Updated December 2015
We’re lucky here at the Visit Phoenix offices. When the lunch bell rings – figuratively speaking – we can walk out our door, head off any direction into downtown, and know that we’ll come across a number of spots worth filling our bellies at.
There are dozens of great restaurants for lunch in downtown Phoenix, and here are the ones you’re most likely to run into us:
Grab a spot on the airy patio or indoor communal tables and start exploring the variety of items on the seasonal, locally-sourced menu. Get there by 2 p.m. and you can order off the breakfast menu, too.
Order the…Flanched Flarney Garney breakfast sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich, or Pork Chile Verde Pot Pie
14 E Pierce Street
When a taco craving hits—which it often does—Crescent Ballroom’s Cocina 10 is our first stop downtown. Carne asada, al pastor, tinga chicken: We dig them all. And with all-day happy hour on Mondays and $2 tacos on Wednesday, we can fill up while barely denting the wallet.
Order the…carne asada tacos
308 N 2nd Ave
The Short Leash Hot Dogs food truck has been one of the most popular mobile eateries in Phoenix for several years now. But as is the nature with food trucks, they’re only available on certain days in certain parts of town. Enter Sit…Stay, Short Leash’s brick and mortar restaurant. In addition to the food truck’s favorites, the restaurant has an expanded menu with salads, entrees, side options, plus beer, wine and cocktails. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with creative creations from their Rollover Doughnuts concept.
Order the…Igby signature dog with side salad, or The Sunny
110 E Roosevelt Street
Chris Bianco’s nationally-lauded restaurant is famous for its wood-fired pies, but also known for the lengthy wait for a table that may preface your pizza. Lucky for us, Pizzeria Bianco is now open for lunch, where odds are you’ll have a much shorter wait – if any at all – than you would at dinner.
Order the…Rosa or Margherita
623 E Adams Street
Cibo is a local favorite with world-class pizzas, but it’s the lunch menu’s salads and sandwiches you’ll want to dig into midday while soaking in the ambiance of the 1913 bungalow and front patio.
Order the…Spek sandwich (Smoked prosciutto, sliced tomatoes and smoked mozzarella)
603 N 5th Avenue
Go green at Kaleidoscope. They use 100% organic ingredients in their cold-pressed juices and high vibe food. The quality of their ingredients show in items such as their quinoa with cucumber and kale salad, one of our favorite lunch items in downtown.
Order the…Quinoa and Kale Salad or Immortal Machine smoothie
1 N 1st St (Shared space with Cartel)
Fresh seafood, steak, burgers, salads: The Arrogant Butcher has it all. Keep it light with a grilled chicken tabbouleh salad or go all Mad Men with a Old Old Fashioned (yes, double the Old) and a chicken fried pork chop.
Order the…items mentioned above and start with the house soft pretzels and provolone fondue.
2 E Jefferson
Like Pizzeria Bianco, Matt’s Big Breakfast has received national attention for its simple yet delicious fare and is known for long waits due to the hordes of hungry morning people getting their Matt’s fix. Skip the long lines and head to Matt’s for a weekday lunch and you’re likely to have only a short wait, if at all. Plus, in addition to their famous breakfast menu are lunch items only available to the lunch crowd after 11 a.m.
Order the…daily special. Doesn’t matter what it is, it’s always delicious. Waffle fans swear by Matt’s made-from-scratch Belgian-style waffles.
825 N 1st Street
With their “Nothing Over $9 at Noon” lunch menu, a stop into District for their contemporary American cuisine is never a bad idea. The locally-sourced menu updates seasonally and they even use herbs from their own on-site garden.
Order the…Ask about the Daily Trio special. Or just go with the always tasty All-American Burger.
320 N 3rd Street
The family-owned Duck and Decanter sandwich shops have been Phoenix favorites for over 40 years, thanks in part to their “Nooners.” They’ll brown bag your favorite sandwich with a pickle, candy and a napkin and you can dine in or take it on your way and enjoy lunch elsewhere. Looking for a lighter lunch? Just go with a mini sandwich. We recommend tossing a cookie or other one of their baked goods in the bag, too. You earned it.
Order the…The Duckling. Duck and turkey breast with cream cheese, cranberry walnut relish, and spicy spring mix on cranberry walnut bread.
1 N Central Avenue
Pizza so good, it’s certified. La Piazza PHX is VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) certified, which means you’re getting the tastiest pizza Italy has to offer right here in Phoenix.
1 N. 1st St. Ste. 103 Phoenix, AZ 85004
Order the…Dolce Diavolo for a spicy and sweet pie, featuring chiles and Arizona honey.
110 N Central Avenue
114 W Adams Street
If you’re looking to spice up your lunch, head to Adams Street between Central and Second Avenues. There you’ll find this duo of Thai restaurants offering up affordable lunch specials and fast, friendly service that’s perfect when you’re short on time.
Order the…pot tom yum at Tom Yum and the yellow curry at Thai Basil.
Rain or shine, summer or winter, the community comes together every Friday afternoon at the Phoenix Public Market for a food truck feast. Short Leash Hot Dogs, MOJO BOWL, Luncha Libre and several more popular eateries roll into the market from 11-1:30 each Friday afternoon.
Order the…It’s tough to choose just one! There’s something great at each truck.