Scottsdale

Local Experts: Scottsdale, Jeff Ficker

By Local Expert Jeff Ficker

Best New Restaurants in Scottsdale 2014

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Virtu

Virtu

Chef Gio Osso earned a James Beard nod for his seasonal Mediterranean dishes, such as smoked duck with Moroccan-spiced mushrooms, squid ink linguine and the signature grilled octopus with arugula, lemon chickpeas and chili butter. The cocktail and wine lists are just interesting, but overall this intimate spot at the Bespoke Inn is, hands down, one of the best food experiences in the city. 

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SumoMaya

SumoMaya

SumoMaya attracts a trendy crowd with a bold décor and a surprising fusion of Mexican-Asian flavors: spicy ceviche, Korean beef tacos and sushi rolls with Japanese pickled jalapeños and chipotle aioli. I’m a fan of the cocktails, including the Passionfruit: a refreshing and smoky mix of mescal, passion fruit, cucumber, fresh lime and ginger beer.  

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Flower Child

Flower Child

Arizona’s prolific restaurateur Sam Fox delivers another home run with a fast-casual concept that thrills the crunchy-yuppie set. The organic menu offers both vegan-friendly and gluten-free options: quinoa and kale salads, Asian hot pots and mix-and-match “vegetable and grain plates,” such as Indian-spiced roasted cauliflower and chili-glazed sweet potato with bok choy and sesame seeds.

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Southern Rail

Southern Rail

Chef Justin Beckett lures Scottsdale residents to central Phoenix with a menu inspired by the American South, such as cider-brined pork and Andouille gumbo. I prefer to go tapas style and order a mix of small plates: fried green tomatoes, creamy grits and grilled watermelon salad. They get bonus points for the Southern Gothic meets midcentury modern design.

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Sip Coffee & Beer House

Sip Coffee & Beer House

A little bit of Portlandia has sprouted in Scottsdale at this hipster-cool, coffee- and beerhouse. Local roasters Cartel Coffee provide a caffeinated complement to Chef Payton Curry’s simple-but-delicious breakfast sandwiches and burritos in the morning. By afternoon, the focus shifts to great salads, grilled panini and 20-plus craft beers on tap. 


Visit the Best New Restaurants in 2014 Scottsdale

Sip Coffee & Beer House
3617 N Goldwater Blvd (at Scottsdale Rd), Scottsdale, AZ 85251, United States
9/10

People like this place

Coffee Shop
1
Southern Rail
300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013, United States
7.8/10

People like this place

American Restaurant
2
Flower Child
5013 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, United States
8.7/10

People like this place

Gluten-free Restaurant
2
SumoMaya
6560 N Scottsdale Rd (Lincoln), Scottsdale, AZ 85253, United States
9/10

People like this place

Mexican Restaurant
2
Virtu
3701 N Marshall Way (at E 2nd St), Scottsdale, AZ 85251, United States
7.8/10

People like this place

New American Restaurant
2
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