Shine 2010: Where to Eat in Scottsdale

Breakfast Club
It's no secret that the freaks come out at night in Old Town's nightclub district, but where do those pretty young things go when the sun comes up? Turns out, they're here, hiding behind big, dark sunglasses while refueling on pancakes and coffee.
4400 N. Scottsdale Rd.
480-222-2582
thebreakfastclub.us

Orange Table
We could dine here any time of the day, whether it's for amazing corned beef hash and a strong cup o' joe in the morning, or a succulent burger and a microbrew in the evening.
7373 E. Scottsdale Mall
480-424-6819

Café Zuzu
You don't need to be checked in to the Valley Ho to enjoy its in-house eatery. Swing by for chef Chuck Wiley's creative comfort food, served up in a cozy, mid-century-style dining room.
6850 E. Main St. (Hotel Valley Ho)
480-421-7997
ON THE MAP

Metro Brasserie
The best fries in town -- and they'e really French.
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Ste. 105.
480-994-3663
metrosouthbridge.com

Marcellino Ristorante Italiano
Thick red drapes, crisp white linens -- and some of the tastiest Italian food in the city.
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Ste. 110
480-990-9400
marcellinoristorante.com

Tapas Papa Frita
An old Phoenix favorite reappears in Scottsdale. Killer sangria. 
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Ste.
210 480-699-5004
tapaspapafrita.com

Cowboy Ciao 
Eclectic American cuisine and one of the city's most extensive wine lists.
7133 E. Stetson Dr.
480-WINE-111 
cowboyciao.com

FnB
Short for Food and Beverage, FnB is the foodie destination in town.
7133 E. Stetson Dr.
480-425-9463
fnbrestaurant.com

Lee's Cream Liqueur 
Booze-infused ice cream. Really.
7137 E. Stetson Dr.
480-429-5337
leescreamliqueur.com

ON THE MAP

Metro Brasserie
The best fries in town -- and they'e really French.
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Ste. 105.
480-994-3663
metrosouthbridge.com

Marcellino Ristorante Italiano
Thick red drapes, crisp white linens -- and some of the tastiest Italian food in the city.
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Ste. 110
480-990-9400
marcellinoristorante.com

Tapas Papa Frita
An old Phoenix favorite reappears in Scottsdale. Killer sangria.
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Ste.
210 480-699-5004
tapaspapafrita.com

Cowboy Ciao
Eclectic American cuisine and one of the city's most extensive wine lists.
7133 E. Stetson Dr.
480-WINE-111
cowboyciao.com

FnB
Short for Food and Beverage, FnB is the foodie destination in town.
7133 E. Stetson Dr.
480-425-9463
fnbrestaurant.com

Lee's Cream Liqueur
Booze-infused ice cream. Really.
7137 E. Stetson Dr.
480-429-5337
leescreamliqueur.com

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After-Hours Eats
The after-hours "staff meal" at Petite Maison at 7216 E. Shoeman Ln. (480-991-6887, petitemaison.com), available Thursday through Saturday, features dishes that run $8 to $12 and are announced that day on Twitter; same goes for Thursdays at Posh Improvisational Cuisine at 7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr. (480-663-7674, poshscottsdale.com), where chef Joshua Hebert might make pork ramen, Thai yellow curry, or sous vide BBQ brisket.

Cool Down in Old Town
For some vintage Scottsdale flavor, stop by The Sugar Bowl at 4005 N. Scottsdale Rd. (480-946-0051, sugarbowlscottsdale.com), a sweet pink-and-white parlor that's been a local institution since 1958.

Meet the Locals
Gather 'round the communal table with a pitcher of sangria and an outgoing crowd for Como Se Dice Sundays at Iruna (7217 E. 1st St., 480-398-3020, irunaaz.com). From 4:30 p.m. to close, you can mingle and brush up on your espanol at this tapas bar's weekly mixer, where it's A-okay to use the Spanish dictionary.

Hidden Gems
Love the challenge of choosing a great bottle of vino to go with dinner? You're in luck. One of the Valley's best fine-dining restaurants happens to be BYOB, and it's even connected to a wine shop. To get to Atlas Bistro (2515 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-990-2433, atlasbistro.com), you actually enter through AZ Wine Co. next door.

If eating at Cafe Monarch (6934 E. 1st Ave., 480-970-7682) feels almost as intimate as dining in someone's home, well, that's the point. Guests relax over appealing, Mediterranean-inspired dishes that make use of ingredients fresh from the farmers market.

Don & Charlie's
Juicy steaks and mouthwatering baby back ribs are one reason to stop by this old-school chophouse; a dining room packed to the rafters with vintage baseball ephemera is another.
7501 E. Camelback Rd.
480-990-0900
donandcharlies.com

Eddie's House
Chef Eddie Matney gives his own creative spin to Mediterranean cuisine, and serves up clever American comfort food, too. We're fans of the bacon-infused meatloaf.
7042 E. Indian School Rd.
480-946-1622
eddiematneys.com

AZ88
Rotating art installations, impeccable cocktails, nosh-worthy salads and sandwiches, and an energetic crowd make this Civic Plaza watering hole a favorite spot to see and be seen.
7353 Scottsdale Mall
480-994-5576
az88.com

Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
White tablecloths, impeccable service, and prime steaks and chops make this classy restaurant a haven for carnivores.
6991 E. Camelback Rd.
480-941-4700
mastrosrestaurants.com

Modern Steak
Restaurateur Sam Fox's gleaming contemporary steakhouse is a magnet for beautiful people, thanks to a posh, Palms Springs-inspired atmosphere and a menu that goes well beyond meat. On a balmy day, the shaded patio is lovely.
7041 E. Camelback Rd. (Fashion Square)
480-423-7000
foxrestaurantconcepts.com/modern_steak.html

Geisha A Go Go
After you fill up on noodles, grilled dishes, and sushi at this quirky Japanese-themed hangout, unleash your inner rock star in one of its private karaoke rooms. A few Hello Kitty cocktails certainly help.
7150 E. 6th Ave.
480-699-0055
geishaagogo.com

Jewel of the Crown
Luscious curries, fragrant tandoori dishes, crispy samosa, and other scrumptious Indian dishes make this jewel really sparkle.
7373 E. Scottsdale Mall
480-949-8000
jewelofthecrown.com

Los Sombreros
Although the dining room and back patio are certainly pleasant, we can't help but eat at the bar at Los Sombreros, where expertly made margaritas go so well with killer chicken mole, carne asada tacos, lamb adobo, and crab enchiladas.
2534 N. Scottsdale Rd.
480-994-1799
lossombreros.com

Patsy Grimaldi's Pizzeria
This outpost of New York City's famed pizzeria serves crisp, thin-crust pizzas hot out of the coal-fired brick oven, just like at the original, award-winning location.
4000 N. Scottsdale Rd.
480-994-1100
patsygrimaldis.com

Roaring Fork
Blow your diet on braised "Dr. Pepper" beef short ribs, slow-roasted pork carnitas, buttermilk fried chicken, and the notoriously delicious "Big Ass Burger" at this Western-inspired spot.
4800 N. Scottsdale Rd.
480-947-0795
roaringfork.com

Sushi Roku
Sure, the W is popular with Scottsdale scenesters, but don't be too distracted by the eye candy here — the sushi chefs serve up some seriously beautiful seafood.
7277 E. Camelback Rd. (W Scottsdale)
480-970-2121
sushiroku.com

Taggia
Chef James Siao's Northern Italian coastal menu is well rounded. Look for rustic wood-fired pizzas, pastas, delicate seafood dishes, and mouthwatering meats.
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd. (FireSky Resort)
480-424-6095
taggiascottsdale.com

Trader Vic's
Grab a tiki-themed classic cocktail, nibble on a pupu platter, and be sure to try something from the oak-and-pecan-fired Chinese oven at this retro Polynesian restaurant.
6850 E. Main St.
480-421-7799
tradervics.com

 
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