We all have our favorite restaurants we know and love and force out-of-towners to visit, but once in a while it’s good to shake things up. These awesomely unique restaurants may or may not become your new favorites, but they’ll certainly give you something to talk about at dinner.
1. Rustler's Rooste
Rustler's Rooste is a huge Western-themed restaurant in Phoenix. Visitors walk in past a live steer, through a mine shaft, pass a waterfall and take a slide into the living room. Start with fried rattlesnake and end the night with a trip to the general store.
2. The Duce
The Duce in Pheoenix is a Prohibition-era warehouse converted to a gym/restaurant/jazz club. The Duce will surely have something for everyone in your party.
3. Chino Bandido Takee Outee
Chino Bandido has been blending Asian and Mexican cuisine in Phoenix for 25 years. Guests love the food and the relatively low prices.
4. Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
Rawhide Steakhouse is a cheesy Old Western restaurant in a cheesy Old Western town in Chandler, AZ, complete with live stunt shows, gold panning and a mechanical bull called the Widowmaker. Sounds like a fun family trip to me!
5. Federal Pizza
Federal Pizza in Phoenix is unique in that it serves up delicious, creative pizzas, beer and wine you can grab in-house or at the convenient drive-thru.
6. The Stockyards
This Phoenix restaurant opened in 1947 as Arizona's first steakhouse and retains its Old West charm, in a less cheesy way than some other places on this list.
7. Organ Stop Pizza
This restaurant in Mesa gathers crowds with one of the largest Wurlitzer theater organ in the world, with more than 5,500 pipes.
8. Black Bart's Steakhouse, Saloon and Musical Revue
Black Bart's is a steakhouse in Flagstaff, AZ, hidden in an RV park. The food, service and music are definitely worth a visit.
9. Rock Springs Cafe
Rock Springs' first commercial use began in 1924 as the site of a hotel and general store and has expanded to include the cafe that serves world-famous pie, and for more adventurous guests, Rocky Mountain oysters (which they call Bradshaw Mountain oysters). Just make sure you Google it before you order.
10. Durant's Steakhouse
Take a trip back in time at Durant's Steakhouse, a Phoenix landmark that still looks much like it did when it opened in 1950. Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable and John Wayne all frequented the steakhouse.
11. The Gaslight Theatre
The Gaslight Theatre in Tucson features shows based on hilarious knock-offs such as Space Wars and Henry Porter and the Sorcerer's Secret. The names alone should give you an idea of the ridiculous fun in store for you here.
Have you visited any of these unique restaurants? Please share your experiences and other awesome unique restaurants with us below!