From Fox Restaurant Concepts, Flower Child’s approach to courting millennials with a better-for-you menu caught the attention of—and investment from—Cheesecake Factory. But it’s not the only hot concept in the Phoenix area worth scouting. Restaurant Leadership Conference attendees should check out these buzzed-about local spots, too.
Craft 64 Pizza
With a kitchen helmed by a nearly 20-year veteran of local pizza icon Chris Bianco’s spots, the menu of wood-fired pizzas also features a rotating list of local draft beers. What it doesn’t have is a fancy atmosphere; walls are lined with local art and beer posters.
Next door to sister concept Brat Haus, this barbecue spot sheds light on one of the lesser-known variations: Santa Maria-style ‘cue from Central California, with a focus on beef tri-tip.