Author Archive for Kalinda Stephenson


7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Cuisine: Southwestern

Price: $33 Per Person


Set against the majestic McDowell Mountains, SWB crafts creative Southwest cuisine in wood-fired ovens. Enjoy the delicious aromas and inviting atmosphere created by the open kitchen as our celebrated chefs prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.

Barrio Cafe

2814 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 636-0240

Cuisine: Mexican

Price: $33 or $44 Per Person


Since 2002, Barrio Café has been the celebrated home to Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. Here, her unique cuisine serves to elevate Mexican American culture. Chef Silvana’s versions of regional Mexican favorites are recognized as some of the best Mexican cuisine in Phoenix, the region and nationally.  Some iconic menu items include Cochinita Pibil, Chiles en Nogada, Chef’s tableside Guacamole and Churro Rellenos.

El Panzon y Frida

7323 E Shoeman Ln
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 659-1544

Cuisine: International

Price: $44 Per Person


Welcome to our new food forward, fresh and local concept. Come in, relax, enjoy our unique atmosphere of wood tones and old world brickwork, aged metal and polished concrete, combined with the beauty of urban lifestyle and living. Our menu is seasonally rotated, based on the ‘Autor’ style; International cuisine by the Chef’s design.

We offer a refined casual dining experience, matching our seasonal menu with seasonal cocktail selections and wines rotated by region, to match the current whims of the Chef. Our craft beer selection also changes with the season, reflecting our vibrant experience and atmosphere.

Fat Ox

 6316 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 307-6900

Cuisine: Contemporary Italian

Price: $44 Per Person


Named after the iconic Italian Bue Grasso cattle, food & wine festival, Fat Ox is the buzzy new restaurant from acclaimed Chef Matt Carter (think The Mission, The House Brasserie, Zinc Bistro) and restaurateur Mark Drinkwater.  Housed inside a striking, marble-lined and wood-accented space at the SW corner of Lincoln & Scottsdale roads, Fat Ox serves up Chef Carter’s modern takes on the authentic, ingredient-driven and hearty recipes of rural Italy. Think sharable starters such as hand-pulled cheeses, house-made pastas and signature Caesar salads made-to-order table side, all paired with Fat Ox’s Italian-kissed cocktails, craft beers, and a globe-straddling wine list overseen by in-house sommelier Stephen Johnson.

Sonata’s Restaurant

10050 N Scottsdale Rd #127
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 477-1390

Cuisine: Modern European

Price: $33 Per Person


Sonata’s Restaurant brings the “food is life” philosophy to Scottsdale. Using real, fresh and in-season ingredients to create traditional Old World cuisine with a touch of American flair, Sonata’s is dedicated to bringing the flavors and dining style of Europe to each of their guest’s table with every meal.

The restaurant development team’s Lithuanian heritage combined with their prior successful restaurant experience, the chef’s innate ability to create dishes crafted with respect to tradition while adding his own take on each, and Sonata’s stunning and upscale environment — created by COO and Chief Designer Deividas Molocajevas — meld seamlessly to ensure every guest that enters the restaurant feels right at home.

Sonata’s was developed in part so owner Sonata Molocajeviene Tuft herself wouldn’t have to spend all day in the kitchen when she craved a taste of home — and now Scottsdale can have a taste of true European cuisine, too, without any of the work!

Helio Basin Brewing Company

3935 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 354-3525

Cuisine: New American

Price: $44 Per Couple

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Helio Basin Brewing Company focuses on high quality beer and authentic Arizona cuisine that is anything but pub food.

– 2016 Phoenix New Times Reader’s Choice Best New Restaurant & editor’s choice for “Best Brewery Food”
– 2017 Devour Winner “Excellence in Distinction” & “Excellence in Taste”
– Travel & Leisure “Best Local Breweries in the US”
– Beer Advocates “Top 34 New Breweries of 2016”

Match Restaurant and Cocktails

1100 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 875-8080

Cuisine: Contemporary American

Price: $44 Per Person


MATCH: Cuisine & Cocktails is downtown Phoenix’s go-to restaurant and bar & lounge. Through the magic of his wood-fired oven, Chef Akos Szabo transforms locally sourced ingredients into savory global street cuisine, perfectly designed for sharing. Handcrafted cocktails and an extensive selection of local and international wines and local craft beer make every visit to MATCH a celebration to remember.

The Clever Koi – Gilbert

384 N Gilbert Rd #101
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 306-4237

Cuisine: Asian

Price: $33 Per Person


Clever Koi is an Asian-inspired kitchen & craft cocktail bar with locations in Central Phoenix (and coming soon), historic downtown Gilbert. Once inside, patrons are warmly greeted by some of the Valley’s most knowledgeable and energetic front of house staff, that are focused and fully geared towards making your experience one of a kind, every time. The mantra of the service staff is consistent hospitality at every turn. At Clever Koi, guests’ senses are invoked with the sights, sounds and aromas of the open kitchen’s grill and roaring woks. From the kitchen; guests can get a front row view of staff diligently preparing an ever-evolving menu of steamed buns, house made dumplings, progressive noodle dishes & small plates that reflect flavors and techniques from regions such as Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, and Indo-China. The goal of the bar staff is to take you on a journey across a wide spectrum of spirits, sakes, beer & wine that marry perfectly with the cuisine.

Zen Culinary

15544 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Cuisine: Asian

Price: $33 Per Person


Zen Culinary offers affordable lunch specials by day and elegant fine dining by night. A fresh new restaurant concept crafting authentic Asian fare made with predominantly locally sourced organic ingredients. Specializing in Asian and American Cuisine, Zen strives to achieve complete balance in flavors, spice and texture. Two serene garden patios allow for a perfectly relaxing spot to sip, savor and unwind.  Indoors, Zen features two exquisite dining rooms and one for private events or parties. Complete with contemporary features, soft flowing waterfalls, open air kitchen and an electric grand piano, Zen Culinary embraces the classic four elements – earth, wind, water and fire – to create an inviting and harmonious dining experience.


Located inside the Omni Montelucia:
4949 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 627-3004

Cuisine: Spanish

Price: $44 Per Person


Featuring a festive and communal atmosphere, Prado is a picturesque restaurant reminiscent of an old world dining room. Guests are invited to embrace the engaging ambiance inclusive of a commanding wood-fired tapas display kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating with views of Camelback Mountain, Mbar lounge, two private rooms including Ferdinand’s Wine Cellar and Prive, and two communal outdoor dining tables. Offering seasonal Spanish-influenced fare for an approachable American palate, Prado reflects the unique flavor and heritage of Spain’s Andalusian region, while utilizing the finest and freshest local ingredients made available by Arizona’s vast farming community.