Scottsdale, Good Food, and a Baby - can it be done?
We are vacationing in Scottsdale next week with our 9 month old, who is usually very well behaved when we eat out. We'd like to go to one or two nicer restaurants in Scottsdale for supper while we're there - any suggestions? We are looking to stay in Scottsdale in case the baby is not having a good night and we need to bail early. We're also happy to take baby friendly recommendations for breakfast or lunch. Thanks.
Scottsdale is an unusually shaped community -- 30 miles tall by 3 miles wide in most sections. As a result, the nearest restaurants are sometimes in adjacent parts of Phoenix, Tempe, or Paradise Valley. Restaurants in Scottsdale, on the other hand, might be 20 miles away, depending on what part of town they're in. With all that in mind, it would be helpful if you could be specific about *where* in Scottsdale you'll be staying.
Okay, then you're actually not staying in Scottsdale at all. (Rest of board rolls eyes as they've heard me say this a zillion times before.) You'll be within Phoenix city limits -- but only a few hundred feet from the Scottsdale/Phoenix border. If you want to be able to make a quick escape, it's probably more important to stay within a defined radius of the Kierland development regardless of which side of the city boundary you eat on.
Zinc Bistro is probably the best regarded restaurant within Kierland itself. I recall bringing our little one along to Zinc when she was about six months old and could remain in her car seat. I'm not sure if Zinc has high chairs.
Less upscale, but more family friendly -- Eden's Grlll is about three miles west of Kierland. It's run by an Iraqi couple and emphasizes kabobs and wonderful rice dishes. I've never hesitated to bring little ones there.
I'm hoping that ccl1111, a regular on this board, will chime in here. He's very bold about exposing little ones to good food and is much more familiar with the northeast part of town than I am.
15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 29, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Elements is quite nice (view gorgeous) & they have booths that face the window that are kind of private. You'd have to call a decent amount ahead to try to get one of those booths but that would be nice though. With extended family, we've actually had 6 kids there (3 & under but all well behaved).
We've had good results at Zinc. Our kids love it (esp. the oysters & mussels) but I have been a bit put when some of the staff did eye rollers when they saw the kids coming (our kids are 4 & 2 now). Some are quite nice though.
We actually do spend more time in "south Scottsdale". We prefer the food at these places but they're a bit farther from your hotel. I know Digestif has high chairs (and I love Digestif) & we've had great meals with kids there. We've also succesfully taken the kids to Fine's Cellar (though we had to use the stroller - no high chairs or booster). Kids love the mussels & sweet potato fries at Fine's!
We have kids with egg/diary allergies as well & we've been able to work around them at all these places.
5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
7051 E 5th Ave Ste M, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85351
Eden's Grill is a great recommendation and is very accomodating to young children (mine is almost 2 yrs old) BUT the place is very small and I think has only 1 or 2 highchairs, so I recommend getting there early as they fill up quickly on Fridays/Saturdays. Another non-upscale option is Nee House (next to Eden's Grill), a good Chinese food restaurant, and very child frienldy (my little one loves the food and the fisk tank!). I've found the new Humble Pie location across from Desert Ridge to be very child friendly, too.
13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85032
I'll second Silverbear about Zinc Bistro. We brought our son there a lot when he was a baby. We sat on the patio with the baby in his car seat. You can almost walk there from your hotel.
We also dined at Fresh Mint recently with our neice who was 9 months old. It's all vegetarian, but really quite good (I'm not a vegetarian). They were great with the kids, and the waiter brought out coloring books and a ton of crayons. Fresh Mint is on Thunderbird and Scottsdale Roads, very close to your hotel.
15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
13802 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254