Known for its charming, tree-lined neighborhoods and blooming citrus trees, Arcadia is a suburban oasis in a big and bustling city.
Located roughly between 36th and 68th streets, sandwiched by Camelback and Thomas roads, it’s a fairly small swath in the sprawl that is Phoenix, but you wouldn’t know it by the bounty of dining options it offers. If you’re hungry, it's guaranteed Arcadia can satisfy any taste or craving.
Fox Restaurant Concepts creates a menu kerfuffle with house-made pizza and free-range rotisserie chicken as the high-flying headliners in this quirky establishment that showcases the best of both dining worlds in zany combinations with unique sides and sauces.
4385 E. Indian School Road
A 1940s brick building repurposed into a modern-day inudustrial roadhouse features a wood-burning rotisserie grill, smoke yard and cozy patio for diners to soak up the aromas and flavors of the American Southwest including cornbread with green chili, burgers, taco platters and grilled salmon.
5040 N. 40th St.
Comfort food undergoes a New American redux as chef Justin Beckett reinvents country supper with items like the signature fork-tender short ribs and chocolate-dipped bacon s’mores served in a rustic farm setting with an award-winning, top-shelf wine list.
3717 E. Indian School Road
Street tacos get a savory, stylish upgrade with bold favors, texture and high-quality ingredients in this modern-day taqueria with Mexican small plates and craft cocktails infused with tequila, bourbon and mezcal served in an intimate bar setting.
3961 E. Camelback Road
Chandeliers, high ceilings and purple leather banquettes tell the Buck &Rider raw bar story, a dining narrative inspired by an Australian coastal beach house that wafts of hand-rolled sushi and LGO reserve beef and unobstructed views of Camelback Mountain with a cozy patio and a roaring stone fireplace.
4225 E. Camelback Road
Gatsby-era hospitality welcomes guests in an open-dining environment featuring a coffee bar, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with civilized offerings like smashed avocado toast, New York prime steak and Mediterranean branzino, as wells as salads, burgers and sophisticated, jazzy cocktails.
4455 E. Camelback Road
All suds and pet lovers are welcome at O.S.H.O. (Outrageous Social Homebrewers Outpost), a nano-brewery/distillery that is dog-friendly with 40-plus beers on tap and house wine and cocktails, a hearty lunch and dinner menu and weekend beer brunch including many gluten-free options.
4900 E. Indian School Road
Chef-owner Cullen Campbell’s reincarnation of his Italian-Japanese restaurant Crudo still features seafood and premium meats grilled on open pecan wood but with more emphasis on Asian influences for a modern coastal twist and an overhauled cheeky classics cocktail menu.
3603 E. Indian School Road
No list would be complete without the OG of the contemporary Arcadia restaurant scene, LGO, which is a bustling gourmet bakery, market, cafe and pizzeria that hits all the marks for a charming neighborly spot with organic coffee and breakfast bar, pizzas and funky, one-of-a-kind gifts.
4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix
Arcadia is home to the original Postino location (circa 2001), housed in a former U.S. post office, which put a stamp on the bruschetta-on-a-board concept (and inspired several more locations) and affordable wine selection that delivers one of the best happy hour deals in town.
3939 E. Campbell Road
New to the Arcadia dining scene is this European-inspired bistro helmed by season eight MasterChef winner Dino Luciano. Serving breakfast and lunch, you’ll feast on breakfast staples and specialty boards, and such lunch offerings as hummus and flatbread, and “bacon of the moment.”
4602 E. Thomas Road
Skip the traditional drive-thru and head to The Stand to satiate your counter need for elevated burgers (ground daily in house), hand-cut fries, hand-spun shakes and homemade lemonade crafted from area-sourced ingredients.
3538 E. Indian School Road
Scratch cooking is the reason the pasta, pizza and lighter menu options as well as scrumptious desserts like salted caramel budino taste so fresh at North Italia, where the Italian favorites are served daily using the best ingredients.
4925 N. 40th Street
Peace, love and farm-fresh food (including vegan, paleo and gluten-free options) is the theme at this flower-power joint with an enlightened menu of bowls, grains, greens and wraps and lemonade, kombucha, and organic wine and beer to generate good vibrations.
4455 E. Camelback Road
Get your grub and bocce ball on at The Vig, an indoor/outdoor upscale tavern spotlighting pub-grub food such as flatbread, nachos, wings, sandwiches, salads, burgers as well as specialities like poke bowls and a kids menu with quintessential mac-n-cheese, sliders and chicken fingers.
4041 N. 40th St.