10 Restaurants to Visit in Phoenix During the Arizona National Livestock Show

Show week is a time of little sleep and not enough time to do all the things on your travel wish-list. If you’re able to venture outside the show grounds, we recommend taking a minute – or sixty – to visit a few of the best eateries in Phoenix.

While there are more than 10 restaurants in the greater Phoenix area to visit, the 10 listed below are a few of our favorites.

2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Although a bit on the fancy side, this place has the steak dinner you’ve been dreaming of all week.

Lo Lo’s Chicken and Waffles
1220 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Although this chain restaurant is not a local spot, the large mason jars and fried chicken will awaken your Southern spirit and comfort the tired, stock-show-kid soul.  

Comedor Guadalajara
1830 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
This authentic Mexican restaurant is perfect for large groups who are in need of a chips and salsa fix.

Mel’s Diner
1747 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Featured in the T.V. show “Alice,” this diner is a fun, oldies-feeling eatery with excellent diner favorites.

Matt’s Big Breakfast
825 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
And yes-the portion size is big. Who isn’t in need of a big breakfast?

Original Hamburger Works
2801 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Mesquite-cooked burgers are sure to round up a long day of showing!

T-Bone Steakhouse
10037 S 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85041
With T-bone in the name it has to be good, right? It is.

China Chili
302 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Named as AZ Central’s Best Chinese Restaurant in 2007, you’re going to love stepping outside of your comfort zone for this one!

La Piazza Al Forno
5803 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
While it is a little bit of a drive from the fairgrounds, customer Chelsey Boydston says “It is where pizza dreams come to life.”

How can you say no?

Culinary Dropout
5632 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Corn hole and macaroni and cheese … what more could a child ask for? Nestled in Downtown Phoenix, this urban eatery is a crowd pleaser.

Shayla Hyde, a recent Arizona State University alumna, holds a bachelor’s  in journalism and mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.