Over the past month, the Valley food scene welcomed a variety of restaurants, including a fried chicken place, a Taiwanese dessert joint, and a Vietnamese bakery. Doors also opened at I Heart Mac & Cheese, where you can customize your grilled cheese sandwiches and mac and cheese bowls, and at Matt’s Big Breakfast, a local breakfast staple for several years. Several Valley locations closed their restaurants, including Pulque, Brunch Cafe, and The Revelry.
Below, check out the full list of openings and closings in the Phoenix restaurant scene from October 2021.
I Heart Mac & Cheese
16500 North Scottsdale Road, #105, Scottsdale
If you’re craving some Southern food, I Heart Mac & Cheese opened its latest location in Scottsdale. Guests can customize a mac and cheese bowl or grilled cheese sandwiches. Sides include tater tots, cheesy broccoli, and tomato soup.
Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill
151 East Williams Field Road, Suite D12, Gilbert
Gilbert welcomed its sixth location of Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill. The menu includes standard pub fare like nachos, wings, and pizza.
Haldi Indian Cuisine
18561 North 59th Avenue, #122, Glendale
Haldi Indian Cuisine opened its second location in Glendale. The three-year-old restaurant serves Indian favorites like tandoori chicken, chole, and samosas.
Matt’s Big Breakfast
7507 West Rose Garden Lane, Glendale
The locally-owned breakfast joint, Matt’s Big Breakfast, opened its fifth location in Glendale. Some favorites include the hog and chick, Belgian waffles, and smashed avocado toast.
Freely Taproom & Kitchen
1730 East Warner Road, #11, Tempe
Tempe welcomed Freely Taproom & Kitchen on the northwest corner of McClintock and Warner in south Tempe. With a spacious indoors and an expansive dog-friendly outdoor patio, guests can kick back and enjoy 30 beers on tap and 18 wines.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
341 West Van Buren Street
The second location of the popular Memphis-based restaurant, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, opened in downtown Phoenix. The menu includes Southern comfort foods like baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and of course, fried chicken.
Salad and Go
10025 East Southern Avenue, Mesa
The 37th location of the popular fast-casual concept, Salad and Go, has opened in Mesa.
521 South College Avenue, #110 Tempe
The go-to dish at the recently opened Shawarma Factory is the crispy chicken shawarma wrap. Beef kabobs, falafel plates, and a mixed shawarma plate are available.
Meet Fresh 99
1900 West Chandler Boulevard, #23-24, Chandler
Meet Fresh 99 offers traditional Taiwanese desserts like black boba milk sugar shaved ice, hot red bean soup, and matcha drinks.
Thai Chili 2 Go
8870 North 90th Street, #100, Scottsdale
Thai Chili 2 Go has opened its 12th location in Scottsdale. The fast-casual Thai eatery offers curries, noodles, as well as vegetarian-friendly dishes.
8258 West Thunderbird Road, #206, Peoria
Once a food truck, Tacos Calafia, has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Peoria. Traditional Mexican fare like tacos, nachos, and burritos are on the menu. It is the sixth location in the Valley.
Little Asia Cuisine
4212 West Cactus Road, #1107
Sushi, ramen, and Hawaiian options are available at Little Asia Cuisine. The Phoenix restaurant is in a strip mall located on the northeastern corner of Cactus and 43rd Avenue.
15801 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, #100, Scottsdale
Owners of Barrio Queen have created a new concept restaurant called Barrio Cosita in Scottsdale. Blue corn tacos, burritos, and salads, and more are served at this fast-casual joint.
2836 South Signal Butte Road, Mesa
The fast-casual Mexican restaurant Someburros opens its 12th location in Mesa.
Maskadores Taco Shop
20235 North Cave Creek Road, #15
The newest location of Maskadores Taco Shop opened its doors to patrons in North Phoenix. The wrestling-based Mexican joint serves street tacos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and more.
11 East Seventh Street, Tempe
Terra Tempe opens on the ground floor of the Westin. The restaurant serves modern American cuisine. Some highlights on the menu include squash pappardelle pasta, Chilean sea bass, and roasted chicken.
The Parlour Room
207 North Gilbert Road, #002, Gilbert
Nightlife has a new look in Gilbert with the debut of The Parlour Room. Special events occur during the evenings. You can find out more by signing up for the newsletter.
Poke & Ramen
6825 East Main Street, Mesa
Poke & Ramen is now open in Mesa, The family-run restaurant offers ramen and poke, potstickers, egg rolls, spring rolls, and edamame. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery options are available.
Skysill Rooftop Lounge
11 East Seventh Street, Tempe
The Westin welcomed a new place to grab drinks. The Skysill Rooftop Lounge will certainly offer patrons a chance to chill with their drink of choice.
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
The second rooftop location of Bottled Blonde opened in Scottsdale. Patrons can kick back and relax with a beer while catching their favorite game in the outdoor space. Menu includes Italian classics.
KimThao’s Bakery & Food to Go
2050 North Alma School Road, #21, Chandler
The family-owned Vietnamese bakery and to-go eatery, KimThao’s Bakery & Food to Go, offers rice rolls, Bahn mi, tofu, and other sweet and savory options.
Romey’s Sandwich Bar
275 West Warner Road, Chandler
Grab an artisan sandwich and your favorite brew at Romey’s Sandwich Bar in Chandler.
Twisted Chef Cantina
748 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Twisted Chef Cantina has landed at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe in Gilbert. The restaurant plans to serve pasta, pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches.
Pulque Fine Mexican Cuisine
The upscale restaurant, Pulque Fine Mexican Cuisine, in Scottsdale will no longer be serving food. The restaurant closed after being in business for nine months.
Howler’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
The Gilbert location of Howler’s Restaurant and Sports has closed again. This closing is the second in six weeks.
After 10 months in business, The Revelry closed its indoor and outdoor space which sported mini golf, an arcade, a bar, and a restaurant.
After two years of business, the breakfast and lunch joint Brunch Cafe has closed its doors in Scottsdale.