Scottsdale On-The-Go

By local contributor
Dawson Fearnow

From exotic food trucks to shakes ordered from your smartphone, who says you have to slow down to savor the best of Scottsdale?


Food Fit For A King

What do you do when your food truck is too successful? If you’re the owners of the Pho King Kitchen & Food Truck, you open a standalone restaurant to serve an expanded menu of your signature Vietnamese-French street food. Even better, you can now pair craft beers and cocktails with Pho King’s mouthwatering menu of Asian-spiced tacos, sandwiches (don’t miss the signature Bahn mi pork topped with tangy slaw) or any of the namesake phos, a Thai-style broth perked up with noodles, cilantro and your choice of savory meats and seafood. As for the food truck, you can still spot it all over town or reserve it for your next private event. 


Let’s Get App-y

Originally launched out of a Manhattan hotdog cart, Shake Shack has taken the world by storm thanks to its minimalist menu of fresh-ground burgers, flattop-griddled hotdogs and of course, decadent shakes and frozen custard concretes. In other words, it's fast food done right. And now not only has the Shack landed in Scottsdale with locations at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons, but you can order via your iPhone (the Android version is coming soon). Simply set your pickup location and desired time, place your order and then you’ll receive a text when your grub is ready to grab and go. 


D’licious Drive Thru

Who says drive thru fast food has to be fatty and unhealthy? Now with two locations in Scottsdale and one in neighboring Tempe, D’Lite Healthy On The Go takes the best of a boutique coffee shop and a gourmet food counter, and then turbo charges the service style so you can grab your organic goodness without ever leaving your car. Think baked, omelet-style frittatas drizzled with spicy chipotle aioli, made-to-order ’wiches and wraps, and even “healthy” burgers with house-made black bean and quinoa patties. There’s also a kids’ menu as well as “doggie bags” to pamper your four-legged friends. 



Plenty of restaurants offer to-go meals, but few do it as seamlessly or as stylishly as our next two destinations. Tucked inside Kierland Commons, Chloe’s Corner is a delicious breakfast and lunch spot nestled within a charming little sundry shop. Swing by and sip some of Chloe’s fresh-brewed coffee (hot or cold, day or night, it’s always only 50 cents), order some yummy eats, and then grab a few cute gifts or classic candies on your way out the door. Meanwhile, Modern Market might be a Colorado import, but this sleek space carved out of a restored midcentury modern bank also showcases plenty of locally raised ingredients, such the organic tomatoes that top famed Phoenix Pizza maker Chris Bianco’s pies.. Serving all-natural (and all-affordable, with most entrees around $10) options for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, order online and your food will be waiting for you when you arrive.


Take It Outside

Speaking of food trucks that have outgrown their original four-wheeled footprint, for years the Food Truck Caravan was a local institution, gathering the city’s best food trucks for a weekly festival every Saturday night. But now Food Truck Caravan has shifted into an entirely new gear, planning and hosting full-service custom events, weddings and more for anyone looking for an organic and outdoorsy alternative to traditional sit-down catering. So why host your next event inside a boring ballroom when Food Truck Caravan can you deliver a classy, chef-manned mobile kitchen to your doorstep, or help you host a stunning soiree, say, in the middle of Scottsdale’s scenic Sonoran Desert?