Over the past month, the valley’s dining scene has hosted a variety of restaurants, including a fried chicken restaurant, a Taiwanese dessert restaurant, and a Vietnamese bakery. Doors have also opened at I Heart Mac & Cheese, where you can customize your grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese bowls, and Matt’s Big Breakfast, a local breakfast staple for several years. Several Valley branches have closed their restaurants, including Pulque, Brunch Cafe, and The Revelry.
Below, check out the full list of Phoenix restaurant scene openings and closings starting October 2021.
I Heart Mac and Cheese
16500 North Scottsdale Road, # 105, Scottsdale
If you’re in the mood for Southern food, I Heart Mac & Cheese has opened its latest store in Scottsdale. You can customize a bowl of mac and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches. The sides include tater tots, cheese broccoli and tomato soup.
Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill
151 East Williams Field Road, Suite D12, Gilbert
Gilbert hosted its sixth location of Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill. The menu includes standard pub fare like nachos, wings, and pizza.
Indian food Haldi
18561 North 59th Avenue, # 122, Glendale
Haldi Indian Cuisine has opened its second location in Glendale. The three-year-old restaurant serves Indian dishes like tandoori chicken, chole, and samosas.
Matt’s big breakfast
7507 West Rose Garden Lane, Glendale
The local breakfast, Matt’s Big Breakfast, has opened its fifth location in Glendale. Some favorites include pork and chick, Belgian waffles, and mashed avocado toast.
Freely Taproom & Kitchen
1730 East Warner Road, # 11, Tempe
Tempe hosted Freely Taproom & Kitchen on the northwest corner of McClintock and Warner in South Tempe. With a spacious interior and an expansive dog-friendly outdoor patio, guests can relax and sample 30 draft beers and 18 wines.
Gus World Famous Fried Chicken
341 Van Buren Street West
The second restaurant of the famous Memphis restaurant, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, has opened in downtown Phoenix. The menu includes southern comfort foods like baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and of course, fried chicken.
Salad and Go
10025 East Southern Avenue, Mesa
The 37th location of the popular quick and casual concept, Salad and Go, has opened in Mesa.
521 South College Avenue, # 110 Tempe
The recently opened Shawarma Factory’s go-to dish is the Crispy Chicken Shawarma Wrap. Beef kebabs, falafel platters, and mixed shawarma platter are available.
Meet Fresh 99
1900 Boulevard Chandler West, # 23-24, Chandler
Meet Fresh 99 offers traditional Taiwanese desserts like black boba milk crushed ice, hot red bean soup and matcha drinks.
Chili Thai 2 GB
8870 North 90th Street, # 100, Scottsdale
Thai Chili 2 Go has opened its 12th branch in Scottsdale. The quick and casual Thai restaurant offers curries, noodles, and vegetarian options.
8258 West Thunderbird Road, # 206, Peoria
Formerly a food truck, Tacos Calafia, opened a brick and mortar restaurant in Peoria. Traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, nachos, and burritos are on the menu. It is the sixth site in the Valley.
Small Asian Kitchen
4212 West Cactus Road, # 1107
Sushi, ramen, and Hawaiian options are available at Little Asia Cuisine. The Phoenix Restaurant is located in a mall located on the northeast corner of Cactus and 43rd Avenue.
15801 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, 100, Scottsdale
The owners of Barrio Queen have created a new restaurant concept called Barrio Cosita in Scottsdale. Blue corn tacos, burritos, salads and more are served at this quick and relaxed restaurant.
2836 South Signal Butte Road, Mesa
Quick and casual Mexican restaurant Someburros is opening its 12th location in Mesa.
Maskadores Taco Shop
20235 North Cave Creek Road, # 15
Maskadores Taco Shop’s newest location has opened for customers in North Phoenix. The wrestling-based Mexican joint serves street tacos, burrito bowls, quesadillas and more.
11 East Seventh Street, Tempe
Terra Tempe opens on the ground floor of the Westin. The restaurant serves modern American cuisine. Highlights on the menu include squash pappardelle pasta, Chilean sea bass and roast chicken.
The living room
207, chemin Gilbert Nord, # 002, Gilbert
Gilbert’s nightlife gets a makeover with the debut of The Parlor Room. Special events take place in the evening. You can find out more by subscribing to the newsletter.
Poke & Ramen
6825 East Main Street, Mesa
Poke & Ramen is now open in Mesa. The family-run restaurant offers ramen and poke, potstickers, spring rolls, spring rolls and edamame. In-place, take-out and delivery options are available.
Skysill Rooftop Lounge
11 East Seventh Street, Tempe
The Westin has welcomed a new place to have a drink. The Skysill Rooftop Lounge will certainly offer guests a chance to relax with the beverage of their choice.
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
Bottled Blonde’s second rooftop location has opened in Scottsdale. Guests can relax with a beer while catching their favorite game in the outdoor area. The menu includes Italian classics.
KimThao Bakery and Takeout
2050 North Alma School Road, 21, Chandler
The family-run Vietnamese bakery and take-out restaurant, KimThao’s Bakery & Food to Go, offers rice rolls, Bahn mi, tofu, and other sweet and savory options.
Romey sandwich bar
275 West Warner Road, Chandler
Grab an artisanal sandwich and your favorite beer at Romey’s Sandwich Bar in Chandler.
Cantina of the Twisted Chief
748, chemin Gilbert Nord, Gilbert
Twisted Chef Cantina landed at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe in Gilbert. The restaurant plans to serve pasta, pizza, burgers and sandwiches.
Pulque Fine Mexican Cuisine
The upscale restaurant, Pulque Fine Mexican Cuisine, in Scottsdale will no longer be serving food. The restaurant closed after nine months of activity.
Howler’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
The Gilbert location of Howler’s Restaurant and Sports has once again closed. This closure is the second in six weeks.
After 10 months of activity, The Revelry closed its indoor and outdoor space which housed a mini-golf course, arcade, bar and restaurant.
After two years in business, the Common Breakfast and Lunch Brunch Café has closed in Scottsdale.