Old Town Scottsdale Archives

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Photo courtesy Diego Pops   THE SCENE I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reuniting with a lot of old friends lately. The vaccine rollout has finally made it feel safe to see friends and family in person, to watch their expressions, to hug them, to share food with them – in restaurants, if you can imagine.   Some of these reunions have been with the eateries themselves. I know I’m not the only one who feels bonds strong enough with the...

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Merkin Vineyards in Old Town Scottsdale’s new executive chef, Steve Zimmerman, has been busy developing new dishes for the winery’s tasting room menu. Zimmerman, who started a few months ago, was previously the executive chef at Widewaters Hotels in Tempe (Tres Kitchen and Bar) and the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix. He brings more than 25 years of culinary experience to the farm-to-table, vine-to-glass tasting room. Having spent the bulk of his career in resort...

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Have a podcast idea but no clue how to make it a reality? Check out PodPopuli, the first retail podcast storefront in the U.S., which opened in Old Town Scottsdale in January. “This is a place where people of all ages can learn to podcast, launch a podcast and even watch podcasts being created,” says founder Brian Howie, who hosts four pods of his own. PodPopuli offers recording, production, creative and distribution services.

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Photo by Tayden Savage   The Valley is home to many breweries and restaurants with craft alcoholic beverages, but Old Town Scottsdale features the always crowded Blue Clover Distillery (7042 E. Indian School Rd). As the area’s first ever microdistillery, Blue Clover is famous for its small-batch, hand-distilled vodka and gin. With an indoor-outdoor bar and huge dining patio, it’s perfect for laidback dinners and weekend brunches. Because of its growing popularity, Blue Clover has...

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The Nashville Hot Chicken craze shows no signs of cooling off here in the Valley, and any minute now (probably by the middle of next week), we’ll have a brand-new venue — Belle’s Nashville Kitchen on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale — for the crazy-crispy, insanely incendiary dish that, when done right, simultaneously sends pain and pleasure signals to the brain. Owner Mike Haley, who worked in local restaurants and bars for a couple...

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From Glendale to Gilbert, downtown neighborhoods across the Valley have flourished over the past decade, sprouting high with local restaurants, boutiques, theaters and that all-important “cultural density.” Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they need our love more than ever.

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Swing by these festive spots to snap a holiday selfie! North Phoenix  Creative Holiday Chalk Art at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Check out this huge 3D sleigh chalk art piece, which is located at the resort’s Falls Water Village. This installation was created by local husband and wife team, Rather Be Chalking. The display has been getting a lot of attention from guests and locals alike, and will be available for “sleigh rides” until the end...

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Lots of artists work from home, but not everyone can let their creative juices flow in a garage or a spare room. In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, The Creative Center of Scottsdale leases monthly loft space for artists who need a place of their own. Painters, sculptors, photographers and more can rent space to create and foster community with other artists. WiFi, a kitchenette and drying racks are provided, as well as lockers...

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Famous 48’s executive chef Rob Wagner is an unabashed lover of short ribs. So when he was putting together the new Old Town restaurant’s tavern-themed menu, he included a short rib entree for dinner and a short rib melt for lunch.

The sandwich is a big hit for Famous 48 – second only to the popular Nashville hot chicken sandwich, Wagner says. It’s not a difficult sandwich to make at home, but you have to be willing to devote seven hours of oven roasting time to achieve tender, pull apart, melt in your mouth short ribs.

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