Despite Scottsdale’s undeniable Western roots, there’s no need to assume this is a city of themed steakhouses and a vague ‘South Western’ cuisine. Instead, Scottsdale is fast becoming a hot bed for innovative food, passionate chefs and young energetic talent. You see, there’s somewhat of a foodie renaissance occurring in Scottsdale right now, largely due to the fact that the city is home to a campus of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts programme. Team the graduates from this programme with the already established chefs in the area and you’ve got a destination packed full of refreshing and exciting eateries. Here’s a guide to some of our favorites.
Let’s begin with the obvious food of choice here; Nuevo Latino South America fusion, or simply Mexican cuisine to you and me. No we’re not talking about a bucket of chicken wings; instead, let us introduce you to a somewhat tastier version. With a strong leaning towards Peruvian and Mexican cuisine, the aim of The Mission is to reinvent dishes you know with flavors you don’t. It’s been a complete success; just the thought of the restaurant’s grilled chicken tacos with aji rocoto, oregano, lime, white bean puree, cabbage & avocado has our mouths watering. All of this washed down with an agave syrup Margarita and you’ve just experienced one of the best Southern dining experiences around.
If you’re looking for a taste sensation (and who isn’t?) then head down to FnB, the home of unique flavors .We recommend you try their signature dish; roasted leeks covered in mustard bread crumbs, mozzarella and topped with a fried egg. You’ll no doubt be addicted to this place from that first bite. What’s more, the locals love it, and we all know that’s a good an accolade as any.
CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE
For comfort foot with a serious gourmet twist, there’s nowhere better than Citizen Public House. A modern take on the traditional public house, this establishment will wow you with its burratas sat alongside locally grown arugula. Then there’s the pork belly pastrami and bacon fat heirloom popcorn that goes great with the craft beers and innovative cocktails on offer at the bar. The flavors are simple, delicious and comforting and you’ll leave wishing every pub back home was like this one.
OLIVE + IVY
You may well feel as though you’ve been transported to a different country when you arrive at Olive + Ivy; it feels more Southern France than Southern Scottsdale with its shady terrace seating and tree lined façade. Elegant and just a little romantic, this is a must if you want to break away from Scottsdale tradition. Serving a range of delicious dishes, we’d recommend you try the Sea Scallops with sweet corn polenta, asparagus and bacon gastrique. Yet another incredible establishment that oozes passion for fine food and great service.
When you’ve had your fill of Mexican food (if that’s even possible) we’d recommend you visit Shinbay for a taste of exquisite Japanese cuisine. The chef here implements the finest local ingredients and lays an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, so no two visits are the same. Enter the restaurant’s cavernous setting and enjoy a tasting menu from head chef Shinji Kurita. It may be a completely different style of cuisine to what you’ve had in Scottsdale thus far, but Shinbay is yet another example of the momentum Scottsdale is gaining in the foodie arena.