The Top 5 Southwestern Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:
7133 E. Stetson Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
What began as Tex-Mex Italian 14 years ago has evolved into Modern American with global influences. Whether you’re not sure what you’re craving, or if you’re with a group on finicky foodies, the Cowboy Ciao menu offers something for everyone.
El Chorro Lodge
5550 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
El Chorro Lodge, which sits on 14 desert acres in Paradise Valley, is more than a Valley tradition, it’s a sensory experience. Enjoy the captivating Sonoran landscape and relish in the chef’s nightly inspirations and award winning dishes.
2501 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Fuego Tacos was awarded Best Taco by local food critic Howard Seftel. It’s also a gathering spot for the young and hip, as well as celebrities who visit Phoenix.
Tonto Bar & Grill
5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
This rustic restaurant takes pride in creating signature dishes from the finest, freshest ingredients, all-natural meats and sustainable seafood, and as many native Arizona products as possible. And you’ll love the ambiance: it looks like an Old West pueblo without the restaurant kitsch.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Five locations in Arizona
Z’Tejas appeals to families, business lunch professionals and happy-hour crowds. It offers creative Southwest fare with Cajun, Mexican and Pacific influences. Popular dishes include voodoo tuna, shrimp tostada bites, catfish beignets, Santa Fe smoked-chicken enchiladas and ancho fudge pie.