While you've been hibernating during the brutally cold winter (it dropped below 40! Shudder...), The Valley's restaurateurs have been busy cutting ribbons and swinging doors -- here are 10 new spots to put on your stomach's to-do list...
Scottsdale Zucchini panini anyone? How about faux pho? Restaurateur German Osio’s latest concept, Kale & Clover, offers up vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free bites. But don’t worry meat eaters, Kale & Clover has something for you, too. Try the Vietnamese steak sandwich or the turkey sausage penne. The fast-casual restaurant also panders to the early risers by serving breakfast, specialty coffees, and freshly pressed juices every day starting at 7am.
Central Phoenix Chef Claudio Urciuoli and local dough master Jason Raducha of Noble Bread have teamed up to bring a new order-at-the-counter resto to Phoenix. The menu changes daily and features soup, salads, and deli-style sandwiches, with ingredients coming farm-to-table from places like Blue Sky Farms in Litchfield and McClendon’s Select. The cafe-bakery operates on limited hours, so plan ahead, call ahead, or just visit during an afternoon on the weekend. And yes, the bread is good.
Scottsdale Brought to you by the creator behind Grassroots Kitchen & Tap, Scottsdale’s newest resto by Christopher Collins, Twisted Grove, serves as a casual hangout for locals and out-of-towners alike. The industrial interior features oversized booths, bright artwork, and wallpaper designed by Mike D. Yes, Mike D from the Beastie Boys. There’s nothing fussy about the menu or the space, which makes Twisted Grove a spot you can hit up a couple times a week without getting bored -- especially if you go during happy hour (“Twisted Hour,” to them); it’s every day from 3-6pm.
Central Phoenix Local legend Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner of Barrio Cafe, has done it again. The James Beard Award-nominated chef’s latest dining hangout, Barrio Urbano, recently opened at The Yard in North-Central Phoenix, slinging breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu, as one would expect, is packed with goodness like Huevos con Chorizo, Relleno (stuffed poblano peppers served with grilled skirt steak), and Enchiladas Suizas con Longaniza.
Scottsdale Old Town Scottsdale welcomed The Montauk in February. Take a look at the menu and you’ll find all of the East Coast classics -- think clam chowder, lobster rolls, pastrami, and hot dogs. There’s a mix of Southwestern-inspired dishes too, though, incl. the likes of coconut lemongrass ceviche, and an avocado and pink grapefruit salad drizzled with a spicy jalapeño vinaigrette.
Downtown Phoenix Before the space on the corner of McKinley and 3rd St became Milk Bar, it was occupied by a hair salon, law office, art space, and even a private residence. Now, after an unrecognizable redesign led by Darek Pasieka, the historic cream-colored house is serving up delicious European eats, such as pierogies and kielbasa sausages. Yes, there's finally Polish food in Phoenix.
Paradise Valley Slapped in the Paradise Valley Marketplace across from Trader Joe’s, O.H.S.O. Tap & Take offers brews on tap, wines, and cocktails, with ballast provided by dishes like barbecue brisket topped with green chile sauce or carnitas tacos with jalapeño slaw. In a rush? Order from the counter and take your food to-go. It even has a Barking Bar with homemade dog biscuits.
Scottsdale Squid Ink recently opened its third Phoenix location on the Northeast corner of Shea and Scottsdale. The menu includes sushi rolls, ramen noodles, yakitori, Kobe burgers, and Asian-inspired cocktails, too. Recommended? The Shiso Happens; it’s a blend of Sobieski vodka, shiso leaf, lime, and simple syrup.
Chandler The second S&V to open up in The Valley, this spot's menu items might seem standard for an Italian restaurant here (pizza, pasta, lasagna, bruschetta, etc.) but they're delicious, and it's what you pair with them that counts; S&V has more than 50 bottles on the wine list and 35 varieties by the glass.
Scottsdale Brothers Jason and Jim Ebel own the vaunted Chicago-based Two Brother’s Tap House and Brewery, and their first location outside of Illinois is right here in Old Town Scottsdale. The brewpub took over the former home of Saddle Ranch Chop House in January, and signature Arizona bites include pickled jalapeños with cashew butter and dishes like meatloaf wrapped in bacon and an organic beef burger drizzled with blackberry steak sauce. Oh, and there are a dozen taps of the house brews, too.
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