53 restaurants around Scottsdale Airpark to satisfy any craving

53 restaurants around Scottsdale Airpark to satisfy any craving

By Alison Bailin Batz, Becky Bracken, Niki D’Andrea, Christina Fuoco-Karasinski,

Wynter Holden, Kenneth LaFave, and Lara Piu

In terms of culinary cachet, there may be no place more compact in the Valley than the Scottsdale Airpark Corridor. There are more than 60 restaurants in and around its 8.6 square-mile area, and the number grows monthly as new eateries continually open their doors to serve the 55,000 people who work and live around the Airpark.

The explosion of the Airpark’s food-and-beverage scene is not surprising to the city’s tourism professionals. “Today, (greater) Scottsdale is home to nearly 800 restaurants. As Scottsdale’s restaurant scene has grown, so has its acclaim. In recent years, Scottsdale has earned accolades from Esquire, Food & Wine, the James Beard Foundation, AAA and more. That recognition is due in large part to the talented, innovative chefs steering Scottsdale’s resort restaurants and independent restaurants,” says Stephanie Pressler, community affairs manager for Experience Scottsdale. “Because of the Airpark’s proximity to resorts and shopping centers popular with both residents and visitors, the area is home to a wide variety of restaurants that appeal to all tastes and price ranges.”

Restaurateurs are drawn to the Airpark for its proliferating population and thriving businesses. Sam Fox, founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, has a handful of restaurants in the Airpark area including The Greene House and Zinburger. “It’s got a great demographic. There are a lot of families that live up north, and there’s also a great mix of business and tourism, as well… we have incredible support from our locals,” Fox says. “[The Airpark] just has a great, dynamic mixture of regulars, locals, businesspeople and tourism.”

Here is a guide to the best restaurants in the Airpark area, divided by cuisine. Bon appétit!

American

Bitters

The overall vibe at Bitters is comfortable and welcoming, with a wraparound bar surrounded by flat-screen TVs and a large, dog-friendly patio. Recommended dishes: honey hot popcorn with curry dust, honey, pomegranate seeds and goat cheese drizzle; amaretto cheesecake with salty pretzel crust, blueberry sauce and caramel.

1455 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-550-5088, bittersbar.com

 

Café Allegro

Executive Chef Chris Lenza and his staff serve creative dishes made from farm-fresh Arizona ingredients at this bright café embedded in the Musical Instrument Museum. Portions of the menu change daily; the fixtures, including Arizona grass-fed burgers and Schreiner’s hot dogs, are found at the grill station.

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

480-478-6000, mim.org

 

Chloe’s Corner

Chloe’s Corner is more than just a place to score a 50-cent cup of killer coffee; it’s where the whole neighborhood comes to meet, eat and dash. The Corner Chop salad heaped with turkey, cheese and candied nuts is always a favorite. There’s also an extensive case of grab-and-go items.

15215 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale

480-999-0202, chloescorneraz.com

 

The Greene House

California cuisine is served in a breezy, open environment at this Kierland Commons lunch favorite. Try the chicken tortilla soup, sesame chicken pot stickers or horseradish potato gratin.

15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-889-9494, foxrc.com/restaurants/the-greene-house

 

  1. O’Donnell’s

This family-owned sports bar founded by legendary poker player Kevin O’Donnell is known as “Scottsdale’s neighborhood Cheers.” Expect great bar food and a full line of beers.

14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale

480-922-7200, kodonnells.com

 

Phil’s Grill

Meaty wings and man-size meals are par for the course at Grayhawk’s masculine eatery named after Grayhawk PGA ambassador Phil “Lefty” Mickelson. The menu is a hit list of comfort classics paired with Southwestern favorites such as chicken enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos.

8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale

480-502-1700, grayhawk.com/dining/phils-grill

 

Proof Canteen

The environs at this restaurant (a highlight of Four Seasons – Troon North resort) resemble a stop along Route 66 in its glory days – wood-paneling, vintage sign reproductions, a 1950s-style ice cream bar and a shuffleboard table. Menu highlights include Buffalo wings, duck pastrami salad and smoked New York strip steak.

10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale

480-513-5085, proofcanteen.com

 

Rubicon Deli

This popular San Diego-based sandwich shop just opened an outpost in the Airpark, bringing its premium, fast-casual sandwiches and salads to Scottsdale, along with its famous fresh-baked bread and chic industrial setting.

14601 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-795-2369

 

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Although the name is Italian, Rusconi’s serves inspired American fare like creamy mac and cheese with an upgrade of white truffle and goat cheese; grilled sustainable salmon with blackberry glaze; and pork chile verde. Menus are seasonal and updated frequently, so each time you visit, there’s something new to taste.

10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

480-483-0009, rusconiskitchen.com

 

Topgolf Scottsdale

The culinary programming at this edgy golf game haven is surprisingly sublime and seasonal. Spring offerings include a palate-pleasing spring meatball platter with a Mediterranean influence, watermelon salad and bao bun tacos.

9500 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale

480-240-2402, topgolf.com/us/Riverwalk

 

The Vig McDowell Mountain

An expansive patio filled with yard games and cooled by misters makes this Vig location less than a mile away from the Gateway Center’s hiking and biking trails perfect for post-recreation dining. House specialties like pad Thai, crispy chicken and steak and fries are elevated versions of comfort food.

10199 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale

480-935-2949, thevig.us

Asian

Kodo Sushi Sake

With contemporary design, a traditional and expansive sushi roll menu (try the Ahi Tower roll) and a sizeable sake selection, Kodo is true to its name. The black rice is rave-worthy, as are the udon noodles.

15040 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale

480-275-2811

 

OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen

OBON’s light wood furnishings, natural stone and waving tree triptych create a refreshing, Zen-like atmosphere. OBON walks the fine line between traditional Asian fare and modern fusion, replacing foreign ingredients with the familiar. Peppers and heady spices dominate.

15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

602-491-2796, fukushuconcepts.com

 

Sapporo

For 17 years, Sapporo has been an Airpark staple, offering Pacific Rim-style seafood and steaks, interactive teppanyaki tables and, of course, fresh sushi.

14344 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-607-1114, sapporoscottsdale.com

 

Thai Chili 2 Go

Located in The Promenade, Thai Chili 2 Go boasts nearly 70 menu choices, including starters such as spring rolls, dumplings, and two varieties of Thai hot and sour soup. Main entrée dishes include pad prig pao, spicy eggplant and red curry.

16203 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-653-9158, tc2go.com

Breakfast/Brunch

Eggstacy

The massive menu here has something for everyone, from egg dishes and fruit parfaits to pancakes and waffles to skillets and creative crêpes. Standouts include smoked salmon Benedict and the breakfast burrito with jalapeño and chorizo.

6990 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale

480-500-5889, eggstacyaz.com

 

Hash Kitchen

Restaurateur Joey Maggiore opened this brunch and Bloody Mary restaurant in 2017, and each season, he incorporates new dishes. The menu has included items like cannoli pancakes, shrimp Oscar hash, and a bacon and rosemary potato frittata. A mainstay is the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with more than 50 topping options.

14838 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale

480-947-3214, hashkitchen.com

NCounter

Whether the craving is for a fancy croque-monsieur or a simple Caesar salad, NCounter has it covered. The fast-casual restaurant has a south face that opens to an expansive patio with clear views of McDowell Mountain. The menu is a balance of innovative and traditional breakfast and lunch selections.

7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

480-476-8787, ncounter.com

 

New York Bagels ‘N Bialys

The owners of New York Bagels ‘N Bialys are transplants from the Big Apple who mix their bagel dough daily. After broiling and baking them to perfection, they put them out for hungry Scottsdale residents (there’s also a location at SkySong), who eagerly eat them up.

10320 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-483-6922, nybagelsnbialys.com

 

Snooze an A.M. Eatery

This bustling and bright breakfast joint has a retro-futuristic aesthetic and a colossal menu packed with flavor, from traditional bacon and eggs to six styles of eggs Benedict, including versions with grilled corn, prosciutto, and salmon.

15054 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-664-3133, snoozeeatery.com/locations/Kierland

Burgers/Barbecue

Lush Burger

Located at DC Ranch Crossing/AJ Center, Lush Burger serves 11 flamboyantly named variations, ranging from the classic build-your-own to the “Hello…?!?!? Can Anyone Get Me a Bacon Cheeseburger Around Here?!?” Mushroom lovers will dig “Jay Does ‘Shrooms,” while pizza fanatics can order the Pepperoni Burger.

18251 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

480-686-8908, lushburgeraz.com

The Rooster Tavern

Dubbing itself a “luxury neighborhood dive bar,” The Rooster Tavern gives guests elevated pub grub in a stylish but homey atmosphere. Popular menu items include the Boursin burger slathered in Boursin cheese and topped with crispy applewood-smoked bacon, and Rico’s Street Tacos packed with shredded beef.

14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-275-7421, theroostertavern.com

Tavern Americana

Sophisticated bar bites, a friendly atmosphere and perfectly prepared meats make this eatery at Grayhawk a popular nosh spot. Try the lauded pulled pork sandwich or the Tavern Burger.

20469 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale

480-502-6740, tavernamericana.com

 

The Thumb

Part gas station, part fresh market and barbecue restaurant, The Thumb is a place where you can scarf down some savory brisket with your choice of sauces while your ride gets spruced up. All meats are smoked in-house and sublime, but the andouille sausage sandwich makes an extra tasty impression.

9393 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale

480-513-8186, thethumb.com

 

Zinburger

Haute hamburgers and decadent milkshakes make this Scottsdale Quarter concept a gloriously gluttonous experience.

15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-285-0690, zinburgeraz.com

Confections Dessert

Creamistry

Creamistry – the made-to-order, liquid-nitrogen frozen ice cream sensation – lets you pick your serving size, then your ice cream base (premium, organic, sorbet or coconut). Choose from flavors ranging from cereals like Cap’n Crunch to coffee and fruit flavors, and classics like chocolate and vanilla. Choose your toppings and then science takes over to produce tasty frozen treats.

15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-912-5100, creamistry.com

 

IT’SUGAR

This candy store in Scottsdale Quarter is a cornucopia of classic and oversize candies, as well as novelty treats like candy sushi and edible bras. Everything from chalky and colorful Necco Wafers to a huge Hershey chocolate bar weighing 3 lbs. can be found here among the colorful and shiny displays of future sugar rushes.

15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-300-7290, itsugar.com

Eurpean/Global

6 Degrees Urban Kitchen

6 Degrees Urban Kitchen is a New American mélange of ingredients and cultures. On one end, you’ll find chicken yakitori and seared ahi, just inches away from poutine and guacamole. The globally inspired menu is intriguing, and Chef Jose Morales’ flavors are succinct.

8989 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-912-6774, 6degreesaz.com

 

Char Kitchen + Bar

The menu at Char is inspired by owner Peter Micakaj’s Albanian roots, with eastern European influences. Kabobs are a mainstay, with steak, chicken and shrimp options served with basmati rice. Gyros and lamb burgers shake up Char’s burger and sandwich selection.

6107 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-664-9238, charkitchen.com

Skeptical Chymist

The menu at this Irish restaurant and bar emphasizes modern Irish food: grilled lamb cutlets, black puddings, Irish bangers, braised pork belly, grilled seasonal vegetable skewers, and stellar soups and Shepherd’s Pie. Food and drink aside, Skeptical Chymist is known as an apothecary-themed eatery. The owner received items for the restaurant from the wife of Phoenix Poison Control’s founder.

15688 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

480-609-8677, skepticalchymist.com

Sonata’s Restaurant

The owner of Sonata’s is Lithuanian and the menu favors eastern European and Russian recipes. If you’ve been hankering for a place that serves chicken Kiev, borscht and perogies in an elegant setting at moderate prices, this is it.

10050 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-477-1390, sonatasrestaurant.com

Tanzy

The menu at this stylish restaurant in Scottsdale Quarter is modest in size but mighty in flavor: hot and cold Italian sandwiches, tableside house-made mozzarella, meatball and calamari starters, seafood and steak. In addition to the expected egg dishes, the innovative global brunch menu includes truffles and caviar.

15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-483-3255, tanzyrestaurant.com/Scottsdale

Fine Dining

Dominick’s Steakhouse

The food at Dominick’s Steakhouse is, unsurprisingly, focused on meat. Selections include filet mignon, jumbo scallops, steak and caramelized onions (with gorgonzola and creamy horseradish), and highly regarded bone-in KC strip and rib-eye steaks. The bar area and dining room are dark and chic, and the shallow indoor pool attracts many diners to Dominick’s rooftop.

15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-272-7271, dominickssteakhouse.com

The Fat Ox

The concept here is “a new approach on Italian food,” meant to be “simple yet bold.” The menu includes decadent dishes worthy of a Robin Leach voiceover – Scottish salmon with faro risotto and apricot agro dolce, Duroc pork tomahawk chop with baby fennel in a balsamic glaze, and a mind-blowingly good 40-ounce prime porterhouse that will set you back $110.

6316 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-307-6900, ilovefatox.com

Healthful/Vegetarian

Flower Child

This green/eco-conscious eatery with a menu of salads and wraps is located a little outside the Airpark area, but worth the wander.

10460 N. 90th St., Scottsdale

480-240-4400, iamaflowerchild.com

 

Fresh Mint

Fresh Mint does vegetarian cuisine right. This is, as Chef Mai Ly describes it, “vegetarian food with a Vietnamese twist.” Though there are a handful of dishes prepared with faux soy-based meats, many of Chef Mai’s signature dishes put veggies, fungi and legumes center stage.

13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-443-2556, freshmint.us.com

 

Grabbagreen

These franchised stores focus on pre-measured salads, protein bowls and juices ranging from around 200 calories to upwards of 700 calories for more filling pasta meals. Seafood lovers will appreciate the shrimp- and avocado-studded Gulf of Mexico salad, while the Patagonia bowl uses a potent olive oil and herb blend to boost the flavor of chimichurri-sauced steak.

Multiple Scottsdale locations

grabbagreen.com

Original ChopShop

The Original ChopShop brand serves healthful fare that’s dependable. Every ChopShop features the same menu of salads, sandwiches, protein bowls, fresh juices and desserts. The farmhouse look is also consistent. Salad options range from a basic kale Caesar to beet, barbecued chicken and protein-packed kale with quinoa.

10625 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

480-653-9110, originalchopshop.com

True Food Kitchen

Healthful, chef-driven, seasonal and locally sourced dishes drive this thriving farm-to-table concept in Scottsdale Quarter. The attached Juby True serves cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

15191 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-265-4500, truefoodkitchen.com

Italian

Lamp Pizzeria

Owner Matt Pilato prepared and tested countless pizzas before landing on the thin-crust neo-Neopolitan-style pizza Lamp serves. He creates balanced, flavorful pies with exactly the perfect amount of chew and crunch. Aside from the pizzas, a must-try is the mignulata, a Sicilian bread stuffed with sausage, pecorino and cauliflower.

8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale

480-292-8773, lamppizza.com

 

North Italia

This lively trattoria in Kierland Commons serves classic and contemporary Italian dishes.

15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-948-2055, northitaliarestaurant.com

 

Rinaldi’s Italian Deli

Rinaldi’s made-to-order sandwiches are crafted only with Boar’s Head premium cold cuts. There are also several salads on the menu, in addition to traditional Italian favorites like lasagna and eggplant parmesan.

16211 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-607-3354, rinaldisdeli.com

Sauce Pizza and Wine

In addition to its handcrafted gourmet pizza classics, like the signature mozzarella, Fontia and basil pie, Sauce offers a number of panini, pastas, salads and house-made soups.

14418 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-321-8800, saucepizzaandwine.com

 

The Sicilian Butcher

The latest restaurant concept from Chef Joey Maggiore is exceptional. There’s a little Italy in everything, from the mobster-figure murals painted above the bar to the wall-size photo of Joey’s father Thomaso Maggiore. Excellent bruschetta boards, flatbread, panini and salads abound on the menu, but the stars of the show are the handcrafted pastas and ten kinds of homemade meatballs.

15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

480-775-5140, thesicilianbutcher.com

Tutti Santi

Since 1996, Chef Nina Vincenti has been serving diners the finest Italian dishes, from antipasto appetizers and fresh pastas to thoughtfully prepared meat and fish dishes. The pastas and sauces, both homemade, steal the show with their potent aroma and fantastic flavors.

6339 E. Greenway Rd., Scottsdale

480-951-3775, tuttisantiristorante.com

 

Veneto Trattoria

This authentic Italian eatery recently celebrated 20 years in business, and still offers original house specialties baccala mantecato (salt-cured cod) and fegato alla veneziana (calf’s liver), but the cuisine is lighter than one might expect. This is Northern Italian food – Americanized Italian’s slimmer and more sophisticated cousin.

6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-948-9928, venetotrattoria.com

Mexican

Asadero Cocina + Cantina

Asadero Cocina + Cantina took over the former En Fuego space in Hilton DoubleTree Resort, but some fan favorites remain – like the tongue-tingling, jalapeño-bacon-wrapped shrimp, which has been on the menu in some form for at least 14 years and is a popular go-to item for locals. Also popular: piquant lamb meatballs, avocado toast and shrimp aguachiles.

5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-947-5400, asaderococina.com

 

Caramba Mexican Food

Massive portions heaped with cheese and sauce are Caramba’s thing. Mexican pizzas, nachos, tacos and colossal enchiladas overflow with ingredients like fresh shredded lettuce and black olives. No one leaves hungry. The chimichanga is siesta-inducing.

7318 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale

480-998-7777, carambamex.com

 

The Mission Kierland

Opened in January 2017, The Mission Kierland shares a menu with the Old Town Scottsdale location (established in 2008). Tortillas, salsas and arepas (a popular breakfast food in Venezuela and Columbia, made from ground maize flour) are made fresh on-site daily, and The Mission’s meats are smoked over mesquite or pecan wood on a flat-top grill to imbue them with rich flavors.

7122 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale

480-292-7800, themissionaz.com

 

SOL Cocina

SOL Cocina’s Baja-Mexican dishes pair well with their margaritas (try the 12-ounce house margie), whether you’re eating a sloppy-good Mexican hot dog or one of the taco options, which include beer-battered fish and carnitas.

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

480-245-6708, solcocina.com