Phoenix: Let's Eat Local - Miracle Mile
Most Phoenix residents are familiar with the moniker “Miracle Mile.” Some think of the New York-style delicatessen, a Phoenix food institution, that has been serving up delicious dishes since 1949. But, the other “Miracle Mile” is a little older and isn’t known for its pastrami sandwiches. Miracle Mile is a busy Phoenix thoroughfare, a stretch of McDowell Road between 7th Street and the Piestewa Freeway (SR 51), that is lined with locally-owned eateries that showcase a diversity of ethnic cuisine.
A Transformed Stretch
Miracle Mile earned its name through the 1940 and 50s, when it was considered the premier destination for shopping—up until the arrival of the state’s first true shopping mall. But, before becoming a hotspot for streetfront retail and commercial businesses, Miracle Mile was home to historic residences that eventually gave way to development. The historical architecture can still be seen along this strip. Medical campuses, including the former Good Samaritan Hospital, for example, exemplify the historical architectural flair.
As time inspired change along Miracle Mile, the local food scene transformed from one offering drive-in burgers and all-night coffee to one that now boasts authentic ethnic cuisine and eateries—from tacos to gyros and pupusas—and coffee that is roasted with care.
Miracle Mile is home to an evolving flavor profile, pulling in ingredients from a variety of locales.
There are even more opportunities to eat local and support local food businesses along the Miracle Mile stretch. Use the interactive map below to find locally made goods and eats in the neighborhood.
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Supporting a Resilient Local Food System
The City of Phoenix’s Resilient Food Systems Initiative offers a variety of programs and resources to help develop a stronger, connected local food system with more accessible and sustainable food options for Phoenix residents. Some of these programs include: