James Beard Award-winner Nobuo Fukuda plates modern Japanese cuisine inside an 1899 wood-floored bungalow in downtown Phoenix’s Heritage Square. (Courtesy Nobuo at Teeter House)
Phoenix’s dining scene is eclectic, even down to its properties. Many popular new eateries are creating spaces in adaptive reuse projects, and these seven Valley restaurants chose historic homes to which to attract their foodie following.
Contemporary American dishes at Tempe’s House of Tricks are served inside two homes—a 1920s bungalow and a 1903 adobe brick home—linked by a tree-covered patio, while Neapolitan-style pizzas are tossed inside a 1913 downtown Phoenix bungalow at Cibo Pizzeria.
From Japanese cuisine inside an 1899 bungalow in Phoenix’s Heritage Square to oysters in a 1910 haunted home in Tempe, enjoy a meal inside these seven homes.
Nobuo at Teeter House
James Beard Award-winner Nobuo Fukuda plates modern Japanese cuisine inside an 1899 wood-floored bungalow in downtown Phoenix’s Heritage Square. The Pyramid Cottage-style, single-family home was built by Leon Bouvier, and later home to Eliza Teeter. Inside the cozy rooms, diners are treated to innovative and artistically presented dishes. Nobuo’s multi-course omakase requires reservations made two weeks in advance, and a multi-course tasting menu is accommodated with reservations made 24 hours in advance.
House of Tricks
Robert and Robin Trick purchased and remodeled a 1920s bungalow near ASU's Gammage and Mill avenues, and opened House of Tricks in 1987 as one of Tempe’s first fine-dining establishments. In 1994, House of Tricks doubled in size with the purchase of the neighboring 1903 adobe brick home. A tree-covered outdoor patio and bar link the two properties, surrounded by lush gardens. The contemporary American, seasonally inspired menu features affordable lunch entrées and upscale dinner options, with an award-winning selection of wines spanning 300 labels and 30 wines by the glass.
Old Town Tortilla Factory
A historic adobe home sets the foundation for this Southwestern dining destination. Choose a seat inside or outside on the expansive flagstone patio shaded by 100-year-old pecan trees. Warm tortillas, served in place of dinner rolls, are handmade daily, and the margaritas are a favorite accompaniment to any meal.
Coup Des Tartes
This French bistro, opened 18 years ago on 16th Street and Highland Avenue, recently relocated into a renovated home along Osborn Road. Dine in one of six cozy rooms, at a bar built with remnants of the old location, or outside on the brick patio. A separate, private dining space and kitchen is host to a myriad of events, and eclectic décor is found throughout the entire property. The elegant, French-inspired bistro has collected an array of awards throughout the years.
Pizza lovers return time and time again for Cibo’s artisanal, Neapolitan-style pizzas and made-in-house pastas. The pizzeria is set inside a restored 1913 bungalow in downtown Phoenix, featuring exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, a beautiful stained-glass panel and a cozy patio. A separate carriage house is available for private rentals.
The House Brasserie
Nestled in Old Town Scottsdale, dine on a quaint patio or inside the 1920s bungalow, trimmed with Victorian-era-inspired décor. The modern American fare features global twists, like the Atlantic halibut with vegetables, kumquat and curry jus; or the lamb Bolognese with cavatelli, herb-whipped ricotta, olives and tomatoes.
Casey Moore’s Oyster House
This Irish pub caters to an eclectic crowd of diners seeking its seafood selection and college-aged beer and whiskey drinkers who flock to the outdoor patio bar after dark. The house, built in 1910, is nationally rumored as a haunted establishment, and the restaurant’s web site claims stories of a woman dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing dancing in the dining room, of neckties tugged and objects moved.