Oregano's Pizza Bistro in Old Scottsdale keeps growing by leaps and bounds. A full range of creative pizzas, pastas, salads and appetizers are served in a setting that draws people like a magnet. Their oven fresh pizza cookie dressed with vanilla ice cream is a must have when you are here. There is definitely something for everyone here at this inventive pizza bistro.
Located next to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, AZ/88 has some delicious American fare on offer. The menu offers a good selection of entrees, burgers, salads and desserts. Try the Las Brisas burger with jalapenos and avocado, or Elsa's chicken, which is smothered in bell peppers, pecans, and honey/mustard sauce. Salads include Cobb, shrimp, spinach, Caesar or chicken salad varieties. Team these up with their delectable martini. With an intention to shock patrons, AZ/88 displays bold art pieces which are conversational starters in themselves. Do check website for more.
Operated by the Houston's organization, Bandera is not only known for its terrific rotisserie-roasted chicken, but as a great place to gather for a friendly drink or a full meal. Besides the renowned rotisserie, the prime ribs, meatloaf and fresh fish dishes are among the popular favorites. This peppy restaurant is so sought after for its delicious food that reservations are highly recommended. With food that is reasonably priced and loaded with flavor, Bandera is a great place to dine with friends and family.
Offering the best steaks for your money's worth in North Scottsdale, The Capital Grille is the place to drop by if you are a meat and seafood lover. With a well stocked bar and fine ambiance, this steakhouse delivers top-class quality steaks and seafood. All their succulent steaks are cooked to perfection with the right flavor and texture. Reservations are recommended.
Handlebar J adorns multiple hats (pun intended). From a family dining restaurant with a vast menu to a large bar with live western music and dancing, this is a Scottsdale favorite. Cowboy hats by the hundreds dangle from the ceiling. Thick succulent steaks, prime rib, chicken, and ribs, make up most of the menu. This is definitely a meat and potatoes place - wranglers of all ages have been coming here since 1975. And if you happen to visit the venue between Wednesday and Sunday, you will be treated to an exquisite performance by Arizona's favorite country music band, The Herndon Brothers.
One of the last remaining cowboy saloons in Scottsdale, Rusty Spur Saloon is one hangout that attracts not just the locals but also tourists in large numbers. The old world charm this bar exudes is accentuated by numerous mementos and souvenirs of the former bank that existed in its place in the 1920s. Rusty features performances by country/western bands 7 days a week, and a spacious dance floor where you can do a two-step. The bar is well stocked with a variety of liquors and spirits; and if you are craving a bite to eat, then order a Cowboy Chili burger or the specialty Rusty Spur burger from the kitchen, and you are all set for a relaxed evening.
College towns and brew pubs seem to go together, but this is one place that you don't have to be a student to enjoy. The space is large and lofty with brass tanks and copper tubing throughout the space that hardly belie its main product. The menu alongside the well-crafted beers is typically pub-grub, where you can find an assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, hot-wings alongside all of the other favorites. The seafood entrees are designed to compliment the restaurant's in-house lagers, ales, porters and stouts. On Sundays during football season, the place can become quite crowded and the bar also hosts live music throughout the week. Call for more information or visit their website for more details.
Located on bustling Mill Avenue, Rúla Búla Irish Pub offers new Irish cuisine on the menu, but you'll still find Fish 'n' Chips, Guinness Pie and Lamb Stew on there as well. The decor is definitely traditional, with rustic wooden tables, Celtic motif and a convivial atmosphere all inside a colorful yellow and blue building. The name roughly translates from Gaelic to English as 'Uproar and Commotion', and on any given night, you can see why. The menu is composed of dishes like Steamed Mussels, Pan Seared Alaskan Cod, Bistro Filet Medallions and the Hot Bollix Spicy Potato Balls made with rashers, scallions and Cheddar cheese are must-try appetizers. For entertainment, Rúla has live music throughout the week as well as other events like trivia, fundraisers, etc.
Established in 1994, husband and wife owners, Jay and Christine Wisniewski are certified sommeliers, so to say they know their wine is an understatement. Their passion for wine has translated into wonderful recipes in the kitchen, where the menu is a fine selection of carefully created seasonal and organic specialties. The excellent wine list has received a number of national accolades and it boasts a selection of nearly 500 labels. The bistro's interiors have a modern decor, with brick-exposed walls and the beautifully decorated outdoor patio is also perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner.
Situated in the midst of clubs and eateries along Tempe's Mill Avenue, Zuma Grill is a great place for a meal or for a night out. Nighttime entertainment varies between karaoke, reggae, DJs with dance mixes and various live performers. The menu features a tasty mix of hamburgers, salads and sandwiches.
Chalk up your cue and rack up the balls in this spacious pool hall. Just a few blocks from Arizona State University, it is crowded nightly with students. Eleven full-sized tables offer challenging play, and rates vary by the hour depending on the night. Tuesday through Thursday, live bands play the hall while the weekend is reserved for the private DJ and his "illegal" house mix. Shows start nightly at nine. The place serves no food, but delivery from Slice's Pizza and Fat Tuesdays is available. No cover charge.