Our social media intern, Katrina, is always scouring the social world for trending news and new people, places, and restaurants to collaborate with. With so much research, she’s found the best and most Instagrammable lunch spots in Phoenix! Read along as Katrina sums up her favorite restaurants!
If you live in Arizona, then you know we are a foodie town with an endless array of restaurants on seemingly every corner. If you are new to the area or need some restaurants suggestions to spice up your daily routine, I’ve got seven places you need to try!
For the Italian Lover
For those of you who don’t know, Chicago is known for their famous deep dish pizza. In the windy city the number one rated pizzeria is called Lou Malnati’s. I’m excited to announce that over the summer, Lou’s opened up their first out-of-state pizzeria in Phoenix located on Camelback in the Uptown Plaza–a dream come true for us Italian lovers! If you are looking to indulge and aren’t concerned about calories, I recommend the Deep Dish Cheese Pizza with their specialty flaky buttery pizza crust. This restaurant has adorable outdoor seating with lights, and inside you are greeted with a huge lighted sign that spells out “Cheese.”
For the Sweet Tooth
If you are an ice cream lover, I’ve got the place for you! Churn on Camelback and Central has all the goods that will keep you addicted and coming back for more. This ice cream parlor has a fun vibe with picture perfect white, red, orange, and pink walls ideal for showcasing your scrumptious treat. The inside also has a wall that says “We love having you here,” and what’s better than delicious ice cream and a photo op? My go-to ice cream flavor is Butter Pecan and Madagascar Vanilla. Their ice cream is all fresh and homemade leaving a sweet tooth like me wanting more. Churn up, am I right?
For the Health Conscious
Original ChopShop Co. has a few different locations in Tempe, Old Town Scottsdale, and Chandler. This healthy lunch spot is for the person who appreciates fresh flowers, the warmth of sunshine on their face, and is reminded daily of the refreshing feeling that comes along with a healthy lifestyle and spirit. The menu ranges from salads, protein bowls, sandwiches, wraps, acai bowls, and fresh squeezed juices. Although the menu is so diverse, I can’t stray away from their pitaya acai bowl and BBQ Chicken Salad. It’s the perfect recipe to satisfy that midday hunger that seems to get to us all. Besides the food, ChopShop has one of the best ambiances. It has white walls, brick tables, fresh flowers, plants and hanging lights which add to the experience! You’ll be marking your calendar for your next visit in no time!
For the Best Coffee
For those of you who are looking to find a cute new coffee shop, you’re in luck! Lux is located on Central and is home to wonderful coffee, pastries, and their famous mac & cheese. Inside, you will find this urban hipster space with an industrial grungy setting. My go-to coffee at Lux, which happens to be almost everyone’s favorite, is called the Iced Velvet. This will give you the caffeine buzz you need to get through the day. In order to complete the coffee order, don’t forget to ask for their specialty (coffee bean whipped cream) It’s delicious. Besides the coffee, Lux is most known for their mac and cheese. You can either get the original or add bacon or jalapeños. Don’t be surprised if you leave this place with a few new friends as you get pretty close to the people sitting next to you!
For the Bruncher
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is a unique café, coffee bar, and marketplace. The modern retro décor sets the tone of this fun, down-to-earth friendly marketplace. Shades of oranges, blues and browns are complimented by the coffee bar garage door and large windows which keep an open-air feel traversing the inner and outer sitting areas. While you are waiting for your food you can shop around the Marketplace for fun gifts. My favorite menu item is the Turkey Lurkey. If you are a sandwich lover like me, this will satisfy your craving! It has turkey, Havarti cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, field greens, tomato, pesto sauce served on an artisan light bread. Go check it out!
For the Early Birds
If you love new breakfast/lunch restaurants, oh do I have a spot for you! Fame Caffé is located on central that has breakfast and lunch served all day. It is a really cute and quaint space with outdoor seating. The décor is very aesthetic with plants and flowers. The outside seating area where we sat is lined with herb planters which separate you from the parking lot. Wake up early and go check out this cute place!
For the Sandwich Lovers
Worth Takeaway caught my attention on Instagram with their mouthwatering posts of artisan sandwiches and I knew I had to pop in for a visit. Worth Takeaway is a sandwich shop that is locally sourced with high quality products and reasonable prices. Their menu includes breakfast items, gourmet sandwiches and rotisserie. On top of the amazing food, their décor is to die for. The contemporary feel contains high bar top seating with cute little cacti to really give in that Arizonian feel.
I hope you now have a few new restaurants that will spice up your daily routine. Everywhere you look there are restaurants on top of restaurants. If you are a foodie like me, you will enjoy going out and trying these new places with family and friends. Happy eating!!