Scottsdale, AZ is a haven for foodies looking to explore locally grown ingredients. From McClendon's Select asparagus and Arizona Microgreens herbs, to Crow's Dairy goat cheese and grits from Hayden Flour Mill, and even desert flower honey - the area is home to a variety of fresh produce used in American cuisine restaurants. As I continue to discover more unique eateries in the area, I'll be adding them to this list. The Mission is a great example of a restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients to represent dishes from all over Latin America.
They also incorporate cereals and vegetables into their dishes that Native American tribes in the area have used for centuries. Gertrude's is another popular spot that combines American favorites with classic cooking techniques and flavors from Native Americans and around the world. If you're looking for a restaurant that takes advantage of Scottsdale's five growing seasons and farmers markets open all year round, Craig's Restaurant is a great option. Founded by Craig, who is Navajo and Apache, this restaurant is the first Native American restaurant to win a James Beard Award.
It also protects Native American businesses and customers by ensuring that producers are truly American Indians. Another great spot is SoCal Restaurant, which is run by Jim and his son Jon. This restaurant specializes in tender, shredded meat with that quintessential smoked ring. Given the number of amazing places to eat in Scottsdale, it's clear that there are plenty of options for those looking to enjoy locally grown ingredients.
Whether you're looking for a restaurant that promotes health or one that takes advantage of the area's unique produce, you're sure to find something that suits your tastes.