These restaurants in the Greater Phoenix area were featured on the Food Network television show The Best Thing I Ever Ate. These are all one-of-a kind businesses, locally owned and operated. Each location was recognized for one particular menu item that made the TV show host say, "Wow" -- or words of similar effect! Note: if you are going to the restaurant just to try the item featured on the show, call first and make sure they still offer it.
If you are interested in trying some of the other local restaurants that have been on the Food Network, here are local eateries that were spotlighted on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, and FoodNation with Bobby Flay.
Address: 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253
Featured item: Sticky Buns
The Bottom Line: The Sticky Buns at El Chorro in Paradise Valley are free with your meal. Soft, gooey, glazed -- according to nationally acclaimed Chef Beau MacMillan, they are magic and addictive!
Address: 801 N. First Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Featured Item: Chop & Chick
The Bottom Line: Guy Fieri doesn't like breakfast, unless he's at Matt's. An 8 oz. pork chop in pesto sauce with eggs and potatoes. "It's a top chop!"
Read the About.com Phoenix Guide's review of review of Matt's Big Breakfast.
Address: 808 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Featured Item: Golden Brown Southern Fried Chicken
The Bottom Line: Southern fried chicken in a restaurant open in downtown Phoenix since 1964. They won't tell you the recipe, so you'll just have to go there and order it.
Address: 623 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Featured Item: Pizza Rosa
The Bottom Line: "The Rosa has parmigiana, rosemary, onion, and, most definitively, it has Arizona-raised pistachios."
Address: 9160 E. Shea Blvd., #105, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Featured Item: Toffee Banofi Sundae
The Bottom Line: Alton Brown says that this sundae is his favorite ice cream concoction. Vanilla ice cream, banana, caramel, whipped cream, crunchy almond butter crunch toffee. They make their own ice cream.
Which is your favorite spot for ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt?? Share your opinion.