Sunday, May 15, 2016

RNR Gastropub

A tried and true, albeit loud, spot to gather with friends or coworkers and located in a prime spot in Oldtown Scottsdale.  The standard pub fare is hit and miss but there enough items that will even add to your evening.

The 'Must Try'-  Get social with the Dirty Chips

RnR Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Leoni’s Focaccia

Naturally the focaccia is the showcase item here but don't discount the quality meats and cheeses stuffed between the light and savory bread.   Definitely worth the effort of having to deal with the Scottsdale/Shea intersection and worth the added cost of in order to get a truly delicious sandwich.

The 'Must Try'- We dig the soppressata but anything will do so long as it is in between their bread

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sassy’s Cafe & Bakery

Shabby Chic meets the family dinner.  Think of  a poor man's Sweet Cakes Cafe... complete with the sandwiches, cookies, and the scores of women gathering for the lunch and the latest gossip.  Sandwiches above average but man those cookies are something special.  

The 'Must Try'-  The cheesesteak is good but the real reason you are here is those cookies

Sassy's Cafe & Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Great Australian Bakery

The almost identical twin of the Cornish Pasty that is pleasing palates on the other side of Old Town.  The rolls and tarts add a distinctive Australian twist to the concept. Only complaint is that they are a tad small for the price paid.

The 'Must Try'- The Aussie take on the Shepard's Pie

The Great Australian Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Shake Shack

The New York equivalent of In-And-Out, superiority complex and adjusted prices included. Anyways, the burger almost does live up to the hype.  A very solid offering, one of the best in the $5-$7 range.  Their potato roll buns serve notice to everyone else out there surrounding their beef in subpar bread.  

The 'Must Try'-  Smokeshack

Shake Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The 2016 Scottsdale Arizona Spring Training Dining Guide for Fans of the San Francisco Giants

It is that time of year when we welcome our baseball loving neighbors from the Foggy City down for Spring Training.  While we don't have your culinary chops, the greater Phoenix area has a very vibrant and growing restaurant scene.  We would hate for you waste your dinner budget on the 2 for $19.99 special at Applebee's. Below are some options that are all within 10 minutes from the stadium.  You might even "say hey" I can get a pretty darn good meal in this town.

The Breakfast Beat
You Giants fans have it lucky.  Your home base is in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.  This little Western nook has some of the Valley's best breakfast spots with each location catering to your varied tastes.  While it's a shame that we recently lost one of your gems, Dottie's, there still are options a plenty.  Here are just a few.
  1. Light and Healthy- The Chop Shop packs the perfect punch of green and tasty.  This is a great way to start your day if you anticipate eating 3 hotdogs at the game and you need to alleviate some guilt. The fresh juice selection is definitely worth the trip. They also have some great lunch options.
  2. Heavy and Hearty- Disregard the fact that this is the go-to place for feared rival Bryce Harper and come by to fill up your tank at the Breakfast Club. Go the distance and get their eggs Benedict. You might want to share it with a friend.
  3. A Border Delight- We are just a few hours from old Mexico so we can claim some authenticity.  Sinaloa inspired America's Taco's has Scottsdale's best breakfast burrito.  And remember it doesn't count if it doesn't contain chorizo. The carne asada is also a favorite for lunch or dinner.
  4. Something Nostalgic- Over Easy is a great throw back to the breakfast you remember having as a kid.  Sit back, enjoy the local hospitality, and do yourself a favor by ordering some waffle dogs. Don't ask, just order.

The Lunch Hour Primer
While most of your games will be played in the afternoon, you don't want to be stuck relying on a $6 dog day-in and day-out.  We recommend satisfying your appetite at a few of these spots.
The venerable Cornish Pasty
  1.  Jimmy Buffett Lite- Rehab Burger is a triple threat that will give you a spot to wet your whistle, mellow out, and enjoy Old Town's best sandwich.  Who says you need to be by the beach in order to have a cheeseburger in paradise.
  2. Little Italy- Craving some Italian Sausage?  Look no further then the closest thing that Scottsdale has to something that could survive in North Beach, Defalco's Italian Eatery. This long time staple has a deep menu and enough options to make multiple visits.
  3. Sonoran Style- You can't leave Arizona without a nice big plate of the old school Mexican food that helped define this region.  Stop by El Molino and pick a few items from the menu. It contains all of the old standards ranging from tacos to tostadas to enchiladas.   
  4. Eat Like a 14th Century English Miner- The hipsters at the  Cornish Pasty Company have transformed this simple staple into a family of sweet and savory meat pockets that have a flavor to satisfy most appetites. These things are so tasty that you might feel a bit like Buster Posey as you jealously guard your plate.
  5. It's an East Coast- West Coast Thing- The In-N-Out domination that has long ruled the Western states has received a recent challenge in the form of Shake Shack. If all else fails head to the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, do some shopping, and cap the visit off with a Smoke Shack burger and Concrete. Just don't tell your New Yorker friends you might like this better than a Double-Double. 
Dinner in Style
The evening will present you with the best opportunity to stretch your wallet and splurge with some of our better options.  The list of options in the area is large but here are some of our favorites.
A gem from the Mission 
  1.  Latin Fusion- The Mission is Mexican 2.0.  But the menu goes far south of old Mexico and offers a fresh take on many of the core dishes that define Latin cuisine.  Also, the Barrio Queen, the latest offering from local legend Silvana Esparza, has the area's best and widest selection of tacos.
  2. Preferred Local Watering Holes- Old Town has many spots that have won favor with locals, here are two of the best.  Citizen Public House offers a contemptory and upscale version of the traditional public house. While there are many items on the menu worth your time, do not leave with having the chopped salad.  Eddie's House features a menu as varied and eccentric as owner and local figure, Eddie Matney.
  3. Upscale Italian- There are enough great trattorias in Scottsdale that you could swear that the Appian way led you here.The two that stand out are Marcellino's and Franco's. Both have impressive old world pedigrees. Want some pizza?  Head up the road to Pomo, home of the only pizza on the east side of town worthy of the Vera Pizza Napoletana certificate of authenticity.   
  4. Feeling Red Blooded?-  This town has no shortage of joints that cater to the carnivore.  Mastro's City Hall and Don & Charlie's both have a long and tasty history in Scottsdale.  Ben & Jack's is a recent newcomer to the area and it has its  'dry aged' roots firmly planted in famed Brooklyn steakhouse, Peter Luger.
  5. Homesick and want something to remind you of that drive down the PCH last month? The newly minted Smoke Haus offers a fairly faithful interpretation of your Santa Maria BBQ.  Get the tri-tip sandwich and take advantage of their sports bar to catch all of the other games.
    The tri-tip sandwich from Smokehaus
  6. Couldn't Get Into the French Laundry Back Home?- You don't have to worry about a months long waiting list at Binkley's.  French Laundry alum, Kevin Binkley, is putting his training to good use and he has three locations across the Valley so that you can sample his genius with relative ease. We recommend making the drive up north to Cave Creek to spend an evening at Binkley's.

We could go on and on but we figure that this should tide you over during your desert stay.  Any more suggestions and you might have to take up a more permanent residency.  Feel free to visit for a list of more approved suggestions that cover the entire Valley of the Sun. Remember, just because you might be spending your afternoons at the diamond doesn't mean you have to tolerate its food.

Go Giants!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

1000 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza

I know you're probably thinking 'do we really need yet another fast casual pizza place offering up $9 pies made in 90 seconds'?  Finally, one fast pizza concept worth keeping around.The price point is on par and the flavor is Naples approved.

The 'Must Try'- Tick off the purists and savor the Buffalo Chicken

1000 Degrees Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Simon's Hot Dogs

A welcome fast casual and lower price point for the area.  The frantically fantastic owner and his staff aim to please with some very well executed fresh takes on the Hot Dog.  Do yourself a favor, imagine a Caribbean breeze, and sample the Colombian dog.

The 'Must Try'- Take their suggestion and go full Colombian!

Simon's Hot Dogs Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tortilla Fish

The fish taco torch has been officially passed from Rubios.  Tough to find better seafood at this price.  Fresh and flavorful fish that can be dressed a variety of ways as well as a few other solid earth bound options.  Also, a friendly staff that works hard to ensure your experience is up to par.

The 'Must Try'- Get a standard fish taco and a machaca style fish taco

Tortilla Fish Taco Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Yard

They do a pretty good job "manufacturing" fun for those who typically don't have the ambition or wherewithal to generate some on their own.  Good restaurants and a safe bet to hold your next office party.  Also, the parking/valet situation is a mess.

The 'Must Try'- All the favorites from Culinary Dropout and Barrio Urbano but we recommend something shareable like the soft pretzels.

Culinary Dropout Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato