One of the best fine dining restaurants near Salt River Fields in Scottsdale is the Brooklyn Cafe. Formerly known as Voltaire, this modern French restaurant has earned rave reviews for its gourmet deli food and unpretentious take on French dinner classics like beef bourguignon. Another fine dining destination near the ball park is Remington's Restaurant & Lounge, located at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. This upscale chophouse fits the bill if you're craving a good steak, although fresh seafood is also a menu specialty. The outdoor patio, complete with vines and twinkly lights, also makes a perfect date night destination. If you're looking for a quick bite that doesn't skimp on quality ingredients and flavor, head to YC's Mongolian Grill. This make-your-own stir-fry restaurant is ideal for a fun, casual lunch or dinner. And if you're craving Italian, be sure to plan a pit stop at Andreoli Italian Grocer, a cozy deli and cafe dishing out some of the best and most authentic Italian food in town. Chef and owner Giovanni Scorzo makes all the breads and pastries from scratch, including luscious cannolis and tiramisu. Pizza lovers take note: Andreoli's also has some of the tastiest specialty pies in town. The artichoke-truffle pizza is always a good idea.
10 Blanco Tacos and Tequila
You won't find greasy run-of-the-mill tacos at Blanco Tacos + Tequila. The menu blends fresh ingredients and authentic Mexican recipes for out-of-this-world flavor profiles. Start with the popular house guacamole. It's a creamy, spicy treat made with roasted poblano and Anaheim chiles, caramelized onion and cotija cheese. Entrees include traditional combo platters and a taco menu. The carnitas tacos are stuffed with pulled pork that is slow cooked and topped with fresh condiments, including chopped white onion, cilantro, salsa verde and a squeeze of lime juice. ((480) 289-5701)
9 Veneto Trattoria
Veneto Trattoria is modeled after the traditional trattorias of Northern Italy. The menu features fresh dishes prepared with the best ingredients. The healthy, satisfying flavors used at Veneto Trattoria are lightly prepared for a satisfying meal that is never heavy or greasy. The ambiance here is warm, friendly and casual. Try one of the hand-crafted pastas, such as the fresh gnocchi or luscious risottos. Traditional Northern Italian dishes frequently feature balsamic vinegar seasoning, and Veneto Trattoria is no different. Only the highest quality balsamic is used in the restaurant's house dressings and to add sweetness to certain dishes without having to resort to fatty butter. (480-948-9928)
8 Butters Pancakes & Cafe
"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. Despite the name, don't expect a breakfast platter dripping in butter. The food here is prepared fresh with the most wholesome ingredients available. The orange juice is fresh-squeezed (no slushy concentrate here!), and the bright, impeccably spotless dining room makes this an ideal breakfast spot to get your day started right. Butters is also open for lunch, with the kitchen dishing out tasty burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and classic deli sides. ((480) 629-4333)
7 Goldie's Neighborhood Sports Cafe
Goldie's Neighborhood Sports Cafe has been a favorite local spot since 1993. The food menu features an extensive selection of high quality homemade dishes with true gourmet flair, including appetizers, salads, soups, chilies, huge burgers, focaccias, entrees, pastas, calzones, specialty pizzas and luscious desserts. The drink menu is just as impressive, with popular daily drink specials always on the menu. H.D. flat screen TV's, pool, shuffleboard, three 10-foot big screens and friendly crowds make this a winning neighborhood spot. If you're debating whether to grab a bite at a restaurant or a sports bar, Goldie's blends the best of both worlds in a casual, friendly neighborhood setting. ((480) 451-6269)
6 Hiro Sushi
This Scottsdale sushi house has been a local institution since 1997, back when sushi was still a curiosity with many diners. This cozy neighborhood sushi restaurant offers some of the city's best chirashi bento boxes. The inventive menu includes Italian-style whitefish with scallions and tomato with olive oil. Don't leave without trying the Arizona Roll, which features asparagus, scallop, cucumber, avocado, and a special house sauce rolled in cucumber. Also of note is their poke of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, octopus, surf clam, and scallions, served in a fresh vinaigrette. Great for a business lunch or casual night out with friends. ((480) 314-4215)
5 YC's Mongolian Grill
Fresh and tasty is the operating culinary philosophy at YC's Mongolian Grill, where diners are invited to create their own stir fry creations. Simply choose from the assortment of enticingly fresh ingredients and step back and watch as one of the grill's experienced stir fry chefs cooks up your creation. Guests are invited to come up with their own combinations of meats, vegetables, noodles and sauces for a one-of-a-kind stir fry. Sauces range from bold and flavorful to tangy, spicy and sweet. This is a popular lunch spot for diners seeking a healthy and budget-friendly alternative to greasy diners and fast food options. ((480) 948-8011)
4 Grassroots Kitchen & Tap
This casually upscale restaurant delivers farm-fresh table with flair and elegance. The menu at Grassroots Kitchen & Tap delivers an eclectic menu of modern American fare with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Start with one of the sharing plates, like the prosciutto wrapped asparagus, which is grilled and drizzled with maple syrup. On the entree side, vegetarian's will appreciate the farm to table vegetable platter, featuring a chef's heirloom tomato selection, sauteed chard, grilled asparagus, a helping of local-seasonal vegetables, served with a side of honey-drizzled texas toast. Sandwiches, salads, seafood, and barbecue fill out the menu. Homemade desserts and a coffee and juice bar offer a sweet finish to your meal. ((480) 699-0699)
3 Remington's Restaurant & Lounge
Remington's Restaurant & Lounge is a refined chophouse located at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Live jazz, cigars and fine wine are the main attraction in the lounge, while the dining room and romantic outdoor patio are populated nightly by couples and large parties enjoying the restaurant's refined take on modern American cuisine. For starters, try the Sonoran crab cakes, which come with a side of zesty chipotle remoulade sauce. Or try the mixed appetizer sampler, which is just the right size for two. It comes with two grilled petite lamb chops with spicy Thai peanut and fresh mint sauces, a Sonoran crab cake, and fried calamari with spicy marinara on the side. Entrees include steaks and chops, poultry dishes with a Mediterranean touch, and an eclectic selection of fresh seafood. ((480) 951-5101)
2 Andreoli Italian Grocer
Owner and chef Giovanni Scorzo, a native of Calabria in northwest Italy, delivers authentic Italian masterpieces at this charming Italian grocery and cafe in Scottsdale. Scorzo makes all his own breads and pastries, including the house tiramisu, cannoli, and even hand-made chocolates. Daily specials include Italian specialties like rosticianna (grilled pork ribs), pasta e fave (pasta and fava bean soup), bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style T-bone steak), and other homemade specialties. There's also a well-stocked deli counter where you'll find high quality imported meats, cheeses, and olives. Just try to resist the bakery counter, which is filled with cookies and pastries. ((480) 614-1980)
1 Brooklyn Cafe
Located in the same space as Voltaire Restaurant, North Scottsdale's long-running classic French bistro, the new Brooklyn Cafe is the latest creation from chef David Antonelli. The menu is chock-full of dishes that are reminiscent of the small SoHo bistros that chef Antonelli grew up with, including deli lunch classics like roast beef, BLT, and chicken parmesan, and homemade fries. The dinner menu returns to the restaurant's classic French cuisine roots with appetizers like escargot, and entrees like Beef Bourguignon and veal. The newly updated dining room features comfy booths and playful decor inspired by the New York subway system. ((480) 948-1005)
About Patricia Escarcega
Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.
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