Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Photo Tour: Dining in Scottsdale

There was a lot of good eating on my trip to Scottsdale. If you've never been, then you may not realize just how great the local dining scene is. Seriously, I wrote an entire book about it once! A few snaps from some of my favorite spots that we ate our way through:

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats: One of Scottsdale's newest specialty shops. Super Chunk is the delicious brainchild of Country Velador, executive pastry chef at two of the city's most iconic stops, Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz World Wine Bar. Country and her husband Sergio designed the entire store around that patterned wallpaper. Try: The Chocolate Bacon Corn, made from bacon that's cured specially for Super Chunk!

FnB Restaurant: One of my favorite restaurants in all of Greater Phoenix! FnB always rates at the top of my list of recommendations when friends ask me where to eat in Scottsdale. You've probably seen Chef Charlene Badman's dishes featured in top magazines like Food & Wine. I love that everything at FnB is served family-style and meant to be shared. Try: ANYTHING! Badman's veggie-focused menu changes regularly and no one makes vegetables taste as delicious as she does. And, if you can, snag a bottle of frontman Pavle Milic's own wine.

Barrio Queen: Besides being a fantastic chef, owner Silvana Salcido Esparza is just an all-around awesome person. I always make sure to get my fill of quality Mexican food whenever I'm back in Arizona and Barrio Queen more than satisfied my craving! Try: The agua frescas and tableside Barrio Guacamole, taco trio with cochinita pibil, relleno, and carne asada chorizo azul. A little churro never hurts, either.

Other delicious visits that you won't regret? Sweet Republic for house-churned ice cream using dairy from a local farm, Food Truck Caravan, and Citizen Public House, where you'll find my favorite salad, The O.G. Chopped.

MORE INFO: Experience Scottsdale

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