Autumn in Phoenix means many things -- a time when we shake off the summer heat and help the city truly come alive. The changing from summer to fall also means the announcement of the "Best of Phoenix" by Phoenix New Times, a mainstay in Phoenix culture that truly invigorates us to get out and explore our great metropolis. We are proud to say that many Local First Arizona members were among the "Best of" in many, many categories. An enthusiastic congratulations to all of our members who were nominated and honored as being the absolute best of Phoenix's best!
Bars & Clubs
Best Place for a Twilight Drink: El Chorro Best Brewery: SanTan Brewing Co. Best Beer Cocktail: Gooseneck at The Handlebar Tempe Best Happy Hour in Tempe: House of Tricks Best Venue for National Acts: Crescent Ballroom Best Punk Bar: Ice House Tavern Best Jazz Joint: The Nash
Food & Drink
Best Chef: Charleen Badman at FnB Best Neighborhood Breakfast in Tempe: Essence Bakery Cafe Best Downtown Lunch: Duck & Decanter Best Diner: Welcome Diner Best Place to Take a First Date: Postino Central Best Romantic Dinner: House of Tricks Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Pomegranate Cafe Best Authentic Arizona Restaurant: The Stockyards Best German Restaurant: Brat Haus Best Mediterranean Restaurant: Hummus Xpress Best Italian Restaurant: Crudo Best Corner Italian Restaurant: Andreoli Italian Grocer Best Neighborhood Pizza in Central Phoenix: Federal Pizza Best Neighborhood Pizza in the North Valley: Spinato's Pizzeria Best Poutine: Petite Maison Best Seafood: Little Cleo's Seafood Legend Best Sushi: Hana Japanese Eatery Best Hot Dog: Short Leash Sit...Stay Best Locally-Made Chocolate: Nutwhats Best Marshmallows: Tracy Dempsey Originals Best Cookie: The Famous Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie at Awesome Cookie Company Best Cupcake: The Orange Blossom at Urban Cookies Best Lemon Bar: Churn Best Farmers' Market: Downtown Phoenix Farmers' Market Best Farmers' Market in the West Valley: Citadelle Plaza Twilight Market Best Farmers' Market in the Southeast Valley: Gilbert Farmers' Market Best Resource for Local Food: Good Food Finder Best Local Food Start-Up: MealMatch Best Margarita: The Margarita Especial at Sierra Bonita Grill
People & Places
Best Music Festival: McDowell Mountain Music Festival Best Film Festival: Phoenix Film Festival Best Independent Movie Theater: FilmBar Best Equity Theater: Arizona Theater Company performing at Herberger Theater Center Best Gallery: Lisa Sette Gallery Best Fashion for a Good Cause: The Shine Project Best Local to Follow on Instagram: Joe Johnston (LFA Members: Joe's Real BBQ and Liberty Market) Best Blues/Jazz Radio Station: KJZZ 91.5 FM Best Vintage Hotel: Hotel Valley Ho Best Architecture Legend: Frank Lloyd Wright (LFA Member: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) Best Vintage Architect: John Douglas (Architect of LFA Members The Heard Museum and Desert Botanical Garden)
Shopping & Services
Best Coffee House in Downtown Phoenix: Shine Coffee Best Coffee House in South Phoenix: Pomegranate Cafe Best Vintage Clothing: Fashion by Robert Black Best Costume Shop: Easley's Fun Shop Best Vintage Boutique: Vintage by Misty Best Place for Your Kid to Learn How to be a Vet: Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA Best CD Store: Stinkweeds Best Vinyl Store: The Record Room Best Bookstore: Changing Hands Best Midcentury Modern Furniture: Modern Manor Best Art Supply Store: Arizona Art Supply Best Vintage Comic Book Store: All About Books & Comics Best Knitting Supplies: Tempe Yarn & Fiber Best Boutique: Frances Best Used Clothes for Kids: Love Child Style Exchange Best Retail Gem: MADE Art Boutique Best Shopping on Roosevelt Row: greenHAUS gallery + boutique
Sports & Recreation
Best Vintage Bowling Alley: Let It Roll Bowl & Entertainment
Again, congratulations to all who were nominated and honored! Be sure to check out all these award-winning, locally-owned businesses that are a huge part of our great city's unique character and culture!