The Standard in Scottsdale: A Restaurant, Market, and Bar in One
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Lauren Saria The Standard's ahi tuna sandwich
Restaurant: The Standard
Location: 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 127
Open: Less than a week
Eats: Healthy grab-and-go
Price: $20+ per person
Over the last few months, restaurants with a focus on healthy food and grab-and-go options have been popping up all over town. The Arcadia neighborhood might be the best example of the recent trend, with several of these market/restaurants popping up at all once.
But the newest of this breed of eatery has put its roots down in a different part of town, specifically at 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, in the former home of Abe's of Scottsdale Deli. The Standard serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers the neighborhood two bars, a spacious patio, and market-style takeout dining options.
Unlike some other spots that have tried to combine several different restaurant concepts into one, The Standard doesn't suffer from a confusing layout. On the downside, its location in the corner of a forgettable strip mall makes it easy to overlook altogether. (If you're heading south on Scottsdale Road and you pass California Pizza Kitchen, you've gone too far.)
Managing partner Billy Sims says the idea to combine a restaurant, market, and bar into one stemmed from the existing layout of the space, which was home to Sandbar before it moved up to Desert Ridge. To take advantage of Sandbar's old outdoor bar, The Standard's owners have built out the patio space to include a full outdoor bar and AstroTurf-ed corner with cozy lounge chairs.
Inside there's a more formal dining room, another full bar, and a glass-encased private dining room. The market side of the restaurant is located in the back corner, while the open kitchen can be viewed from throughout the space.
There are separate menus for breakfast and lunch/dinner, as well as for the market side of the operation. The breakfast menu includes coffee and espresso drinks, fresh juices, and smoothies. The small selection of food choices includes a ham, egg, and cheese melt on ciabatta bread ($5) and a breakfast burrito ($6).