The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ hip mash-up of Latin and Asian cuisine is no bull.
It generally pays to follow the “don’t dine in a hotel restaurant unless you’re on vacation” rule. Hey, I like lobster bisque and conservatively seasoned filet mignon as much as the next person, but why settle for reliable standbys?
Last February, Pottery Paradise in Old Town Scottsdale shuttered after an historic 60-year-run. In its place, we now find Diego Pops, a casual Mexican eatery with Mayan, Yucatan and Caribbean influences. Out with birdbaths and railing planters, in with plantain bowls and tuna tacos.
Megan Draper’s cheesy appetizer from the Mad Men Season 6 opener looked so scrumptious it landed in a cookbook aptly titled Fondue. But the gooey Swiss standard isn’t the only trending heat-and-dip option. In August, chef Johnny Chu unveiled Shabu Fondue, a petite North Phoenix eatery serving Japanese “shabu-shabu.” The concept is simple: meats, veggies and noodles cooked tableside in broth. The fun part: You do the cooking.
Is the Valley hungry for upscale Indian cuisine? The brain trust behind Roka Akor is betting on it.
The new Marigold Maison is as much a proving ground as it is a place to get a good plate of tikka masala or tandoori chicken. And if Valley diners respond as the owners anticipate, you may see Marigolds blooming around the country.