Yum, is there anything better than a favorite local restaurant? No matter where in the state you live, there’s always a handful of places that locals love flocking to for a meal. Here are a few favorites that you need to try:
1. Aloha Kitchen, Mesa
I have been eating at this restaurant since I was a four feet tall when the family’s kids were the ones cooking and serving. You can enjoy meals like the chicken katsu, spam musubi, and mouthwatering manapua. Bring an empty belly here!
Address: 2950 S Alma School Rd, Mesa
2. Annie’s, Cottonwood
What makes a restaurant a local favorite? Quick service, friendly atmosphere, and reasonably priced meals, which is exactly what you’ll find here. Oh, yeah, and you can get a tasty breakfast here as well!
Address: 660 E Mingus Ave, Cottonwood
3. Beeline Cafe, Payson
Beeline Cafe is one of those diners sitting off the highway that lures travelers in with the promise of a hot plate served with a smile. That’s exactly what you’ll get here, which is especially appetizing when the temperatures start dropping in another month.
Address: 815 S Beeline Hwy, Payson
4. Crying Onion Cafe, Tucson
This little cafe in Tucson serves generous, tasty portions that might actually have you crying from joy. The food is cooked with love (you won’t find tough, rubbery eggs here), making it feel like you’re eating in someone’s home.
Address: 3684 W Orange Grove Rd, Tucson
5. Heartline Cafe, Sedona
It can be difficult finding a spot where the locals eat in Sedona because of all the tourists but one favorite is the Heartline Cafe. This moderately priced restaurant serves a mighty fine breakfast and eating on the patio makes this an even more pleasant experience.
Address: 1610 W Hwy 89A, Sedona
6. Mi Casa Restaurant, Benson
This unassuming little restaurant packs quite the flavor punch! The staff are friendly, the servings are generous, and this is some of the best Mexican food you’ll find in this area of the state.
Address: 723 W 4th St, Benson
7. Mike and Rhonda’s The Place, Flagstaff
Craving a delicious breakfast in Flagstaff? There are quite a few places to choose from but Mike and Rhonda’s is great for a hometown diner feel plus some massive biscuits!
Address: 21 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff
8. My Mother’s Restaurant, Phoenix
Some people think the neighborhood looks a little sketchy but that’s no reason to turn down this Phoenix favorite. This is a great spot to get a hearty meal that will remind you of home.
Address: 4130 N 19th Ave, Phoenix
9. Ranch House Restaurant, Yarnell
Cooking meals for more than 75 years, this local favorite is a definite keeper with a tasty breakfast and great service.
Address: 23225 S Hwy 89, Yarnell
10. Rock Springs Cafe, Black Canyon City
If you’re craving a delicious slice of pie, this is the place to get some! Rock Springs is one of the oldest restaurants in the state and with pie like this, it’s not difficult to figure out why.
Address: 35769 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City
11. TJ’s Homestyle Restaurant, Avondale
Need a taste of home while in the West Valley? You’ll find tasty, generously sized meals at this restaurant, along with some great biscuits and gravy. Yum!
Address: 310 N Dysart Rd, Avondale