Scottsdale: Down­town

Where Phoenix - - DINING -

5TH & WINE Amer­i­can. So­cia­ble ap­pe­tiz­ers, mod­er­ately priced com­fort food and an am­bi­tious wine pro­gram. www.5thand­ 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.­ca­di­a­farm­ 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.cit­i­zen­pub­li­c­ 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.mar­celli­noris­ The Shops at SouthBridge, 7114 E. Stet­son Drive, 480.990.9500. Scottsdale Map F4


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. 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.rnrscotts­ 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 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.salt­cel­lar­restau­ 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

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