Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: The Arizona Tour

Guy Fieri loved these dining destinations in Arizona, and you will too.

A restaurateur, author and host of the Food Network’s famed cooking show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” Guy Fieri does not mess around when it comes to food, and the passion he has for flavors of the Southwest oozes out in each restaurant he visits on this popular show. From taco shops, to Peruvian cuisine to big breakfasts, we take a closer look at a number of these Mayor of Flavortown-endorsed Arizona eateries. 

The Valley of the Sun

Matt’s Big Breakfast

Season 3, Episode 1

Start your day off right at Matt’s Big Breakfast with a hearty breakfast made from scratch with quality ingredients. Their menu is not extensive and it does not need to be, as guests can enjoy breakfast favorites such as waffles, griddle cakes, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and the special of the day, written on the black pig chalk board by the breakfast bar. Fieri highlights a few items on the menu, including the Salami Scramble and breakfast pork chops, but you can’t go wrong with the best breakfast in Phoenix, bar none. 

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop

Season 22, Episode 8

Holy mole! These tacos are to die for, especially the Oaxaca Black Mole Chicken Shark Taco, with a flavorful blend of spices, chiles, nuts and chocolate made into a rich sauce poured on shredded chicken. You can pick your choice of three tacos with a side of rice to get the full gourmet taco experience, or try their handmade corn quesadillas, burros and salads. With an extensive all-you-can-eat self-serve salsa bar and an award-wining margarita on the menu, this taco shop is a must-stop in either Phoenix or Glendale. 

Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse

Season 27, Episode 10

Bootlegger’s combines barbecue eats with a gastropub vibe. Find a variety of tasty items such as the French dip sandwich with smoked prime rib, as well as smoked barbecue entrees, tacos, appetizers and more. The fan favorite is the Boot Dumplings with pork belly and shrimp, mango chipotle sauce and beet coulis. 

Tucson

Cafe Tumerico 

Season 28, Episode 7

A haven for fresh and organic scratch-made Mexican cuisine, you feel like you’re part of the family when you’re at Cafe Tumerico—there's complimentary soup and coffee on the side of each meal. The 6th street location has a variety of local art on the walls and the Historic Fourth Avenue location has free yoga on the patio every Saturday and Sunday. Fieri tried the Tumerico Cactus Tacos, but the menu changes daily, adding to the culinary adventure. 

Inca’s Peruvian Cuisine

Season 28, Episode 8

A slice of Peru in the Old Pueblo, Inca’s Peruvian Cuisine provides a flavorful party in your mouth with spices and ingredients imported straight from Peru. The menu consists of their main dishes, seafood, soups and salads, desserts and vegetarian options. Triple D highlights the Seco de carne con Frejoles dish featuring tender cuts of beef braised in a cilantro combined with Peruvian sauce, served with beans and jasmine rice on the side. 

Zemam’s

Season 28, Episode 6

If you’re cruising down East Broadway Boulevard you might miss this hole-in-the-wall Ethiopian eatery—but to do so would be a culinary crime. The interior is homey and welcoming. Fieri loved everything he tried and stated that each dish comes together to form an “Ethiopian musical.” Try a few items on their menu with “combo plates.” Fieri recommends either the Yedero Wat or Yegomen Alicha.