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10 Restaurants in Scottsdale For Homestyle & Comfort Food Dining



Scottsdale is known for its posh resorts and pricey steakhouses. 

But did you know Scottsdale is also home to dozens of restaurants, pubs and cafes dishing out tasty, home-style fare? You'll find everything from sleek gastropubs to family-friendly restaurants putting their own spins on familiar favorites. 

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

Craving a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup? You'll find it at Goldman's Deli, a classic Chicago-style deli serving up great sandwiches and deli grub. 

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.

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There's no use trying to resist the pull of Rehab Burger Therapy. The restaurant, which is located in the heart of downtown, is almost always filled to capacity. One look at the menu - and one bite of their burgers - and it's easy to see why: Rehab Burger Therapy puts out a consistently delicious burger. And not just one burger, mind you, but more than a dozen different varieties of gourmet burgers. Some menu stand-outs include the cheesy spectacle that is the jalapeno popper burger, the veggie burger, and the irresistible spicy mac 'n cheese burger. Apart from delicious burgers, the restaurant also serves specialty salads, soups, sandwiches and homemade desserts.

Recommended for Homestyle because: When you're looking for meaty, cheesy comfort food, Rehab Burger Therapy in Scottsdale has you covered.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the spicy mac 'n cheese burger, a house favorite.

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Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor


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, sodas, floats, ice cream cones, and sundaes in a multitude of flavors with toppings aplenty. If you're craving something more substantive, sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and hot dogs can also be had. A great dessert spot that will please the whole family. Parents with young children will want to check out the back room, where there are plenty of kiddie games to be enjoyed.

Recommended for Homestyle because: There may not be a more iconic homestyle restaurant and ice cream parlour in Scottsdale than the charming Sugar Bowl.

Patricia's expert tip: Fans of Bill Keane's Family Circle comic strip will want to stop by to see his original artwork, which decorates the walls here.

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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 lunch or dinner, make sure you have one of Randy's specialty desserts. Choose from a wide variety of ice cream and sundaes, as well as a variety of homemade pies and ice cream pies. This bargain Scottsdale restaurant will have you leaving a full stomach and wallet. If you're looking for a family-friendly dining room that won't break your dining budget, head to this friendly neighborhood restaurant.

Recommended for Homestyle because: If you're looking for a family-friendly home-style restaurant, Randy's Restaurant in Scottsdale is it.

Patricia's expert tip: Try a slice of the luscious, homemade apple pie " a la mode, of course.

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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, grilled chicken with spinach in chipotle cream sauce, and to-die-for guacamole are just some of the crowd favorites here. For an exquisite and unforgettable entree, order the lamb adobo, a lamb shank drenched in adobo sauce and served with grilled vegetables, beans and tortillas. After dinner, head to the patio for a change of pace and to tackle a luscious dessert. That's right, with chocolate tamales on the menu, who can resist?

Recommended for Homestyle because: Los Sombreros offers a colorful, family-friendly dining room and a long menu of to-die-for Mexican specialties.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the delicious queso fundido as a starter.

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Citizen Public House


Citizen Public House is what the English pub concept looks like in Scottsdale: thoroughly contemporary and upscale, yet still managing to retain the homey charm of a traditional public house. Nestled comfortably in Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen Public House has made a name for iself by serving craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails as well as a full menu of award-winning gastropub cuisine. For cool nights, there is a cozy patio, a semi-private 12-seat dining alcove and lively public space. Mahogany accents, leather booths and a stainless steel-topped bar combine old and new design elements for a sleek, modern look.

Recommended for Homestyle because: For refined comfort food in a relaxed setting, Citizen Public House in Scottsdale delivers.

Patricia's expert tip: The restaurant/pub's social hour happens 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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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 the simplicity of open fire cooking and the bold flavors of wood-fired cuisine. Choose from lamb, beef, chicken, pork, and fresh fish entrees, all cooked to perfection using wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill, or classic wood oven roasting. An inviting atmosphere and impeccable service make this a perfect lunch spot for fans of rustic, boldly-flavored Western American cooking.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Roaring Fork serves rustic, wood-fired cuisine in a popular, family-friendly dining room.

Patricia's expert tip: Come hungry " the plates here are famously huge.

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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. 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. This is a homestyle cafe where you can enjoy a big breakfast with the family.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Butters Pancakes & Cafe in Scottsdale offers breakfast specialties made fresh to order with the best ingredients available.

Patricia's expert tip: Kids will love the fun "Children's Brunch" menu.

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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 just your favorite deli sandwich, Goldman's Deli brings the flavors of a classic New York or Chicago deli to the streets of Scottsdale. Try their corned beef hash, a house favorite. The Reuben is another popular lunch order. Whatever deli sandwich you try, order it on the house marble rye, which is thick and hearty. The deli is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Feeling a bit under the weather? Head to Goldman's Deli for a bowl of hot, homemade chicken soup, one of the menu's comfort food classics.

Patricia's expert tip: The Reuben Sandwich is house favorite.

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Defalcos Italian Grocery


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 traditional pasta dishes and hot sandwiches. You'll see a lot of loyal customers coming in before dinner to carry out one of the take-home dishes, or shopping for high quality Italian products such as hand-made ravioli and imported olive oil. Enjoy the outdoor patio with a plate of eggplant parm, chicken cutlet, or lasagna. The dessert menu includes traditional Italian classic like cannoli and tiramisu.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Defalcos Italian Grocery is a mom-and-pop store and grocery with tasty import meats, cheeses and hot pasta dishes.

Patricia's expert tip: When you are craving authentic antipasto and imported Italian meats, Defalco is a surefire palate-pleaser.

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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 sensibility. There is also a good drink menu of hand crafted cocktails. The bread is baked fresh daily and dishes are prepared using local ingredients whenever possible. The restaurant makes it own house aioli and grows its own herbs, too. No wonder the house motto is "simple, humble, good." Pig & Pickle is also a good choice if you're craving delicious late night eats around Scottsdale. And if you love tater tots, you'll find some great ones here.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Pig & Pickle serves humble comfort food elevated with fresh local ingredients and friendly service.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour specials are available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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