Hungry? Head for downtown Scottsdale where dozens of award-winning chefs and restaurants are waiting to satisfy all your cravings! From classic American favorites to global cuisine, you’ll find something in downtown to please every palate.
Tucked into the heart of the Scottsdale Arts District, Café Forte is a charming, family-owned restaurant and bakery serving made-from-scratch soups, delicious pasta dishes and savory entrées in an inspiring, art-filled space. A few blocks over, FnB Restaurant serves up sophisticated American comfort food and an all-Arizona wine list. Both make an excellent prequel to the Thursday-night Scottsdale ArtWalk.
For a little fun in the sun, head to the street-side patio at Barrio Queen. Order some cerveza or one of their fine sipping tequilas, line up a plateful of their award-winning street tacos and enjoy some prime downtown people watching. For a see-and- be-seen scene, check out the sun-drenched patio at Olive & Ivy on the Scottsdale Waterfront. The Mediterranean-inspired small plates and flat breads are particularly tasty when paired with a signature cocktail like the Cactus Blossom (house-infused cactus blossom gin, St. Germain elderflower, sparkling wine) or a Rum Honey Martini (Cruzan rum, local honey, seasonal sorbetto).
A Taste of the Old West
On Main Street you’ll find the historic Rusty Spur Saloon, a 1920’s-era bank that’s now home to the city’s oldest watering hole. Surrounded by Old Town’s many Western-style trading posts and Native American jewelry boutiques, this iconic saloon has hosted everyone from John Wayne and Clint Eastwood to Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.
Taste of Old Town Scottsdale
Sample some of the best cuisine downtown Scottsdale has to offer on an outing with Arizona Food Tours. Your lunch or dinner tour will take you to several of downtown’s most popular restaurants where you’ll be treated to a sampling of the chef’s specialties. You’ll also learn about the history of downtown Scottsdale along the way.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
The Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant has been serving classic American fare and decadent ice cream treats since 1958. The restaurant was so popular with the late Bil Keane that he often featured it in his “Family Circus” cartoon strip. Also in downtown, Super Chunk Sweets & Treats specializes in small-batch, handcrafted confections, including artisan caramels, house-made ice cream and specialty cookies, including the Mesquite Chocolate Chip, voted one of the “Top 10 Cookies to Travel For” by National Geographic.
Tucked away on the lush grounds of Scottsdale Civic Center Park, AZ/88 is a longtime favorite among locals and visitors. The menu includes classic cocktails, innovative pub fare and rotating art exhibits.
Virtú Honest Craft made a big splash when it debuted in 2013, earning a nod as one of the top 20 “Best New Restaurants” in the U.S. by Esquire magazine. And the praise is well deserved. Chef Gio Osso’s inspired menu of Mediterranean specialties features farm-fresh seasonal produce, prime meats and imported seafood. Tip: Don’t miss the Charred Octopus with lemon chickpeas and Calabrian chile butter.
Hula’s Modern Tiki is the place to be if you love Happy Hour! The Tiki Time appetizers are nicely priced (averaging about $5) and the creative cocktails bear intriguing names like the Pink Bikini Martini, Hula’s Hurricane, and One-Eyed Pyrat.