Picks Best Local Businesses has announced their sixth annual critics "best of" picks for their favorite people, places, businesses, and things to do in the Phoenix metro area. Looking through the top picks, it seems that the crew behind simply browsed through the Local First Arizona directory to find the best of Arizona! Our Devoured Culinary Classic even got it's own category of award: The Best Restaurant at Devoured 2012! It's no coincidence that many of our members were picked as the best--local businesses that are dedicated to the community and local economy, and constantly work to put forward the best possible product, usually outshine the rest. And our members are constantly seeking out ways to partner with other local businesses and work together to strengthen our communities. Here is the list of Local First Arizona members that were honored by



Best Adult Ice Cream: Lee's Cream Liqueur

Best Bowling Alley Restaurant: Oaxaca Restaurant at Let It Roll Bowl

Best Bread: St. Francis

Best Brewpub: Four Peaks Brewing Company

Best BYOB Restaurant: Atlas Bistro

Best Chicken-Fried Steak: Texaz Grill

Best Restaurant at Devoured Culinary Classic 2012: Hana Japanese Eatery

Best Restaurant to Feed Your Starving ASU Student: House of Tricks

Best Food Truck: Short Leash Hotdogs

Best Late-Night Eats and Drinks: Kazimierz World Wine Bar

Best Macaron: Essence Bakery

Best Mexican Regional Restaurant: Barrio Cafe

Best New Restaurant: Citizen Public House

Best Pizza: Pizzeria Bianco

Best Takeout: AJ's Fine Foods



Best Cocktails: Citizen R+D at Citizen Public House

Best Bar Patio: The Windsor

Best People-Watching: FilmBar



Best General Bookstore: Changing Hands

Best Specialty Bookstore: Bookman's Entertainment Exchange

Best Candy Shop: Smeeks

Best Card Shop: Write Ons Etc.

Best Community-vibe Coffee House: Lux Central

Best Gift Boutique: Frances

Best Home Tour: Modern Phoenix

Best Kids Toys: The Doll House & Toy Store

Best Local Wine: Wayne's Grenache from Callaghan Vineyards

Best Locavore Grocery: Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery & Wine Bar

Best Midcentury Home Shop: Modern Manor

Best Vintage Shop: Vintage by Misty



Best Curator: Rebecca Senf of the Phoenix Art Museum

Best Dia de los Muertos Event: Desert Botanical Garden

Best Food Event: Devoured

Best Holiday Event: Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden

Best Live Music Venue: Crescent Ballroom

Best Old-fashioned Film Experience: Harkins Valley Art

Best Place to See an Art Film: Harkins Camelview



Best Cabana: Hotel Valley Ho

Best Rock Gym: Phoenix Rock Gym

Best Wine Getaway: Sonoita-Elgin


Thanks to for recognizing how fabulous Local First Arizona members are! You can find even more great local businesses at