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, locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted goodness.

Fat Ox

Named for La Fiera del Bue Grasso, a Tuscan culinary festival that celebrates Italy’s famed Piedmontese cattle, Fat Ox is a chef-driven restaurant creating modern riffs on regional Italian classics. The menu is taste-tempting stroll through house-made pastas, seasonal vegetables, artisan cheeses and large-format meat dishes intended for sharing. Be sure to save room for dessert – the Meyer Lemon Tart is exquisite! This exciting new restaurant is the latest concept by Chef Matt Carter, the culinary mastermind behind The Mission, The House Brasserie and Zinc Bistro.


The Vig

Glorious mountain views welcome guests at The Vig’s newest location in North Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountain Ranch. The menu is chockful of Vig classics, including farm-fresh salads, juicy burgers, and special dishes like short rib tacos, a poke bowl, and (yay!) the Tenured Mac & Cheese. The Vig’s fifth Valley location is less than a mile from the McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s Gateway Trailhead, making it the perfect refueling stop for hikers and mountain bikers. Bike racks and lockers next to the outside bathroom make it easy to stow gear and freshen up before dining.


Hearth '61

Local legend Chef Charles Wiley lead the menu creation at Hearth ’61, Mountain Shadows’ signature restaurant. Wiley puts the focus on seasonal, American dishes, including the 40-ounce Niman Ranch dry-aged Tomahawk steak with roasted garlic and rosemary truffle butter, Maple Leaf Farms roast duck, and Georges Bank sea scallops with buttered mushrooms and ancient barley.


Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen

Stunning Camelback Mountain views and innovative cuisine by Chef Adam Sheff are the hallmarks of Weft & Warp at the new Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Start with the Crow’s Dairy Goat Cheese Dumplings or Buttercrunch Salad, then explore entrees like the Roast Swordfish Loin with leeks and baby beets, Black Angus Strip Steak swathed in a date and black garlic glaze, or the Sonoran Wheat Berry Risotto, a delightful blend of quinoa, wild rice, fried shallots and parmesan.


The Grande Stand Burgers & Tacos

Following the success of The Stand’s original location in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood, the restaurant has opened a second, larger location in Scottsdale. The small-but-mighty menu includes house-ground beef burgers; chicken, short rib and vegetable tacos; and hand-spun milkshakes in classic (vanilla and chocolate) and exotic (salted dulce de leche, chocolate chile, banana stand) flavors.


The Mission Kierland

If you’re a fan of The Mission restaurant in downtown Scottsdale, you now have a second location to flock to – The Mission Kierland! This location features the all your favorites from Chef Matt Carter’s menu of contemporary Latin cuisine in an elegant Kierland Commons space, featuring outdoor seating, intimate indoor areas, and a lively community table in the lounge.