The diverse and creative local culinary scene is one of the best reasons to live in Scottsdale, AZ. Here, food and drinks are more than just gastric delights but also works of art.
Here are eight Scottsdale favorites that are worth a spot or two on your Instagram feed:
- Succulent BBQ baby back ribs
Where to find it: Don & Charlie’s, 7501 East Camelback Road
Order a full slab of the award-winning barbecue ribs from this beloved Scottsdale restaurant. It goes great with coleslaw, which comes in either the usual deli style or Don & Charlie’s signature creamy concoction.
- The best of Mexican and Asian fusion
Where to find it: SumoMaya, 6560 North Scottsdale Road
Get the chefs’ recommendations when sampling this stylish restaurant’s interesting fusion menu. From traditional sushi to Korean beef tacos, flavors surely abound from the seasonal selection. The cocktail menu here is worth sampling, too.
- Traditional street corn-on-a-cob with a fiery twist
Where to find it: Diego Pops, 4338 North Scottsdale Road
If you love traditional Mexican street corn and spicy food, this combination is perfect for you. Diego Pops serves a special pair of these grilled street food favorites rolled around cotija cheese and Hot Cheeto dust. It is a simple twist, but definitely one to remember.
- Giant Bavarian pretzels
Where to find it: Brat Haus, 3622 North Scottsdale Road
Best known for its artisan sausages and impressive selection of craft beers, this European-inspired dive in Old Town also presents enormous pretzels that are good for 6 to 10 people. Each order comes with beer cheese fondue.
- Strawberry white cheesecake served in a taco-croissant hybrid
Where to find it: Růže Cake House, 7033 East Main Street #100
Served only on weekends, this sweet treat is made of a sumptuous strawberry white chocolate cream cheese filling on a “tacro” – a cross between a taco and a croissant. That’s not all; everything is topped with fresh whipped cream, pulped strawberries, and a cotton candy cloud.
- Hawaiian-style poke bowls
Where to find it: Chula Seafood, 8015 East Roosevelt Street
Authentic tropical island-style seafood in the desert? Find it at Chula’s famous fresh seafood market and restaurant. The house’s signature poke bowl stars yellowfin tuna mixed with a variety of fresh island fruits and veggies.
- Gelato of all shapes and colors
Where to find it: Luna Gelateria, 8977 North Scottsdale Road
Cold treats are always hard to resist in the Arizona heat, so frequent visits to Luna Gelateria are no surprise to Scottsdale locals. Fresh, velvety gelato is churned every day in a variety of flavors, ranging from classic favorites to innovative, artisan creations.
- Arizona’s best chocolate chip cookie
Where to find it: Super Chunk Sweets and Treats, 7120 East 6th Avenue #19
Super Chunk’s Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookie has earned nationwide acclaim as the definitive chocolate chip cookie in Arizona. Just ask Mental Floss and National Geographic. But don’t take their word for it. Head over to 6th and try it yourself!
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