Scottsdale is having a major foodie moment right now—prepare to be impressed.
For proof of the city’s culinary status, look no further than Second Story, a speakeasy-style restaurant helmed by executive chef Nick Rusticus. Enthusiastic servers have the backstory on every ingredient on the modern American menu, which changes seasonally. You can also choose from more than 200 rare whiskies and catch a glimpse of Old Town from the second-floor wraparound patio.
Get a side of history while you sip and sample your way around Old Town and the Art District on a walking tour with Arizona Food Tours. Enjoy a timeline of tastes ranging from the Rusty Spur, Scottsdale’s original saloon, to the ultra-modern, art-filled AZ88.
For a glimpse of the Old West, head to LON’s at The Hermosa Inn—this property was a former frontier artist’s residence that is still adorned with Western artwork. The menu is a roundup of regional and international delicacies like South Atlantic lobster tail and Mangalista pork from local farm AZ Fine Swine.
For a unique experience, stop in for a craft cocktail at Counter Intuitive bar. Every few months, this tiny hideaway reinvents itself with a new, curated theme—you might find yourself at a New Orleans estate sale or a circa-1929 Mexican racetrack, depending on the month. It’s open Friday and Saturday nights and features occasional live music.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Phoenix 15 times a week from Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.