Downtown Scottsdale’s Newest Dining Options


By Amy Young

Old Town Scottsdale is always hopping with activity. Offering an array of art galleries, museums and unique shops, there is no shortage of things to do. Dining is another primary reason people flock to this area of town. It offers a broad selection of restaurants, from casual to elegant, with new ones opening all the time. Take a look at some of the recent additions to Old Town Scottsdale’s dining scene.


Adorned with white string lights, leafy plants and a retro-style pink neon sign, the inviting exterior of this Mexican restaurant encourages you to come inside. Diego Pops’ menu offers some modern takes on classic dishes. Brussel sprouts have been all the rage lately but have you had them on nachos? Theirs features the chips topped with a mix of the little round green sprouts along with corn, Fresno chili peppers, roasted garlic beet crema, queso and a fried egg. Save room for dessert! Choices include the Churro “Fries,” where the fried pastry dough is rolled in cinnamon and sugar topped with your choice of hot fudge, dulce de leche or marshmallow whip.


Simon's Hot Dogs

Simon’s is a new hot dog haven

Meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike can pop into this new hot dog haven that pays homage to Colombian street eats and try a tasty pup in one of the restaurant’s signature styles. The Colombian gets your dog topped with sweet pineapple, crushed potato chips, mozzarella cheese and a proprietary sauce. Tokyo Madness is a hot dog covered in teriyaki onions, wasabi mayo and toasted nori, otherwise known as seaweed. Salchipapas, a South American snack dish, is also on Simon’s menu. For this dish, find an order of fries under a heaping helping of sliced hot dogs and Simon’s Salsa Rosada.


Specialty beers and tasty eats make for good times at Fate Brewing Company Credit: Photo courtesy of Fate Brewing

Specialty beers and tasty eats make for good times at Fate Brewing Company

Beyond appetizers like spinach dip and wings, this small batch brewery, with two Scottsdale locations, offers sandwiches, salads and pizzas, too. The sandwich category includes the Bistro Melt, which mingles ham and Gruyere cheese for rich deliciousness. There is also the Roasted Garlic Burger, whereby the meat is slathered in more Gruyere cheese, as well as some mushrooms and, of course, garlic. Fate has an intriguing list of craft beers. The Hatch Chile Cream Ale is their Golden Ale that adds the flavor of the peppers, with very little heat. Their Bamberg Hefeweizen has notes of clove and banana.


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