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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Author: JoAnne Zeterberg

By JoAnne Zeterberg

Say “buh-bye” to deep-fried burritos smothered in neon-orange cheese – the fare at these Nuevo Latino hotspots is farm-fresh, fabulous and filled with all the signature flavors you love.   The Mission Chef Matt Carter’s menu of contemporary Latin cuisine is an all-star line-up of braised meats, fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails. Start with an order of Grilled Street Corn or 12-ingredient Tableside Guacamole (better yet, try both), then move on to the succulent Pork Shoulder Tacos for two. For a perfect pairing, consider a Blood Orange Margarita or Watermelon Basil Mojito.   La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess With a menu crafted by Celebrity

Discovering new flavors is one of traveling’s greatest joys. But in a city that offers literally hundreds of dining options, where do you start? Here, in no particular order, are 10 signature Scottsdale dishes to kick off your culinary explorations.   Charred Octopus at Virtú Honest Craft One of the stars of Chef Gio Osso’s stellar menu of Mediterranean cuisine, this succulent dish features slow-cooked octopus that’s marinated and charred to perfection. The dish gets a little kick from the calabrese chili butter, while the lemon chickpeas and arugula and fennel side salad cool things off.   Tableside Guacamole at The Mission All guacamoles are not

Why just settle for ho-hum sports bar food when you can whet you whistle at these top local gastro-pubs? Short for gastronomy and pubs, these classy taverns first started popping up several years back in the land o’ pubs, (aka Great Britain). And now the trend of serving up hearty, chef-crafted fare in a casual-yet-boozy environment has taken the Scottsdale by storm. So let’s take a tour of four of the city’s finest gastro-pubs.   Culinary Dropout Tucked into the bottom floor of the Scottsdale Waterfront towers in downtown Scottsdale, this stylish neighborhood tavern features an expansive patio and even offers live music

Known for its charming atmosphere, downtown Scottsdale blends the Old and New West to make the most of the city’s historic past. Local restaurateurs have turned old houses into new ventures, creating intimate dining settings that are as warm and welcoming as your family’s home.   Old Town Tortilla Factory Built in a 75-year-old adobe house, Old Town Tortilla Factory offers guests a historically Southwestern experience. Diners can enjoy one of the eatery’s famous margaritas inside the cozy restaurant or outdoors on the patio in the shade of lush, 100-year-old pecan trees. The gazebo bar also features more than 80 varieties of tequila

Looking for a new way to sweat this summer? Scottsdale’s renowned chefs have found deliciously creative ways to turn up the heat. Here’s our tasty, and toasty, list of local favorites:   Shrimp Chicharron at deseo Aji amarillo chiles and pickled jalapeños give this dish a powerful punch of heat and a subtly sweet finish. The lemon-colored aji amarillo peppers have a distinctive smoky flavor and are a staple in traditional Peruvian cuisine.   Aji Pizza at Craft 64 Who would have thought that the combination of jalapeño peppers and pizza would be such a great pair? Well that is exactly what Craft 64 did with