Five Guys Burgers & Fries
2641 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
I've heard a lot of raves about this place so when I finally got around to trying it I was sure it was going to turn out like most of those over-hyped places, but Five Guys has the goods to back things up. I love the totally simplified menu -- just burgers and fries folks! But that's OK because they do them JUST RIGHT. The burgers are pretty much the best I've ever had (get them "All the Way") and sometimes I dream about the cajun style fries, which by the way they give you TONS of. If you like burgers this place is a MUST TRY.
The Cheesecake Factory
2502 E Camelback Rd Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85016
I'm one of those people that LOVES it when a restaurant offers me something to nibble while I wait for my food, which is probably why I frequent Mexican food restaurants (mmmm... chips & salsa!), but when I'm not in the mood for Mexican I love to go to Cheesecake Factory. They bring out little loaves of sourdough and this deliciously soft brown bread. Love them both. My favorite meal is the Bang Bang Chicken & Shrimp -- the name is not only fun to say but it is yUMmy! This dish is thai-inspired with peanuts and a little bit of spice. Oh and be sure to save room for dessert -- there's LOTS (like 50) amazing cheesecakes to choose from.