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: Scott McGinty

By Scott McGinty

Some beer lovers may flock to Portland and Seattle, but why not leave the rain behind and head to sunny downtown Scottsdale? The city is abuzz with breweries perfecting the art of beer making and restaurants serving up local suds. Grab some friends and walk, bike or take the trolley for a day of sipping, savoring and inadvertent spilling.   Goldwater Brewing Co. This family-owned and -operated brewery’s tiny taproom boasts 10 craft beers all poured straight from the tanks. Visit the downtown Scottsdale establishment and sample the Desert Rose, which is made with organic Arizona cactus fruit and other indigenous botanicals.   Craft 64 Named

When it comes to bargain bites, Scottsdale’s restaurants serve up a robust menu of happy hour specials that are sure to please. citizen public house During “Good Citizen’s Social” you’ll enjoy discounts on specialty cocktails, glass wines and draught beer, as well as a menu of innovative bar snacks that changes weekly. (Daily, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Culinary Dropout At this laid-back gastropub, mug beer is only $4 and well cocktails are $4. Don’t miss the salty-creamy Pretzel & Provolone Fondue (a steal at $7). (Mon. – Fri., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)   Roaring Fork Enjoy $5 drinks and discounts on appetizers, including house-made guac, pork