Family Food Finds in Phoenix
On a recent visit to Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, AZ, we found several great restaurants nearby that our family enjoyed. If your family is anything like ours, family food finds on vacation can be hard to, well, find! We are often so focused on just getting to our destination and settling into our comfy hotel rooms that we leave the food planning to the last minute.
We’ve discovered a good website to look for good eats in any city is Eater and have found numerous great recommendations by combing through that site. Along with some recommendations from the nice concierge staff at the Hilton, we amassed a few suggestions on great places for family dining in Phoenix. That is, once you are ready to move out of the cooling pools, water slides and lazy river at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort!
Our Picks for the 3 Best Restaurants in Phoenix, AZ for Families
1. Rico’s American Grill
Located on the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort’s grounds, Rico’s American Grill was an easy walk from our hotel room, and we visited for both lunch and breakfast. Both menus offered vast and delicious choices, and the burgers at lunch were really outstanding. We were all very hungry after splashing around in the resort’s pools and lazy river that morning, so we each ordered burgers and were very pleased with our choices!
Triton gobbled up the Farm Burger with fried egg, smoked bacon, basil goat cheese, tomato, arugula, and avocado. I tried the Tombstone Burger with BBQ mole sauce, sharp cheddar, tobacco onions, and bacon — sooooo delicious. The kids were feeling less adventurous and were very pleased with the more straightforward Original Burger, each ordering hers a very certain way and the staff was very accommodating. (Sophia likes cheese, mustard and fresh tomato only, while Ava prefers plain with just ketchup.) We all left full and happy, ready to float in the pool again until dinnertime.
2. Fat Ox
Fat Ox is an upscale Italian restaurant that was gorgeous, casual, delicious and perfect for vacationing families looking to blend in with the locals. Just a quick drive from Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak in nearby Scottsdale, Fat Ox is a chic restaurant with a full bar, white tablecloths and nice people decked in resort wear. At first we noted our kids were the only ones in the restaurant, but soon after, several other tables filled with families including kids far younger than our teens. If you have toddlers, this restaurant may be more challenging unless you are seated on the outdoor patio.
The menu at Fat Ox is sophisticated, and yet our kids were easily able to find things that fit their palates. Many kinds of pasta, foccacia, salads and other delicious offerings gave us plenty of choices. We especially loved the Caesar salad prepared tableside, the lamb rigatoni pasta and the cheese and salumi platter which was gobbled up by the kids quickly.
3. The Henry
The food and decor at The Henry are really a knock-out combination, and this fun eatery is not to be missed. Suitable for families with kids of any age, The Henry offers breakfast on the weekends as well as lunch and dinner. We decided to sample their Saturday breakfast and were so happy a family member recommended this place to us.
With a bakery window and to-go coffee bar up front, the restaurant is stylish and expansive and so is the menu. We sampled the Smashed Avocado Toast with poached egg, Caramel Apple French Toast with brown butter cinnamon apple and maple syrup, Spicy Sausage Scramble with chicken sausage, zucchini, corn, spinach, grilled onion and havarti; and their cheesilicious Huevos Rancheros with crunchy tortillas, eggs over easy, salsa and beans. Of course, we had to start off our meal with a couple of The Henry’s famous Brown Butter Salted Caramel Rolls, which were served decadently warm, sweet and gooey.
No matter that Phoenix is hotter than the surface of the sun, these restaurants (and the great swimming pools at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak) were worth the visit, and I look forward to coming back again soon so we can sample the rest of their menus.
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