By Gretchen Pahia


Federal Pizza

Just in time for the holiday season, in addition to their regularly delicious menu, Federal Pizza rolled out some new menu items including a Flaming Lips wood-fired pizza made with hot chili honey. Guests also have the option to make any of the pizzas on the menu with a “dirty crust,” which is very similar to an everything bagel flavor, which gives the crust an extra kick. There’s also a new Citrus Grove Salad, chicken parmesan dish and some new sweet treats, including a salted caramel banana pudding and a Nutella tiramisu.


Streets of New York


There are 23 Streets of New York locations around the valley. This local pizza spot is a big hit for families and friends looking for a place to gather that won’t break the bank. There are Italian classics including lasagna, ravioli, and spaghetti, as well as baked chicken wings, meatballs, bruschetta, artichoke spinach dip, and a few salad and soup options. Of course, there are plenty of pizza options––everything from plain cheese to pepperoni, meat lovers, primavera, margarita, and more. There are also plenty of sandwich options as well as a create your own pasta or create your own pizza.


Los Sombreros

Amazing Mexican food is what Los Sombreros serves up for the entire brood­­. With three locations around town, Los Sombreros is a family-friendly restaurant to hit up this holiday season. Starting with the kid’s menu, there are many choices including cheese quesadilla, bean tacos, or nachos. They come with a choice of seasonal fruit or rice and beans, and a drink option. Adults can enjoy carnitas served with pico de gallo and guacamole, smoked chicken enchiladas, vegan enchiladas, and more.


Eat Up Drive In

Another great spot to pick up a family-friendly meal is the Eat Up Drive In! The restaurant offers affordable family style meals. The bonus: homestyle meals are packed and ready to serve a crew from four to 40 and everything in between. Located in central Phoenix near 40th Street and Indian School Road, Eat Up Drive In offers a variety of popular menu items on their catering menu including crispy chicken nuggets, wood grilled flat iron steak, and wood grilled citrus chicken. There are also several salad and side options.