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