The Fry Bread House

Address: 4545 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
 
Hours: Monday – Thursday
               10:00pm – 8:00pm
               Friday – Saturday
               10:00pm – 9:00pm
 
Phone: 602-351-2345
 
Theme: Modern
 
Atmosphere: Native
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About

Just north of Indian School on 7th Avenue sits a tiny building that is home to your favorite festival treat—fry bread. Yes, you too can enjoy all the fry bread you want without ever having to face a toothless carnival worker or risk being thrown up on by a small child after getting off the zipper. And the fair is only once a year, while The Fry Bread House is open year round Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. to satisfy your fry bread cravings.

Since 1992 the Fry Bread House has been serving authentic, award-winning Tohono O’odham (Indian fry bread) and is considered to be among the best Native American restaurants in the state. The Fry Bread House also is frequently mentioned when discussing the best tacos in the area.

The restaurant is located on the southeast corner of 10th street and Indian school. The nearest cross streets are 7th and Indian school. For those in need of transportation, the restaurant has a city bus stop conveniently located right out front.

The Fry Bread House has been a staple in the Melrose district of Phoenix for years. Seventh ave in Central Phoenix is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Phoenix and caters to a diverse range of people. 

If you can find a spot in the parking lot, you scored. If not, no worries, there is plenty of parking around the corner. This little gem gets packed during lunch hours so be prepared for a little bit of a wait. Order at the counter, grab your drink and seat yourself at a booth or one of the few tables in the small dining area. If you have any more then four people, this probably isn’t your best bet.

The menu consists mostly of–you guessed it–fry bread. Sweet, chewy, warm bread is stuffed with delicious, creamy, homemade beans, spicy red or green chili, chorizo, or just plain ol’ classic Native style bread. 

The restaurant itself is quaint with a rustic style decor. It’s an order-at-the-counter style restaurant and has incredibly fast and friendly service. The portions are very generous, so be sure to come with a large appetite. Perhaps the only regret you’ll leave with is that it was so good you didn’t leave yourself room for dessert.

The Bread House offers guess a stylish interior, cozy environment, great food with generous portions, and a diverse menu with healthy options.

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Since you are going to have to spend a few hours in the gym working this off you might as well go all the way and order a Specialty Tacos. Your choice of toppings with shredded cheese and lettuce folded up like a taco. These guys are huge, you still need a fork and a knife to take it down. Split one with your lunch comrade to save room for dessert. You will ultimately regret not indulging in a warm piece of fry bread topped with honey and sugar.

If fry bread isn’t what you’re in the mood for, they also offer a variety of house stews, burros, and red chili or vegetarian tamales. The very friendly Tohono O’odham, who own and operate the restaurant keep it cheap. Only one item on the whole menu will put you over the $7 mark , the Ultimate Specialty Taco. Everything else will run you about $6.  Add a drink and you’re still under the $10 mark.

Fry Bread House takes a staple of classic Indian cuisine and gives it a Southwestern flare. The restaurant has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation as an “American Classic,” and provides guests with a range of options including tacos, burros, and stews and bread dishes, both savory and sweet. For the full effect, be sure to try the signature pillow try bread stuffed with beans, beef, and cheese. 

Located just 15 minutes from the downtown area, Bread House is the perfect lunch time spot to grab quality and authentic Native American food. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time. Come lunch time, you’ll encounter a line that snakes all the way out the door. 

Arizona is known for having some of the best tacos you can find, and any discussion of the best tacos in AZ must include FBH. From the ultimate taco with refried beans, the guest’s choice of beef, onions, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce, to the vegetarian taco with refried beans, spicy green chili strips, onions, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce, it’s hard to beat the tacos at Bread House. 

Bread House is a great place to both locals and tourists and offers a great window into Native American culinary world. 

Menu

Fry Bread House, located in Phoenix, was started in 1992 by Cecelia Miller of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Her son, Michael Perry, manages the restaurant known for its delectable chewy and flaky fry breadtopped with a variety of flavorful ingredients such as chorizo, chilies, and, in its dessert version, butter and chocolate.

In addition to El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley, Fry Bread House is only the second Valley restaurant to receive the award since it became a category in 1998.

 

According to Indian Country TodayMiller and her son and general manager Michael Perry will move The Fry Bread House sometime in August to bigger digs at 1003 East Indian School Road, the former home of Pancho’s Mexican Buffet.

The Fry Bread House, known for its delectable chewy and flaky fry bread topped with a variety of flavorful ingredients such as chorizo, chiles, and, in its dessert version, butter and chocolate, has been in its current location for 13 years.

Indian Country Today goes on to say when The Fry Bread House opened in 1992, it had just three items on the menu, and that Miller’s daughter, Sandra, says her mom made $50 on opening day.

 

Guests can choose from either red chili or  vegetarian tamales. The former are served soft and are seasoned with corn masa layered in corn husks, surrounding shredded spicy red chili beef. By contrast, the vegetarian tamale is the same but swaps the chili beef for beans, green chili strips, cheese, and onions.

Also on the menu, The Bread House offers several different stews. The red chili stew comes with New Mexico red chilies blended into a spicy stew and served with seasoned beef chunks. The green chili stew comes with New Mexico hatch green chilies cooked slowly with seasoned beef, tomatoes, onions, and a thick broth.

The vegetable beef stew is served with fresh potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and onions cooked with chunks of beef all into one savory stew. The hominy stew consists of a savory broth cooked with corn hominy, chunks of beef, onions, and fresh herbs. Lastly, the posole (spicy) stew comes with select corn hominy, chunks of pork, onions, cilantro, and herbs all served within a flavorful broth. There is also a menudo stew which is made with soft hominy, beef tripe, onions, herbs, and cilantro, however this stew is only served on Sundays. 

A staple on the menu is the ‘Joedd special,’ which comes with a plain fry bread and any of the stews on the menu for just $8.59.

The menu is fully loaded with a wide variety of options to choose from. The Fry Bread House prides itself on being Southwestern, Native American, American, and vegetarian friendly. 

If you’re looking for a simple by savory dish, you can’t go wrong with a classic fry bread taco with ground beef and refried beans. Guests also rave about the green chili beef tacos, the kokoji, and the red chili stew.

Another fan favorite and FBH is the tortillas and burros section. Go as minimal as just a plain tortilla, or go big and build your own burro with your choice of beef and additional toppings. 

For those among us with a sweet tooth, the Bread House has you covered. Try one of their delicious fry bread open-faces topped off with award-winning chocolate and butter or honey and sugar. Other toppings choices include powdered sugar and butter; golden honey; butter, cinnamon, and sugar. 

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