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Global Fare at Sel in Downtown Scottsdale

Sel is a wonderful new restaurant in Downtown Scottsdale, serving up food that is “global, simple, and delivers a punch”. From the moment you walk in, you know that you are in store for something special. They feature artisan cocktails, a fine wine list and a prix-fixe menu that changes weekly. You can also order a la carte.

Sel

Among the dishes we sampled were the Squash Blossom …

Postino Highland Now Open

When we heard Upward Projects was opening a new Postino just down the street, we had to check it out. The newest restaurant and wine bar is at Scottsdale and Highland. It’s in a wonderful, mid-century modern building by Frank Henry, formerly a Valley National Bank branch. Postino Highland has a beautiful 18-seat bar and lots of seating inside along with a spacious patio featuring original water fountains.

Postino

Shimmy Over to Shake Shack

We love a good burger so we had to check out the new Shake Shack at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Shake Shack started as a hot dog cart in Manhattan, and after ever-increasing lines it evolved into a collection of restaurants around the globe.

Shake Shack

They use all-natural Angus beef, ground fresh and served on a potato bun. Choose from classic burgers or specialties like a …

Fourtillfour Coffee + White House Collective

Fourtillfour Coffee is a delightful new coffee shop in Downtown Scottsdale.  Owner Nico Samaras has a fondness for Porsche, which shows in the garage door, artwork, and tool chest / condiment bar.

Fourtillfour

Fourtillfour serves up delicious cold brew, growlers, and a tasty Cinnamon Sugar Toast with Irish butter and cinnamon sugar on Noble bread. They feature Four Barrel coffee, made in San Francisco.

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Modern American Fare at Cowboy Ciao

One of my favorite restaurants in Downtown Scottsdale is Cowboy Ciao, beloved by locals and visitors since 1997. They serve up delicious, modern American cuisine with Southwestern flavors and global influences, in an eclectic atmosphere.

Ciao Interior 2

For appetizers, the Pork Barbacoa is slow cooked and so tender, and the Buffalo Carpaccio is rolled in a red chile and cumin dry rub, seared and served with mizuna dressed in orange …