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6166 N Scottsdale Rd #601, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
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Tacos. Traditionally Mexican. These days, however, tacos are taking on some new personalities. Though some of the most memorable flavors I've ever had on a corn tortilla are still traditional, (pickled onions, please) there are a few new taco...
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525 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Want to hang where the locals do? Come to The Duce. This place has everything you could possibly want, including a soda pop fountain, a bar serving Prohibition-era cocktails, an old-school clothesline, a boxing ring, hula hoops, a coffee stand,...
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2006, 812 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Songbird Coffee & Tea House offers a selection of locally roasted coffees along with black, green, white, and herbal teas—any of which can be iced for a refreshing pick-me-up during the hot summer months. They also display the work of local...
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815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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FilmBar is flat-out awesome. With a great, relaxed, but hip vibe, and the work of local artists hanging on the walls: this wine bar is a popular place with a local and culturally savvy clientele. It's also a great place to watch an independent...
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6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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I've been going to Richardson's as my favorite neighborhood local since they opened over 20 years ago. Great southwestern food, seafood and margaritas. They opened a sister restaurant a few blocks away called Rokerij a few years ago. It was really...
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2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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This hub holds some of the area’s best small, independent retailers like Paris Envy (vintage home goods), Frances (an eclectic shoes, clothes and accessories boutique), and Citrine Natural Beauty Bar (some of the best...
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2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
The Heard Museum is a can't-miss cultural institution in Phoenix. Founded in 1929, the Heard details and celebrates American Indian art, history, and tradition through exhibitions, interactive learning, and festivals supporting American Indian...
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10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042, USA
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One of my favourite things about Phoenix is the mountains that pop up out of nothing. Well, not nothing, really, but out of expanses of sand or suburbia. They grab your attention, and suggest that hey, maybe this isn't a sprawling city after all....
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1685, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
The largest art museum in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum contains more than 17,000 works of all sorts—American, Asian, modern and contemporary, European, Latin American, and Western American. There's even a popular exhibit...
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1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
There are few places where you can better learn about the beauty and complexity of desert ecology than the Desert Botanical Garden, not far from downtown Phoenix. Check out the Desert Discovery Loop Trail for a look at local flora, go for a...
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1514 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
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SideBar, with its cool, mellow atmosphere, is a great spot for a classic cocktail (like a Moscow Mule or a Manhattan) or your choice of more than 40 beers. What sets SideBar apart is the staff's attention to detail when it comes to mixing drinks....
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1916 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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Located in the Valley, The Parlor boasts recognitions like Food Network’s “Best 50 Pizzas” and NewTimes’ “Best of Phoenix,” and for good reason. With pizzas made with fresh items like mushrooms, goat cheese, truffle oil, and chives (as seen on the...
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Kierland Commons, Phoenix, AZ 85254, USA
Palm tree–lined streets and cheery shops offer an inviting atmosphere that can make a dent in your day and your wallet. Especially when the weather is nice (and who are we kidding, it’s almost always nice here), this outdoor shopping center is a...
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2320 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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Kevin Binkley is a James Beard acclaimed chef who has wonderful places to eat north in Cave Creek. His new place is in midtown Phoenix. The cocktails are as good as the food is excellent. The photo shows Joesy preparing cannon ball cocktails,...
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Brown & Stetson Business, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The owners of FnB—James Beard Award semifinalist chef Charleen Badman and front-of-house manager Pavle Milic—were early champions of Arizona wine and produce, curating a wine list that includes lots of Grand Canyon...
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Scottsdale Vista Estates, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA
In downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, there's a new taco place called Barrio Queen Tequileria. They serve more than 50 kinds of tacos, and I wish I could have tried them all. I lingered there yesterday, and enjoyed a long lunch of shrimp and carnitas...
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1 Main St, Tortilla Flat, AZ 85190, USA
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The Apache Trail provides spectacular views as this sometimes treacherous road winds through the mountains near Scottsdale. The road is paved as it slides along Canyon Lake and into Tortilla Flats, but some of the most spectacular scenery lies...
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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
With two hiking trails ascending 1,280 feet to its peak, Camelback Mountain is a great option for nature-fiends who like a challenge. Both the Echo Canyon and Cholla trails exceed a mile in length and are accented with steep grades. Average hiking...
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3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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You will want reservations to get into this place. The Mission Restaurant and Lounge serves modern Latin cuisine in a fantastic bar restaurant with a wonderful outdoor back patio (seen here). The chef is Matthew Carter, also known for the House...
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7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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Cowboy Ciao has been a staple on the dining scene since 1997, most notable for its Stetson Chopped Salad. The salad that inspired many (never as good) imitations is six equal parts Israeli couscous, chopped arugula, roma tomatoes, smoked salmon or...