Seattleites visiting Scottsdale - Where to eat?
Hey y'all, a few friends and I are coming down to visit Scottsdale in a few weeks, and looking for suggestions on good places to eat. We are 3 mid-to-late twenties professionals from Seattle, not exactly broke college students, but we're not really looking for anywhere super fancy or high-end, moreso treating this trip as a kind of "spring break" of sorts. So anywhere with a fun atmosphere and good food would be great.
Looking for suggestions for:
-A great Mexican restaurant. I would imagine that Mexican food is pretty good in AZ, and I am originally from LA so I am super excited to eat something better than the generally subpar Mexican food in Seattle
-Any local favorite kind of place. Not necessarily any specific cuisine, but any place that is well known and well liked and somewhat of a "destination" place.
-A good brunch place would be great
-Any bar suggestions? We are kinda laid-back hipstery, so cool dive bar suggestions would be great.
Sorry if these questions have been posted too many times, I tried to look back through some past "Where to eat in Scottsdale" threads, but other than a few Mexican suggestions, couldn't really find anything that I was looking for. Oh, we will have a car and while we're generally focused around Scottsdale, we could definitely go places in Phoenix as well/
Thanks in advance, can't wait to visit your city! :)
Scottsdale is a very long and narrow city so recs will vary quite a bit based on where in Scottsdale you're staying. So if you could let us know that I'll be happy to give some recs.
In Scottsdale, Los Sombreros for slightly upscale, flavorful sauces. In midtown Phoenix, Gallo Blanco for fresh, flavorful tacos and apps in a very hipster midecentury modern hotel with a bar on the roof. In Phoenix, Carolina's for divey Mexican burritos in toothsome tortillas made two minutes ago swathed in smooth browned enchilada sauce.
You're in the wrong town for those. But you could maybe try Kazimierz for blues in a wine-cave atmosphere. Maybe Coach House -? There is a cocktail culture in Scottsdale, but go to Tempe for dive bars, please. Oh, there's Sidebar, which is small and hipstery, but in Phoenix just north of downtown. Nice jumping-off point for a light rail bar crawl, though.
Orange Table. The Herb Box.
Local Fave, not super-fancy or high end, destination:
Cafe Bink, FnB, Citizen Public House, noca