5TH & WINE American. Sociable appetizers, moderately priced comfort food and an ambitious wine program. www.5thandwine.com. 7051 E. 5th Ave., 480.699.8001. Scottsdale Map G5
ARCADIA FARMS CAFE American. This rustic hideaway with a downtown address has long been a destination for “ladies who lunch”— perhaps for the lump crab cakes and berry salads, perhaps for the foliage and fountain noise that conceal great gossip. www.arcadiafarmscafe.com. 7014 E. 1st Ave., 480.941.5665. Scottsdale Map J3 CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE American. Most ingredients are proudly identified by their ranch, farm, state or nation of origin on this menu, and their combined effect is intelligent, hearty, and much-inclined to combining with cocktails. Solid stand-outs include cherry-sauced ribs with parsnip puree, smoked duck with spiced pistachios, and chef Bernie Kantak’s original chopped salad. www.citizenpublichouse.com. 7111 E. 5th Ave., 480.398.4208. Scottsdale Map G4 MARCELLINO RISTORANTE Italian. This graceful husband-wife operation introduces skeins of specialty pastas at the commencement of every dinner, and follows through with an equally intriguing series of plates and presentations. www.marcellinoristorante.com. The Shops at SouthBridge, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, 480.990.9500. Scottsdale Map F4
OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY
Southwestern. Trees with lights and a fountain with fire set up the patio as a relaxing place to dine on a progression of poblano dip, tortilla soup, soft tacos and Southwestern-spiced surf & turf. Hundreds of tortillas are made one-by-one on a grill inside the 75-year-old adobe hacienda every night, and a former carriage house serves as the cantina. Dinner only. www.oldtowntortillafactory. com. 6910 E. Main St., 480.945.4567. Scottsdale Map L2 OREGANO’S PIZZA BISTRO Pizza. Pizzas on thin crust or Chicago-stuffed-style, traditionally topped or uncommonly accessorized. www.oreganos.com. Locations include: 3102 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.970.1860. Valley Map P18; 523 W. University Drive, Tempe, 480.858.0501.
Valley Map R18; 1130 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, 480.962.0036. Valley Map T20; 1960 W. Germann Road, Chandler, 480.265.4580. Valley Map Y20; 328 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, 480.882.9336.
Valley Map V22; 4602 E. Cactus Road, 602.482.0054. Valley Map K17
RNR American. Substantial and savory breakfasts, a smattering of sandwiches and evening entrées, industrial loft atmosphere, and one of the only public, second-story patios serving cocktails while overlooking Scottsdale Road. www.rnrscottsdale.com. 3737 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.945.3353. Scottsdale Map L5 THE HERB BOX Café. Garden-goodie pizzas, sandwiches and salads, a flavored lemonade of the day, and a market of select ingredients to take a smidgen of the experience home. www.theherb box.com. The Shops at SouthBridge, 7134 E. Stetson Drive, 480.289.6160. Scottsdale Map E5; Market Street at DC Ranch, 20707 N. Pima Road, 480.289.6180. Valley Map H19 THE SALT CELLAR RESTAURANT Seafood. A shot of rare-batch tequila with a goblet of giant shrimp is one way to get things started. Follow by feasting on various fish or crustaceans— sautéed, blackened, broiled, stuffed, fried or baked— or just loiter in the lounge until reverse happy hour kicks in and staffers from other restaurants trickle in (an industry testimonial!). Underground dining room hosted by a convivial husband-wife team. www.saltcellarrestaurant.com. 550 N. Hayden Road, 480.947.1963. Valley Map Q19 THIRSTY LION GASTROPUB & GRILL American. Brick-oven artisan pizzas, gourmet burgers, shareable appetizers, seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Cuisine is made with fresh and local ingredients. NCAA, NFL and MLS games are regularly shown. www.thirstyliongastropub. com. Locations include: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, 480.284.7292.
Scottsdale Map D5; 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, 480.968.2920. Valley Map R19; SanTan Village, 2212 E Williams Field Road, Gilbert, 480.899.0119. Valley Map X23