Scottsdale is a new hub for global eats.
We’re about to disrupt your green chile verde break with a very important announcement. As thousands of people have migrated to the 48th state, so have their native foods. More and more, you’ll see burgers, bruschetta and bibimbap. Try these four local favorites.
For ciao-not-chow, there’s Cowboy Ciao, the cheekily named Italian joint. Wait, no Southwestern. No, wait Italian. Wait, it’s Buffalo Carpaccio, so … SWestalian? Phoenix New Times makes a case for the wine list: “[It’s] longer than a 19th-century Russian novel.” Yeah, there’s that and the Stetson salad, a chopped with a twist of great ingredients, like toasted pepitas, Asiago cheese, and Israeli couscous.
For another fusion, hit SumoMaya. This time, Latin America meets the Far East. Think tempura cod tacos, al pastor pad thai, and a mojito with coconut rum, horchata, mint (of course), and nigori sake. Sushi lovers with deep pockets can move onto the Billionaire Roll. For the price of one Grant (that’s a fifty dollar bill), your roll will be full of Waygu beef, snow crab, asparagus, soy aioli, truffle garlic butter, and gold flakes. Gracias. Arigatou.
For bruschetta and sangria, there’s 5th and Wine, a place that describes itself as “a restaurant disguised as a wine bar.” The wine list is a trip around the world, from Australian Shiraz and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to Italian Pinot Grigio and Napa’s Cabernet, paired with piled high bruschetta.
For a burger gone international, there’s nowhere better than Rehab Burger Therapy. A favorite is the PB&J on a burger with Sriracha. Then, there’s the challenge: A Ghost Pepper Jack Cheeseburger; the ghost pepper ranks wicked hot in Scoville heat units, weighing in at more than 200 times spicier than a jalapeno. Grab that milkshake.