Why we love Old Town!
We love Old Town, lets just put that right out there. We live here and there is no where else wed rather be so we are a little biased. We also avoid spending my money at the chains, (they are rich enough, and prefer to eat and shop at the independents). Not to mention that Old Town has some of the BEST chefs, restaurants, shops and things to see and do then most places in the state. What is so special about Old Town you ask? Let me show you the town and why we love it… for those of you who love Old Town as much as we do, how many of these places have you been to?
Best Happy Hour
We all love Happy Hour, everyone has one, but where are the not-to-miss places? My personal favorites are Eddie’s House, which has HH M-F until 9pm in the bar. 50% off first bites… be sure to check out the Mint Pesto Grilled Lamb Chops and ask about the flatbread of the day. Other great spots are 5th and Wine, which has HH until 6pm, EVO, which has HH daily from 4 -7 pm, Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen and Mabel’s on Main.
Best Place to grab a glass of wine
We are partial to 5th and Wine (ask for Scott Yanni, the manager ) for their great selection of wines or Kazimierz which can be really hard to find. If you are adventurous and want to try AZ wines and take a bottle back to the house with you, check out AZ Wines, owned by Pavle Milic, one of the most passionate people we have ever met. Other places to grab a great glass would be EVO or Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen.
Best Patio to kick back on
Let’s face it, part of what makes Arizona such a great place to live is our weather right? So you want to be outside to enjoy it. Old Town has some of the BEST patios in town so check them out. One of our personal favorites is Casablanca. They are located up stairs at Southbridge and afford a spectacular view of Stetson with great fire-pits. Grapevine has a great view of Brown and Main and is a perfect spot to sit after a day of shopping along Main. Carlsbad Tavern is out of Old Town on Hayden but well worth the car ride, it has an outside patio that looks like Carlsbad Caverns complete with a river and bridge! House Brasserie is another great patio in a renovated house with the most amazing tree to sit under. Brat Haus has a fun patio with lots of games and great food. Check here for more great patios!
Without a doubt, our favorite is Randy’s Restaurant. Do you remember the old show Mel’s Diner? Well this place is owned by the same family and is a true old-school diner. Your food will be served in minutes and will taste great no matter how busy they are. Drawbacks – no alcohol and cash only (but there is an ATM machine on location). Other great spots for breakfast are Daily Dose, which has amazing food and does serve alcohol or Orange Table.
Need a break from shopping along Main St.? Make sure to check out the Cider Mill. They make their own rootbeer and butterbeer and have some of the most amazing sandwiches around. Other great spots to grab lunch are Arcadia Farms Café, Daily Dose Grill, Rehab Burger Therapy, Café Forte, Brat Haus or Baratin if you are shopping along Stetson.
If you want the epitome of the southwest experience check out Cowboy Ciao and be sure to try the Original Chopped Salad. Other favorites are Kellys at Southbridge – get the Brussels Sprouts, FnB, Barrio Queen, 5th and Wine, EVO, Malee’s Thai Bistro or Eddie’s House. If you want Western food be sure to check The Western for their Brisket Tacos and Roasted Corn. Yum.
Old Town has some of the most amazing chefs in town and no trip here would be complete without visiting a few of them. Pavle Milic at FnB is one of the most talented of the lot but. Reservations are required or you wont get in. Some other great local chefs are Silvana Salcido Esparza at Barrio Queen, be sure to get the guacamole its amazing; Eddie Matney at Eddie’s House and Marcellino Verzino, at Marcellino’s.
In need of some libations? Old Town is known for it’s Mixologists who serve up some of the most amazing cocktails. If you love a great martini, check out AZ88. They serve martinis right to the rim of the glass and it’s a miracle the get them to the table. If martinis are not your thing check out Citizen Public House or Mabel’s on Main for original cocktails.
All this fun needs a good cup o’ joe to keep ya going? Being a Seattle native we are a tad particular about our coffee (okay obsessed is more like it) but not to worry, we have have you covered. Coffee Cartel serves up great coffee if you are in Old Town, otherwise if you are driving check out Echo Coffee or D’lish.
Best Spot for a girl’s lunch
Tired of shopping? Want a place to meet the girls and gab. A personal favorite is Arcadia Farms Café. Be sure to get the Strawberry Chicken Salad and you can thank me later. Other great spots are AZ88, 5th and Wine (both of which have great patios) or EVO.
Best Spot for a romantic date
Again, don’t worry, we got you covered. Want to really impress, take her to Café Monarch but reservations are required. Most. Romantic. Spot. If you can’t get in there, other great spots are House Brasserie or The Mission.
Best spot to hang out with the locals
Coach House Tavern. Oldest bar in Old Town and during Christmas they cover it with lights. Another big plus is that you can smoke on the patio. Want a taste of the old West, check out the Rusty Spur and walk on in through its swinging doors. Other great spots to fill up on local gossip, are Old Town Tavern or Karsen’s Grill.
Old Town is known for their art galleries and every Thursday night they stay open late for the art walk. To make a real evening of it have dinner first at Malee’s Thai Bistro, Cafe Forte, 5th and Wine or Eddie’s House and then check out the galleries along Main Street west of Scottsdale or Marshall Way north of Indian School.
Yep, we love it too and Old Town has something for everyone. Many places have live music from Wed – Sat night on their patio but our favorites are 5th and Wine, Old Town Tavern, The Western or RockBar.
No trip to Scottsdale would be complete without shopping. Of course you have Fashion Square but if you are looking for unique shops try the ones along Main St. east of Scottsdale Rd for southwest gifts or the 5th Avenue District for more modern stores.
Old Town is full of history and alive with adventure. There is so much to see and do here that this is just a brief list of some great places to check out. Have internet access? Good. www.experiencescottsdale.com is the official visitors site and has a lot of great info.
Enjoy your stay!