering healthy foods without sacrificing a strong flavor profile. Begin your meal with an order of sweet potato ravioli or ceviche before moving on to specialties such as diver scallops, guinea hen with lentils, or the Iberico pork chop.

36889 N Tom Darlington Dr, Carefree, AZ 85377, USA

2. Glai Baan

This bright and colorful Thai restaurant is making a name for itself for its casual vibe partnered with some of the city’s best Asian food. The vast offerings at Glai Baan are best enjoyed when sharing dishes, so be sure to bring your friends and your appetite. Order a round of steamed dumplings for the table and then move on to authentic street food such as the crab fried rice, classic Pad Thai, and various noodle offerings. Thai food has a reputation for its bold flavors and Glai Baan perfectly exemplifies this traditional cuisine. 

2333 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA

3. Ghost Ranch

Billing itself as providing modern Southwestern cuisine, Ghost Ranch is one of three new restaurants opened by chef Aaron Chamberlain. Located in South Tempe, this fun restaurant perfectly reflects the history and culture of the Arizona region. Nosh on offerings such as mesquite grilled swordfish tacos, chile rellenos, pollo asado, and grilled trout. A popular brunch serves up delights such as a cast iron blue corn pancake dish, green tomatillo breakfast burrito, and more. 

1006 E Warner Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284, USA

4. New Wave Market

Located in trendy Old Town Scottsdale, this bakery is an ideal place for a quick meal on the go. The bright and airy market features a myriad of hand-rolled bagels, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and much more. Stop by for a quick breakfast or linger over a leisurely lunch. Although the market has only been up and running for two years, it has already amassed a loyal following. And for good reason!

7120 E 6th Ave #20, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

5. La Mejor Barbacoa

Phoenix’s crowded Mexican restaurant space still had room to welcome this gem into the mix. Specializing in regional Barbacoa cuisine, the menu features a variety of choices. Indulge in Menudo, slowly cooked lamb with a side of tortillas, and a distinct salsa that will keep you coming back for more. The understated and neutral color palette of the interior of La Mejor Barbacoa is the ideal complement to its bold and exotic flavors. 

6522 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301, USA

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