The West's best food towns

Whose food scene reigns supreme? Check out the winners of our 4 regional food town smackdowns

Phoenix-Scottsdale vs. Tucson food fight

Two Southwest titans duke it out for the title of best food city

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4 more reasons why it won
Photo by Andrea Gómez Romero

4 more reasons why it won

4. Live out your carnivorous fantasies at Sam Fox’s Modern Steak (pictured), a swank chophouse that not everybody loves but certainly proves that Pho-Sco can grill a decadent 20-ounce bone-in rib-eye as well as the next modern American metropolis. $$$; 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale; foxrc.com

5. Few Arizona restaurants have garnered the level of praise heaped on FnB. The homey micro-eatery specializes in comfort food like grilled spicy broccoli with tangerine aioli or braised leeks with mozzarella and mustard bread crumbs. Snag some face time with co-owner and maître d’ Pavle Milic, who will not only describe the singular texture and taste of your ginger crème fraîche–drizzled Gilfeather rutabaga but also share a colorful anecdote about the Vermont farmer it’s named after. $$$; 7133 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale; 480/425-9463.

6. Throw caution to the wind at Posh, owner-chef Joshua Hebert’s experiment in “improvisational cuisine”; just check off the kinds of meat you won’t eat (raw sea urchin) and let the chef do the rest. That might mean mesquite-braised veal cheeks. Or alligator-tail tenderloin. You never know. $$$$; 7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., Scottsdale; poshscottsdale.com

7. Flag down Scotts­dale’s Sweet Republic ice cream truck, a converted 1959 Chevy painted Day-Glo orange that was featured on TLC’s Best Food Ever. The frozen artisanal treats therein are just as distinctive, including salted butter caramel and a seasonal truffle and white-chocolate number that haunts us like a dead lover. sweetrepublic.com  

 

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