BREAKFAST CLUB • ORANGE TABLE • SCRATCH PASTRIES After a hard night's partying at the clubs, Scottsdale's young and pretty refuel on pancakes and coffee at The Breakfast Club, while the bohemian crowd indulges in killer corned beef hash at The Orange Table, next door to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Another favorite is Scratch Pastries, for perfect quiches, mouthwatering croissants, and fancy French tea. Breakfast Club: 4400 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-222-2582, • Orange Table: 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, 480-424-6819 • Scratch Pastries: 7620 E. Indian School Rd., 480-947-0057,

STINGRAY • KYOTO • RA To the serious raw fish enthusiast, be forewarned: The Scottsdale scene is as much about sake bombers as it is about sushi. But retro-futuristic Stingray dishes up ultra-fresh nigiri almost in spite of its beautiful-people appeal. Kyoto is a time-honored institution among the downtown set, and Ra is constantly bustling with locals and visitors alike. Stingray: 4302 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-941-4660, • Kyoto: 7170 E. Stetson Dr., 480-990-9374 • Ra: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-990-9256,

KAZIMIERZ • FINE'S CELLAR With more than 3,200 wines to choose from (yep, you read that number right), Kazimierz World Wine Bar is wine geek heaven. Its discreet rear entrance off Stetson Drive gives it a speakeasy vibe, perfect for a rendezvous. A couple blocks away, Fine's Cellar is both wine destination (proprietor Michael Fine is one of the Valley's best-known connoisseurs) and bistro, with contemporary American cuisine from chef Cullen Campbell. Kazimierz: 7137 E. Stetson Dr., 480-946-3004, • Fine's Cellar: 7051 E. Fifth Ave., 480-994-3463,

EDDIE'S HOUSE • TAGGIA • OLIVE & IVY We're not sure if it's our balmy weather or relaxed attitude, but Mediterranean cuisine seems to be a perfect fit for Arizona. At Eddie's House, chef Eddie Matney mixes Middle Eastern flavors with American comfort food, while Taggia chef Andrea Volpi is all about coastal Italian cooking. And upscale Mediterranean gets a stylish dose of California casual at leisurely Olive & Ivy. Eddie's House: 7042 E. Indian School Rd., 480-946-1622, • Taggia: 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-424-6095, • Olive & Ivy: 7135 E. Camelback Rd., 480-751-2200,

CAFÉ ZUZU • TRADER VIC'S • ASIA DE CUBA • SUSHI ROKU Most hotel eateries serve a captive audience, but the restaurants at Scotts­dale's trendiest lodgings aren't just for touristy types. The Hotel Valley Ho features Café Zuzu for contemporary American, as well as Trader Vic's for pupu platters and frou-frou cocktails. And if you're dressed to impress, check out the Mondrian's sleek Asia de Cuba or the W's hot new Sushi Roku. Café Zuzu and Trader Vic's: 6850 E. Main St., 480-248-2000, • Asia de Cuba: 7353 E. Indian School Rd., 480-308-1131, • Sushi Roku: 7277 E. Camelback Rd., 480-970-2121,

STETSON DRIVE RESTAURANT ROW There's an amazing assortment of restaurant personalities in this compact strip of high-style eateries. Neighbors Cowboy Ciao and Sea Saw are like night and day — the former has an eclectic energy, while the latter is an intimate, minimalist backdrop for James Beard winner Nobuo Fukuda's exquisite Japanese dishes. Along the SouthBridge side of the street (to the west), check out fashion-centric Canal (a catwalk runs right through the dining room), ritzy, refined Estate House, funky "Cal-Ital" joint Digestif (think handmade pastas and absinthe), and brand-new Metro Brasserie, where the Paris-meets-New Orleans theme extends from the menu to the décor.

Cowboy Ciao: 7133 E. Stetson Dr., 480-946-3111,

Sea Saw: 7133 E. Stetson Dr., 480-481-9463,

Canal: 7144 E. Stetson Dr., 480-949-9000,

Estate House: 7134 E. Stetson Dr., 480-970-4099,

Digestif: 7114 E. Stetson Dr., 480-425-9463,

Metro Brasserie: 7114 E. Stetson Dr., 480-994-3663

LOS SOMBREROS This is Arizona — isn't there a Mexican restaurant on every corner? Well, in some parts of the Phoenix metro area, the answer would be an unequivocal yes. But Old Town Scottsdale isn't exactly a mecca for south-of-the-border cuisine. Your best bet for top-notch Mexican lies just a bit south of the downtown area, at Los Sombreros. Head to this charming, renovated vintage brick house for luscious mole poblano, melt-in-your-mouth lamb adobo, and decadent flan with almondrado tequila. A dozen different margaritas made with top-shelf tequilas, are also enticing. Take it from us, the back patio is the place to be when the weather's nice (which, around here, is almost year-round). 2534 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-994-1799,

Atlas Bistro 2515 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-990-2433

Arcadia Farms 7014 E. First Ave. 480-941-5665

AZ 88 7353 E. Scottsdale Mall 480-994-5576 •

Bada Boom Pasta Room 4151 N. Marshall Way 480-214-2666

Bandera 3821 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-994-3524

Café Carumba 7303 E. Indian School Rd. 480-947-8777

Café Monarch 6934 E. First Ave. 480-970-7682

Daily Dose 4020 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-994-3673

Don & Charlie's 7501 E. Camelback Rd. 480-990-0900

Drift 4341 N. 75th St. 480-949-8454

Fusion 4441 N. Buckboard Tr. 480-423-9043

Frank & Lupe's Old Mexico 4121 N. Marshall Way 480-990-9844

Frasher's Steakhouse & Lounge 2122 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-429-9544

Furio 7210 E. Second St. 480-945-6600

Jewel of the Crown 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall 480-949-8000

Los Olivos Mexican Patio 7328 E. Second St. 480-946-2256

Malee's Thai Bistro 7131 E. Main St. 480-947-6042

Mandala Tea Room 7027 E. Fifth Ave. 480-423-3411

Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse 6991 E. Camelback Rd. 480-941-4700

Medizona 7217 E. Fourth Ave. 480-947-9500

The Mission 3815 N. Brown Ave. 480-636-5005

Nello's 7213 E. 1st Ave.480-946-2020

Old Town Tortilla Factory 6910 E. Main St. 480-945-4567

Patsy Grimaldi's 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-994-1100

Pepin 7363 E. Scottsdale Mall 480-990-9026

Pink Pony 3831 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-945-6697

Roaring Fork 4800 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-947-0795

Saddle Ranch Chop House 4321 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-429-2263

Salty Señorita 3636 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-946-7258

Stax Burger Bistro 4400 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-946-4222

Tandoori Times 6810 E. Fifth Ave. 480-794-1404

Wildfish Seafood Grille 7135 E. Camelback Rd. 480-994-4049

Zipps Sports Grill 7551 E. Camelback

Sponsor Content


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >