In Old Town Scottsdale, Arcadia Farms Cafe (7014 E. First Ave., 480/941-5665, www.arcadiafarmscafe.com, daily for lunch, $9-13) creates fancy sandwiches, salads, and desserts; there's a choice of indoor or patio seating.
Original Pancake House (6840 E. Camelback Rd., next to Motel 6, 480/946-4902, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, $5.50-9) serves some of the best breakfasts in the Valley.
The Sugar Bowl (4005 N. Scottsdale Rd. at First Ave. in Old Town Scottsdale, 480/946-0051, www.sugarbowlscottsdale.com, daily for lunch and dinner, $4-8) offers a myriad of tempting treats for sweet tooths in an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor, plus home-style meals.
Don & Charlie's (7501 E. Camelback Rd., 480/990-0900, nightly for dinner, $14-38) features top-notch steak and barbecue; baseball memorabilia decorate the walls.
Pinnacle Peak Patio (10426 E. Jomax at Alma School Rd., 480/585-1599, www.pppatio.com, Sun. for lunch and daily for dinner, $15-33) serves mesquite-broiled steaks, ribs, and chicken in a strictly cowboy atmosphere—if you wear a tie inside, it'll be snipped off and added to the large collection hanging from the rafters. Musicians play country tunes nightly. There's a dance floor and you can sit indoors or outdoors. It's in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains about 20 miles northeast of Scottsdale; take Pima Road north, turn east on Happy Valley Road, then north on Alma School Road.
Voltaire (8340 E. McDonald Dr., 480/948-1005, Mon.-Sat. for dinner, call for hours in June-July, closed Aug.-mid-Sept., $19-26) is known for its friendly atmosphere and superb food, such as Veal Marsala, duck, and sandabs.
Mancuso's (6166 N. Scottsdale Rd. in the Borgata Shopping Center, 480/948-9988, www.mancusosrestaurant.com, nightly for dinner, $16-29) cooks outstanding northern Italian and continental cuisine prepared from family recipes, including Cabernet & roasted garlic gnocchi, chicken marsala, and seafood provençal. You'll feel like a guest in a castle.
La Locanda (10201 N. Scottsdale Rd., south of Shea Blvd., 480/998-2822, nightly for dinner, $14-26) serves highly rated northern Italian food, such as Osso Buco Dei Navigli, a chianti-glazed veal shank, and Risotti Alla Boscaiola with porcini mushrooms, vegetables, parmigiano and white truffle oil.
Spanish and Mediterranean
Ibiza Cafe (4400 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480/421-2492, Tues.-Sat. for lunch and dinner, $10-20) offers indoor and patio seating for tapas, paella, and a variety of Mediterranean cuisines, including North African specialties.
Los Olivos (7328 E. Second St. in Old Town, 480/946-2256, and at 15544 N. Pima Rd., 480/596-9787, www.losolivosrestaurant.com, daily for lunch and dinner, $9-14) has offered fine food in Scottsdale since 1949. Folk art fills the colorful interior.
Carlsbad Tavern (3313 N. Hayden Rd., just south of Old Town Scottsdale, 480/970-8164, www.carlsbadtavern.com, daily for lunch and dinner, $13-21) offers a New Mexican menu in a casual restaurant/bar setting with a patio. Highlights include chipotle barbecued baby back ribs, pecan wood-grilled fish, and crab poblanos with red bell cream sauce.
In north Scottsdale, Havana Cafe (6245 E. Bell Rd., 480/991-1496, Mon.-Sat. for lunch and nightly for dinner, $10-29) will give you a taste of Cuban, Spanish, and other Latin American foods, such as paella, tapas, arroz con pollo, and mariscos con salsa verde.
Jewel of the Crown (7373 Scottsdale Mall near Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 480/949-8000, Wed.-Sun. for lunch and nightly for dinner, $10-14) prepares both vegetarian and meat dishes in tandoori and other north Indian styles. Diners can also order a thali (set meal) for lunch ($9) or dinner ($20-23).
China Gate (7820 E. McDowell Rd., 480/946-0720, daily for lunch and dinner, $8-13) is a Valley favorite with good Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan food available from the menu and buffet.
In Old Town Scottsdale, Mallee's on Main (7131 E. Main St., 480/947-6042, www.maleesonmain.com, Mon.-Sat. for lunch and daily for dinner, $11-18) fixes many tempting dishes of gourmet Thai food.
RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant (3815 N. Scottsdale Rd. and First St. in Old Town Scottsdale, 480/990-9256, Mon.-Fri. for lunch and nightly for dinner, $10-18) offers a long list of sushi items at its bar and a selection of noodle, meat, and fish entrees such as the popular apple, salmon, and yaki soba.
Korean Restaurant (1414 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480/994-5995, Mon.-Fri. for lunch and daily for dinner, $8-15) serves flavorful bulkogi (barbecued beef) and other specialties; try the tangy kimchee (marinated
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