Scottsdale: Be­yond Down­town

Where Phoenix - - DINING -

BLANCO TACOS + TEQUILA Mex­i­can. A va­ri­ety of cheese crisps and un­usual mar­gar­i­tas (one’s vanilla!) kick-start a meal. Chile- and cheese-laced en­trées, some of which ar­rive in cast-iron skil­lets, are cre­ative and gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned. www. blan­co­ta­coste­ 6166 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.305.6692. Val­ley Map N18; Biltmore Fash­ion Park, 2502 Camel­back Road, 602.429.8000. Val­ley Map O15

CHOMPIE’S Deli. New York-style del­i­catessen, gourmet bak­ery and bagel fac­tory. Ex­cep­tional hot corned beef, pas­trami, brisket, chicken soup with matzo balls, and New York cheese­cake. www.chom­p­ 9301 E. Shea Blvd., 480.860.0475. Val­ley Map K19; Par­adise Val­ley Mall, 4550 E. Cac­tus Road, 602.710.2910. Val­ley Map K17; 1160 E. Univer­sity Drive, Tempe,

480.557.0700. Tempe Map E7; 3481 W. Frye Road, Chan­dler, 480.398.3008. Val­ley Map X19

EL CHORRO Amer­i­can. Hearty, homey faves like Cae­sar salad, beef stroganoff and trout aman­dine in and around a Par­adise Val­ley land­mark that in 1934 served as a girls’ school. In­door din­ing is an op­tion, but out­door din­ing takes the cake with views of both Camel­back and Mummy Moun­tains. www. el­ 5550 E. Lin­coln Dr., Par­adise Val­ley, 480.948.5170. Val­ley Map N17

FORNO FABBRI Ital­ian. All-day cafe and to-go mar­ket of such Ital­ian ne­ces­si­ties as breads, pas­tries, cheeses, cured meats, pep­pers and as­sorted pro­duce; wines too. www.fornofab­bri. com. The Shops at Gainey Vil­lage, 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.998.1366. Val­ley Map M18

GRE­NADA BAR & GRILL Amer­i­can. This ur­ban Amer­i­can con­cept is lo­cated on the top floor of the Em­bassy Suites by Hil­ton Scottsdale Re­sort. Op­tions in­clude piz­zas, steaks, lamb and seafood. www.em­bassy­suites3.hil­ Em­bassy Suites by Hil­ton Scottsdale Re­sort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.949.1414. Val­ley Map N19 J&G STEAK­HOUSE Steak. Global steak­house by Miche­lin-starred Chef Jean-Ge­orges Von­gerichten. Be­gin with the raw bar or heir­loom tomato salad, segue to tuna tartare or a foie gras ter­rine, then se­lect a juicy cut of beef, pork or fish. www.jg­steak hous­escotts­ The Phoeni­cian, 6000 E. Camel­back Road, 480.214.8000. Val­ley Map O18

KITCHEN WEST Amer­i­can. Sea­son­ally deter­mined Amer­i­can fare with Western flare. Be­gin with the Chorizo Hush Pup­pies or Fried Mesquite Honey Cheese Curds, then move on to a brisket burger, juicy steak or wild salmon filet. www.des­ti­na­tion­ho­­sort. The Scottsdale Re­sort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., 480.991.9000. Val­ley Map L19

MACAYO’S MEX­I­CAN KITCHEN Mex­i­can. For 60 years, Macayo has been dish­ing Sono­ran Mex­i­can dishes. The menu features cre­ations from old fam­ily recipes as well as new, lighter fare. www. Lo­ca­tions in­clude: 11107 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.596.1181. Val­ley Map L18; 4001 N. Cen­tral Ave., 602.264.6141. Val­ley Map P14; 1909 W. Thun­der­bird, 602.866.7034. 6012 W. Bell Road, Glen­dale, 602.298.8080.

PRE­STON’S STEAK­HOUSE Steak­house. Steak­house clas­sics and in­no­va­tive dishes are cre­ated with prime cuts and lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. More than two dozen sides to choose from. www.pre­ston­ss­cotts­ 8700 E. Pin­na­cle Peak Road, 480.629.5087. Val­ley Map G19 SONATA’S RESTAU­RANT Con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean. Lithua­nian restau­rant own­ers bring Old World Euro­pean cui­sine with a con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can twist to the Scottsdale din­ing scene. To be­gin, try the Pick­led Her­ring or Borscht (beet soup with meat­balls), then move on to en­trées such as the Chicken Kiev, Pork Shank and Sauer­kraut, or Ox­tail Stew. www.sonatas­restau­ 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.477.1390. Val­ley Map K18

VIL­LAGE TAV­ERN Amer­i­can. Hand­crafted cock­tails, in­trigu­ing wine list, com­fort food with some sur­prises, and a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment. www.vil­lage­tav­ The Shops at Gainey Vil­lage, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.951.6445. Val­ley Map M18

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