ATX Bites’ Guide to Dining in Scottsdale/Phoenix

Oh my goodness – what a food scene in addition to quite the natural beauty in Scottsdale and Phoenix!

We had some time off during the holidays and wanted to ring in the new year somewhere else, so Scottsdale it was! It was a rather quick choice for me being that I’d been a few times for work and heard the food scene was up and coming.

Planning a trip with enough restaurant options is always a challenge and stressful but I made the most out of all of your recommendations and Yelp, too!

Brunch/Lunch

Farm and Craft

First up on the brunch list was Farm and Craft.

The Old Town Scottsdale location is not only an absolutely beauty, but with the outdoor seating area, it was so bright, lit and quite the happening spot for humans and pups!

I mean check out these pics and that quote on the wall – #goals

Cali Chicken Bowl and Turkey Wrap – YUM!

The entrance and outdoor seating

gah, so pretty

“All I want is food and affection” – TRUTH!

Bar with windows opening up to the outside bar top

Dreaming about the Cali Chicken Bowl

*Pro Tip – they have reverse happy hour everyday from 9PM-Close.

We got these yummies that same night as when we brunched there 🙂

Up front is the Avocado Lime Hummus and in the back is the Wild Mushroom Flatbread!

Daily Dose

On our way out for the day to Sedona, we stopped by Daily Dose for a hearty breakfast before the 2-hour drive and 2-hour hike ahead. Hardly had to wait 20 minutes even though this place had quite the crowd outside waiting for tables. (We have no issue sitting at the bar and in fact, prefer it – so we did)!

I ordered the Turkey Sausage and Polenta Bowl and hubs had the Flannel Hash (not pictured b/c he inhaled it faster than I could take a snap). The bowl was DIVINE! There is a bed of white beans below all of this goodness and the polenta are fried!

Turkey Sausage and Polenta Bowl

Olive & Ivy

Gah, what a beautiful spot on the waterfront in Old Town Scottsdale. You’ll want to walk around in the area before or after anyway because it’s just too pretty there. They had this really cool art installation going on too and apparently the installations rotate out with the seasons!

Ask to be seated at a table out on the patio or close to the patio along the windows. You’ll want to look out while you’re nomming. This place is HUGE though and there are many areas with different vibes to enjoy your meal.

I had the Mediterranean Salad (no tomatoes) and hubs ordered the Chopped Chicken Salad. We’d rate these as 5-stars on the favorite salad list of ours!

Up front is the Mediterranean Salad – loved the very light dressing on it.

They had an extensive pastry selection and I didn’t get anything but really wanted to! I did pair my salad with a refreshing glass of Chenin Blanc though!

Postino’s

A foodie friend of mine who just visited the area suggested Postino’s for it’s food and incredible deal on bevs – $5 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer before 5PM everyday! WHAT?!?

Indeed it’s true! I had an amazing glass of a French rose ($12 usually) but for $5!

Ordered the Farmer’s Scramble and hubby had the Roast Beef Panini on Ciabatta.

My scramble was so creamy and yum. There were a couple kinds of cheeses mixed in. The mixed greens on the side were totally woah! I had a bit of the panini and the roast beef was excellent!

Blanco Tacos & Tequila

Our first stop as soon as we landed in Phoenix was Blanco Tacos & Tequila at the Biltmore Fashion Mall area as it came highly recommended.

Don’t pass on the chips and salsa – those chips were some of the best I’ve had and the salsa was definitely something special!

We shared the combo fajitas with Carne Asada and Pollo. They were the best fajita meats I’ve ever had y’all. I don’t know if they seasoned it with some native red or green chile but dang, I’m drooling just thinking about it. We had them with corn tortillas which came in the cutest wrapping nice and hot!

Hubs has been doing this “perfect” gesture with his hands in my food pics lately.

SO GOOD!

Coffee

My trips are never complete without checking out cute coffeeshops. I found quite a few on our trip!

Cartel

Their location in Old Town Scottsdale was packed with people hanging out and working as well as just chit-chatting. There are a few rooms to sit in though so space wasn’t an issue. I really liked the Cardamom Capuccino I had at Cartel. Seemed like a unique drink and I really loved the fresh ground cardamom on top!

Berdena’s

Shortly after drinking the cardamom cap above, we walked past Berdena’s and it stopped me in my tracks. All the prettiest, modern, clean vibes at that place. It reminds me so much of Fleet Coffee in Austin.

First visit, I got a Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie to avoid another cup of caffeination! It was a decent size cookie and here is a picture of it with the pretty orange table and chairs outside as well as a sneak peak in!

Chocolate Chip Walnut

Intentionally stopped by on day 3 for a latte – and they have HONEY LAVENDER!

Isn’t the tile gorgeous?

Sip Coffee & Beer Garage

Interesting name right? We totally ended up here randomly because it was our last day, we were sitting out at a park in the Arcadia area, enjoying the weather and I needed to pee! And before heading to the airport, I wanted some caffeine. Enter Sip Coffee & Beer Garage.

You can go through the drive through and grab you a bev, or go in – I’d suggest going in. Love the feels in this space. I had a hazelnut iced latte – looks like they make their own hazelnut and bottle it. I think…I really wanted the hubs to have a beer because their beer list was loaded up with all the super rare craft beers. He was “detoxing” from vacay alcohol consumption I guess though because he didn’t get anything even though his eyes lit up at the sight of the list.

Love their logo!

Dinner/Happy Hour

AZ88

Our first night, we dined at AZ88 for dinner. It’s in Scottsdale and had a very interesting vibe to it. More like a scene from a club but I think the white chairs and the loungy feel of it reminded me of Miami.

They’re known for their cocktails and their wings. These aren’t just your usual wings. They were so good! We had the teriyaki (comes with waffle fries – so crispy).

I had a Moscow Mule – it had cucumber puree in it and it was very very good! Hubs had an Aged Old Fashion and then another cocktail – he’s quite the cocktail aficionado and while he enjoyed his drinks, he said he had better elsewhere.

Regardless, I’d suggest dining at AZ88! The wings and burger were excellent!

Buck’n (teriyaki wings)

Burger Au Poivre – loved the black peppercorn and burgundy sauce!

Citizen Public House

I found Citizen Public House on Yelp during my pre-planning days and it came highly rated! Made a reservation just to be sure we got a table and I booked it for 5:30 so we could take advantage of Social Hour until 6PM.

Probably was too early because we had this epic charcuterie board and were full! They’ve got $5 glasses of special wine and a great deal on cocktails too so definitely check it out. It’s in Old Town Scottsdale and it’s a beautiful space with great service!

It got pretty full for dinner service so that was a good sign. Wish we had more room in our tummies to eat dinner.

Charcuterie Board – it was really good – there was an apple butter on it that paired so well with the gorgonzola!

Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlour

If you want to go into downtown Phoenix, go and have a cocktail and dinner at Bitter and Twisted! Get on the waitlist if you’re like us and saw a bit of a line at the door. Yelp has the Waitlist function and we only had a 20 minute wait before getting a spot inside. They have a doorman and at first glance, you’ll think this place is a bit pretentious. After going in, you’ll appreciate the limited access as you won’t have people swarming around you if you sit at the bar like we did.

Their cocktail menu is beautifully illustrated and HUGE so try to take a deep breath and flip through for your favorite spirit. The last page was our go-to since it had their best sellers on the list and it made the choice a bit easier. I went with the Lemongrass Collins and it was perfect. Hubs loved his Old Fashioned!

The Lemongrass Collins – large right?!

Go in hungry because you’ll want to eat their Chef’s creations! I had the Chish and Fips (yes, I spelled that right) and hubs ordered the “Dragon” Dumpling Burger. The menu has an Asian flare to it and the Chef has really nailed it! Sadly, I wasn’t able to take pics of my food because it was dark and a pic wouldn’t do it justice. The burger quite possibly is the best burger we’ve ever devoured. It was a burger that tasted like the tastiest dumpling! Enough from me…just go…trust me!

Anyway, as you have probably gathered, we ate and drank our way through Scottsdale and Phoenix. It’s always fun exploring new towns and experiencing the culinary scene!

If you need more recommendations for your future trip, just let me know. I have a list of others I’d love to hit up on my next visit. Hope this was helpful!

Until next time, Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

January, 2018

 

Winter Is Coming – to Andiamo Italiano!

I live for the chance to try Andiamo Italiano’s seasonal menus! Their Winter Harvest Dinner is this Thursday, December 21st so hop on over to their website and get the deets!

Dining with fellow foodies is always such a blast at Andiamo. Daniela, #bosslady and Owner, is the ultimate host and so attentive. She will walk around and get to meet you and know you so you’ll want to go back all the time.

I mean come on, it is my favorite Italian restaurant so I might be a bit biased, but Chef knocks it out of the park everytime I dine.

Andiamo hosted a group of us last night and we filled our tummies with all the new winter dishes:

Grilled Zucchini stuffed with cheese and capers – ADDICTIVE!

The creamiest spinach polenta!

Cold Green Bean salad with gorgonzola and walnuts – I ate my share and more!

The softest potato pillows aka GNOCCHI!

Linguine with truffles and pecorino cheese – so flavorful and delish!

What a rack – Lamb Chops in Pomegranate Juice!

Omg chocolate chip and ricotta mini cakes!

 

Drooling yet? You should be.

Andiamo only serves Italian wines from small vineyards in Italy – and Daniela knows all the owners and wine makers. I never go wrong with a choice of wine there. NEVER!

Head on over for dinner, date night or a solo dinner. You’ll absolutely love your experience and the food and I guarantee you’ll be a frequent flyer like myself!

 

Bon Appetite and Happy Holidays!

-Shveta

December, 2017

Oui Oui Gimme Everything Le Politique!

I’ve dined at Le Politique twice in the last week – once for brunch and once for dinner with my coworkers. Both experiences were great with outstanding food and drank!

First off brunch:

The short rib hash – with an egg on top!

Quiche Lorraine!

Legation Burger and Pommes Frites – I’d eat this everyday!

Love their custom cheese boards!

OH MY WORD, YOU MUST EAT THIS PAIN AU CHOCOLAT!

 

Dinner time grub:

A custom cheese board and Escargot to start!

The Boudin Blanc – really really good!

I’d say go in for brunch or dinner soon so you can see what all the hype is about. Let me know your faves! Oh and please, eat a pain au chocolat and get a capuccino!

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

December, 2017

Best Of ATX_Bites

You’ve asked for a list of my favorite spots for my favorite ATX_Bites! Stay tuned to this page – it’s a living, breathing tab and I guarantee it will change – I mean come on, I’m picky, moody and my preferences change from day-to-day (I’m human and I’m not the only one who likes to change it up every now and then)! #notsponsored

Coffee/Latte Love

Sa-Ten always has lovely seasonal lattes!

Get you an amazing butter coffee from Picnik!

Cappucino – that blue with the art – wow! Fleet Coffee nailing it!

The decor and the cappuccino at Forthright tho!

Rhum Nut Cappuccino from Houndstooth – what a beauty! And their new space off E. MLK is a real gem and parking is a breeze!

Revival serves some really tasty lattes – lavender is available year-round!

Ever been to Cenote? Both locations (E. Cesar Chavez and Cameron Road) have pumpkin spice and everything nice!

Cuvee Coffee roasts their own coffee and this Basic Witch Latte (with pumpkin spice) was perfect – add a Stroopclub waffle b/c why not!

The matcha at Greater Goods is really good! Add a splash of vanilla!

Best 5 East ATX Happy Hours

Boy do I love me a great happy hour! Especially when food + drinks are involved!

The hubs and I are always on the hunt for a great happy hour during the week because why would you want to spend double to eat just a few minutes later?

Enter my favorite 5 East ATX Happy Hours right now:

Revelry Kitchen + Bar

I’ve been a big time fan of Revelry Kitchen + Bar since they opened! The environment is nice, bright and open, and the staff are super sweet and have been there from the beginning! I’m the Duchess of RKB on Yelp and when that actually happened, the bar manager, Kyle, ordered a crown for me through Favor!

They have Happy Hour all night on Mondays and Tues-Fri 4:00-7:00PM! Select glasses of wine are $2 off, $2 off House Cocktails, $1 off draft and $4 Wells, $3 Texas Cans, and $5 selected appetizers.

Their Chicken Lollipops are a must when you go for happy hour – they have some of the most creative flavors and right now, their Asian Garlic flavor is my go-to!

Address: 1410 E. 6th Street

Website: http://revelryatx.com/

Happy Hour: All night on Monday and Tuesday-Friday 4:00-7:00PM

They’ve got frose all day!

And dang good Rose!

Fish tacos and the AKA (avocado, kale, artichoke) dip!

Asian Garlic Chicken Lollipops are my absolute fave!

Unit D Pizzeria

Unit D Pizzeria has been my comfort, sweet spot for almost 2 years. Stop on in and you’ll see why. It’s approachable, aesthetically beautiful, the staff have been there from the beginning and will remember your name, the Neapolitan pizzas are truly a delight, the meat and cheese board is one of the best I’ve had, and they have quite the selection of beer and wine!

Really, you don’t have any excuse not to go. Beware though, it’ll become your favorite, most frequented spot pretty quickly 🙂

Happy Hour deals are clutch here – $5 for their happy hour bites! Try them all. They’re meant to share or enjoy them all on your own and make it a meal!

Address: 2406 Manor Rd. Unit D

Website: http://www.unitdpizzeria.com/

Happy Hour: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 5:00-7:00PM

Please have the Chaat Chicken!

They’ve got a wonderful rose on happy hour!

Bread and Butter Cauliflower w/ Coppa – oh my word!

Grizzelda’s

I’ve celebrated many occasions at Grizzelda’s (bachelorette, birthday, anniversary, gal’s night) and they always tempt me into coming back for more. Perhaps it’s all the pretty fuscia colored everything, the wonderful service, or the super big hearts the owners have for the community, but I’m a loyal fan.

Have you had their Ceviche Mixto?! OMG, it’s craveable and a must if you go there (during or after happy hour)!  Their Tostaditas picadillo beef from Jacoby’s Ranch are also one of my faves! Get yourself a FroMo for $6 — be careful because it’s so good and strong and you may want a second one but you’ll definitely feel it the next day 🙂 Wines are $2 off per glass as well – they always have the most amazing selection and Vinho Verde rosĂ©s!

Grizzelda’s happy hour runs Tues-Fri 5:00-7:00PM so definitely take advantage!

Address: 105 Tillery St.

Website: https://grizzeldas.com/

Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday 5:00-7:00PM

Ceviche Mixto, you have my heart!

Tostaditas with Jacoby Ranch Beef!

FroMo – yasss!

Grizzelda’s prettiest drink!

Blue Dahlia Bistro

Blue Dahlia has a fantastic happy hour including many of our favorites at a heavy discount! Their happy hour runs M-F 3:00-6:30PM and Sundays 6:00-9:00PM and includes this gorgeous meat and cheese board for $10! It comes with a selection of their fresh baked breads! My glass of wine was $5 and they have quite a few options (along with some draft beer).

They have a few of my favorite tartines (open-faced sandwiches) on happy hour as well. I typically order the Egg Salad tartine (because it has capers)!

Honestly, anything and everything I’ve eaten there always blows me away. If you want a place guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds, Blue Dahlia is all yours.

Address: 1115 E. 11th St.

Website: http://bluedahliabistro.com/

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3:00-6:30PM and Sunday 6:00-9:00PM

Meat and cheese board – only $10 during happy hour

Hank’s

Hank’s is the perfect addition to the Windsor Park neighborhood and might I mention that it is HUGE! I can’t wait until it cools off a bit so I can really enjoy the super long front patio that extends the length of the restaurant. They have shades all over now though so it at least keeps the sun from beating down your back in the late afternoon hours.

Their happy hour is epic – 1/2 off appetizers, $5 frozen (FrosĂ© and Palomas) and tap cocktails, $5 tap wine and $1 off beer! They’ve got a large appetizer menu and you can easily make it a dinner – and it’s 1/2 off EVERYDAY from 3-6:30PM!

Address: 5811 Berkman Dr.

Website: www.hanksaustin.com

Happy Hour: Everyday 3:00-6:30PM

The most delish Baked Ricotta

FrosĂ© – the best in town – only $5 during happy hour!

All the happy hour noms!

Frozen Paloma – yassss!

I’ll be sure to update this as my list changes so stay tuned! Comment below if you have other epic happy hour recommendations for me.

Cheers,

-Shveta

*This post is not sponsored and all opinions and pictures are my own.

Updated July, 2018

Falling Into Love With Revelry Kitchen + Bar’s New Fall Menu!

You know how you have one or two go-to spots in Austin for that consistent great food and experience? Revelry Kitchen + Bar is that spot for me and the hubs. The staff have been there from the beginning (their 1st anniversary is coming up) and they keep their menu fresh and seasonal. Quite unusual for East 6th Street and what people know as the “bar” scene in Austin.

Revelry’s Beverage Director, Alana, is simply a genius when it comes to creating new seasonal cocktails. We tried out the new “If Figs Could Fly” and Pomegranate Margarita because the hubs loves an old fashion and I love pomegranate.

“If Figs Could Fly” – Bulleit Rye, house-made fig-maple simple syrup and plum bitters – the hubs loved it!

The Pomegranate Margarita was perfection – not too sweet, not too tart!

Of course, Chef Dominique always whips up super creative cajun-inspired bites with seasonal ingredients, like the Blackened Redfish Sandwich, Cauliflower Hummus and NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp.

Blackened Redfish Sandwich with fennel-apple slaw – so legit!

NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp – be careful, these have the shell on them but you can eat it if you want! Spicy and tasty!

Loved the cauliflower hummus with veggie chips and veggies!

Next time you’re on the Eastside and want some solid food at a normal time or even late, head on in to Revelry Kitchen + Bar. The cocktails, draft beers, wine and food is all on point. They have happy hour all week long as well as daily specials! Their brunch on Sundays for #SundayFunday is one of the best in town!

Hope to see you soon for a bite or two!

-Shveta

October, 2017

ATX_Bites’ Guide to Dining in Portland

I finally went to Portland – it’s been high on my list for years and we took the plunge and planned a trip there!

Of course, PDX is known for the food scene in addition to the brewery and vineyard and coffee scene, so I had a rather lengthy list of spots to hit up in the 4 days we were there.

Here are some highlights and feel free to message me if you want more details!

Crema Coffee and Bakery on Ankeny:

Cheddar Corn Biscuit was perfectly flaky and savory!

Honey Vanilla Almond Latte – love the coffee bean in here!

Dinner at Pok Pok off of SE Division Street is a must—

Order a Salted Plum Vodka Collins – it’s heavenly!

Chinese Broccoli with crispy pork belly (top), Papaya Salad PokPok (left), Khao Soi (right) – you’ll love them as much as we did!

While you may have to wait to get seated at Pok Pok, hop on over to Whiskey Soda Lounge and order a Lord Bergamot – you can thank me later!

Blue Star Donuts – leave room for a donut or two – you’ll regret missing out!

No visit to PDX is complete without a Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut!

Brunch at LeChon before heading over to the Portland Saturday Market—

Fried Chicken – you had me at fried chicken – and then you add a jalapeno cheddar biscuit and an egg – woah!

The most perfect Strawberry Salad with mango, edamame, spinach and a citrus vinaigrette!

Dine at Bollywood Theater for a fun, casual, super authentic Indian meal —

The Gobi Manchurian was super delish!

Order Khatti Rolls!

Don’t leave without some Bhel Puri!

For sure, you’ll want to brunch at Tusk or you’ll have some serious FOMO—

The cutest coffee mug with HEART coffee and a side of toasted almond creamer — y’all they offer that free of charge!

The Breakfast Sandwich with avocado comes on an soft sweet onion roll – this will have you swooning!

Frittata with potatoes, zucchini, cheese curd, broccoli and cumin – holy wowzas!

You can’t leave without devouring this Toast with Beet and Labneh!

Marukin Ramen serves up a no-frills ramen—

Pork and Chicken Ramen b/c rainy Portland nights!

Grab you a few cold craft brews and be sure to order this epic meat and cheese board at Commons Brewery

The epic Deluxe Monger’s Board

 

So as you can see, there is a ton to eat in Portland – we didn’t even make a dent. Hope you’ll enjoy all my recommendations and feel free to suggest some of your own for my next visit!

Until then, bon voyage!

-Shveta

October, 2017

Old Thousand – dope Chinese now available for lunch!

Old Thousand has been serving up some modern Chinese food on the Eastside of ATX and when I heard they were starting lunch service, I had to make my way there to try out their new menu!

Dined with @atxeatsandtreats and we shared the following (I didn’t eat it all by myself y’all) —

Forbidden Rice – such a beautiful and flavorful dish with the goji berries and citrus-chile vinagrette

Khao Man Gai Spring Roll – the braised chicken thigh, pickled cabbage, mint, carrot and all the other goodies in here had me wishing I didn’t have to share!

Never leave Old Thousand without eating their Brisket Fried Rice!

Nommmmm – Dan Dan Mian with ground pork, chili oil and preserved black bean was out of this world!

Prices are reasonable and you’ll have leftovers! Head on over…invite me for a lunch date 🙂

Get you some #dopechinese,

-Shveta

October, 2017

Grizzelda’s Sunday Brunch Buffet – NOM!

The Sunday brunch buffet at Grizzelda’s is a must! You can even listen to the DJ Vibing with 90s vs 80s or Cher vs Madonna!

I finally made it in a couple weekends ago and it won’t be my last time to go. The buffet is $20 for all you can eat, also pancakes and eggs made to order, $5 Margaritas and $10 Mimosa Pitchers. Quite a steal for all the best Interior Mexican food you can eat!

My first plate with all so much yumminess! And a Mimosa in the background and fresh corn tortillas.

Second plate of more goodness – but, ordered over easy eggs to put on top.

Enter, the over easy eggs

Plate 2 with an egg on top!

And last but not least, Mexican Chocolate Pudding – so perfect!

 

Stop in the next time you want one of the tastiest and affordable buffets for brunch — make reservations  on Grizzelda’s site if you can plan ahead because they get packed!

Happy brunching,

-Shveta

October, 2017

Austin Daily Press Starts Bar Menu at The Wheel!

Two of my neighborhood faves have partnered together to offer a Bar Menu at The Wheel daily from 5PM to close with yummies from Austin Daily Press!

I had the pleasure of trying out all of the items on the menu: Grilled Queso Fresco with a Seasonal Fruit Salad, Crispy Pork Belly with Grilled Broccoli, Fried Brussel Sprouts with Marinated Feta, and the September monthly special, The Princess of Mushroom Kingdom (chicken edition).

If you haven’t enjoyed an ADP entree before, head on over soon. They’re mostly a scratch kitchen and use local produce for their grub. I love the names of their monthly specials, like The Princess of Mushroom Kingdom pictured here (but with fried chicken instead):

That’s a huge fried queso fresco on top!

Did you know for every Monthly Special you purchase, a meal is provided to someone in need through Mealshare? Just another excuse to eat for a cause, y’all!

Here’s everything pictured in this overhead shot:

ADP is opening a second location off of E. Cesar Chavez soon so be on the lookout as their empire grows!

Bon Appetite,

Shveta

October, 2017

Frosé Tour with Envy and Me! Because Frosé all day (literally)

Haven’t heard of Envy? Well, what are you waiting for — check out findyourenvy.com for all the details about this amazing visual search engine for all the things you love. I’m one of the Austin Ambassadors for Envy and had the pleasure of co-hosting a Frosé Tour! Thanks to all of you who joined and for those of you who were interested but unable to join, there will be more tours with me in the near future!

There were 5 stops along the way and each of the stops participated either with free snacks, discounted food or drinks, and they were all wonderful hosts!

First up, Revelry Kitchen + Bar where everyone who had a ticket to the tour came by to pick up their wristband and grab a frosé!

Second stop was Kitty Cohen’s — it was so hot out that day so a FrosĂ© was in order!

Next up, Irene’s because who doesn’t love a good FrosĂ© with some amazing nutella toast and popcorn?!

Moving along to downtown off Red River, Cheer Up Charlie’s welcomed us in with Watermelon FrosĂ©!

And the last stop on the tour was Eastside Tavern where we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset on the rooftop, lots of yummy brisket tater tots and nachos and of course, the last Frosé for the night!

Cheers to all who joined and drank Frosé with us literally all day!

CEO and Co-Founder of Envy on the left and me on the right 🙂

 

Hope to see you soon for some Frosé!

Cheers,

Shveta

October, 2017