It is no secret that the Phoenix food scene is having a moment. From hiramasa crudo to Indian tacos, the dining options in Phoenix are more diverse — and delicious — than ever. Grabbing a bite to eat can be a challenge on a Monday, odds are your go-to, backup, and backup-backup spots are taking the night off. While the restaurant industry as a whole is notoriously slow on Mondays, Phoenix appears to be particularly encumbered compared to other cities of its size. The Phoenix food scene deserves to be enjoyed every night of the week, even on Mondays. Here are 10 spots to satisfy your hunger on the most dreaded day of the week.Read More
10 Quintessentially Phoenix Restaurants That Are Open on Mondays
Mondays are traditionally a day off for many restaurants, but these spots stay open serving Phoenix favorites
Fry Bread House
There may be no restaurant that is more Phoenix than Fry Bread House. A James Beard America’s Classics honoree and staple for more than 30 years, chef Cecelia Miller’s legacy is the most qualified spot to bless your stomach. A hometown hero that still lives up to the hype, Fry Bread House still somehow manages to exceed expectations every time. The fry bread is obviously the star of the show, but you can not go wrong with the posole, green chili beef, or the chocolate and butter sweet fry bread.
Tacos Chiwas is a bonafide Phoenix darling — and for good reason. Husband-and-wife team Nadia Holguin and Amando Hernandez opened up the first Tacos Chiwas in 2016 and have been killing it ever since. You really cannot go wrong with anything on the menu but definitely don’t skip out on the tripas taco (order them extra crispy) and the elote en vaso.
Casa Corazon Restaurant
A popular wedding and events venue-plus-lively Mexican restaurant, Casa Corazon is a surefire hit along the 16th street corridor. The restaurant focuses on southern Mexican cuisine, serving dishes that complement its equally colorful interior. Must-haves include chicken mole poblano, cochinita pibil, and chile en nogada.
Tratto is local legend Chris Bianco’s lesser-known, East Phoenix trattoria. This lowkey spot was originally located in Biltmore’s Town and Country strip mall and moved to its new digs in 2020. The new-ish locale is warm and inviting, offering delectable Italian food worthy of Bianco’s reputation. The menu at Tratto is always changing, making way for a different dining experience every time you visit. The restaurant focuses on using Arizona ingredients to create classic Italian dishes, so naturally, you can not skip out on one of the Arizona-wheat homemade pasta dishes.
Sin Muerte just oozes cool. Located in a 1937 mission-style building and former funeral home, its origins lend a helping hand to its now dark and moody interior. The restaurant’s vegan-friendly menu draws inspiration from the cuisines and cultures that sit along the 33rd parallel — paying homage to its home base of Phoenix while incorporating flavors from around the globe. The must-haves include the shakshuka, lychee ceviche, and mushroom fundido.
This massive downtown Phoenix eatery is reminiscent of something you might find in Miami. The 14-foot tree standing proudly in the middle and the wicker furniture lend themselves to a South Beach aesthetic. But Carcara establishes a uniquely Phoenix flare with a northern Mexican-influenced menu, complete with a Sonoran Caesar that’s topped with delectable mole croutons and a pan-seared mountain trout served in a mild tomato sauce with olives a la Veracruz.
Wren & Wolf
Wren & Wolf may be new, but it is quickly becoming a downtown Phoenix staple. Upon entering you are immediately greeted by a rusticly chic interior, complete with a taxidermy wolf in the middle of the dining room. The lavish menu focuses on elevated comfort food including an A5 Salisbury steak, truffled mac and cheese, and, to top it all off, a table-side caviar bump that is as fun as the name suggests.
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Testal Mexican Kitchen
A 2023 James Beard semifinalist, Testal is making waves in the Phoenix food scene. Fernando Hernández writes a love letter to Chihuahua Mexico with the restaurant’s small and affordable menu of burritos and tacos. Order the relleno burrito and enjoy a selection of aguas frescas at this lowkey Grand Avenue spot.
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Since 1988, this contemporary bar has been a Scottsdale icon. Famous for its ever-changing modern art pieces and overflowing martini glasses, AZ88 is always a good time. Come for the people-watching, and stay for one of the best espresso martinis and dessert menus in town. Bonus: The kitchen stays open late, serving food until midnight seven days a week.
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Don’t let Starlight’s Old Town Scottsdale locale deter you. This lowkey barbecue joint is serving up some big flavor. The restaurant has an amazing whisky selection, and the fragrance from its mesquite-smoked meats is guaranteed to lure you in from a block away. The daily specials range from fried catfish to a tender $17 brisket. No matter the day, you won’t be disappointed.