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1. Kale & Clover20511 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale
2. Noble Eatery2201 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix
3. Twisted Grove8220 North Hayden Rd, Scottsdale
4. Barrio Urbano5632 N 7th St, Phoenix
5. The Montauk4360 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
6. 800M Milk Bar801 N 3rd St, Phoenix
7. O.H.S.O. Brewery10810 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix
8. Squid Ink7318 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale
9. Stone & Vine Urban Italian1035 W Queen Creek Rd, Chandler
10. Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery4321 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
This Scottsdale spot 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. This fast-casual restaurant also panders to the early risers by serving breakfast, specialty coffees and freshly pressed juices every day starting at 7am.
The menu changes daily at this counter-serve Central Phoenix eatery, featuring soup, salad, and deli-style sandwiches made with farm-to-table ingredients from places like Blue Sky Farms in Litchfield and McClendon’s Select. Old world techniques, a stone hearth, GMO-free flour, water, and salt and (incredibly) 36 hours is needed to create just a single loaf of Noble Eatery's iconic bread.
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.
Phoenix’s resident local legend Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza continues her streak of helming successful Mexican restaurants at Barrio Urbano in North-Central Phoenix. Here, breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes are treated with bold, regional Mexican culinary technique that is synonymous with Esparza. Breakfast is characterized its savory-leaning plates -- try the Barrio Revueltos, an egg-white scramble with sautéed spinach, onion, Schreiner’s longaniza sausage, and toast -- but you can also get your sweet fill without the caloric guilt by ordering freshly cut fruit of the day served over cottage cheese and topped with local honey, raw sunflower seeds, golden raisins, pecans, and house-made granola. The nighttime menu offers a dizzying array of enchiladas, quesadillas, and burritos with kaleidoscopic combinations of braised meats, salsas, and cheeses, which become seemingly more dizzying after a couple of bourbon Pretty Pablos (whiskey sours) or Jack Swillins (gimlets). The restaurant’s motto is “Conserve water, drink tequila,” which should give you a pretty good indication of the depth and breadth of the cocktail program.
Located in Scottsdale, The Montauk features a terrific collection of specialty cocktails, East Coast classic eats, as well as Southwestern-inspired dishes including the likes of coconut lemongrass ceviche, and an avocado and pink grapefruit salad drizzled with a spicy jalapeño vinaigrette.
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.
Slapped in the Paradise Valley Marketplace across from Trader Joe’s, casual and friendly nano-brewery O.H.S.O. (Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost, if you're wondering about the acronym) offers brews on tap, wine, and cocktails, plus dishes like BBQ brisket with green chile sauce and carnitas tacos with jalapeño slaw. It's also dog-friendly, particularly on its outdoor patio, where you can feed your pooch homemade biscuits from O.H.S.O.'s in-house Barking Bar.
This, the third location of Squid Ink in Phoenix is doling out delicious Japanese fare including sushi rolls, ramen noodles, yakitori, and Kobe burgers. And to wash it down, it's also serving Asian-inspired cocktails.
The second S&V to open up in The Valley, the 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; it has more than 50 bottles on the wine list and 35 varieties by the glass.
This is the first Two Brothers location outside of Illinois and other than outstanding brews (obviously), it features Arizona bites including pickled jalapeños with cashew butter and dishes like meatloaf wrapped in bacon and an organic beef burger drizzled with blackberry steak sauce.