Lunch Spots in Phoenix, AZ
Don’t let the name fool you -- Biscuits has a whole lot more than breakfast fare on its menu. Situated in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, this family owned and operated breakfast and lunch restaurant has fast service and fabulous diner dishes that comes in heaping servings at a reasonable price. Plus they use local, organic and preservative-free ingredients whenever possible -- try getting that promise from a chain diner. Their old-fashioned, home cooking lunch menu’s filled with fun and familiar like the “Homage to Elvis” peanut butter, bananas and smoked bacon sandwich and classic burgers. And those hankering to have breakfast for lunch, their morning menu’s available all day -- so why not try the South Mountain Scramble and the WWII Spam and Eggs for lunch?
Home to the famous “triple gyro plate,” Niro’s Gyros has one up on all the other Greek joints in town -- the recipes of Theo and Pauline Christakos. While there are other Niro’s Gyros around the U.S., the two in Phoenix are a true mom-n-pop shop operation. The Christakos don’t rely on the packaged sauces and spices many other gyro joints use -- their dishes are always prepared fresh and authentic. Creamy made-from-scratch tzatziki tops the gyros and there’s homemade Greek dressing for the salads which adds up to some of the best and inexpensive Greek food you can find for lunch. And rest easy if not everyone in your party’s in the mood for Mediterranean flavors -- Niro’s menu also features a number of non-Greek sandwiches like the Italian Sausage, the Maxwell Street Polish, the Philly Steak, the quarter pound burger and even a basic grilled cheese.
While the House of Tricks may have been named by the New Times as the “Best Place for a Romantic Dinner,” you shouldn’t just save them for supper. Operating out of two historic converted homes, the House of Tricks has a cozy feel that’s more suited to a long, leisurely lunch than a quick noon hour nibble. When the weather’s beautiful, enjoy the afternoon meal outside with a lunch served on one of the decks or garden patios. The contemporary American cuisine at Tricks is every bit as elegant as its setting -- and the best time to enjoy the ever-changing seasonal menu is at lunchtime when the prices and the portions are very reasonable, yet still refined. You’ll even find some wonderful lunch specials like this (pictured) ground chicken burger with fire-roasted heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
Sure, Chinese restaurants are a dime a dozen in any major metropolitan city -- and most serve the same mediocre fare that makes it almost impossible to tell one place from another. Not so at the Dragon Express. Giving Dragon Express a 93 percent Urban Spoon rating, Mesa locals swear this is the best Asian diner to be found in Phoenix, as it has prices to rival those Chinese fast food joints and fare that outshines some of the more expensive Asian restaurants. Locally owned by Tony and Sharon -- who immigrated respectively from Southeast Asia and Mainland China -- the couple has developed an “East meets West” concept to give Americanized “Chinese” dishes back some of their authentic Asian flavors. Must-have menu items at Dragon Express include their Ginger Chicken with Broccoli and the Shanghai-style Dragon Spring Rolls (pictured).
With a vision of sustainability and organic growing, The Farm at South Mountain maintains 12-acres of rural tranquility on the outskirts of bustling downtown Phoenix The Farm maintains several restaurants and event spaces, but it’s their lunchtime venue that keeps guests coming back for more. Visit around lunchtime and The Farm Kitchen will tempt your taste buds with high end, farm fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps such as the Curry Turkey Salad Sandwich or the Red Grape and Walnut Salad, plus daily lunch specials like the Balsamic Marinated Portabella Mushroom sandwich with roasted tomatoes and goat cheese (pictured). Enjoy the serene setting from their beautiful dining room and patios or better yet, have them pack up your lunch in a basket for an impromptu picnic on their lush grounds. According to Gourmet Magazine, dining beneath the pecan trees at The Farm "... is a spiritual experience for those who journey to this 12-acre organic oasis." And we’d have to agree. Pl