Phoenix First Fridays
A downtown phenomenon. The first Friday of every month (except in summer) there is a downtown art walk. Mostly unknown artists display their stuff, from paintings, photographs, sculptures, multimedia, etc. It makes one feel as if they've found some authentic culture in my city. If you are in town in the fall, check it out.
Bronze Horse Fountain
This particular fountain is probably the most photograph sculpture in Scottsdale and rightly so. It is absolutely beautiful. It crowns this section of the shopping district so proudly. Sculpted by Bob Parks 1989 and located in the traffic circle at E. 5th Ave & N. Marshall Way.
Mid-Town Scottsdale for Everyone
Don't be fooled by the word tavern here...this is not your local pub. This is a large restaurant with one of the largest and most comprehensive menus in the area. You can really get anything here...short of specialized ethnic food. They have great meats, chicken dishes and fish, plus pages of other options. It is large, and when busy, can be fairly loud inside, but it is spacious and with mostly booths, you maintain some sense of privacy. There is also a small outside section. Watch out for weekend nights, as wait times can be an hour. Make reservations! I last ordered flank steak, because my mom used to make it for me when I was a kid, and you don't often see it on a menu. The steak was perfectly done, and served in generous quantity, along with veggies and a baked potato.
My wife had fish and it was excellent, again, with large portions and sides.
Service staff is very friendly, even when very busy.
Local Hang Out for Good Food/Drink
The burger and fries were very good, and the burger is 1/2 pound. Cost of most items are $7-10, and beer is $3 a pint. It is bar food fare Well-why not have the hamburgers? It seems to be what the majority of people order, and it is good.
Rawhide ~ For Little Cowpokes
This tip should really be listed in "Off the Beaten Track" tips but the first time we visited Arizona and stayed in Scottsdale, we were told about "Rawhide" thought it would be a good place to take the "youngens" (young ones) who were 8 and 6 yrs. old at the time and it was, as they say, right up the road apiece and in Scottsdale.
This Western themepark was constructed to look like an old 1880's Western town. Rawhide had its own dusty main street bordered on either side by old, Western-style wooden-plank buildings and wooden-plank sidewalks. Tucked in here and there were the shootin' gallery (my son's favorite), shops, a saloon, the steakhouse and other buildings you might find in an old Western town. I remember best the shootout show where the good guys wearing white hats quickly dispatched the bad guys wearing black hats. It was quite an action show--especially for the little cowpokes. The shows are the heart & soul of Rawhide's character, but extras add a lot to the atmosphere.
Today Rawhide has moved from its original location in Scottsdale to a new location: Wildhorse Pass on the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, AZ. They've added lots of new attractions such as stagecoach and burro rides, gold panning, a petting ranch, rock climbing, card shark shows, a mechanical bullride machine, and lots more.
If all this activity has whetted your appetite look no further than the Main Street. The Rawhide Steakhouse still serves up a big Western meal and even features live entertainment. The menu lists items you won't find in 'normal' places yet won't attract the likes of Andrew Zimmern: Rocky Mountain oysters (don't ask), and fried rattlesnake for instance. For normal people, there's barbecue ribs, USDA Choice steaks, barbecue chicken, baby-back ribs, prime rib, served with side dishes including cowboy beans, corn cobbette, and their green chili cornbread. ( $16.95 to $28.95) Leave room for dessert--they all sound good. Ask for a child's menu for the little ones ($7 assorted selections includes steak fries, beverage and a BADGE!!)
Golden Belle Saloon is located just next door if your taste is for specialty drinks, or just appetizers and desserts. Other dining choices are available and consider Rawhide's Sundown Cookout!
Rawhide can be a fun day for the whole family! Also a great place for kids' birthday parties!
Parking & admission to Rawhide is free; however and BUT, attractions, special events, games and shows require a fee. Check the ticket booth for more info. & prices.
PLEASE, check the website for opening dates and hours!!