If you're traveling to Phoenix, then there's no doubt that you'll want to take in everything this amazing city has to offer. From hot spot attractions to the best of the best restaurants, there are more than a few ways to keep yourself entertained, regardless of the purpose for your visit. Here's a quick look at five underrated dining establishments in Phoenix.
Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee (formerly Shine Coffee)
As if the amazing coffee wasn't enough to get you in the door, this lovely little cafe also serves up delicious doughnuts, including a doughnut of the week. And these aren't your average glazed treats—recent offerings included a pecan pie doughnut and a brioche doughnut filled with apple cider curd. From tasty lattes to adult-flavored coffees, Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee is the perfect place to get jacked up on caffeine and take a load off. And if you need to get a little work done, vintage furnishings create a cozy work environment to boost your productivity.
If your taste buds are craving something cold, then Melt is where you need to be. Serving up an assortment of ice cream delectables, Melt on Roosevelt Row is here to grant all of your waffle cone ice cream wishes. Tempt your taste buds with more than 20 flavors of ice cream, all coming from Gilbert's Udder Delights. Don't be afraid to try a local favorite: Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon ice cream.
You might be tempted to try a variety of fancy restaurants while in Phoenix, and chances are, you'll end up at some overpriced diner. But when eating at Rita's Kitchen, you can rest assured that you'll get a great meal at a great price. Rita's Kitchen offers both indoor and outdoor dining, but you will need to call ahead to get one of the coveted seats on the patio. The menu at Rita's focuses on fresh, regional Southwest cuisine, and the house tacos are a favorite.
If you're in the mood for Vietnamese, Khai Hoan is an eatery that you'll definitely want to check out. You'll enjoy pho tai that tastes better than ever before, as well as many sensational fried tofu dishes that are sure to leave you longing for one more bite. If you are feeling brave and opt for the spicy tofu, there's no need to worry because your server will be nearby with all the refreshing beverages you need.
Lenny's Burger Shop
A good burger is just a good burger. An exceptional burger is one that you can order any way that you want, and this is exactly what you'll get when eating at Lenny's Burger Shop. From jalapeños to chili to onions and more, a burger from Lenny's will leave you feeling full. Just make sure to leave room for one of Lenny's famous banana shakes.
When visiting Phoenix, there is so much to do. And you might be tempted to visit all of the well-known attractions and restaurants in the city, but don't put the underrated ones on the back burner just yet. You might find that they offer a meal that you will remember long after your warm memories of Phoenix have faded.
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