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.
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
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)
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.
� 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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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)
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)
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.