You could take your palate on a 365-day tour of the Greater Airpark’s ever-changing culinary landscape and still have more to explore. Here are a few leads on some must-try foodie venues as well as tips on where to catch local tunes.
Kierland Commons Stages Summer Concerts
Enjoy complimentary concerts in the center plaza of Kierland Commons on Saturdays in June and July from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (no concert July 5). The shopping center is on Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway; info: 480-348-1577. If you haven’t been before, there’s always a great crowd and lots of kids frolicking in the fountains. Here’s the lineup:
June 7 – Apple: A Beatles tribute band
June 14 – Smasht: Contemporary covers
June 21 – Rock Lobster: Retro ‘80s band
June 28 – Nate Williams Band: Hits from the ‘60s to today
July 12 – Zona Road: Contemporary country
July 19 – Chuck E. Baby: Classic rock favorites
July 26 – Shallow Water: Upbeat party band
Check out the Live Music Earth website for great links to area venues, from Eddie V’s and Bobby’s Restaurant to BT’s Sports Pub and Skeptical Chymist: http://bit.ly/1mnvxVO
Good Times at Scottsdale Beer Palooza!
On June 28, a ton of cold beer will be on tap at WestWorld of Scottsdale for a new event: Scottsdale Beer Palooza, presented indoors at the North Hall of WestWorld. Produced by Affordable Food Festivals (Arizona Taco Festival, Arizona BBQ Festival, Flavors of the West) and M Culinary Concepts, Scottsdale Beer Palooza will feature 50 breweries offering samples. Attendees will be able to purchase some of their favorite beers after sampling them by mixing together custom six-packs and even fill growlers. Tickets are $40 and come with 20 4-ounce samples of beer. Beer-friendly foods will be sold separately from local food trucks and M Culinary Concepts. Live music and games round out the event. More: www.scottsdalebeerpalooza.com
New Owners of Twisted Rose Announce June Specials
Carrie and Pete Burchowycz are the new owners of the Twisted Rose, a restaurant with a full bar, wine bar, winery and banquet facility, tucked among the shopfronts at 15040 N. Northsight Blvd. The new wine master is Bob Garber, who previously owned his own vineyard. He’ll be making the wine, managing the wine club and looking for opportunities to retail and wholesale Twisted Rose wines, which will be made in smaller quantities onsite (the former owner made the vino in his Fountain Hills facility). Chef Indy Pynto, who along with most of the staff, transferred with the purchase, oversees the “affordable gourmet” American menu. Special events this month include: a June 18 tasting featuring the wines of South Africa ($25 for five tastes as well as hors d’oeuvres); summer sale of Gold Petal wines by the bottle; and a Father’s Day deal, June 15, where you purchase two adult entrees, and dad’s is free. Reservations: 480-398-7700;
Barro’s Pizza Expands to Airpark
Barro’s Pizza—which has delighted other realms of the Valley for decades with its addictive sauce and thick, chewy crust—has finally come to the Greater Airpark. This is 34 locations total for the family-owned and locally operated pizza restaurant. You’ll find Barro’s on Frank Lloyd Wright and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. The new location will continue to hold a family atmosphere with television for sport game viewing and plenty of space for kids’ parties. The restaurant also provides wings, salads, sandwiches, pastas, gluten-free pizza options, dessert, beer and wine. More: www.BarrosPizza.com; 602-544-3760
Croque Famous Sandwiches
Eclectic is the only way to describe the mad genius of this Airpark favorite, serving French, Hawaii, Korean and Italian baguette sandwiches and rice bowls.
13610 N. Scottsdale Road; 480-607-1285; www.croquescottsdale.com
Fate Brewing Company
Come for the award-winning brewski crafted onsite in this tiny, uber-cool venue and stay for the unbelievable wood-fired pizza and salads.
7337 E. Shea Blvd.; 480-994-1275;
This neighborhood mom-and-pop has won over the community (and even the New Times) with its impeccable service and consistent quality.
9393 N. 90th St.; 480-314-4215;
Burger fans are in a brouhaha over the beef at this Austin-originated eatery that opened its first Arizona locale near Shea Boulevard earlier this year. The concept is by the Airpark’s own Guy and Larry’s Restaurants, based in the Scottsdale Quarter. 11055 N. Scottsdale Road
This breakfast gem tucked away in the Ice Den continues to attract national and local kudos.
9375 E. Bell Road; 480-270-3447;
Chef Payton Curry (beloved for Brat Haus in downtown Scottsdale) recently opened a hip/casual Mexican joint in the Greater Airpark. Soak in the brilliant and funky décor as you enjoy some of the best ceviche and margaritas you’ve ever tasted—not to mention fresh veggie offerings that are off the charts. (FYI, on Wednesday, bottles of wine are half-price. Stag’s Leap chardonnay for $20? Um, yes.)
18835 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy.;
8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road;
Don’t even get the locals started on which of these wood-roasted joints is better. The frenzied Yelp reviews speak volumes.