Scottsdale's Best Places to Eat Well Without Breaking the Bank

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Scottsdale
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If your image of Scottsdale is all swimming pools and golf courses--well, you're not too far off the mark. But Scottsdale is also home to an ever-evolving scene of local restaurants, ranging from sandwich shops to grand resort dining rooms. For those of looking for a great meal that won't break the vacation budget, we present to you our top choices for Best Value restaurants in Scottsdale. There's no need to sacrifice taste and quality at neighborhood restaurants such as Defalcos Italian Grocery, a venerable local favorite that has been dishing out hot, delicious gooey Italian pasta dishes and pressed sandwiches for decades....  Read more »

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    Defalcos Italian Grocery

    Defalcos Italian Grocery in Scottsdale is a long-standing favorite with locals, famous for authentic...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "When you are craving authentic antipasto and imported Italian meats, Defalco is a surefire palate-pleaser."

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    YC's Mongolian Grill

    YC's Mongolian Grill delivers made-to-order freshness with your choice of quality ingredients for a fast, delicious lunch or dinner.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch includes your choice of small or large bowl of stir-fry, rice, soft drinks or iced tea, and condiments."

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    The Cider Mill Gourmet Market and Sandwich Shop

    The Cider Mill offers new takes on classic cafe staples in a fun and family-friendly setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the popular Soda Bar, where six flavors of hand crafted soda are slow brewed and lightly carbonated before your eyes."

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    Blue Burrito Grille

    Blue Burrito Grille stands out in a town full of great Mexican food for their commitment to dishing out...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the salsa bar, featuring a selection of house-made green and red chile salsas."

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    Tacos Jalisco

    Tacos Jalisco offers no-frills Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites that are consistently delicious and authentic.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the bean burritos with the red sauce, simple but enchanting."

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    D'lish Kitchen & Coffeehouse

    D'lish Kitchen & Coffeehouse offers a full menu of healthy and delicious options for discriminating diners on the go.

    Local Expert Tip: "D'lish also serves healthy lunch options, including sandwiches, salads, wraps, bowls, and burgers."

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    El Molino Mexican Cafe

    El Molino Cafe is one of Scottsdale's best-loved and most venerable Mexican food restaurants.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the made-from-scratch green corn tamale, light, fluffy and always delightful."

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    Arcadia Farms Cafe

    Arcadia Farms offers wholesome, organic cafe fare in one of the city's most gracious settings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try a breakfast specialty from the "Arcadia Classics" menu."

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    Cien Agaves

    Cien Agaves is a dressed-up taco stand in a fun downtown location with menu items that won't break the budget.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ciene agaves, or 100 agaves in Spanish, features an impressive tequila bar with--you got it--a collection of 100 top shelf tequilas behind the bar. Let the knowledgeable staff help you select a comparative sampling during your visit."

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    Pesto Prima Cafe & Coffee

    Pesto Prima Cafe & Coffee brings healthy and wholesome cafe fare and gourmet coffee to South...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Come here for a light breakfast or lunch lovingly crafted from the best ingredients. Anything with the house basil pesto aioli is to-die-for."



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