By: Maryann Loya
Phoenix Magazine has scoured the valley for the best food choices in order to provide readers with a go-to guide on where to get the best of the best. This year, they have included Peoria as having some noteworthy food options. Peoria has been recognized as having:
- the Best Sandwich in the West Valley
- the Best Place to Eat if you Don’t Have a Boat
- the Best New Restaurant in the West Valley
Here, we break down everything you need to know about these three unique eateries.
Best New Restaurant in the West Valley – Churroholic
If you are looking for a unique place to enjoy sweet menu options, one of Peoria’s newest restaurants, Churroholic off 93rd and Northern Avenues is a good place to start. The menu features a variety of creamy coffee blends and milk teas, including the Caramel Horchata, an iced horchata with a caramel drizzle. You can pair your drink with a sweet churro treat, like the Cookies and Cream Churro, or a churro covered in chocolate and sprinkles.
If you really want to indulge, you can opt for a churro sandwich, which is ice cream wedged between two pieces of cinnamon sugar goodness. Or, you can select the Churro Sundae, an arrangement of churros, ice cream whipped cream, caramel, coconut flakes and toffee. If you are looking for a unique dessert option, Churrholic has you covered.
Visit www.churroholic.com for a full breakdown of all the sugary delights.
Best Sandwich in the West Valley – Heidi’s Deli
Heidi’s Deli is located off 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road, and prides itself on making fresh bread daily and providing food that does not include hormones, antibiotics or nitrates. The deli was founded by a couple, Heidi Bendiksen Naples and Steve Naples, from Brooklyn, NY who moved to the West Coast and discovered that finding a good bagel and sandwich shop was not an easy task. Their goal was to create fresh food that is made in house each and every day. They also strived to create a friendly environment where customers are greeted by a welcoming staff. The team at Heidi’s goes above and beyond to ask customers about their day, help them find the right meal and remember frequent visitors’ lunch choices.
You can find soups, salads, sandwiches and breakfast on their menu. The winning sandwich in Phoenix Magazine is the corned beef. You cannot go wrong with corned beef on marble rye with coleslaw, lettuce, tomato and onion. All sandwiches come with your choice of potato salad or coleslaw and a pickle. The sandwiches start at $6.45, with the corned beef priced at $8.25 plus tax.
For more information or to view a full menu, visit www.heidisbrooklyndeli.com.
Best Place to Eat on the Water if You Don’t Have a Boat – Scorpion Bay Marina
If you want to enjoy a delicious meal overlooking Lake Pleasant, look no further than the Scorpion Bay Grill. This causal, floating restaurant has 360-degree mountain views, and a full menu of sandwiches, burgers and cocktails.
A notable entree is the Scorpion Bay Burger, which is an 8 oz. burger, stacked with onion rings, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Alternatively, you can enjoy the fish tacos, stuffed with grilled or battered cod, cabbage, jalapeno lime glaze and pico de gallo.
If you do not have a boat and choose to dine in, you can opt to watch the wake surfers as you enjoy your meal. You can also take your meal to go, by ordering ahead, picking up and taking it out to your boat to enjoy while taking a break from your aquatic adventures. If you choose to eat on site, the grill is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. On the weekends you can enjoy happy hour while watching the famous Arizona sunset, the grill extends their hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Visit www.scorpionbayaz.com for more information.