One of the reasons why lots of people like to live in Glendale, Arizona, is that it’s very close to Phoenix. That means they can just drive for a little while and get to Phoenix for work, shopping, and dining.
But the truth is that you don’t have to absolutely drive to Phoenix to eat well in Glendale. Check out the following Glendale restaurants that are so good that people in Phoenix drive into Glendale to enjoy their food!
La Piazza Al Forno, 5803 W Glendale Ave.
If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, then head out here as it’s right across City Hall. That’s really true when you’re a fan of great pizza. While you can always go to Pizza Hut whenever you want, the wood-fired pizzas here are something else.
The pizza-makers at La Piazza Al Forno are almost obsessive when it comes to attention to details. If it’s an ingredient they can make themselves, then that’s what you get. You get homemade dough and housemade mozzarella.
You do have lots of options here. You can get a New York-style pizza, a Neapolitan pizza, or a Roman pizza. The Salvatore pizza is one great option, if you’re not sure what to get. It comes with prosciutto (crudo), arugula, San Marzano tomatoes DOP, and housemade mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Don Ruben’s Mexican Food, 4323 W Cactus Rd.
This is one place where the Mexican dishes are great and undoubtedly authentic. In fact, many consider it as the #1 Mexican restaurant in Glendale. It’s a family-owned and family-run business that’s been around for generations. The food options here are always fresh, and you’ll love the homemade Sonoran-style Mexican dishes.
You can start with the spinach con queso served with flour tortilla chips, along with the Albondigas Soup, which is a spicy meatball soup with vegetable broth. Then you can try the Diablo Burro Dinner, with the Spicy green chili burro smothered in a spicy white cream diablo sauce, and then served with rice and beans.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 9712 W Northern Ave, Peoria
What if you have this hankering for steak and you have the budget to get the best? If that’s the case, then head on out to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, upscale restaurant with food so good that it’s almost decadent. The steaks are topnotch and so are the seafood, plus you have the terrific wines to match any order.
Start out with the beef carpaccio, though you might also want a taste of the sweet chili calamari. Then go for any of the signature steaks on the menu—there are simply no bad choices here.
Little Saigon Restaurant, 7016 N 57th Ave, Glendale
With a name like “Little Saigon”, you know that this is for Vietnamese cuisine. And once you get a taste, you’ll know why this place is so highly regarded.
That’s not surprising, as this is a family-owned and family-operated restaurant that focus on homecooked, authentic Vietnamese food. It started out in a Phoenix mall back in 1988, but it moved to a more charming location in historic Old Town Glendale.
You can start with 6 pieces of the deep-fried egg rolls, and go with the Pho Tai Nam that features sliced beef and beef brisket.
Or you can just get one of the rice plates such as Com Bac Biet So #2, which gets you grilled pork tenderloin, grilled beef, pork egg roll, served over fried rice.
Kiss the Cook Restaurant, 4915 W Glendale Ave
This is where you go for daytime dining, as the menu focuses on breakfast, brunch, and lunch. For breakfast, they have fluffy buttermilk pancakes and corned beef hash, and you have to try the snow pea and mushroom omelet.
As for lunch, don’t worry—they have burgers and sandwiches galore!