"Portillo’s specializes in massive hot dog and Italian beef sandwich creations. Glendale will be their fourth valley location."

Show of hands: Who likes food?

Looks unanimous, which is a good thing, as there is food and more coming to town.

The Glendale Economic Development Department sent a press release Friday announcing two Chicago favorites (go Bears!), a trendy Mexican restaurant and a big breakfast spot are on the way. The foodie four:


Lou Malnati’s

Deep-dish pizza lovers can dive in as Chicago-based Lou Malnati’s will be opening its fourth location in the Valley. 

 The Chicago pie flipper will open at 75th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane (just south of Deer Valley Road) and is expected to be take-out only.

This will be Lou’s first West Valley location.


Matt’s Big Breakfast

This is a “Man vs. Food”-type place.

If you’re driving downtown, you may see people patiently waiting in line to enter the original Matt’s Big Breakfast, which opened in 2004. There are now four locations for the fast-growing diner on a quiet street corner in downtown Phoenix.

Matt’s Big Breakfast has been featured in bon appétit, EATER and Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.”

Matt’s is expected to open in the Summer of 2020.



Chicago ex-pats and local dog lovers alike will also enjoy this place.

Portillo’s specializes in massive hot dog and Italian beef sandwich creations. Glendale will be their fourth valley location. 

Plans call for a complete teardown and rebuild of the existing Old Country Buffet at 17125 N 79th Avenue. The building will be approximately 8,000 square-feet and feature patio seating and a drive-through. 

Construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2020.


Barrio Queen

Another popular, fast-expanding brand is opening in the Arrowhead Towne Center. Barrio Queen will be serving their authentic regional recipes in the 7,200 square-foot space formerly occupied by Rock Bottom. 

The restaurant will feature two large patios with seating for nearly 200 guests. 

“We can’t wait to be part of the Glendale community,” said co-owner Steve Rosenfield. “This has been a long time coming,” he added. 

Barrio Queen hopes to open in time for Spring Training.

Arrowhead will be Barrio Queen’s biggest location to date and will also feature a Mercado, with hand-blown glass flown in from Mexico.

“We’re thrilled to have more restaurants coming to the Northwest Valley! We’re experiencing explosive residential growth in this area with thousands of new homes being built, but not enough quality shopping and dining options to meet the demand of the residential growth,” said Katie Roe from Upper West Side PHX, which encourages specialty shops and restaurants to come to the Northwest Valley.