Local cuisine and masterful chef skills take center stage at The Wigwam’s latest gem of a restaurant. Resorts, beware: The food bar has just been raised sky high.
Local, seasonal and organic have become the recent standard at any destination restaurant – and even many neighborhood joints. Many places give lip service to the concepts even if they don’t actually practice them. So when the servers at Litchfield’s at The Wigwam start with their spiel, it’s not surprising if diners want to stifle a yawn. But here, it’s different: Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco fame designed the concise menu, and he’s a pioneer – at least locally – of using products from local, sustainable farms.
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“Hideaway” translates to a delightfully off-the-beaten-path destination discovered by savvy Verde Valley foodies and local winery rock stars such as Page Springs Cellars & Vineyard owner/Arizona Stronghold founder Eric Glomski.
Latitude Eight° Thai Grill
11 W. Boston St., Ste. 5, Chandler, 480-722-0560
Owner David Fliger, along with his mother, Nicha, both from Thailand, run this authentic Thai favorite. Start with the tofu spring rolls, the chicken satay or the Thai beef salad. Don’t fill up too much, though – unlike a lot of places, the entrées here don’t get outshined by small plates. We love the green seafood curry and the seared ahi with Phuket sauce. For dessert, the coconut-battered fried plantains with kaffir lime syrup are melt-in-your-mouth good.
If you’ve ever tasted the sweet Spanish nougat candy turrón, you’ll recognize the flavors in Iruña’s honey and almond parfait by the same name.
“I wanted to do something with almonds, and this idea just stuck in my head,” says Anthony Patafio, the veteran chef behind the desserts at Iruña, Mabel’s on Main and The Lodge in Old Town Scottsdale. (Patafio is also the chef/manager at The Lodge.)
Mouthwatering comfort food, tasty cocktails and a cozy, cool atmosphere make Sam Fox’s new Downtown gastropub anything but arrogant.
Despite the name, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ new Arrogant Butcher restaurant in Downtown’s CityScape complex is not a snooty steakhouse. Nor is it a Brit-inspired gastropub like Manhattan’s Spotted Pig. Instead, what we have is a slick, postmodern reworking of a classic urban diner with something for just about everybody.
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Caramel Macchiato at Sola Coffee Bar
Rather than badgering a barista for multiple pumps at other coffee houses, try Sola Coffee Bar in Old Town Scottsdale. Complete with local art on the walls
Calling this sparkling dessert a cheesecake is a bit of a misnomer. Sure, it has cream cheese, but what it doesn't have is a heavy, dense texture. In fact, it's practically light as a feather on the tongue.
That's because pastry chef Heather Nasworthy, who has been whipping up gorgeous desserts at Carefree Station for the past two and a half years, whips the cheesecake base into a frenzy of fluffy mousse.
These aren’t just any cold seafood samplers. Live large and treat yourself to glittering, gorgeous towers of chill.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
15323 N. Scottsdale Road,
After a decade of offering fine dining on Market Street at DC Ranch in north Scottsdale, the Eddie V team packed up its pots and pans and, in February, reopened in new digs at the Scottsdale Quarter. What didn’t change was their remarkable cache of seafood. While “prime” usually refers to beef, it certainly also applies to the daily market fish that’s so pristine it needs nothing more than a turn under the broiler and a simple dress of lemon, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
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