Scottsdale is known to many residents in the valley as the only place to go for luxurious shopping and the somewhat overpriced food. Generally speaking, it is the Phoenix suburb for those who truly want the best of the best. While it may not be for everyone, it’s hard to deny the array of high-quality restaurants in town. From traditional steakhouses to unique concepts created by local chefs, the following three restaurants solidify Scottsdale as a top culinary destination.
Best fusion restaurant: Cowboy Ciao
7133 E Stetson Dr_ _
Cowboy Ciao has been an icon of downtown Scottsdale for almost 20 years, serving up what it refers to as “modern American food,” a blend of Italian, Mexican, and Southwestern flavors. The menu hosts a ton of favorites for regular visitors, with a popular choice being the flat iron steak complete with sesame-infused basmati rice alongside avocado & wasabi crema and soy/citrus-glazed vegetables.
Best Taqueria: El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria
4425 N Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria is not your average taco joint. Just ask Ryan Hibbert, CEO of Riot Hospitality Group and owner of this newly established restaurant. Sure, they serve up delicious little tortillas full of flavor, but they also boast the best Happy Hour, Tortas and Beer-Garitas. You might just have to try it to decide for yourself. How would someone describe El Hefe?
Think Dia de Los Muertos – but with style. Have you ever tried a beer-garita? Come in, be charmed and leave full. At El Hefe, they dish up all kinds of tacos, including Pork al Pastor, Braised Beef, Chicken, Carne Asada and more. They don’t stop there – you can also add in an entrada (appetizer), torta or finish off the meal with a dulce (dessert). Furthermore, El Hefe has some of the best Margaritas ever sipped. Grab one, or a beer-garita, frozen marg, or a delicious beer of your choice.
Best new restaurant: The Montauk
4360 N Scottsdale Rd
Somewhat new to the Old Town Scottsdale scene (about one-year-old), The Montauk has already made a mark with its Hamptons-esque décor and high-end food. It’s the ideal place to gather a group of friends to spend time out on the patio. You can also get a group together for the restaurant’s daily “happiest” hour, Monday to Friday 3-6pm. If it’s food you’re looking for, you can dabble with the fish tacos or the mac & cheese with lobster.
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