The city of Phoenix has many dining choices including small hometown diners. These are a few of the best diners to try in the area.
5 & Diner
The 5 & Diner reminds you of a simpler time. Blast to the past with diner style waitresses, flashy neon lights, and a small, but delicious menu. On the menu, you will find traditional diner foods including milkshakes, malts, and burgers. Choose from 12 different burgers, including the Big Bopper Burger which is made with all American ingredients. They have expanded to include six different locations throughout Arizona. The Phoenix location is the original one and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Joe’s Diner aims to give Phoenix locals a fresh and fulfilling dining experience. They serve breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. A staple in the Phoenix area for the last 30 years, the diner serves buttermilk pancakes, biscuits with apple butter, and a menu of freshly prepared salads. Don’t forget to try the coffee. It is brewed fresh daily with Arbuckles Arabica beans.
The Welcome Diner is based on Southern values, creating an atmosphere of authentic hospitality, fresh food ingredients, and a welcoming establishment. The Welcome Diner is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. The expansive menu includes items such as the biscuit eggs benedict, the Creole Jambalaya, and the classic BLT sandwich. They also have a long drink list with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic selections.
Diner 50 might be small and simple from the outside but they offer exceptionally friendly service and a unique menu with delicious ingredients. The menu is constantly changing to include new specials. Just a few of the best items on the menu at Diner 50 include the kiss of fire chicken wings, the chicken fried sandwich, and the veggie patty burger. Diner 50 caters to most dietary preferences and requirements with gluten-free and vegan menu items available. They are open daily from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
Otto’s Empire Diner
Otto’s has wonderful diner food, as well as an interesting story. They were originally designed as a new modern dining choice in New York. The diner thrived for many years, even as it lost its modern appeal. The locals enjoyed the fresh menu items and the welcoming atmosphere.
The concept eventually made its way to Phoenix and has become an important part of the community there too. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and salads. They are also recognized as having the World’s Largest Omelet, by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Otto’s Empire Diner is open daily from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There are many hometown-style diners worth visiting in the Phoenix area. You will want to try them all, as each has its own unique culinary twist and dining environment that sets it apart from the others.
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