Food & Drink in Old Town Scottsdale


Select Local Merchants

  • Rusty Spur Saloon
    When participants at The Retro Run 5K take their marks, they're more likely to be taken for Cyndi Lauper than a marathon runner. That's because the 3-mile run eschews the put-ons of most modern races: there are no times collected, and those with the best '60s, '70s, or '80s costumes are the ones destined to win the big prize—in the post-race costume competition, anyway. Neon spandex, fanny packs, and fingerless gloves are a hot choice among racers, but even if you're just there in a T-shirt and shorts, the staff will hook you up with a free pair of sunglasses to help you look the part. After the race, runners, walkers, and even pets celebrate with an '80s-themed festival complete with top party music, a costume contest, and pyramid teams reenacting the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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    7245 E Main St
    Scottsdale, AZ US
  • Karsen's Grill
    Because spring is synonymous with baseball in Arizona, it’s no surprise that February through March is a particularly busy period for Karsen’s Grill. Situated just a half mile from Scottsdale Stadium, this friendly neighborhood watering hole is abuzz with spring training fans and pentagon aficionados from throughout the nation, each drawn not only because of the bar’s proximity to the field (though it helps) but also for the hearty home-style food. Since 1994, Karsen’s has crafted classic lunchtime dishes—including more than two dozen types of sandwiches—and daily dinner specials, including machaca beef burritos, spaghetti and meatballs, and, perhaps their most popular feast, a 10-ounce bone-in pork chop served over house-made mashed potatoes. And though craft beer and Los Gigantes margaritas (for Giants fans) perfectly complement the cuisine, you’ll want to make sure you save room for dessert. The eatery offers seasonal creations homemade by local confectioner Tracy Dempsey.
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    7246 E 1st St
    Scottsdale, AZ US
  • Cider Mill
    The decision between eating out and purchasing culinary goods for home cooking may waver in the face of available time and piercing hunger. Shopping for culinary products at The Cider Mill is like a get-out-of-cooking-free card, offering fast and affordable delicacies that trump quick-fix burgers and fries. The quaint dining area is nestled among the shop's gourmet fare, and features a menu highlighted by the fresh herbs and tomatoes grown on site. House-made sandwich selections include the warm Cider Mill dip (roast beef, melted provolone, and horseradish served with dipping jus, Brit's brie, and a dill pickle, $5.95), as well as a build-your-own option ($5.95) to tempt control freaks with their own choice of meat, cheese, bread, and toppings. Popeye aspirants will savor the spinach salad with grilled prosciutto, walnuts, dried cherries, hardboiled egg, and balsamic ($5.95), and fickle foodies will delight in a classic caprese with fresh mozzarella and house-grown tomato and basil ($6.95). A customizable chili menu ($4.95), allows you to order the meaty classic with any combination of noodles, cheese, onions, and beans; and seasonal, homemade soups ($3.95) rotated daily. A homemade brownie ($3.95), cookie ($3.95), or slice of the pie du jour ($3.95) is an ideal way to finish a meal or punctuate a day of reading The Autobiography of Alice B. Tolkas.
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    7240 E Main St
    Scottsdale, AZ US
  • Red Scooter Bakery
    Shannon Mullins vividly recalls the rare occasions when her parents let her order a shirley temple with dinner, as well as rejoicing in their syrupy sweetness. The inveterate baker now pays homage to her favorite childhood treat with her signature shirley temple cupcake, a lemon-lime cake garnished with tufts of grenadine frosting and a maraschino cherry. Her other cupcakes may inspire similar nostalgia for childhood treats: think snickerdoodle cake with honey-cinnamon frosting or chocolate cake with Oreos. Though her treats may appear simple, Ms. Mullins chooses her ingredients carefully. She whips all her buttercream and cream-cheese frostings from scratch and peruses the Scottsdale farmers market weekly for fresh produce in lieu of using artificial flavors. In addition to cupcakes, she also sells fresh-fruit tarts, gluten-free brownies, and cream puffs.
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    E 1st St. & N Brown Ave.
    Scottsdale, AZ US
  • Pepin Restaurante Español
    Since it started topping plates with Spanish cuisine 22 years ago, the award-winning eatery continues to fill its classical-style archways with the scents of tapas, paella, and seafood that sings sea chanteys in Spanish. Should guests on Friday and Saturday nights be inspired by the live weekly flamenco performances, they too can enter the dance floor to show off their salsa, merengue, bachata, and rumba moves until 3 a.m.
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    7363 E Scottsdale Mall
    Scottsdale, AZ US
  • Orange Table
    Going out to breakfast poses the eternal question: are you in a sweet or savory mood? At Orange Table, however, the line between the two is deliciously blurred. The jalape?o pecan pancakes transform a traditionally sugary dish into a spicy treat, while sauce infused with Sailor Jerry's spiced rum adds an extra burn to the bananas foster French toast. Orange Table serves these breakfast dishes throughout the day, along with omelets, hashes, and honey-infused yogurt. Drinks from the espresso bar and regular coffee offer ample hot liquids in which to dunk your toast or absentmindedly dunk your own hand. In the afternoons, the kitchen unveils its lunch specialties such as the Arrogant Bastard burger, served with 4 ounces of the namesake ale as well as bacon and house barbecue sauce. For a lighter meal, the Cafe sandwich blends house-pulled mozzarella, basil, tomato, and balsamic dressing. Despite the menu's mainstays, there's still plenty of variety?especially on the walls, which change their decor every month to spotlight work from a different local artist.
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    7373 E Scottsdale Mall
    Scottsdale, AZ US
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