Best of the Rest.....So as I have been eating my way thru the Valley, these are some of my favorites.....I love great food, creative drinks, and amazing people, so as I share my journey I love giving shout outs to the people that run/own/operate/work at these places! Say hi for me if you when you visit (unless I am there, then say hi to me!). I'll try to convert this post to a page and keep it updated!!

Belly - unassuming spot on 7th Ave by Michael and Wayne, you walk in on the floor level to the bustling and aromatic kitchen, then upstairs to the dining room and outdoor patio. Asian fusion, food is amazing, drinks are creative and delicious (my favorite is the Burn a Debt!). Great vegeterian options!

Dilla Libre - awesome quesadillas, great veggie/vegan menu and margaritas are on point!

etta- great food and drinks, fresh creative pastas (my daughter loves the Elote pasta), the fire baked focaccia and the desert fromage (feta washed vodka I know - trust me) are must tries! In Kierland area

Across the Pond - great sushi/drinks, espresso rubbed salmon sashimi is amazing, Michael at the bar is great!

Clever koi- really great Asian fusion, veggie options

Mora - Italian, great pasta, (focaccia, smoked old fashioned are most orders!)

Chantico - Mexico City Mexican food, great food, chanticorita is great (ask them to make it with mescal!)

Flint - great food, awesome cocktails (wood grilled kebabs and the frontier psychiatrist!)

Vecina - great food and great drinks

Windsor - great cocktails and food

Joyride - great tacos, great happy hour

Stumpy's Pizza - one of our favorite pizza spots, neighborhood spot in north central phoenix, pizza is awesome!!

Federal pizza - great pizza, creative toppings, nice beer list

Glai baan- one of the best Thai places in the Valley - say hi to Daniel, he is always at the door!