Scotts­dale: Down­town

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5TH & WINE Amer­i­can. So­cia­ble ap­pe­tiz­ers, moderately priced com­fort food and an am­bi­tious wine pro­gram. www.5thand­wine.com 7051 E. Fifth 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. First Ave., 480.941.5665. Scotts­dale Map J3

ARIDUS WINE COM­PANY A Scotts­dale tast­ing room for a Will­cox-area (south­ern Ari­zona) wine­maker. www.ariduswineco.com 7173 E. Main St., 520.954.2676. Scotts­dale Map K4

AZ/88 Amer­i­can. This up­scale city tav­ern isn’t vis­i­ble from any street, but art-world cognoscenti and mar­tini con­nois­seurs have a way of find­ing it. In­side a glass box on the perime­ter of Scotts­dale’s Civic Cen­ter, nicely ap­pointed burg­ers, sal­ads and sand­wiches are dished. www.az88.com 7353 E. Scotts­dale Mall, 480.994.5576. Scotts­dale Map K7

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. www.cit­i­zen­pub­li­c­house.com 7111 E. Fifth Ave., 480.398.4208. Scotts­dale Map G4

COW­BOY CIAO Con­tem­po­rary

Amer­i­can. Thought­ful, play­ful small plates, sal­ads and en­trées, and a lengthy, long-winded wine list. www. cow­boy­ciao.com 7133 E. Stet­son Drive, 480.946.3111. Scotts­dale Map F4

CRAFT 64 Pizza. A de­light­ful house retro­fit­ted for a lux­ury linen bou­tique is now a bistro with piz­zas, sal­ads and tons of taps for Ari­zonabrewed beers. www.craft64.com 6922 E. Main St., 480.946.0542. Scotts­dale Map L2

CRUST Pizza. By the slice or whole pie, piz­zas here come in two crust depths and typ­i­cal top­pings. Pasta, sal­ads and strom­boli round out the hearty menu, while in­ter­na­tional la­bels dom­i­nate the am­ple wine list. www.crust res­tau­rants.com Lo­ca­tions include: 6989 N. Hay­den Road, 480.948.3099. Val­ley Map M19; 4727 E. Bell Road, 602.494.1000. Val­ley Map I17

DON & CHAR­LIE’S Steak. A fix­ture since 1981, with celebrity car­i­ca­tures, sports mem­o­ra­bilia, and Chicago-style ribs and chicken, chops and steaks. www.do­nand­char­lies.com 7501 E. Camel­back Road, 480.990.0900. Val­ley Map O18

FARM & CRAFT Health Food. Lo­cated in down­town Scotts­dale and of­fer­ing healthy and sus­tain­able food in a com­mu­nity-style at­mos­phere for breakfast, brunch, lunch and din­ner. Menu op­tions include gluten-free and veg­e­tar­ian op­tions too. www.ilove­far­mand­craft.com 4302 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.568.8980. Scotts­dale Map F5

THE HERB BOX Café. Gar­den-goodie piz­zas, sand­wiches and sal­ads,and healthy meals. www.the­herb­box.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

KY­OTO JA­PANESE RESTAU­RANT Sushi. A Val­ley sta­ple since 1982, Ky­oto is now re-opened af­ter a brief clo­sure to the de­light of its ded­i­cated fol­low­ing. The sushi of­fer­ings range from tra­di­tional to cre­ative, and din­ers are also fond of the tep­pan ta­bles, where tep­pa­nyaki is served by en­gag­ing chefs. 7170 E. Stet­son Drive, 480.990.9374. Scotts­dale Map E5

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.marcellino ris­torante.com The Shops at South­Bridge, 7114 E. Stet­son Drive, 480.990.9500. Scotts­dale Map F4

THE MONTAUK Amer­i­can, Con­tem­po­rary. An East Coast-in­spired menu and a beach­house at­mos­phere over­look­ing Scotts­dale Road. www.the­mon­taukaz.com 4360 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.994.1888. Scotts­dale Map E5

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.old­town­tor­tilla fac­tory.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 uniquely 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

ROAR­ING FORK West­ern. Up­scale-rus­tic tav­ern and restau­rant. Smoked, seared, cast-iron-cooked, ro­tis­serie-roasted, and cracker-crusted are but some of the ways hearty, cre­ative en­trées are pre­pared. www. roar­ing­fork.com 4800 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.947.0795. Scotts­dale Map C5

RNR Amer­i­can. Sub­stan­tial and savory break­fasts, a smat­ter­ing of sand­wiches and evening en­trées, served in an in­dus­trial loft at­mos­phere. www.rnrscotts­dale.com 3737 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.945.3353. Scotts­dale Map L5

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

SO­CIAL TAP EATERY Amer­i­can. Eat, drink and be so­cial and this casual spot which fea­tures ev­ery­thing from tacos and burg­ers to steak and fish. www.so­cial­tap­scotts­dale.com 4312 N. Brown Ave., 602.432.6719. Scotts­dale Map F5

THE SUGAR BOWL Frozen Treats. A sweet pink-and-white Scotts­dale in­sti­tu­tion since 1958, with Tin Roof and Dusty Road sun­daes and swirled-to-or­der shakes and malts. The car­toons posted near the door were sketched by late “Fam­ily Cir­cus” cre­ator Bil Keane, who lived in nearby Par­adise Val­ley. www.sugar bowlscotts­dale.com 4005 N. Scotts­dale Road, 480.946.0051. Scotts­dale Map J6

SUSHI ROKU Ja­panese/Sushi. Hand­some at­mos­phere and se­ri­ously sexy sushi. Baked/steamed seafood, grilled steaks and skew­ers, and pork braised for eight hours, too. www.sushi­roku.com W Scotts­dale, 7277 E. Camel­back Road, 480.970.2121. Scotts­dale Map D8

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.thirstylion­gas­tro pub.com Lo­ca­tions include: Scotts­dale Fash­ion Square, 7014 E. Camel­back Road, 480.284.7292.

Scotts­dale Map D5; 2000 E. Rio Sal­ado Park­way, Tempe, 480.968.2920. Val­ley Map R19; SanTan Vil­lage, 2212 E Wil­liams Field Road, Gilbert, 480.899.0119. Val­ley Map X23

WILDFISH SEAFOOD GRILLE Seafood. A high-en­ergy, high-style restau­rant/lounge with an in­de­pen­dent-thinker menu that doesn’t ex­clude red meat-eaters. www.wild­fish­seafood grille.com Scotts­dale Water­front, 7135 E. Camel­back Road, 480.994.4040. Scotts­dale Map D5

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