Best Scottsdale Restaurants for Foodies (That Won't Break the Bank)
The Oracle's back, this time with a mouthwatering selection of some of the best inexpensive restaurants in Scottsdale. As a purveyor of all things magical and mystical, there's nothing better than an inexpensive meal that's simply out of the world. If you're visiting Scottsdale, you can look through our crystal ball for an immediate peek into some of today's events, or you can spend your entire trip eating your way through the city. From breakfast spots to late night dates, Scottsdale has something for everyone. I'll be your guide this evening (or morning, or afternoon, depending on when you're reading this), so sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best Scottsdale restaurants for foodies.
Perfect for a casual lunch on a nice sunny day, DeFalco's is a fun, energizing Italian deli that is also a grocery store and an eat-in restaurant. DeFalco's has a really fun, vibrant environment that's casual and inviting. You wouldn't go here for a fancy dinner date, but it's perfect for practically everything else. The first DeFalco's store was started in Toronto, Canada in 1903, but fortunately, Scottsdale is now home to one of the very few family owned locations. If you're looking for something delicious, healthy (some meals!), and inexpensive, DeFalco's is a great place to start.
The Oracle recommends the Chicken Pesto Sandwich (just $8.79 for a whole and $5.99 for a half), the Jumbo Stuffed Pasta Shells (only $10.50 for a whole and $8.25 for a half), or the Centurion Calzone. For something a little lighter, DeFalco's has a phenomenal salad lineup, including the Chicken Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and the Tuna Salad. If you're in the area of Scottsdale Road and Oak Street, be sure to stop by.
Featuring delicious southern-style comfort food in a beautiful, inviting setting, Grassroots Kitchen and Tap is one of those restaurants that just makes you feel good. The food is fantastic (and inexpensive), the atmosphere is casual and fun, and the drink list has more options than you can get through in one visit. The ideal location for a casual lunch or dinner, or a laid-back date, Grassroots Kitchen and Tap is known for its excellent food options, delicious handcrafted cocktails, and southern hospitality. A great place to go perhaps after visiting the nearby OdySea Aquarium, where you might start to get a hankering for one of their seafood options after spending all that time looking at fish.
Seafood lovers should check out the Broiled Rainbow Trout or the Southern Shrimp and Grits (just $22 each). Not hungry for fish? While perusing the menu, be sure to check out the Smoked Brisket (a southern staple), which is just $15 for a plate. Pair that with one of the many wines on tap to create a meal that's simply exceptional. Grassroots Kitchen and Tap offers both wine and beer on tap, making it an ideal spot to host a party or family gathering. Check out their Private Events page for more information. Just be sure to invite the Oracle to your next event.
Merely a few months old, Hush Public House has made quite a splash into the Scottsdale restaurant arena. Featuring an intimate dining setting that's barely large enough for a few tables and a bar, Hush Public House has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in the area. With a robust menu full of flavorful food and drink options that are surprisingly affordable for a restaurant of this caliber, it's safe to say that Hush Public House is making a lot of noise. If you check out their website, you'll be taken to a landing page with the name of the restaurant, the phone number, the address, and the hours of operation (which are 4 pm - 10 pm, Tuesday - Saturday).
The mystery of the restaurant was part of their original marketing campaign, relying on rumors and word of mouth to generate excitement. The Oracle certainly appreciates a good mystery. While on the pricier end of the menu, the Swordfish Steak is one of the best options on the menu and is a surprisingly affordable $24 considering the meal, the quality of the food, and the overall experience. Ideal for a romantic date with that special someone, high-class dining is well within reach at Hush Public House.
With two locations to choose from in Scottsdale, RA Sushi is both accessible and affordable. We try to stay away from chains, but the Oracle couldn't resist this one - inexpensive, high-quality sushi isn't something that's easily passed up. You'll find RA Sushi in North Scottsdale as well as Old Town, meaning amazing sushi is always nearby. Say you are staying at one of the more charming hotels in Old Town, like the Bespoke Inn or the Saguaro Scottsdale, then Ra Sushi is the perfect place to stop in for both lunch and dinner. RA Sushi has an extensive menu of fresh sushi and hibachi options. The sushi is very affordable, from the basic tuna and salmon rolls all the way to the specialty rolls, such as the Filet Mignon Tataki Roll ($13.80), and the Mango Lobster Roll ($11.90). Be sure to check out their killer happy hour from 3 pm - 7 pm Monday through Saturday, where you'll find deep discounts on appetizers, sushi, and drinks.
Let's head to New Orleans without ever leaving the city - Ocean Trail is a fun seafood restaurant that brings all the flavors of New Orleans to life. You can customize your spices on a scale of 1 - 10. Do you dare choose the hottest spice option? Those brave enough may need to take a few days to recover, which is convenient because the restaurant is actually located in the Talking Stick Resort. The restaurant is extremely exclusive, with just 19 seats available. You'll sit directly at the seafood bar and watch the food as it's prepared in front of you in the open kitchen.
For being so exclusive and very high-end, the meals are extremely affordable. Most entrees on the dinner menu are around $20 a plate, such as the Crawfish Pan Roast and the Shrimp Louisiana Gumbo. You'll find the same entrees available on the lunch menu, offering half-portions that are ideal for a fun lunch date. Ocean Trail has a good selection of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails, which are the perfect complement to a fresh New Orleans seafood meal.
Breakfast lovers, rejoice! We haven't forgotten about you - Butters Pancakes and Cafe is one of the best breakfast spots in town, open every day starting at 6:30 am. Offering made from scratch breakfast and lunch, coffee that'll really get you going, and a fun, welcoming atmosphere, Butters Pancakes and Cafe is an excellent choice to start your day. The menu is extensive and extremely affordable, with most meals not costing much more than $10 each. For a hearty, homemade breakfast, that's a steal. For something sweet, the Oracle recommends the Cinnamon Glazed Apple Crepe. If you need something savory, check out the Fried Egg Sandwich. Whatever you choose, you won't go wrong if you're at Butters Pancakes and Cafe. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
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