This bar/restaurant is right in downtown Scottsdale. Plenty of sports on the many televisions. Surfboards and bicycles on the walls for flair. The burgers aren't bad, but not worth the wait. Because you will wait.. first for the menus, then for the drinks, and the food.. It took eight minutes alone for the servers to figure out my change- they wanted to give me all dollar bills as change- $40 dollars in dollar bills? Burgers aren't bad, but the service was horrible.
Favorite Dish: We ordered the Backyard Barbecue Burger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and Skin on Fries.
$19 as of January 2013. Malee's Thai on Main is known by many locals as some of the best food in Scottsdale. It gets crowded quick so reservations are recommended. The décor is kinda fancy and the menu filled with tempting choices. Service was very good. Excellent restaurant. I really enjoyed my Thai Style Chow Mein which had Chicken, Shrimp, and Chinese Sausage in it. You can order it from 1 to 5 in levels of spiciness. I ordered 2 and it was quite spicy. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM Monday through Wednesday, 11 AM to 9:30 PM Thursday through Saturday and 4:30 PM to 9 PM on Sunday. Highly recommended!!
Favorite Dish: Loved the Thai Style Chow Mein
This is your typical southwestern/ cowboy restaurant in Scottsdale. The reason I rated this okay, honestly is because I do not remember the taste of my food, but I know I ate it. It was during one of my many meet-ups and I was the host. We ordered food later than expected because we wanted to make sure all our friends were at the dinner. Our table was at the top from where we could see the crowd down dancing and trying to stay on the mechanical bull.
we had 2 ladies serving us, which was convenient. Everyone had a drink and food. My only complaint was the crowd and noise level. The restaurant doubles as a bar and on this day it felt more like a night club.
Another one of my travel meet-ups in Scottsdale took us to the Sugar bowl. This is a great place to go when you're in Scottsdale and want some ice-cream or a blast of sugary eats: The Sugar Bowl restaurant. It's located on Scottsdale Road near Indian School Road in the Old Scottsdale part of the city. The interior is fashioned like an old time ice cream parlor. There is a soda counter with stools if you really want to be authentic, but there are plenty of tables and booths too. A pink and white paint job and decorations completes the picture.
If you're in the mood for a meal, the restaurant has sandwiches and burgers. We went straight for the ice-cream treats. The Sugar Bowl prides itself on their banana splits. My travel friends who came in from different parts of the nation, all gave it big thumbs up.
My friend Matthew and I had breakfast at the Good Egg Sunday morning from whence we decided to take a drive to Scottsdale to make sure our meet-up locations are confirmed. I had the W hotel pending so we decided to start with the W hotel. Well we arrived in Scottsdale at a little after 1:30 p.m. went to the W after a run through the streets to locate it on Camelback Road. From the W we headed over to find the Marriott Courtyard (long story). When all was done we decided to have something to eat before returning to Tucson. Matthew wanted sushi: what did become depressingly apparent to me at that moment was that he did not remember the one hundred times I told him I did NOT like sushi, or he disregarded the fact because he was too hungry to care. I will try many things at least three times before I can say I really don’t like it. In the case of sushi here in the US, the standard of taste since approached drowning limits for me. On two occasions I became terribly sick (one could say I had food poisoning). When the same thing happened a third time, I convinced myself that I had tried and did NOT like sushi indeed. Nonetheless I accompanied Matt into the Stingray sushi restaurant located at the heart of Old town Scottsdale. It was quite busy on the patio and I did not want to sit outside let alone go in to a sushi place.
Inside the was dimly lit with a full alcohol bar to the left and the sushi bar to the right with a seating arrangement surprisingly welcoming. The owner of the restaurant evidently spent a handsome sum and spared little expense in decorating the interior. The décor is comprised of zebra wood tables, Japanese-style restrooms, and a tank in the floor of the entranceway with several live stingrays: hence the name stingray. What I did not understand was why they had 4 black shelves at the back of the sushi counter - a bad omen in Japan by the way. The number 4 in Japan is shi, which is the equivalent of black Friday 13, well enough about the décor. If you are not as critical as I’m you will actually enjoy the place, great ambiance.
Matt walked right to the sushi bar and sat down, I pulled a chair and sat next to him, right in front of us was a fresh display of all the fresh sea creatures need to make a perfect sushi. Behind the counter were two Mexican ‘chefs’ for luck of a better word.
Our service lady was not pleasant but was quite efficient, she served us water as requested, brought us a bowl of complimentary steamed soy beans and a bowl of complimentary soup. I ordered skewered chicken and Matt did the sushi thing: lucky for me I’m off my meds I think I would have been sick because the smell was actually a little off. My chicken (teriyaki for all purposes) on the other hand was quite delicious even though it was a really small serving. Served with three sauces all of which I can’t remember now.
I headed to the Pink Light district where the sight of water was calming and refreshing. I sat on the artistic bridge and watched the ripples in the water for a while until I felt calm and my heart raced less. Right in front of me was the Olive and Ivy restaurant, I walked to the restaurant and decided to have me a decent breakfast. The Olive and Ivy is part of the Fox Restaurant Concepts, an award winning boutique restaurant group: some of their restaurants include Sauce, Zinburger, True Food Kitchen, The Wildflower American Cuisine, North and Montana Avenue. I wrote a review on Montana Avenue, great eating and ambiance. Once you are there, you can tell that a lot of thought, money and talent was put into the place, they stand by their saying “we love what we do and it shows”, yes indeed, it shows. The attention to detail is impressive not to mention the delectable food I enjoyed. A combination of bar, restaurant and private dinning rooms: an outdoor patio with great ambiance, rich and inviting, the setting outside was that of a lounge with lime green (Ivy if you will) chairs stripped in white, the ivy chairs were accented with red and white lounge chairs and beach umbrellas. The welcome was exactly what the doctor ordered: well-dressed waitress with a great bright smile asking what I would like for starters ‘coffee’ or ‘tea’ ma’am? ‘Coffee please’ I replied, ‘one coffee coming right up ma’am’ she said and swiftly walked away. I barely had time to set my bag down when she returned with my coffee ‘cream? Sugar?, any flavors you prefer ma’am?’ she asked. ‘One cream and one sugar if you please’ I replied. She brought me the breakfast menu and asked if I wanted some water or orange juice, I chose water and she returned with a tall thin glass of water with three ice-cubes in it. My breakfast turned out to be a brunch (breakfast/lunch), I ordered the Chopped Mediterranean Salad which included Feta cheese, toasted almonds, oregano vinaigrette and an addition of chicken for just $11.00. The portion was handsome as well. Because I was too hungry to wait, I forgot to take a photo of my plate until I was done and the waitress was asking if there was anything else I needed, ha-ha! I burst out laughing and she laughed with me before asking ‘what is funny’, I went ahead and told her what I had done, and bless her heart she offered to make another just so I can take a photo, I declined and told her I would return another time.
Here is the restaurant in a nutshell:
Style: Classy, Elegant, Inviting
Cuisine: Mediterranean with a touch of blissfulness
Dress code: Casual, elegant, classy
Location: The Pink Light District, Scottsdale
Price: Average $20 - $50
Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hours: Saturday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reservations: Not required, accepts walk ins
The Yard House is located at the Fashion Square mall in Scottsdale on Camelback Road. We has a Travbuddy meet-up here a few months earlier and liked it quite a bit. The Yard House boasts of having the largest selection of beer in the world! I can‘t really confirm because I would have to be an avid beer drinker and know all about the different beers brewed in the world. In the United States I also learned that when people talk of “the World“, they are sometime really referring to Continental United States. Well that aside, I believe the sign at the Yard house says they have the largest selection of DRAFT beers, now of course with a little over 200 on draft I can see how hard it would be to beat. They have an exclusive beer menu, sadly I do not drink beer, but their beer menu is unrivaled I hear (I think Travbuddy Christian (Chokk) would be a great person to give us the statistics on beer, he loves beer). I have never seen anything like it: the list includes, Blond Ales, Honey Ales, Pub Cream Ales, Pale Ales, Indian Pale Ales, Belgian Strong Ales, Amber and Red Ales, American Strong Ales, US Hefeweizens, Bavarian Hefeweizens, Brown Ales, Porters. The Draft beer selection is mind blowing, ranging from Lagers, Pale Lagers, Anomalies (unique hybrid Ales), Black and Blue, Dark Lagers, to mention but a few. Now I had a Martini special the night of our meet-up and loved it, I recommend it if you like Martinis.
The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting with classic rock blaring through the speakers and an open kitchen plus with large screen televisions on each wall to attract the sports lovers; they can’t stay home to watch the games, they will not miss it if they come to the yard house. It reminded me of a Hard Rock, with the great music playing even though I did not pay particular attention as I was busy talking to all the Travbuddies who came, nonetheless the atmosphere was more of an upscale sports bar. The service was good because we had our own charming attendant who seemed very charmed by our group, not to mention the ladies made him feel quite important. I will not be reviewing their food because I did not eat, but I heard they make really nice food. I believe they have a menu on their website, you can check it out.
The not so good side of it is that it is relatively expensive by American standards, food is generally affordable in the state of Arizona, when I hear people comment how expensive a place is, I try to find out what “expensive” is. Well I can’t say the Yard House is expensive because it fall in the range of things I can afford, so I will say it is averagely priced. Expensive to me would be if my plat of food cost $50 or more for one meal.
Summary of the Yard House, Scottsdale:
Style : Casual
Price: Average ($12 - $35)
The Mission is a great place for a special dinner. They have an interesting list of margaritas - we tried the avocado one and it was very good. The guacamole they make at your table is delicious. We had the pork shoulder tacos and they were quite tasty as well. Very attentive service and a nice atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Guacamole - it's super fresh since it's made tableside.
Butterfield's has great pancakes and fresh squeezed orange juice. The other breakfast items we had were good as well and they also have a lunch menu. The service was good and the wait wasn't too bad even on a Sunday around noon.
Favorite Dish: Blueberry pancakes
So many choices on the menu, and luckily I got to try several. - the beauty of a number of people in your party willing to share. Everything tasted amazing! And did I mention the bloody marys? Fantastic! The mimosas, made with fresh squeezed orange juice, are great and the salty dogs are worth a try as well.
Favorite Dish: The french toast is to die for!
This restaurant is HUGE side with a large outdoors area. Great for parties. They have several private rooms to offer for your party. One small negative is that they only allow you tow have a set menu for parties of 10 or more. They have 3 set menu options $35, $40, and $45 per person. All three are pretty good, and the restaurant doesn't mind being flexible if you wanted to adjust the set menu a little.
Favorite Dish: Stuffed dates appetiser is amazing!
I would come again not for the food but for the scene and margaritas. The much raved table side guacamole is fine and fresh but not quite as memorable as I would have hoped. The portions are small and almost everything that we had was just so so.
Favorite Dish: The mango margarita was amazing.
Like Starbucks' no matter where I am. Their goodies and coffee are always great, one can depend on their quality. Also it's nice to try new & various flavors to their coffee. Their coffeehouse atmosphere is always nice too.
What a great place. We didn't plan on coming here. First we tried Houstons but the wait was an hour and a half! So we tried Ruths Chris and the wait was even longer. As a last resort we tried Roy's but they were booked the entire evening. We walked by the Trattoria and said "Oh, let's just eat here." It's a small restaurant but it has a lot of charm. I felt like I could have been in any restaurant in Florence. The manager and the wait staff were great. Very attentive but not annoying. The food was delicious. My husband had the penne which was good. I had the lobster ravioli which was even better. I thought this place was a great find.
Favorite Dish: Lobster Ravioli
In 1958, Jack Huntress converted an auto
repair store into a soda fountain-restaurant
called the Sugar Bowl.
This delightful eatery is still operated by the
Huntress family and is a popular stop for
visitors and residents alike ....
ohh, and be sure to bring your sweet tooth
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Great place to stop in at the end of the day for some
ice cream servedin an old fashioned ice cream parlor
setting even with counter service.
The staff and service was great, they all made you feel
welcome to the parlor.
Its vintage pink color scheme, inside and out, is a
treat for the eyes, a happy reminder of the Sugar Bowl's
beginnings in the 1950s as a town soda fountain.
Have a delightfully old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich
or BLT sided by an "extra-luscious" malt, enriched with
marshmallow and fudge or caramel sauce ......
Favorite Dish: Mary is the "ice cream officiadao", and has
sampled many of their great offerings from
a cup of ice cream, to a cone, a old fashion
hot fudge sundea and of course, an old
fashion banana split at the counter.
Whatever you decide on, you'll love it also .........