Established in 1990, Arcadia Farms Cafe is hidden away in downtown Scottsdale, and is a cozy cottage serving gourmet goodies which will tantalize your taste-buds. At lunch, soups, salad and sandwiches make up most of the menu. They are all house-made, healthy, fresh and flavorful. At dinner, the entrees are sophisticated and heartier. Do not forget to try the pork tenderloin with Portobello and artichoke or the roasted halibut with mustard glaze and caramelized cabbage. The menu also features scrumptious desserts made of quality ingredients. Unwind over exquisite drinks with friends and family as you relax in the welcoming space. Arcadia offers catering and event planning services as well.
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.
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.
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.
Nationally recognised Chef Robert McGrath has taken cowboy cooking to a whole new level at his Scottsdale location. This restaurant takes diners on a taste tour of the West, from Colorado to California. Chef McGrath's signature dishes include Mustard-Crusted Rainbow Trout with Sweet Potato Fries, Hickory-Braised Beef Short Rib and Sugar & Chile-Cured Duck Breast. Full bar service is offered. See website for menus and drink list.
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.
At Desert Roots Kitchen, items are prepared so fresh that its guests need to check the menu online daily at 10AM if they want to know what to order upon arrival. In the kitchen, chef/owner Leslie Robin prepares wraps, sandwiches, salads and other vegetarian/vegan dishes with an emphasis on healthy sustenance. The wrap-of-the-day is her highlight dish, and with variations like Moroccan Peanut Lentil, Sriracha Pineapple Lentil, BBQ Pinto Bean and many others, eating healthy never tasted so good.
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.
Here at Casa, the party starts early and runs until 2AM every day, where the festive outdoor patio buzzes when the weather is nice. The bar serves plenty of local beers and handcrafted cocktails and the kitchen prepares Mexican food like burritos and appetizers with a twist. For instance, the Loaded Fries burrito comes with French Fries, steak, beans, four different cheeses, Pico de Gallo and Jalapeno Crema. The innovative Chinese Take Out burrito has crispy sweet & sour chicken, fried rice and Egg Rolls and the deliciously decadent Seared Ahi comes with sashimi grade tuna, sticky rice, Asian slaw and a Sriracha Aioli. Definitely a nice addition to the colorful and diverse Mill Avenue dining scene.
Ncounter is a hip, little eatery located right in front of the Mill Avenue/3rd Street light rail stop, a feature which makes it ultra-convenient. Ncounter is only open for breakfast and lunch, however anyone visiting during these hours will be pleasantly surprised. The heart healthy menu offers creamy smoothies, fluffy omelettes, hearty sandwiches and vitamin packed salads. Indoors, everything is served in a modern convivial space, although at times it may be difficult to find a table. Nonetheless, you can dine on the outdoor patio which actually makes for a better seating option, depending on the season.
Fat Tuesdays has been an institution on Mill Avenue for decades, known for its slushy frozen daiquiris which spin in mixers behind the bar. Many of these frozen drinks use grain alcohol which translates into strength, so if you want to maintain some semblance of sobriety, try the Fruit Cocktail, Mango or the Peach Bellini. In addition to frozen slush, the bar still has a nice selection of local beers from nearby breweries. Fat Tuesday's also serves bar food like wings, nachos, burgers, wraps and salads to soak up those strong drinks.