Where to Eat and Drink Near Salt River Fields
Hannah E. Williams Butternut-kale salad at Rancho Pinot Grill.
Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com
The most important advice we can give you regarding finding food near Salt River Fields: avoid the Pavillions shopping center, unless McDonald's and 5 & Diner are your idea of fine dining. You will have to drive a bit to get to the good stuff, but it's there -- usually hidden at the back of a strip mall or inside a hotel. We're not listing dessert in this guide, so we'll just have to tell you up front to be sure to make a stop at Sweet Republic for a scoop of ice cream or a sundae; the name sounds familiar because you've seen it in the pages of national food mags and on the Food Network.
Al Payne El Chorro's sticky buns.
Café ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Breakfast starts early - 6 a.m. - at the in-house restaurant at Hotel Valley Ho, a fab revamp of a '50s-era motor inn that's now a boutique hotel in all the right ways, including when it comes to dining. Cafe ZuZu will welcome you in shorts and Ts, tuck yourself into a booth, and order strong coffee and the crispy, thick Belgian waffle with cherry butter. This place is all about the comfort food, and even if you're eating healthy, somehow they made a bowl of fruit or a plateful of whole wheat pancakes sound downright indulgent.
Rita's Kitchen at the Camelback Inn
Another spot tucked in the back of a hotel, Rita's occupies prime territory on the grounds of the venerable Camelback Inn, a Valley institution. Skip the game and stay for a day at the spa, or enjoy the same yellow gazpacho served to the robed crowd on the lovely patio at Rita's. Fare includes Mexican favorites, burgers and salads. Don't forget a glass (or two) of red sangria, a New Times staff favorite.