Arizona’s Food, Drink and Entertainment Scene
Arizona is filled with a delightful mix of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues all within easy reach of breathtaking scenery.
Experience Spanish culinary influences and farm-to-table cuisine, get a taste of the Old West at local saloons and wineries and take in the distinctive Arizona culture when you visit entertainment spots such as museums and theaters. You’ll find wonderful experiences everywhere you look.
Arizona restaurants are an eclectic mix of Spanish-influenced dishes, award-winning celebrity chef establishments and mouthwatering barbecue, all made with the freshest local ingredients. Stop in Tucson for a taste of authentic Mexican dishes made by families who have lived in the area for generations. Mi Nidito Restaurant, Lerua’s Fine Mexican Food, Los Taquitos and Guadalajara Original Grill are delicious options to choose from.
Check out the celebrity chef scene when you visit Beckett’s Table in Phoenix, where Chef Justin Beckett from the TV series “Chopped” serves up New American dishes. Also try Elements in Paradise Valley, where chef Beau MacMillan from Iron Chef offers seasonal menus sourced from local ingredients, served with an Asian accent. And don’t miss Lon’s at the Hermosa, also in Paradise Valley, where Chef Jeremy Pacheco uses fresh local ingredients to create delectable Arizona dishes that are inspired by cuisine from around the globe.
If you have an urge for some local barbecue, Arizona is filled with Texas-style dishes served in rustic settings that will have you dreaming of the Old West. Popular establishments in Phoenix are Bobby-Q, Little Miss BBQ and JL Smokehouse.
Mouthwatering authentic Mexican tacos from Los Taquitos in Phoenix
Signature Arizona Beverages
Arizona’s beverage scene is an eclectic mix of craft brews, bold wines and Old West spirits. Head down to Whisky Row in Prescott, where you’ll sample locally-sourced spirits in historical landmark saloons. Be sure to check out The Palace, Jersey Lilly Saloon and Matt’s Saloon.
Arizona is also home to microbreweries that source local ingredients found only in this state. Taste the Prickly Pear Wheat at Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson or the Pistachio Shake from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. in Gilbert.
Arizona has three major regions dedicated to vineyards, where flavorful grapes are turned into delectable wines. Local wineries take advantage of what is known as the Diurnal Effect, the huge swing in temperature from evening to daytime in Arizona, as well as the summer storms known as Haboob. The end result is flavorful wines that can’t be found anywhere else.
Arizona wine paired with local cuisine
Arizona is filled with unique entertainment experiences and museums. Spend the day at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and discover the diversity of the Colorado Plateau when walking through exhibits on anthropology, biology, geology and fine art. This museum also hosts several American Indian festivals and sells authentic American Indian jewelry.
Discover local theater artists when you pay a visit to the Gaslight Theatre in Tucson. This venue produces five shows each season with performances every night except Mondays, when they host a concert. Themes include Westerns, sci-fi spoofs, Christmas shows and everything in between.
Built in 1929, the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix is the place to visit for Broadway-caliber entertainment. Professional touring theater companies and celebrity performers stop at this theater while in Arizona, so there’s always a variety of performances to choose from. This venue has seen top performers such as Lewis Black, Jimmy Fallon and David Cross as well professional ballet companies, Broadway touring companies and concerts.
The ornate exterior of The Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix
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