Scottsdale, AZ: A Food-Filled City That’s Not Just For Snowbirds

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Scottsdale, Arizona is often thought of as a resort destination with little more than golf courses and luxury properties, but there’s a strong undercurrent of creativity in this Sonoran desert city that’s fueling a diverse food scene. The same energy that brought Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri is inspiring a vibrant cadre of chefs, artisans, and purveyors to use the bounty of the region to make some seriously good eats.

And the weather is perfect for a visit this time of year. I’m still daydreaming of the smell of orange blossoms in the warm desert breeze — and the fantastic food from restaurants like Virtu and F &B.

Here are my top 10 spots for desert dining in and around Scottsdale on Gothamist Getaways.

My amazing food stylist @sonyamasinovsky prepping Oregon mussels and clams for their cameo as @mattbarkin anticipates the shot for @tastemade. #forkandvine
Just a girl and her grapes. ????????#forkandvine #reisling #summerofreisling #tastemade #oregon #willamette #food #wine #winecountry #travel
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. #crush #harvest #forkandvine #tastemade #wine #oregon #willamettevalley #pinot #reisling
Pre-interview "green room" with Veronique Drouhin -- walking amongst the vines and sampling this year's fruit! What an absolutely AMAZING experience! ????????????#forkandvine #tastemade
Ride and shine! Time for another gorgeous day of shooting in the Pacific Northwest with @adamducharme @mattbarkin @jogryfe @rachelleblanco @cowboycoffee @tastemade! I mean, is this place even REAL?!?
Feeling right at home harvesting Bosc pears for pear wine in the Hood River Valley with @Tastemade. ???????????????? #forkandvine #farmtotable #orchardtoglass  #setlife
Fresh smoked King Chinook salmon, butchered at a roadside stand by First Nations fisherman Doug Rigdon. The absolute BEST I've ever tasted! That color!
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Breakfast ramen Bang Bang w/@giovannireda @krismorningstar's @terrineLA teaser @ilanhall's @thegorbals. The sweet maple fried garlic with lime took it over the top & added awesome acid. Also fab: shrimp pancake topped w/ a perfect sunnyside egg. Avail on weekends 11-3.
Spot on chilaquiles for brunch this morning with @letmeeatcake @joshgoldman2 at @brilliantshine. The stunning rancho-style patio is perfect for day drinking & evening cocktailing in SaMo. And the food is darn good too! Can't wait to go back for dinner.
Repost from @ilanhall @knifefightesq. Miss out on any of the scrumptious eats from this week's four-way Mexican standoff? Catch up on the latest episode of #KnifeFight RIGHT NOW at esquiretv.com/now. #esquirenetwork #instagood #instamood #instago #instamood #knife #igers #bestoftheday #photooftheday #picoftheday #chef #kitchen #instadaily #follow #me #followme #like
@zoenathanloeb's amazing @huckcafe was one of the first pieces I wrote on food in LA, and my excitement for her work hasn't tapered one bit with the release of her incredible Huckleberry cookbook. Find an interview with Zoe + a recipe for bacon cheddar muffins at the link in my profile! Bonus: the cookbook was shot by the fabulous @mattarmendariz. Match made in pastry heaven? I think so!
Ooh lala! Creamy avocado dip (w silken tofu for protein) and creole sweet tater fries. Recipe in my profile. It's one of my fave #vegan #vegetarian #eatclean dishes!
Tune in tonight to see two LA faves @BizarraCapital and Chichen Itza throw down in a battle of calves' liver and cactus on @knifefightesq! Bring on the nopales!
I picked some pink peppercorns in a vineyard, and then  @sonyamasinovsky made 'em look all painterly and purdylike in this gorgeous wooden bowl. Can't wait to show you what we made with them!
Shakshouka in a skillet: it's what Saturday mornings are made for.
Celebrating the harvest with the team from @Tastemade. No filter needed in wine country this time of year. It's just too gorgeous as is!
Spanish tuna nicoise on top,  chicken cobb on the bottom, and a Hot Lei (coconut water, pineapple, lemon, honey, cayenne) to finish. Boom!
Bento and I bid you a very restful holiday weekend.
Maple glazed heirloom carrots and radishes for a late lunch here at Casita de Krista. Now, time for yoga!

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