Scotts­dale’s Din­ing Scene

Dis­cover one of the most buzzed-about culi­nary cap­i­tals in the South­west.

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Strik­ing that per­fect bal­ance of nat­u­ral splen­dor and the sweet life, Scotts­dale is per­haps best known for its lux­ury re­sorts, re­ju­ve­nat­ing spas, and myr­iad out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. But this cool desert city has also earned its culi­nary chops with an im­pres­sive ros­ter of celebrity chefs and in­no­va­tive restau­rant con­cepts—not to men­tion some of the tasti­est tacos around.

OUT­DOOR DIN­ING

Near the di­verse hik­ing trails of the Mcdow­ell Sono­ran Pre­serve, which winds through lush cacti forests and rugged rock for­ma­tions, The Vig Mcdow­ell Moun­tain is a lo­cal pick for out­door meals. The menu fea­tures creative sal­ads like an av­o­cado cobb or sunny kale and quinoa, as well as burg­ers and other fresh bites.

FARM FRESH CUI­SINE

There’s corn grow­ing on the roof and squash on the pa­tio of Old Town’s Sec­ond Story Liquor Bar, a chef­driven eatery and cock­tail lounge, where the menu is in­spired by sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture and botany. For an­other el­e­vated spin on farm-fresh Amer­i­can cui­sine, head to el­e­ments at Sanc­tu­ary on Camel­back Moun­tain Re­sort and Spa.

SA­VORY FLA­VORS

From le­git street tacos to se­ri­ous tequila bars, top-notch Latin Amer­i­can cui­sine is a main­stay of the lo­cal din­ing scene. Chan­nel­ing a full show­case of dis­tinc­tive Cen­tral and South Amer­i­can fla­vors, Toro Latin Restau­rant & Rum Bar of­fers un­fil­tered views of the 18th hole at TPC Scotts­dale’s Sta­dium course.

SUN­SET SPE­CIALS

Re­lax and en­joy the on­set of evening at these pop­u­lar restau­rants:

DESERT VIEWS

El Chorro

Take in the 360-de­gree panorama of Par­adise Val­ley at this so­phis­ti­cated eatery sur­rounded by cacti at the base of Camel­back and Mummy moun­tains. Lo­cal tip: Be sure to try the leg­endary sticky buns.

PER­FECT PA­TIO

The House Brasserie

Choose a shady seat un­der the pa­tio's pine tree, which was planted in 1943, and en­joy the old-school el­e­gance of this charm­ing eatery in Old Town. Lo­cal tip: Try the citrus-brined

Ji­dori chicken. For more on Scotts­dale’s din­ing scene, visit ab­so­lutelyscotts­dale.com.

Sanc­tu­ary on Camel­back Moun­tain Re­sort and Spa

The House Brasserie

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