Heading Out for Dinner? Try These Top Restaurants in North Phoenix

January 19, 2021
GiftYa
jason wolfe

When was the last time you went out for dinner? While it’s nice to stay home and cook your own meals, you should treat yourself every once in a while. Thankfully, North Phoenix is filled with a wide variety of restaurants! Whether you’re in the mood for some savory Mexican cuisine or a hearty plate of pasta, you can find all of this and more in Phoenix. 


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1. Mi Pueblo Mexican Food

Colorful and vibrant Mexican restaurant located in North Phoenix

The Grilled Steak Fajitas are a popular dish at Mi Pueblo. Image courtesy of Yelp

710 E Union Hills Dr. Suite 16-A | Phoenix | mipueblo.us

If you’re in the mood for some Mexican food, we recommend heading to Mi Pueblo. This unassuming restaurant offers some of the best Mexican food in Phoenix. Burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, tacos, and other classic Mexican dishes can all be found at this popular restaurant. 

Guests can stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In the morning, Mi Pueblo serves special breakfast burritos and plates. Chorizo, potato, machacha, bacon, steak, and ham breakfast specials are all offered. Mi Pueblo also offers an appetizing selection of kids plates, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing family meal. 

“We ordered the beef tamales, green enchiladas with beef, rice and beans with a side order of guacamole. Every single bite was enjoyable. Tamales are definitely homemade. Quality was good and they tasted amazing. I will note that we don't do spicy food. So, if you want heat, let them know.” - Yelp Review

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2. Upper Crust Pizza, Patio & Wine Bar

Contemporary bar known for its savory pizzas and extensive wine list

Enjoy a delicious meal on Upper Crust’s outdoor patio. Image courtesy of Facebook.

20235 N Cave Creek Rd. Suite 111 | Phoenix | uppercrustwinebar.com 

If pizza is what you’re craving, you need to stop by Upper Crust Pizza, Patio, and Wine Bar. This vibrant pizzeria is known for its creative dishes and contemporary design.

In addition to its famous pizzas, Upper Crust also serves calzones, pastas, antipasto, and salads. All of its dishes are also made with the freshest produce available. For dessert, Upper Crust offers sweet and delicious options such as the Flourless Chocolate Cake and Creme Brulee. A wine and beer list is also available for guests. 

“When I want a New York style pizza in the Valley, this is the place I think of. I like their thin crust... Easy enough to fold but strong enough to support three kinds of meats. I'm talking about meatball pepperoni and sausage ("The Upper Trio Pizza). The wings look good too though I've never tried them. And the calzone!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Upper Crust Pizza, Patio & Wine Bar. 

3. Spinato’s Pizzeria and Family Kitchen

Popular family restaurant in North Phoenix that offers an enticing selection of pizzas

Pictured above is a large meat pizza and spaghetti calzone. Yum! Image courtesy of Yelp

5509 N 7th St. | Phoenix | spinatospizza.com

Spinato’s Pizzeria is another popular option for casual get togethers and family dinners. Due to COVID, you will need to make a reservation before going. That said, the extra call you make ahead of time is definitely worth it! Spinato’s offers a wide selection of pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and pastas. Our favorite options include the Chicken Presto Pesto Pizza and Chicago Steak Calzone. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are both offered, making it a great place for groups consisting of varying diets. 

“This place is an easy 10/10! I got the "veg-out" personal size pizza and they even have VEGAN CHEESE. It was so good and so cool that they offer options like these! Customer service was spectacular — so friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is perfect — great lighting! My friend got the calzone which she said was also a 10/10. We had to ask them about their dough and they told us it is made from scratch — it shows!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Spinato’s Pizzeria and Family Kitchen. 

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4. Alzohour Market

Popular market offering both Middle Eastern dishes and extensive grocery options

This small, unassuming market is actually a treasure trove of delicious Middle Eastern food. Image courtesy of Yelp.

7814 N 27th Ave. | Phoenix | orderalzohourrestaurant.com 

Looking for somewhere on the more unique and adventurous side? Head to Alzohour Market. This popular eatery consists of a Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery store. While it looks unassuming on the outside, it is one of the best spots for Middle Eastern food in the city. Right now, you can either order a dish for delivery or pick-up. 

Middle Eastern dishes like the Chicken Kabob Wrap and Beef Shawarma are popular among customers. Guests have also praised the Lamb Tagine and Kunafa. Before leaving, you can also pick up some groceries. Fresh halal meat, Indo-European ingredients, and bakery items are all available. 

“The lamb fell off the bone, it was so tender. Love this little hole in the wall. The owner is very friendly. The bastilla was delicious but too sweet for me. I would classify it as dessert over entree. I would come back and try other items.” - Yelp Review

Prchase a GiftYa card for Alzohour Market. 


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5. Casa Filipina Bakeshop & Restaurant

Unique Filipino restaurant in North Phoenix that offers an exciting menu

Enjoy a plate of the Chicken Inasal the next time you stop by. Image courtesy of Yelp.

3531 W Thunderbird Rd. | Phoenix | casafilipina.com

If you’ve never had the privilege of enjoying Filipino food, you need to add the Casa Filipina Bakeshop & Restaurant to your restaurant bucket list. This popular Filipino restaurant offers a wide selection of meat and vegetable-based dishes. If you’re a newbie to Filipino food, we recommend trying the Lechon Kawali pork dish or vegetable Tortang Talong. As the name implies, Casa Filipina also offers freshly-baked goods. Tiramisu, creme brulee, cheesecake, and more can all be found on their popular dessert menu. 

“This place is amazing! The Chicken Adobo fell off the bone tender and well-flavored. Also delicious were the chicken pancit, lumpia/spring rolls, and mango pastry. One of my favorite take out meals ever, really.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Casa Filipina Bakeshop & Restaurant. 

6. Old Town Sarajevo

Unique, rustic restaurant that offers authentic Bosnian cuisine

The restaurant’s dining room offers a rustic and casual vibe. Image courtesy of Yelp

3411 W Northern Ave. Suite B | Phoenix | oldtownsarajevophoenix.bestcafes.online

Located on W Northern Ave., Old Town Sarajevo is a popular Bosnian restaurant known for its delicious and inexpensive dishes. Bosnian sausage sandwiches, cabbage rolls, stuffed cabbage, and more are popular dishes at this restaurant. 

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it easy for guests to stop by whenever their schedule allows. As you can see in the photo above, Old Town Sarajevo offers a rustic and cozy atmosphere. If you’re looking for a casual spot to catch up with friends or hang out with family members, Old Town Sarajevo should be at the top of your list!

“Amazing food and cute little atmosphere. Get the cevaps (ground meat sausage type) and the lepinje (bread that comes with it) is soooo good! Baklava for dessert of course :). I love coming here, and I picked up some delicious takeout when covid closed restaurants. Can't wait to go back!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Old Town Sarajevo. 

7. Naked BBQ

Casual BBQ restaurant known for its smoked meats and comfort dishes

Fill yourself up with a classic Chopped Brisket Sandwich. Image courtesy of Yelp

2340 W Bell Rd. Suite 130 | Phoenix | nakedq.com

Who doesn’t crave some juicy and delicious BBQ every once in a while? To enjoy some of the best BBQ in Phoenix, you need to try NakedQ. All of the restaurant’s meats are rubbed, smoked, and served naked. This means that you can customize the exact sauce you put on your dish. Whether you want a sweet sauce or a spicy mustard-based sauce, the decision is in your hands. 

“I'm from Texas and we are partial to our BBQ. I'm almost always disappointed when I go in search of good BBQ but not at Naked! I didn't know what to expect and popped in with my son. The service was great at explaining they serve their meat "naked" or w out any sauce. My son got the pulled pork and I had the most tender, flavorful brisket since home. And their sweet tea was pretty dang good too!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Naked BBQ. 

North Phoenix is home to a variety of fun and exciting restaurants! Which ones do you plan on ordering from during your next meal out? Let us know in the comments.

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