Best Chain Restaurants in Phoenix

Here are the most popular reliable chain restaurants, particularly for large groups (and large portions):

Arriba Mexican Grill. Be forewarned: it's easy to fill up on Arriba's salsa and bean dip, arguably the best in the Valley. The tourist- and kid-friendly menu features a photo of every item, so no need to worry about understanding the difference between a flauta or an enchilada. Try the sizzling fajitas and, if you're in for a dare, the spicy White Sands chicken. When in doubt, order a combination of items listed on the back of the menu.

Buca di Beppo.This national Italian chain prides itself on large portions. The family-style menu is filled with traditional favorites such as lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, and chicken Parmesan. Smaller groups can ask to sit in the chef's booth in the kitchen. Before ordering, ask your server for guidance on how much your table needs. Without fail, you'll over-order.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse.This national chain is famous for exceptional service, quality steaks, and its great wine list. Its four Valley locations are beloved by businessfolks and romantic couples alike. The house-made burrata is sized for sharing, but you won't want to, unless you're opting for the 16-ounce dry-aged prime rib eye.

Oregano's. Huge portions are an understatement at this casual Chicago-themed eatery. Come hungry and feast on tasty baked sandwiches, pizza (deep-dish, thin-crust, or stuffed), and pasta dishes. The young, friendly staff and kitschy 1950s decor create a fun and comfortable, family-friendly vibe.

Zoë's Kitchen. Cool, clean, fast, inexpensive, and nutritious, this national chain is great for a light but filling Greek-inspired meal. Each location is uniform in its bright cafeteria-like setting, where you order and then sit. Try the Greek chicken pita, Greek salad, and coleslaw with feta cheese.

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