9 Must-Visit Eateries to Try on Indigenous Peoples Day

table with fry bread and Native tacos

Photo by Emerson Fry Bread

By Robert Gundran, Sarah Bergner

October 7, 2022

The United States is home to over 570 tribes, with 22 in Arizona. 

Monday, Oct. 10, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and across Arizona, many schools, businesses, organizations, and individuals are choosing to commemorate this newly recognized holiday instead of Columbus Day, which traditionally has been observed on the second Monday of the month.

At these Arizona eateries owned and operated by Indigenous people you will find outstanding traditional food and drink that will have you coming back for more, all year long.

Native Coffee Co.

Location: 9256 W. Van Buren Street, Tolleson

The husband and wife who own this unique mobile coffee trailer source their coffee beans from local Indigenous roastery Quetzal Co-Op. Several menu items are infused with Xicana-Akimel O’odham heritage, including their delicious saguaro blossom and prickly pear teas. Phoenix New Times named the business “best mobile coffee” of 2021.

Fry Bread House

outside of Fry Bread House
(Photo by Robert Gundran)

Location: 4545 N. Seventh Avenue, Phoenix

Cecilia Miller opened Fry Bread House in 1992, and it has recently been passed down to her daughter Sandra Miller. In 2012, the James Beard Foundation named this restaurant with Tohono O’odham Tribe origins one of  “America’s Classics,” an award given to legendary family-owned restaurants nationwide.

Sana Sana

Location: Online

Sana Sana is a plant-based food business started by Maria Parra Cano. The business has Indigenous Food Pantry items for sale in their online shop, including locally sourced beans, wheat berries, granola, and more.

Emerson Fry Bread

two Native tacos
(Photo by Emerson Fry Bread)

Location: Traveling food truck 

Loren Emerson and Roxanne Wilson run Emerson Fry Bread, a food truck that travels across the Valley serving traditional Native American food. The menu includes beans and cheese fry bread, Navajo tacos, mutton sandwiches, and prickly pear lemonade. Emerson’s Facebook and Instagram pages list where they’ll be serving food next. 

The REZ an urban eatery

Location: Pop-up food stand 

The REZ food stand makes appearances at various businesses throughout the downtown Phoenix area and serves late night Native American cuisine, including vegan and gluten-free options. They use local ingredients and produce when possible. Check out their Facebook page to see where they’ll pop up next. 

The Stand 

outside of The Stand
(Photo by Robert Gundran)

Location: 3996 N. Alma School Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

The Stand is just north of the Salt River and serves up food nearly every day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. There you can find fry bread, homemade chili, tacos, and menudo. The open-air kitchen offers up full meals for less than $10. 

M&Ds Snack Stand 

Location: Pop-up food stand 

M&Ds Snack Stand specializes in pickle slushies. The owners operate under a tent and travel from place to place offering up their iced treats, as well as tacos. Their next location can be found on their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

WILD Arizona Cuisine

9 Must-Visit Eateries to Try on Indigenous Peoples Day
(Photo by WILD Arizona Cuisine)

Location: Pop-up events

WILD Arizona Cuisine, a collaboration between partners Brett Vibber and Jaren Bates, holds pop-up meals every few months. Their next events can be found on their Eventbrite page. WILD Arizona Cuisine has served food at Nook Kitchen Arcadia, North Mountain Brewing Company, and Crepe Bar in Tempe. 

Red Feather Cafe

Location: Indian Route 24, Sacaton

The Red Feather Cafe sits along Indian Route 24 in Sacaton, just south of Chandler and to the east of the I-10. The chefs there prepare traditional Native American food made from scratch, including fry bread, beans, and menudo. Phoenix New Times named it the best food truck of 2021.

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  • Robert Gundran

    Robert Gundran grew up in the Southwest, spending equal time in the Valley and Southern California throughout his life. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2018 and wrote for The Arizona Republic and The Orange County Register.

  • Sarah Bergner
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