Winter Restaurant Openings to Watch For


We say it all the time: The Scottsdale/Phoenix restaurant culture is thriving. Even Zagat has noticed, ranking us #9 in their line-up of America’s Next Hot Food Cities. While 2016 has a myriad of new restaurant concepts coming, we are trying not to get to ahead of ourselves! Instead, let’s appreciate what we have to look forward to through the end of this year.

Buck & Rider

If you’ve driven down Camelback Road in the last several months, you may have noticed some change: LGO Hospitality (La Grande Orange, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Ingo’s Tasty Diner), has taken over the space on 44th Street and Camelback previously occupied by Carmel’s on Camelback (breakfast and coffee) and Havana Cafe. Now, a newly-built restaurant stands in their place: an upscale-casual seafood concept, Buck and Rider. The restaurnat offers fresh oysters, crab, and fish that is flown in daily from around the country. As of last night, Buck and Rider is now serving dinner daily from 4 pm to close.

More info: 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.

CoR Tapas and Wine

Be still, our tapas-and-wine-loving hearts! CoR Tapas and Wine is coming to us as a Phoenix neighborhood bistro and is expected to open in early November. Expect delightful European-inspired dishes and small plates with thoughtful wine pairings. Their flavorful, artistic and healthy tapas are influenced vibrant, culturally rich cities – best shared, of course, over good conversation with great company. If that doesn’t get you excited for the grand opening, I don’t know what will!

More info: 4500 N. 12th St., Phoenix.

Sip Beer & Coffee Garage

After a successful launch of Sip Beer and Coffee House in Old Town Scottsdale, a second brand branch is planned to open just outside of Arcadio on 36th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix. Sip will be serving Cartel Coffee Lab coffees as well as 24 beers and wines on tap, with food options like tamales, breakfast burritos, salads and paninis.  Located in a former car shop, Sip will feature a drive-thru and dining areas, and offer live music and yoga in the evenings.

More info: 3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

Otakumen and Pat & Waldo’s

Awe Collective

This fall, Downtown Phoenix is welcoming several new noodle shops (yay!). In a shared space at the Art Deco-style Orpheum Lofts, we are getting two for one: Otakumen, a ramen shop, and Pat & Waldo’s, a pasta eatery. At Otakumen, expect mix-matched dishes as well as more tradtional tares and classic toppings. Pat & Waldo’s will boast fresh pasta made from family recipies. Fingers crossed for an early November opening!

More info: 114 W. Adams St., Phoenix.

Sosoba | The Non-Stop Noodle Shop

Downtown Phoenix Business Journal

As if Downtown Phoenix wasn’t carb-loading enough this season, we can also expect Flagstaff’s favorite non-stop noodle shop (so fun to say!) is coming to Roosevelt Row in December. If you’re not already familiar with Sosoba, don’t expect to find traditional ramen here; in fact, they like to call themselves “unabashedly in-authentic”, featuring Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, and even Creole influences. What’s more? They’re bringing late-night hours and craft cocktails, too. Very Roosevelt Row.

More info: 214 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix.

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