Just moved to Scottsdale/N. Phoenix and need food help!!
Hey everyone! I am just not sure where to begin! I moved from NYC and am used to reasonably priced wine bars, and small funky restaurants with an intimate vibe.. you know, the kind of place where you feel like you're in someones house or something. I have looked on tons of review sites to find comparable places but everything I have found looks really expensive! (I moved here to SAVE money, sheesh!) I would love some advice on some non-chain-restaurant places to try out! We like literally every kind of food from american to thai to ethiopian middle eastern bla bla bla, I don't care as long as it is well done! Can anyone help me out?
I think there's a potential mismatch between the area specified (essentially the northeast corner of the Phoenix Metro Area) and the type of place specified ("small funky restaurants with an intimate vibe"). I don't spend a lot of time north of Shea Boulevard, my arbitrary dividing line between the central and northeastern parts of the metro area, but I can think of a lot more places meeting your description south of Shea than north of it. I'm hoping some of the regulars on this board from your part of town can come along and prove me wrong.
If you choose to come south for some meals, I'd focus on older, more walkable neighborhoods such as Uptown, Coronado, Evans-Churchill, Arcadia, Old Town Scottsdale, and Downtown Tempe. That's where a lot of adaptive reuse is going on in restaurant design, resulting in places that feel like someone's house because they once were someone's house. There's also a new emphasis on patio dining. In the past, that occurred mostly at the resorts, because most non-resort restaurants were in shopping centers where the only real view was of a parking lot. When restaurants are placed in older structures with street and neighborhood views instead of big parking lots, there's a lot more that can be done in terms of attractive outdoor dining areas.
Cibo -- craft pizzas, salads, etc. in a renovated house
the Roosevelt -- pub with rotating beer and wine selections; artisan takes on bar foods
Postino -- popular winebar with locations in Arcadia and Uptown (Postino Central)
Petite Maison -- casual, country French. Most entrees under $20. Don't know the history of the building but it feels like a small house
House of Tricks -- Mediterranean / French / Southwestern blend near the ASU campus in Tempe
Nine 05 -- contemporary Asian fusion in a renovated house
Kazimierz -- speakeasy-like wine bar in Old Town Scottsdale
House of Tricks
114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 850103
816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Kazimierz World Wine Bar
7137 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
5144 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
905 N. 4th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
I second FnB as an excellent option. We visited for the first time last night and were treated as if we were old friends. Really wonderful meal. Chef previously had a restaurant in NYC, so perhaps OP will find him/herself right at home....but with AZ flavor given the local produce, wines and beer.
Sounds like you're in my neck of the woods. Silverbear's right about homey being sparse around here; mainly because it usually requires a neighborhood with some history and things here are newer. Below is a list of places to try that at least meet the price and quality requirements, if not exactly spot on the atmosphere front. I think they're all pretty well covered in the board if you look them up.
Floyd's Kitchen closest to what you're looking for - across street from PV Mall http://www.floydskitchen.com/
Chino Bandido http://www.chinobandido.com/
Carolina's North on Cactus http://www.carolinasmex.com/
Over Easy Scotts. (not my favorite, but is the fav of many others) http://eatatovereasy.com/
Javinos wine bar/restaurant http://www.javinos.com/
ABC Bistro 74th St/Shea
Since you're from NYC, I'm not even going to attempt to list italian or pizza places ;-)
Here are some reasonably priced places that I would go to on a fairly regular basis when I lived in Scottsdale, not too long ago. I could never find any great bargains in Scottsdale.
Humble Pie http://www.humblepieusa.com
Fresh Mint (vegan
Tottie's Asian Fusion (original location)
7366 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina
2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
13802 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tottie's Asian Fusion
7901 E Thomas Rd Ste 108, Scottsdale, AZ 85251