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.
Prop yourself on the leafy patio of this quaint, casual eatery, which dishes up fresh mozzarella, crispy pizza and addictive ‘Italian’ fries.
The name makes it pretty clear what Spasso is all about. What it doesn’t convey is this little eatery’s low-key charm. Tucked in a corner inside Town & Country Shopping Center, Spasso is pocket-sized with a disproportionately large bar and a handful of tables. Some imagination went into turning the back wall into an Italian street scene. A “tree” hung with fairy lights centers the room, and multi-paned windows look out onto the leafy patio.
The new Westin Downtown’s flagship restaurant tempts diners with an eclectic, ambitious menu. Will it become a dining destination?
A big-name chef opening a restaurant in a hotel isn’t a new phenomenon. Just look at Las Vegas or Honolulu – or even our own backyard. Michael Mina opened Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Jean George Vongerichten opened J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician. And now Chicago-based Chef Randy Zweiban has opened Province at the new Downtown Westin.
Grits, deviled eggs and peach cobbler are just a few of the killer comfort foods you’ll find at this sassy Old Town Scottsdale newbie.
When I heard Chef Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro, The Mission) designed the menu at Bonfire Grill & Bar in Old Town Scottsdale, I set the bar high because I know what he can accomplish with creative, international, upscale cuisine. But he had another plan, aiming straight for affordable, middle-of-the-road, meat-and-starch comfort fare with a few rich twists. While he doesn’t reach new culinary heights here, his creations hit the mark with what diners crave.
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