It feels like ancient history now, but in spring 2020, just before the pandemic, greater Phoenix earned a whopping 17 James Beard Chef Award semifinalist nominations. Today, more than a year later, Phoenix’s food scene has shown resiliency and even growth. Food and drink in the sprawling metro area enveloped by North America’s most vibrant desert have risen to a level that might surprise outsiders, with many chefs doing work unique to central Arizona. Here’s where to begin.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More