Comfort Food Heaven: Best Homestyle Restaurants in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is known for its posh resorts and world-class dining destinations.

But did you know Scottsdale is also home to dozens of cafes dishing out tasty, homestyle fare? These family-friendly dining destinations are ideal when you're craving comfort food designed to appeal to both adults and cfras

Of course, there's the Sugar Bowl, situated right in the middle of Old Town Tucson. The venerable restaurant and ice cream parlour, with its famous cotton candy-pink exterior, is as quaint and homestyle as you can get in modern Tucson. 

For homestyle favorites like grilled cheese and soup, head over to Cafe ZuZu at the hip Hotel Valley Ho. All your favorite comfort food platters are served with gourmet flair that never sacrifices flavor. 

Craving a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup? You'll find it at Goldman's Deli, a classic Chicago-style deli serving up delicious, Jewish cooking classics designed to nourish the soul and keep your fed. 

For homemade Italian food, stop by Defalcos Italian Grocery, which is reminiscent of the mom-and-pop Italian groceries back East. You can take home an order of hand-made ravioli, pizza, eggplant parm, lasagna and chicken cutlet. For dessert, don't miss the homemade cannoli and tiramisu, which tend to be very good. 

Truly a trip back in time, Sugar Bowl has changed little since it opened in 1958. Pink-and-white decor, swivel stools, and plenty of cool, creamy treats make for an authentic soda parlor experience. All your favorites are here: malts, shakes,...  Read More

Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Randy's Restaurant and Ice Cream in Scottsdale promises great food at a great price any time of the day. Enjoy all your favorites at Randy's, from fried catfish to meatloaf, steak and more. After your...  Read More

Los Sombreros

Fun, festive decor creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy heaping portions of Mexican favorites. If you're famished, an appetizer of beef gorditas will more than tide you over until the main course arrives. Blue corn crab enchiladas,...  Read More

Culinary Dropout
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This hip Scottsdale eatery, another brainchild from Fox Restaurant Concepts, is described as the city's "rebel child" gastropub where the uniform-free staff is free to create bold culinary experiments in a relaxed yet professional environment....  Read More

Roaring Fork

The wood fired cooking and classic American cuisine of the Roaring Fork makes this a favorite gathering spot for the Scottsdale lunch crowd. Inspired by the history and essence of the Old West, the Roaring Fork seeks to recapture and celebrate...  Read More

Butters Pancakes & Cafe
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"Egg-ceptional eggs," moist and fluffy omelettes, original skillets, scramblers, eggs benedict, fruits and grains, pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles are just some of the breakfast specialties you'll find at this bright Scottsdale cafe....  Read More

Goldman's Deli has all Jewish comfort food classics that you've been craving: beef brisket, chicken noodle soup, potato pancakes, and baked potatoes. They are all here. Whether you're looking for noodle kugel, knish, matzo ball soup, borscht, or...  Read More

This venerable local cafe dishes up down-home, no-frills Mexican food that has drawn a loyal local following over the years. Classic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes such as tacos, burros, enchiladas and quesadillas are consistently good and served...  Read More

If you're looking for an original, family-owned Italian deli, Defalco's Italian Grocery is the real thing. This local treasure is located just south of downtown Scottsdale, on the border between Tempe and Scottsdale. The menu features...  Read More

Pig & Pickle is a comfort food haven in Scottsdale with a menu full of comfort food classic. Don't expect run-of-the-mill comfort food, though. The menu has been carefully crafted for unexpected flavor profiles and infused with gourmet...  Read More


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