Scottsdale With Friends
Collected by John Sandstone
Scottsdale embodies the spirit of the Southwest; rugged landscapes, harmonious architecture, and a modern food scene. Among the cacti you’ll find balance and undoubtedly be pleasantly surprised by all that Scottsdale has to offer.
8787 N Scottsdale Rd #104, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
When Soi 4 Bangkok burst onto the local dining scene a few years ago, it did so with a flurry of accolades from one of the area’s toughest food critics. Since then, it’s gained a very loyal following and become one of Scottsdale’s worthiest places...
Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Spring is a fabulous time to explore the trails around Scottsdale (as is any time of year). The desert plants are bursting to life all around you, their fragrant aires invigorate the soul. Hummingbirds and Cactus Wrens bound around an ecosystem...
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
The city’s most famous snowbird, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, spent winters at his home and architecture school in the Sonoran Desert. Taliesin West brings the horizontal lines and organic materials of Prairie School design to the desert...
3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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...
15257 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
iPic isn't your typical movie theater. Does your average movie theater have a lounge, upscale restaurant and reclining seats? Probably not. This luxury theater is geared toward an adult audience with sleek design, lounge music bumping in the...
Kierland Commons, Phoenix, AZ 85254, USA
Across the street from Scottsdale Quarter is another outdoor mall called Kierland Commons, a Main Street-like promenade known for its high-end stores like 42 Saint, Harari, and Juicy Couture. If you’re not into the fancy-name brands, cruise...
6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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...
15301 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
7299 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
Roka Akor has a small selection of maki rolls, but really it’s a sashimi-lover’s dream with fresh big eye tuna, yellowtail, sweet shrimp and more. Sashimi can obviously get a bit pricey, so I’d recommend supplementing your order...
15323 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
They offer a fresh take on modern, simple Mexican cuisine. It seems one can't go wrong with an order of the naked guacamole or the chorizo and mushrooms con queso to start. The taco flight or the taco vampiro are delicious, but watch out for the...
6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
If you're simply a local in need of a relaxing night out, the Muddle Bar at Deseo is just what the doctor ordered. Arrive during "descansar," the relaxing hour, to catch a glimpse of Cuban artist Nelson Garcia-Mirando. Every week he shares his...
2899 N 87th St #110, Scottsdale, AZ 85257, USA
It took me two years to find this slice of heaven in the desert. One of the best local hang outs on a Saturday morning. A retreat really. Singh Meadows is known for the very best organic veggies, hand-raised right out of the soil and plucked...
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