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. But for those of you 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. Come for the authentic antipasto, stay for the cannoli.
Next up, there is Tacos Jalisco, where the humble dining room belies the magic happening behind the kitchen doors. This is a great stop for take-out on those days when you're craving Mexican comfort food but only have a few bucks in your eating-out budget.
Looking for a sweet spot for breakfast or lunch? Check out Noci Cafe in north Scottsdale. The cozy cafe is home to great homemade breakfast specialties and lunch options like sandwiches, soups, panini and a small selection of Italian pasta plates. You'll also find good gourmet coffee and dessert pastries. Most breakfast and lunch options are priced less than $10.
Finally, if you want a meal that is both wallet-friendly and healthy for you, head to YC's Mongolian Grill, where you can pick out fresh meats and veggies and watch expert chefs create masterful stir-fry dishes for a fraction of what you would pay at a sit-down restaurant.