Under the canopy of an endless Scottsdale sky lies one of the most dynamic and burgeoning dining scenes in the Southwest. The city’s culinary influence can be felt—and tasted—throughout the region, thanks to its vibrant mix of flavors and experiences. From regionally-focused cuisine made with local, farm-fresh ingredients; to food trucks dishing out globally-inspired street fare; to luxurious resort restaurants helmed by the world’s top chefs and sommeliers, Scottsdale is the dining destination of your dreams.

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October 2017

By Lauren Saria

Chef Josh Hebert didn’t set out to open one of the best ramen shops in Scottsdale. But when you love something, you want to share it, which why this self-proclaimed gaijin, or foreigner, became one of the Valley’s best ambassador’s for Japanese ramen. “It kind of became the runaway hit,” Hebert says of his ramen. “It was the proverbial snowball rolling downhill.” And it’s true—or at least that’s the short version of the story of how Hebert ended up closing POSH, his fine dining restaurant in downtown Scottsdale, and focusing all his energy on Hot Noodles Cold Sake, a fast-casual ramen shop

Pavle Milic has never been to Paris. Ironic, considering how often guests at FnB’s new bar room tell him the quaint space reminds them of those in Europe and, specifically, in the French capital. When he does go, he knows he’ll need to make a few touristy stops, including taking an obligatory photo in front of the Eiffel Tower. His bucket-list destination, however, will be far away in the 19th Arrondissement, to a little bistro called Le Baratin. He first noticed it in the pages of Gourmet magazine. “The September issue of ’06, I want to say. It was a Paris issue,”

They say behind every delicious cake is a great love story. Well, perhaps, maybe they don’t say that. But in the case of Super Chunk Sweets & Treats, it’s true. Country and Sergio Velador, the husband-and-wife team behind downtown Scottsdale’s treasured pastry shop, met when Country was working as a server in a Chicago restaurant, and Sergio was managing front-of-house operations at the same place. In fact, he was her manager. “He actually hired me,” Country recalls. Bonding over a shared love of music, design and all things food, the two fell for each other. And the odd hours of restaurant life and the

To visit Italy is to discover that food is connected to community at nearly every turn, from the bustle of the morning cafés where neighbors say a quick ciao as they take their espresso, to the traditional restaurants where slow food isn’t a movement but just the way things are done, to the cozy, family-run trattorias and the pop-in markets of the alimentary, or grocer’s shops. Keep this in mind when you visit Andreoli’s Italian Grocery. Once you step through the door, you leave the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains and the Scottsdale desert behind. The unpretentious space can be disorienting to