Good Eats in SOMO
In the past decade Phoenix’s culinary scene has exploded. No longer just the bastion of Mexican cuisine, the Valley of the Sun has a wealth of talented chefs and independent eateries that make it a foodie paradise. And best of all, living in South Mountain (SOMO) some of the top tables are right outside your door.
If it’s fine dining you’re after look no further than the flagship restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain. Quiessence will delight epicureans with its creative, farm-to-table three, four and five course tasting experiences. The menu changes on a daily basis depending on what Chef Dustin Christofolo believes are the freshest ingredients on the farm that day. The food, combined with the setting, make Quiessence one of the most romantic restaurants in the city.
Chef/owner Leo Madrigal brings his Mexican heritage and 30 year culinary background to Cocina Madrigal, specializing in homemade enchiladas, tacos and salads. The restaurant was named as the 5th best place in the United States for tacos by Travel & Leisure Magazine and one of the top 100 places to eat by USA Today. Cocina Madrigal also has an impressive list of tequilas to wash it all down with.
Chanpen Thai Cuisine
Chanpen Thai Cuisine proves that good things come in small packages. This tiny eatery packs a big punch. Arguably the best Thai food in the city, the family-run restaurant serves up authentic flavor with friendly customer service that keeps the place packed.
For 50 years, Rustler’s Rooste has delighted Phoenix diners with its rustic steakhouse food and amazing location atop a butte in the foothills of South Mountain. In addition to the standard steaks and seafood you’ll find rattlesnake on the menu! It doesn’t get more cowboy country than that. Enjoy the food, view and live country music every night.
Morning Glory Café
For weekend brunch head to Morning Glory Café at The Farm at South Mountain. Get your a.m. coffee fix, plus hearty breakfast fare here. Outdoor seating by the Farm’s organic garden makes it a Zen place to start the day.
Los Dos Molinos
For over 30 years Los Dos Molinos family eatery, which is named after the family’s two grinders (molinos), has delighted Valley diners with New Mexican eats. How do Mexican and New Mexican differ? It’s all about the heat baby. The flavorful dishes pack a punch and the word “mild” is not in the chef’s vocabulary.
For more classic Mexican fare on the mountain, head to Poncho’s. It’s another family owned eatery with a menu steeped in recipes handed down generation to generation. Next year it celebrates its 50th anniversary in Phoenix.
Tres Leches Café
No doubt about it, Mexican coffee can be delectable and you’ll find the best at Tres Leches Café. The small, local shop is the alternative to the big chains you find on every street corner in Phoenix and in fact was the first Mexican Gourmet Coffee Shop in Arizona. Don’t miss the delicious Mexican dessert coffees.