Scottsdale - North of the 101
We used to live in the Troon area and just recently moved.
Nick's, at the Southeast corner of Pinnacle Peak and Pima Rd. has good Italian food, very reasonably priced. Pane E Vino at the La Mirada shopping center (where Walgreen's is) has good food, (excellent mushroom risotto), but it is pricy and the noise level can be somewhat high. Bistro Provence in the same shopping center has excellent Coq au Vin and other dishes. Eddie V's at DC Ranch is good for seafood, they also have a good happy hour which goes all night in the summer.
Pane E Vino Restaurant
8900 E Pinnacle Peak Rd # D1, Scottsdale, AZ
8900 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
I'm a huge fan of Binkley's and Cafe Bink.
I also like Tonto Bar & Grill and Cartwright's (same owners) for their use of native American Indian and Southwestern ingredients, respectively, though have only been for cocktails and appetizers. Cartwright's steakhouse is more formal and has live music in their lounge some nights.
Highlights have been tequila steamed clams with grilled corn, smoked ancho chili broth, and roasted garlic rouille at Cartwright's. At Tonto, favorites are the Indian Harvest Torta with Anasazi beans, ancho chili goat cheese, dates and tomatillo relish, served with "Ancient 3-Grain Flat Bread" and the fry bread and salsa trio including chayote and tomatillo, and tepary bean and chile salsas.
Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House
6710 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Tonto Bar & Grill
5736 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Kevin & Amy Binkley have two restaurants about 20 minutes drive north of 101, Binkley's in Cave Creek and Cafe Bink a couple miles away in Carefree.
Many people consider Binkley's one of the top two restaurants in the valley for foodies (with Kai at Wildhorse Pass usually rated # 1). For example if you check the Open Table ratings Binkley's is 2nd for 'Best Overall' and for 'Best Food'.
The food critic for the Phoenix newspaper wrote a breathless over-the-top review that began "Are there other restaurants as good as Binkley’s? Absolutely. Except, they are in places like New York, San Francisco and Paris, and they have Michelin stars next to their names." (I've dined at Binkley's twice and while it was pretty good I didn't think it was THAT good. Definitely not in the same class as Robuchon in Vegas or Alinea in Chicago.)
I think they are closed most of July for the summer doldrums but worth checking out when they re-open. The cuisine is a bit 'out there' with gels and foams and deconstructions, but the chef can certainly cook and was trained at The French Laundry and Inn at Little Washington, probably two of the top 10 restaurants in the USA.
http://www.opentable.com/best-phoenix-restaurants for the Open Table 'best of Phoenix"
http://binkleysrestaurant.com/ for the main web link
http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/d... for the orgasmic review from Howie Sefftel
6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
36889 N Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85331
Cave Creek Cafe
15202 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023