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5 Best Restaurants in North Scottsdale Right Now

Chef Michael O'Dowd and partner Ed Leclere go bold at Renegade by MOD.
Chef Michael O'Dowd and partner Ed Leclere go bold at Renegade by MOD.
Renegade by MOD

Sure, there's the drive, but the North Scottsdale restaurant scene is worth the trip.

At the moment, the five best restaurants in the area feature diverse, expertly crafted cuisines from some of the Valley's most noteworthy chefs who employ top-notch ingredients like homemade sausage, Lingonberry relish, and kumamoto oysters to take their creations from satisfying to superb.

Most may mean an extra few shakes of the piggy bank, but with food this good, they're worth the occasional splurge.

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Some of chef Michael O'Dowd's bold, sophisticated dishes at Renegade by MOD.
Some of chef Michael O'Dowd's bold, sophisticated dishes at Renegade by MOD.
Evie Carpenter

Renegade by MOD

The daring new restaurant from chef Michael O'Dowd, whose decade at Kai earned it national acclaim, takes diners on an exotic ride with an electrifying menu of re-invented foods from around the globe. Served up in an edgy atmosphere, O'Dowd's multi-layered creations, accented with ingredients like Wolfberry relish and marble-size balls of goat cheese, are presented in ways that make necks crane at nearby tables.

 

ShinBay's cutting edge Japanese cuisine.
ShinBay's cutting edge Japanese cuisine.
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ShinBay

The kind of restaurant that could hold its own in any major city, this decidedly refined spot of Japanese cuisine from James Beard Award-nominated chef Shinji Kurita, is nothing short of exquisite. Go all out with one of Kurita's omakase, or chef's choice dinners, and be treated to meticulously prepared, elegant works of art that may include whole blue crab, Santa Barbara prawn with dots of caviar, and a breathtaking selection of sushi.

A few of Karaikudi's South Indian dishes.
A few of Karaikudi's South Indian dishes.
Jackie Mercandetti

Karaikudi Palace

Thanks to a trio of culinary school chums from India, this exceptional South Indian restaurant serves up bold, vibrant creations packed with handfuls of ingredients like chiles, tamarind, ginger, cumin, and cardamom. Don't miss the smoky and spicy curry of baby eggplants stuffed with onions and spices; fish cooked in coconut sauce with red onions and green chilies; and thin and crispy stuffed dosas, the crispy-hot Indian-style crepes.

 

Dirty Little York pizza.
Dirty Little York pizza.
Jackie Mercandetti

Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria

Combining Neapolitan techniques with his own style, chef-owner Matt Pilato churns out nearly 20 varieties of red and white artisan 12-inch pies at this casual yet classy pizzeria. The bready crusts -- charred and crisp at the rim and thin and soft in the center -- can be had with choice ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, hand-stretched mozzarella, and heady sausages prepared by DeFalco's Italian Deli & Grocery in Scottsdale.

Patatine Fritte: potatoes and leeks fried Italian-style.
Patatine Fritte: potatoes and leeks fried Italian-style.
Heather Hoch

Andreoli Italian Grocer

Is there anything chef Giovanni Scorzo doesn't do exceptionally well at his well-heeled Italian market and restaurant? With a show-stopping selection of Old World eats like a fantastic arancino siculo (Sicilian-style rice ball), classic sandwiches, luscious housemade pasta dishes such as the near-perfect seafood risotto, and a tempting selection of scratch-made Italian desserts, the answer, it would seem, is no.

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Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria

8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

480-292-8773

www.lamppizza.com

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Karaikudi Palace

8752 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

480-998-6006

www.karaikudipalaceaz.com

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Andreoli Italian Grocer

8880 E. Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

480-614-1980

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Renegade - Closed

9343 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

480-614-9400

www.renegadecanteen.com

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Hiro Sushi

9393 N. 90th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

480-314-4215

www.hirosushiaz.com


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