Where to Eat and Drink Near Salt River Fields

Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com The most important advice we can give you regarding finding food near Salt River Fields: avoid the Pavillions shopping center, unless McDonald's and 5 & Diner are your idea of fine dining. You will have to drive a bit to get to the good stuff, but it's there -- usually hidden at the back of a strip mall or inside a hotel. We're not listing dessert in this guide, so we'll just have to tell you up front to be sure to make a stop at Sweet Republic for a scoop of ice cream or a sundae; the name sounds familiar because you've seen it in the pages of national food mags and on the Food Network.


Café ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Breakfast starts early - 6 a.m. - at the in-house restaurant at Hotel Valley Ho, a fab revamp of a '50s-era motor inn that's now a boutique hotel in all the right ways, including when it comes to dining. Cafe ZuZu will welcome you in shorts and Ts, tuck yourself into a booth, and order strong coffee and the crispy, thick Belgian waffle with cherry butter. This place is all about the comfort food, and even if you're eating healthy, somehow they made a bowl of fruit or a plateful of whole wheat pancakes sound downright indulgent.


Rita's Kitchen at the Camelback Inn

Another spot tucked in the back of a hotel, Rita's occupies prime territory on the grounds of the venerable Camelback Inn, a Valley institution. Skip the game and stay for a day at the spa, or enjoy the same yellow gazpacho served to the robed crowd on the lovely patio at Rita's. Fare includes Mexican favorites, burgers and salads. Don't forget a glass (or two) of red sangria, a New Times staff favorite.

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