Sometimes a taste of home is all you really want. But if you’re traveling or not up for the effort it takes to prepare and clean up after a homestyle meal, dining at a mom and pop restaurant is usually the next best thing. Homemade dishes, good flavors, and a smile are all it takes to make you feel right at home. Check out some of the small, family-owned restaurants that are hidden around Arizona.
1. Bill’s Grill, Prescott
Bill’s Grill in Prescott is just the place to visit if you’re craving a juicy burger. They also have quite a few vegetarian options (instead of just a plan veggie burger) for those looking for a meat-free meal.
Address: 333 S Montezuma St, Prescott
2. Cafe Daily Fare, Flagstaff
If you drive along the History Route 66 in Flagstaff, be sure to stop by this little restaurant found just off of Milton Road. It’s a perfect replacement for your usual sandwich chain and make sure someone at your table tries out the blackberry duck tacos!
Address: 408 E Route 66, Flagstaff
3. Chef Alisah’s Restaurant, Tucson
This family-owned restaurant specializes in Bosnian cuisine, something we don’t see very often in the Southwest! Pictured above is the beef with mushroom sauce, but the Bosnian-style goulash and the surprise plate are also winners!
Address: 5931 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
4. Copper Country Rendezvous, Globe
This little restaurant in downtown Globe serves traditional American meals that you’ll swear your mom prepared. I’ve eaten here for breakfast so be sure to try the Scotch egg or the biscuits and gravy.
Address: 274 N Broad St, Globe
5. Miss Fitz 260 Cafe, Payson
If you want to feel like you’re dining at home, this is a great spot to check out. Located along Highway 260 in Payson, Miss Fitz serves traditional American cuisine, has a cozy atmosphere (like you’re in Mom or Grandma’s kitchen), and some scrumptious meals.
Address: 803 E Highway 260, Payson
6. Mojo Cafe, Winslow
This family-owned and operated restaurant is one my favorites when I stop in Winslow for coffee and a snack. They roast their own beans and have a wide variety of coffee, smoothies, and baked goods on premises.
Address: 1700 N Park Dr, Winslow
7. Morning Star Cafe, Tempe
This little restaurant is hidden away in an industrial complex and, boy, is it a treat to find! The family-owned business serves breakfast that is simple and inexpensive as well as lunch sandwiches that are top notch!
Address: 1220 W Alameda Dr, Tempe
8. My Mother’s Restaurant, Phoenix
Want to eat a delicious home-cooked meal but without all the preparation and clean-up? My Mother’s Restaurant in central Phoenix serves traditional meals like meatloaf, favorites like pizza, and some really great pies!
Address: 4130 N 19th Ave, Phoenix
9. Paletas Betty, Chandler
Now that summer is here, you’re probably looking for places to cool down from the heat. One bite of the handmade from scratch pops and you’ll just why this shop has earned so many awards over the years.
Address: 96 W Boston St, Chandler
10. Roadrunner Cafe, Kingman
This small diner in Kingman serves up your typical breakfast and lunch options in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Plus the curtains and décor make you feel like you’re eating at home.
Address: 401 W Beale St, Kingman
11. Roma Imports, Tucson
From the exterior, it looks like this place is just a little grocery store but don’t let that fool you! The deli inside serves some pretty tasty Italian food, including sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes.
Address: 627 S Vine Ave, Tucson
12. Sweetheart Cafe, Show Low
The name and electic décor at this diner will certainly have you thinking of home. The bread, jam, and other dishes are homemade and delicious.
Address: 1201 E Deuce of Clubs, Show Low
13. Tacos Mi Rancho, Yuma
This little Mexican restaurant serves up some tasty carne asada and ceviche, so give it a try!
Address: 188 S 4th Ave, Yuma
Have you had the pleasure of eating at any of these mom and pop restaurants? Let us know your favorite place to get some tasty, homestyle food (besides your kitchen, that is)!