Modern Italian at Fat Ox

Named after Italy’s famed buo grasso cattle and the Piedmont festival where the champion Fat Ox is chosen, Chef Matt Carter’s newest offering is a blend of sleek urban design and cattle country rustic. At Fat Ox on Scottsdale Road near Lincoln, he serves up a modern take on regional Italian classics, with over a dozen pastas made fresh in house daily.

 

The modern interior is a …

Be “In the Know” at AZ/88

Tucked away in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ/88 is a great local spot that features classic cocktails and upscale bar eats. With sleek furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the building, AZ/88 seems like a modern art museum cafe. Rotating art exhibitions are displayed throughout the restaurant; there’s always something new and unusual to see.

AZ/88

 

Starting with cocktails, this local bar specializes in martinis – a …

Free Trolley Tour of Downtown Scottsdale

Looking to explore Downtown Scottsdale or learn something new about the city? Enjoy a free LocalMotion Trolley Tour guided by yours truly, on the second Saturday of each month. The historic Old Adobe Mission is where the tour begins. Enjoy a private docent talk and tour of this historic structure before boarding the trolley. Built in 1933 by volunteer parishioners, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Old Adobe Mission served as a symbol of community togetherness, pride and hard work. Restoration of the mission began in 2005 and the building is …

Sticky Buns and Views at El Chorro

I was driving by El Chorro on Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley and got a craving for their delicious sticky buns. First, I will give you some history behind this iconic restaurant, and then we can talk about food.

El Chorro

El Chorro was developed by John C. Lincoln as the Judson School for Girls in 1934, and was converted to a restaurant and lodge in 1937. It was only open …

Modern European Fare at Sonata’s

Sonata’s Restaurant is the one of the new gems on the Scottsdale restaurant scene. Tucked away just west of Scottsdale Road on Gold Dust, it features modern European cuisine served in a chic and contemporary atmosphere. Hundreds of wooden log ends line an entire wall, while bold pops of color meld with the black leather chairs and wood plank floors, creating a warm, inviting ambiance.

Sonata's