Glendale is experiencing a new restaurant boom, particularly in the Westgate Entertainment District. Over the past year, the West Valley suburb, home to more than 247,000 Arizona residents, has welcomed a diverse range of new dining options, from trendy Taiwanese hot pot to St. Louis-style barbecue in passing by a torta restaurant which, according to our food critic, makes the perfect Mexican sandwich.
New vegan options range from loaded macaroni and cheese to traditional Indian dishes. And for those looking for a drink or dessert, a whimsical new bar offers both, serving cocktails and outrageous milkshakes.
Here are a dozen new restaurants and bars to try now in Glendale.
Taiwanese hot pot restaurants have exploded in popularity over the past few years, and when this California chain first came to Mesa, The Republic’s food critic declared it one of the best in town. A second location has since opened in Glendale, offering generous helpings of pre-assembled hot pots served over a small flame. Choose from menu items like Cheese Milk Pot or Seafood Lobster Pot and order additional ingredients to cook in your pot.
Details: 6645 W. Bell Road, #101-103, Glendale. 623-230-2048, www.savorypotusa.com.
The Arizona Republic has named this restaurant one of the best barbecue spots in the Phoenix metro area. At its new location in Westgate, you can expect slow-smoked brisket, hot jalapeño links, St. Louis-style ribs, and hand-pulled pork on a brioche bun. The meats here are no-frills, so you can dress them yourself using a selection of homemade sauces.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, 9405 W. Glendale Ave., #120, Glendale. 623-230-2199, nakedq.com.
Crab and spices
This seafood boiling California restaurant joins the ranks of Hot N Juicy, LA Crab Shack and Angry Crab Shack. The menu features baskets of fried calamari and crab fries, which are Cajun-style spiced fries with chunks of crabmeat. The Captain’s Choice combo includes a half pound of shrimp or crawfish, a lobster tail, a half pound of snow crab, two pieces of corn or potato, and a half pound of sausage.
Details: Arrowhead Towne Center, 17275 N. 79th Ave., Glendale. 623-328-9615, crabnspiceaz.com.
Carousel Arcade Bar
Adult drinks and children’s entertainment collide at this fairground-themed bar in Westgate. In addition to video games, pinball machines and air hockey tables, visitors can grab a burger and a cocktail. Dessert options include a basket of fried goodies and a confetti milkshake topped with a slice of cake and a sprinkled rim.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., #G207, Glendale. 623-877-9777, carouselarcadebar.com.
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This fast-food chain, now open in Westgate, is known for its Korean-style barbecue served in a cup with white rice, cabbage mix and japchae sweet potato noodles. Toppings include fried chicken, mandoo dumplings, and tofu, with kimchi available on the side. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, 9410 W. Hanna Lane, #A101, Glendale. 602-860-2713, cupbop.com.
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Located in a Walmart mall, this restaurant mainly focuses on – you guessed it – mac and cheese. The restaurant serves dishes like the Northeastern Mac, which is shellfish pasta with cheese sauce, lobster, Gouda, Gruyere and Ritz breadcrumbs. Build-it-yourself and vegan options are also on the menu.
Details: 6530 W. Happy Valley Road, #116B, Glendale. 623-248-0719, macshackaz.com.
Republic food critic Andi Berlin described his Norteña – a torta de carne asada topped with grilled onions, melted mozzarella cheese, chipotle salsa and ripe avocado – as “a perfect sandwich, a titan of the telera roll “. And then named this torta shop one of the best new restaurants in Metro Phoenix. Around the corner from a Glendale parking lot, Renato De La Torre serves up a streamlined menu of Mexico-style tortas, following in the footsteps of his family, who run the popular Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix.
Details: 13971 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. 623-600-8630, tortascm.com.
Located near downtown Glendale, this pizzeria and ice cream shop serves fettuccine alfredo in a creamy house sauce, beef or ricotta stuffed ravioli and lightly breaded eggplant parmigiana. On Sunday, plates of spaghetti are two for one. And, as the name suggests, there are plenty of pizza options too.
Details: 5713 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale. 623-931-0884, jetzapizzaphx.com.
Haldi Indian food
Haldi, which also has a location in Surprise, is the place to go in Glendale if you need to satisfy a craving for chicken tikka masala, aloo gobi and garlic naan. Other menu items include biryani, tandoori, samosas and pakoras. For dessert, try the mango and pistachio kulfi.
Details: 18561 N. 59th Ave., #122, Glendale. 623-440-8150, haldiaz.com.
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Matt’s Big Breakfast
One of Metro Phoenix’s most popular and local brunch spots got its start in the West Valley in North Glendale’s Arrowhead Ranch neighborhood. Founder Matt Pool opened the restaurant in 2004 in an 800 square foot red brick building in downtown Phoenix. The restaurant has since expanded to several locations. The restaurant is known for its hearty breakfast plates, including Guy Fieri’s favorite, the Chop & Chick, an Iowa pork chop marinated in pesto and served with two eggs and toast.
Details: 7507 W. Rose Garden Lane, Glendale. 623-259-9836, mattsbigbreakfast.com.
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Myungrang hot dog
Myungrang Hot Dog was launched in 2016 near Pusan National University in Korea. Since then, Myungrang has gone global, spawning hundreds of franchises. Unlike its American counterpart, the dough for these dogs is made from a mixture of rice flour to provide a chewier texture. At the new location near Westgate, order a variety of sausages, mozzarella and combinations of the two served on a stick like a corn dog. Order one with a range of optional sauces, seasonings and toppings.
Details: 9140 W. Glendale Ave., #102, Glendale. 623-213-7475, myungrangwestgate.com.
Arizona State University alumnus Dean Le opened the first Tacos Culichi restaurant in 2018 with friend Adan Pulido, an immigrant from Culiacán, Mexico. The Phoenix taquería has now expanded to a second location in Westgate. In addition to big burritos and stuffed quesadillas, the restaurant serves tacos with birria de res, ceviche tostadas, and Sinaloa-style hot dogs topped with Ruffles potato chips.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., #D-103, Glendale. 623-248-6580, instagram.com/tacos_culichi.
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