Buzzy New Scottsdale Eateries

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Scottsdale’s culinary scene is always evolving, so come taste what’s new! These popular newcomers are garnering plenty of buzz as they dish up innovative cuisine inspired by international flavors and locally sourced ingredients.

Crab & Mermaid Fish Shop

The legend of mermaids has existed for almost as long as men have explored the oceans. While there is no guarantee that mermaids exist, the fairytale has sailed right into downtown Scottsdale with the opening of Crab & Mermaid Fish Shop. The menu includes popular dishes from the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast, such as the New England Clam Chowda’, North Beach Cioppino and Louisiana-style Po’ Boys. At the helm of the kitchen is culinary maestro Chef Isaac Carter, who is best known for the 12 years he spent with celebrity chef Todd English’s enterprises.

Postino Wine Café

Renowned for its unique wine list, creative bruschetta and warm, edgy vibe, Postino has developed a loyal and fervent following since opening in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood in 2001. Today, Postino has spread its homegrown goodness to several Valley locations, including two in Scottsdale. The first, located at Kierland Commons, opened in spring 2016 and the second location, just north of downtown, is poised to debut this spring. Choose from nearly 30 wines available by the glass, or opt for a craft beer like the local Four Peaks Kiltlifter. When you’re ready to nosh, the menu offers a stellar variety of meat and cheese boards, paninis and a dozen varieties of bruschetta.

Shake Shack

Sun’s out, buns out! Hamburger buns, that is. East Coast favorite Shake Shack opened its first-ever Arizona location at Scottsdale Fashion Square in spring 2016. In addition to its Angus beef burgers and “Flat Top” Vienna beef hot dogs, Shake Shack is perhaps best known for its dense, creamy frozen custard that’s spun fresh on location daily. Try the Dust Devil concrete, a blissful blend of vanilla frozen custard, peanut butter and marshmallow sauces, and shortbread cookie – all dusted with malt powder – or create your own frozen custard concrete with the Shack’s list of mix-ins (chocolate truffle cookie dough, anyone?).

Craft 64

Open just about a year, this hip new addition to downtown’s Main Street boasts artisan wood-fired pizzas and salads so fresh you’ll swear the ingredients were just picked that morning. Try the Kale & Seasonal Fruit salad with creamy pumpkin dressing and pair it with a Blanco pizza, which comes topped with smooth mozzarella, burrata, fresh spinach and garlic (add some fennel sausage for extra zip). Wash down your pie with one of more than 30 local Arizona craft brews on tap.

And Coming Soon . . .

Finally, we’ll tease you with two new eateries slated to open in fall 2016, both courtesy of Chef Matt Carter and his crew. The Mission Kierland will feature the same menu of award-winning, contemporary Latin cuisine as the original (and wildly popular) Mission in downtown Scottsdale, while Fat Ox will feature Italian cuisine. Named for La Fiera del Bue Grasso, a Tuscan culinary festival that celebrates Italy’s famed Piedmontese cattle, Fat Ox will focus on vegetable and cheese antipasti, stuffed pastas and large-format meat dishes intended for sharing.