As the food scene grows throughout the Valley, the west side of Phoenix continues to surprise customers with mouthwatering dishes from across the globe. Check out these three unique places to have your next meal.
Get a Taste of India at India Garden
India Garden is one of the only Indian restaurants on the west side of Phoenix serving traditional Indian and Nepali cuisine. Upon entering the restaurant, you will be greeted with amazing customer service and Bollywood music in the background. Decorated with colorful paper banners and Rajput paintings, it’s a transportive space that allows diners to feel like they’re traveling through India. The chicken tikka masala – cooked with tomatoes and bell peppers in a buttery curry – is a standout. For a sweet treat, the mango lassi – a creamy beverage made with fresh mangoes, yogurt and milk – is a must-try.
1809 N. Dysart Rd., Avondale, 623-536-2320, indiagardenaz.com
Travel to Lebanon at Zetas Grill
For nearly seven years, Zetas Grill has brought an array of Mediterranean classics to the table. As you walk in the door of the spacious café, you are welcomed by the fresh smells of baklava and cookies from an impressive dessert display case. The café is illuminated by Turkish Moroccan glass lamps and is decorated with landscape pictures of Lebanon. The extensive menu includes kebabs, pitas, gyros, falafels and more in meat and veggie iterations.
2935 N. Dysart Rd., Avondale, 623-547-4612, zetagrill.com
Spice Things Up at Antojitos Ay Wey!
This authentic Mexican joint opened two years ago when a real estate couple decided to share their love of food with the West Valley. This restaurant screams Mexico with colorful papel picado, sugar skull decorations, traditional regional Mexican music playing, and even a life-size Catrina, which is an icon of the Mexican Día de Muertos. One of the owners, Eric Salcido, says that the way they prepare their dishes is what makes them special. Although you can get traditional antojitos and conventional Mexican food, the tacos are a must-try. “Lengua or cabeza” Salcido says, when ask what type of taco he recommends.
7435 W. Lower Buckeye Rd., Phoenix, 623-936-2221