These 5 locally established restaurants are some of the Matheson Team’s top choices in the Phoenix/Downtown Scottsdale area. They encompass all the best things a restaurant can bring together, which is strong service, delicious locally grown ingredients, creative menus and a strong local following.
In no particular order, here are some of our favorites:
1. Bink’s Midtown
The exquisite food featured at Binks Midtown is matched by none. Their well known brunch pulls out all the stops every weekend to create a memorable dining experience.
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Chef Kevin Binkley’s restaurant brings high end food into an approachable setting for all. Set in a renovated historic residence, Midtown’s white wainscoted interior and outdoor patio spaces provide a sunny, relaxed escape from its urban surroundings.
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2. Postino Winecafe (3 locations: Arcadia, Central, East)
Postino Arcadia renovated an old Phoenix post office –hence the name Postino — and created the Valley’s original neighborhood WineCafe. All 3 locations are set in restored buildings that provide a comfortable, rustic atmosphere.
Postino creates a trendy atmosphere that combines unique and approachable wines with simple, delicious and locally grown fare. The wine selection is vast, and the restaurant and is famous for its happy hour specials. Postino is always bustling with loyal regulars and adventurous foodies, but never feels overwhelming thanks to the open air decor.
3. Delux Burger
Delux Burger combines Phoenix’s best local ingredients with the flare of an LA restaurant to create award-winning burgers in an unique environment. They only serve the highest quality ingredients, including Niman Ranch USDA Choice, all natural, vegetarian fed beef. They have won “Best Burger” numerous times and have many other accolades under their belt, proving their place in the growing Phoenix burger scene.
They throw a curve ball into their already unique restaurant by also featuring a sushi bar. Delux is an ideal late night hot spot, with the grill and bar open until 2:00 am, 7 days a week.
4. La Grande Orange
La Grande Orange combines a grocery store, a genuine bakery, and a pizzeria all into one building to bring magic to the people of Phoenix. The high end pastries, creative breakfasts and gourmet pizzas star at this chic bakery/cafe with a specialty grocery section.
5. Virtu HONEST CRAFT
This delightful cafe attached to Bespoke Inn has already become a new favorite among discriminating foodies thanks to the expertise and innovation of Chef Gio Osso and an ever-changing menu.
For those that prefer to sleep in and make brunch an experience instead of just a meal, Virtù HONEST CRAFT’s brunch was made for you, with a beautiful courtyard, Mimosas, and award winning food. Enjoy a variety of house-made pastas, superb seafood, new Mediterranean creations and rustic favorites for dinner, either inside the trendy restaurant or outside on the picturesque courtyard patio, under century-old olive trees.
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