Scotts­dale: Be­yond Down­town

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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. Con­ve­niently nes­tled be­tween Scotts­dale and Phoenix, Par­adise Val­ley’s his­toric El Chorro of­fers an au­then­tic Ari­zona din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with stun­ning views of the Val­ley’s most prom­i­nent land­mark, Camel­back Moun­tain. Gen­er­a­tions of Val­ley res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike fre­quent El Chorro to sa­vor sea­sonal cui­sine fea­tur­ing the high­est qual­ity in sus­tain­able, lo­cally grown, all nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing herbs and pro­duce from the El Chorro gar­den. The team of mixol­o­gists com­ple­ment the restau­rant’s menu with sea­son­ally in­spired, hand­crafted cock­tails and an ex­pan­sive wine se­lec­tion. www.el­ 5550 E. Lin­coln Drive, Par­adise Val­ley, 480.948.5170. Val­ley Map N17 DREXYL MOD­ERN AMER­I­CAN Mod­ern Amer­i­can. Of­fer­ing sea­sonal, hand­crafted dishes that in­clude small plates, sal­ads, sand­wiches and en­trées. A well cu­rated se­lec­tion of beer, wine and vin­tage cock­tails round out the menu. Open for happy hour and din­ner daily, and lunch M-Sa. www.drexy­ The SHOPS at Gainey Vil­lage, 8877 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.840.1861. Val­ley Map L18 FOGO DE CHÃO Brazil­ian Chur­ras­caria. Un­lim­ited serv­ings of 16 fire-roasted meats, plus an ex­ten­sive salad bar.­godechao. com. Lin­coln Vil­lage, 6300 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.609.8866. Val­ley Map N18

FORNO to-go FABBRI­mar­ket of Ital­ian.such Ital­ian All-day ne­ces­si­ti­escafe and as breads,and as­sorted pas­tries, pro­duce; cheeses, wines cured too. meats, www.forno pep­pers fab­ N. Scotts­daleThe Shops Road,at Gainey 480.998.1366. Vil­lage, Val­ley Map M18 GRASSROOTSCom­fort food KITCHENwith gourmet& TAP touches; Amer­i­can. soups du States jour (Louisianaare in­flu­ence­dred beansby re­gion­sand rice;of the New United Mex­ico Hatch chiles Vil­lage­with smoke­dat Hayden, pork). 8120 www.grass­rootsN. Hayden Road, Coun­try, 480.699.0699.2119 E. Camel­back­Val­ley Map Road, M19; 602.368.8766.Town & Val­ley Map O16

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

HOUS­TON’S Amer­i­can. Huge sal­ads, bar­be­cued ribs, ham­burg­ers and veg­gie burg­ers are among daily fare. See and be seen in the bar, which bus­tles dur­ing happy hour. www.hill­ Hil­ton Vil­lage, 6113 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.922.7775. Val­ley Map N18 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.jg­steak­hous­escotts­ The Phoeni­cian, 6000 E. Camel­back Road, 480.214.8000. Val­ley Map O18

KITCHEN WEST Amer­i­can. Sea­son­ally de­ter­mined Amer­i­can fare with West­ern flair. 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. des­ti­na­tion­ho­­dale-re­sort. The Scotts­dale Re­sort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Park­way, 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. Lo­ca­tions in­clude: 11107 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.596.1181.

Val­ley Map L18; 4001 N. Cen­tral Ave., 602.264.6141. Val­ley Map P14

ROKA AKOR Asian/Fu­sion. Artis­tic lit­tle tastes come from the ro­bata (char­coal) grill or the sushi/ sashimi bar, and are de­liv­ered to din­ner ta­bles and low-slung lounge seats. Cock­tails are con­cocted from the dis­tilled Ja­panese spirit shochu and hunks of crys­tal-clear ice. 7299 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.428.0051. Val­ley Map M18

SOI 4 BANGKOK EATERY Thai. Gin­ger-mar­i­nated lamb, star anise-braised tofu and pan-seared duck are among the more com­plex en­trées to be pre­sented on over­sized white plates in this chic ur­ban space. Yet cur­ries, stir-frys and skew­ers, though per­haps more fa­mil­iar, would hardly be called “sim­ple.” Loft-level din­ing avail­able for groups. The Shops at Gainey Vil­lage, 8787 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.778.1999. Val­ley Map M18

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 TAP­HOUSE KITCHEN Amer­i­can. Sea­sonal menu of­fer­ings and main­stays such as the Tap­House slid­ers with An­gus beef, quail egg and sauce béar­naise on a brioche bun; shrimp mac ’n’ cheese; and the gluten-free pork ten­der­loin with Parme­san po­lenta, cola gas­trique and cherry-tomatillo salsa. All menu items list rec­om­mended beer and wine pairings. Daily happy hour; brunch on week­ends. www.tap­house­k­ 6137 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.656.0012. Val­ley Map N18 TWISTED GROVE PAR­LOR & BAR Mod­ern

Amer­i­can. Stone-oven flat­breads and build-your-own br­uschetta in an in­dus­trial set­ting with com­mu­nal ta­bles and an ex­pan­sive pa­tio. www.twist­ed­ 8220 N. Hayden Road, 480.699.0811. Val­ley Map L19

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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