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Where to Eat in Phoenix, Arizona

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Where to Eat in Phoenix, Arizona

Just got back from the sweetest girls trip ever with my bestest blogging BFF Jenny!! Every year we try to take a fun trip together and find the most fun (and most decadent!) treats possible. We’ve been from New York to California. This year we ate our way through beautiful, sunny Phoenix, Arizona! If you’re looking for gorgeous breakfasts, delicious lunch and dinner spots, and of course over-the-top desserts, you have come to the right place. Here’s what we found!


Breakfast & Brunch

Image of Wildberry Pancakes from Butters Pancakes & Cafe

Butters Pancakes & Cafe is such a fun breakfast spot. They have so many fun gourmet pancakes! LOVED these Wildberry Pancakes stuffed with blueberries and layered with vanilla cream!

Image of Snooze's Oreo S'mores Pancakes

Can you even get over these Oreo S’mores pancakes??! They’re S’moreo Pancakes!

Image of Oreo S'mores Pancakes from Snooze AM Eatery

They’re topped with a housemade marshmallow fluff, Oreos, chocolate chips, and a chocolate drizzle. Dangerously decadent.

Image of Snooze's Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

The Cinnamon Bun pancakes were also a huge hit!

Image of a Cinnamon Bun Pancake from Snooze AM Eatery

Whoever thought of combing a cinnamon bun with a pancake is my spirit animal.

Butters also has a wide selection of savory and egg options as well. Their cheese grits are a MUST!!

Image of a Pancake Flight from Snooze AM Eatery

Snooze AM Eatery is another fun breakfast spot! They have tons of fun pancakes as well, and the great thing about Snooze is you can get a pancake sampler plate!! Order the Pancake Flight and choose any three of their fabulous pancake flavors to get the best of all worlds. I chose the Blueberry Danish Pancakes, Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, and Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes. Phenomenal!

Image of a Belgian Waffle From Sassy's Bakery

Sassy’s Cafe & Bakery not only has a fabulous breakfast (they’re famous for their gooey cinnamon rolls!) but they also a gorgeous bakery case filled decadent cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more! Their Belgian Waffle is the perfect vessel for their homemade buttermilk syrup. You have to try it! Honestly some of the best syrup I have ever had. So good! You can also make buttermilk syrup at home with Jenny’s famous recipe in The Picky Palate Cookbook.

Image of Cinnamon Bun French Toast from Sassy's Bakery

Remember those cinnamon rolls I was talking about? Well Sassy’s Cinnamon Bun French Toast might be the BEST French Toast ever!! Their REAL cinnamon rolls are battered and pressed on the griddle. The icing and filling from the cinnamon roll caramelizes into gooey, sweet perfection. It’s seriously JUST like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll – which we all know is the best part! Put this at the top of your foodie bucket list!!!! :)

Image of a Chocolate Dipped Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich From Sassy's Bakery Case

Of course we also had to try a few fun treats from Sassy’s bakery case! This was the soft double chocolate chip cookie ever.

Image of a Peanut Butter Cup Cookie from Sassy's Bakery Case

And how decadent does this Peanut Butter Cup cookie look??


Lunch & Dinner

Image of a Burger with Fries and a Chicken Sandwich from Shake Shack

We don’t have a Shake Shack near us, so I hadn’t had a chance to go since they introduced their new chicken sandwich! And of course we had to get a burger as well. ;)

Image of a Chicken Sandwich from Shake Shack

You guys. The chicken sandwich was OUT of the world!! So good! Easily my favorite fast food chicken sammy!

Image of the Proof Burger

One of our favorite meals was lunch and a spa day at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale. We had lunch at Proof Canteen and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. We loved the Proof Burger!

Image of Pretzel Knots from Proof Canteen

For an appetizer you HAVE to order the Pretzel Knots. These are a MUST! They are like little pretzel croissant bites. The inside is super buttery and flaky, while the outside is crisp and salty, just like a pretzel. We could not stop talking about these darn pretzel bites! We ate every single one.

Image of Munchies from Proof Canteen

Another favorite was the BBQ Rib Bites. I would definitely order these again. The ribs were so tender they were falling off the bone! And how cute is the grilled cheese and tomato soup? Perfect for dipping! The Chop & Pop is a salad even I can get on board with. The croutons are popcorn! And I always love a good pulled pork sandwich with pretzel bun!!

Image of a Split Decision Banana Split from Proof Canteen

You can’t go to Proof without trying their famous homemade ice cream! The Split Decision banana split is made with strawberry cake batter ice cream. I love strawberry ice cream, but strawberry cake batter??! Definitely yes!! Loved this one.

Image of a S'mores Sundae from Proof Canteen

We couldn’t pass up the S’mores Sundae... It was calling our name! Double chocolate fudge ice cream, homemade graham crisps, and homemade toasted marshmallows!

Image of a Cereal Milkshake from Proof Canteen

My favorite might have been the Cereal Milkshake!! It’s made with Froot Loops, Rice Krispies, and Frosted Flakes… That means I can have one for breakfast right?? :)

Image of a Chocolate Covered Strawberry

The highlight of the day was our spa treatment. We got the Four Seasons in One. It was incredible — and so unique. I’ve never had a spa treatment quite like this before. It started with a massage with vanilla and cocoa butter lotion for “summer.” Then came a full body scrub with “fall grains” which represented the leaves falling off the trees in fall. The scrub was scented like pumpkin spice. Next was another scrub with winter ice — a refreshing wintergreen and pine scent. And finally a full body hot wrap for spring. During the wrap they rubbed cool stones on my face and finished with a head massage, scented with lavender.

At the end of the treatment you get a chocolate covered strawberry. Seriously could not get any better than that!!

Image of Liberty Market's Mac n Cheese Burger

Oh my gosh, how amazing is this Mac & Cheeseburger from Liberty Market??! It was pretty incredible.

Image of Cheesy Bacon Potato Wedges from Liberty Market

Liberty Market is another great restaurant for lunch or dinner. Loved the cheesy bacon potato wedges!

Image of a Giant Chocolate Saltine Cracker Toffee Bar

They also have a fun bakery case as well. The chocolate cake is fabulous. Be sure to order with ice cream!! Also, how fun is the giant chocolate saltine cracker toffee bar??  So good!!


Sweets & Treats

Image of My Dessert from Fatty Daddy's

Jenny and I can’t get together without finding the CRAZIEST desserts in the city!! :) Our first stop was Fatty Daddy’s for their famous macaron ice cream sandwich. It’s made to order and you can choose your macaron flavor, ice cream flavor, and toppings. I got a strawberry macaron with blueberry ice cream and a homemade toasted marshmallow. And rainbow sprinkles, because obviously. ;)

Image of Jenny's Dessert from Fatty Daddy's

Jenny got a coconut macaron with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream, with toasted marshmallow, chocolate drizzle, whipping cream, AND sprinkles!! This is why Jenny is my spirit animal.

Image of a Giant Pretzel Ice Cream Cone from Churn

Churn was another favorite ice cream stop. How fun is the Pretzel Cone?? Also they have a cookies and mint ice cream that tastes JUST LIKE Thin Mint cookies. SO good! All their flavors were fabulous but I can’t stop thinking about that cookies and mint! :)

Image of a Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich from Churn

You guys. The salted chocolate chip cookie from Churn might be the BEST chocolate chip cookie I have ever had!! I feel like it’s hard to find a good chocolate chip cookie from a bakery because a good homemade cookie is really hard to beat. But this cookie was warm, soft, had an incredible flavor, and the perfect hint of salt. I wish I had one right now! Did I mention you can get any of their cookies and ice cream as an ice cream sandwich?? :)

Image of the Ultimate Sweet Republic Sundae

If you’re looking for giant sundaes, banana splits, and over-the-top milkshakes made with artisan ice cream, Sweet Republic is the place to be!

The Ultimate Sweet R Sundae is four scoops of ice cream on a 1/4 lb chocolate chip cookie with brownie bites, hot fudge, salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a toasted homemade marshmallow. Unreal!

Image of a Toffee Banofi from Sweet Republic

The Toffee Banofi is 2 scoops of ice cream with bananas, cool whip, and salted caramel sauce in a waffle bowl.

I highly recommend getting the salted caramel ice cream with this one! :)

Sweet Republic also had my favorite ice cream in the entire world… Lavender!!! If they have it when you’re there, definitely give it a try!! :)

Image of Pink Drinks and Doughnuts by the Pool

Have you heard of the secret “Pink Drink” from Starbucks? It’s the Strawberry Acai Refresher but made with coconut milk instead of water. It’s sweet, light, and fruity. The perfect summer drink. We took it one step further and added a pink sprinkle donut on top. ;)

Image of a Funfetti Cupcake from Caketini

Caketini has some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!! This funfetti cupcake was incredible. The cupcake was decadently soft and the buttercream frosting was so fluffy and perfectly sweet! Could not stop eating this darn cupcake!

Image of a Salted Caramel Cupcake From Caketini

The Salted Caramel cupcake was also a favorite! The same soft cupcake and fluffy frosting but with a salted caramel drizzle on top. So good!

Image of a Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Sweet Tooth Fairy is another fun bakery in Arizona. You may remember when I went to the original one in Utah a few years ago.

Image of Cupcakes from Sweet Tooth Fairy

Their cupcakes and cookies are the cutest! So many fun flavors.


Other Ways to Discover Delicious Food

It was way, way too short of a trip, as it always is when Jenny and I get together! Be sure to check out Jenny’s guide to the Best Places to Eat in Arizona for even more recommendations in the Phoenix / Scottsdale / Mesa area.

Also if you’re planning a trip to Disneyland in California anytime soon, Jenny has reviewed every single restaurant at Disney and tells you where to find the best food in the park! If you’re headed to Disneyland it’s a must read! :)

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time!! xoxo

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6 Responses
  1. Patty K-P

    What a delicious trip! I was in the Scottsdale/Pheonix area earlier this year and from your list, only went to Sweet Republic, which was divine! Our trip was way too short. We’ll have to revisit soon!

  2. Suzanne

    Phoenix….really? We lived there for nearly 10 years (just moved away in November 2015) and I never heard of ANY of these places, except the resort. Your photos, as usual, are delectable. My scale says it is a good thing I found out about all these tasty places AFTER we moved away!

  3. Suzanne

    Phoenix….really? These places look amazing and fun! Your photos are delicious, as usual, too. We lived in Phoenix for nearly 10 years (just moved away in November) and I never heard of any of these places except the resort in Scottsdale. My scale thinks maybe that was a good thing…..

  4. Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    I love recommendations of where to eat. Will be spending a week in New York City. Any ideas from you or anyone else out there where my husband and I have to eat? I know there must be TONS of good places, but don’t know where. Our hotel is right next to Central Park. Help!!!!

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