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Fry Bread House

1003 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ - (602) 351-2345
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 3/19/2012 11:08:00 PM
The first time we tried an Indian, or frybread, taco was at an actual Native American powwow that we stumbled upon near the border of North Dakota and Manitoba. The taco was a plate-sized circle of fried dough piled with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream: interesting, but not something we’d go out of our way to sample again. Since that time, we have sampled frybread tacos across several western states, but most have paled in comparison to Fry Bread House in Phoenix (note one additional exception: Salt Lake City's Navajo Hogan, recommended to us by WanderingJew!).

Bruce Bilmes' sister Pete introduced us to this unassuming, one-room café during a marathon one-day food tour of the capitol city. Fry Bread House is run by Cecelia Miller of the Sonoran desert Tohono O’odham Nation, and she and her all-Native American staff serve the lightest, airiest fry bread we’ve had. One writer likened it to New Orleans beignets, and we would agree as long as said scribe were thinking of the heavenly, feather-light beignets at Metairie’s Morning Call as opposed to the weighty, powdered-sugar-smothered dunkers at the French Quarter’s Café du Monde.

Miller tops the pillowy fry bread with savory refried beans, green chile beef, onions, lettuce, cheese and sour cream, while the dessert version is sprinkled simply with powdered sugar. Drizzling it with honey or homemade chocolate sauce are certainly acceptable options. Fry Bread House is one of five winners of the 2012 America’s Classics Awards from the James Beard Foundation, which only confirms what most Roadfooders have known all along: Miller’s fry bread creations are truly regional, truly authentic, and truly delicious.

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The green chile on this beef taco was borderline too spicy for me.
"The green chile on this beef taco was borderline too spicy for me."
Cliff Strutz





The posole had small chunks of tender pork, cilantro, onions and corn hominy in a vividly spiced red broth.
"The posole had small chunks of tender pork, cilantro, onions and corn hominy in a vividly spiced red broth."
Cliff Strutz


Refried beans and green chile beef make this fry bread taco quite the tasty treat. The light, chewy texture makes it totally addictive.
"Refried beans and green chile beef make this fry bread taco quite the tasty treat. The light, chewy texture makes it totally addictive."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Full of tender chunks of beef, chiles, onions, and assorted spices, the hominy stew was sensational!
"Full of tender chunks of beef, chiles, onions, and assorted spices, the hominy stew was sensational!"
Cliff Strutz


Like fried dough or elephant ears at county fairs (but ten times better), this dessert fry bread was impossible to eat elegantly!
"Like fried dough or elephant ears at county fairs (but ten times better), this dessert fry bread was impossible to eat elegantly!"
Chris & Amy Ayers


The tacos comes wrapped in wax wrapper for easy carrying.
"The tacos comes wrapped in wax wrapper for easy carrying. "
Cliff Strutz


Just like the famous carnival snack, except much, much better.
"Just like the famous carnival snack, except much, much better."
Ben Weiner


If you've never experienced Native American or fry bread in general, there is no finer example in the country than the James Beard winning Fry Bread House in Phoenix.
"If you've never experienced Native American or fry bread in general, there is no finer example in the country than the James Beard winning Fry Bread House in Phoenix."
Ben Weiner


Some of the best tip jars I've seen yet!
"Some of the best tip jars I've seen yet!"
Cliff Strutz


Fry Bread House recently moved into a new building on busy E. Indian School Road
"Fry Bread House recently moved into a new building on busy E. Indian School Road"
Cliff Strutz


The interior is decorated with striking Native American art.
"The interior is decorated with striking Native American art."
Cliff Strutz


It is shocking how much bigger the new building is than the old one.
"It is shocking how much bigger the new building is than the old one. "
Cliff Strutz


A side room sells Native American art and jewelry.
"A side room sells Native American art and jewelry."
Cliff Strutz


Phoenix residents are very lucky to have this excellent Native American restaurant within city limits.
"Phoenix residents are very lucky to have this excellent Native American restaurant within city limits."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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