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Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 5:00 am | Updated: 3:13 pm, Wed Apr 20, 2011.

NORTH SCOTTSDALE

The Greene House (15024 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 889-9494). Entrée highlights include rainbow trout, BBQ pork tenderloin and sea scallops. The boutique wine list gives production numbers. The earthy-yet-upscale House — a nod to Craftsman-style architect Henry Greene — looks like another smashing success for restaurateur Sam Fox (Bloom, NoRTH, Sauce). $$$

Havana Cafe (6245 E. Bell Road., [480] 991-1496). What’s not to like about a place that serves 17 desserts? Marvelous meats (try the sweet pulled pork or lime-and-garlic-infused steak) are also stars at this feel-good Cuban cafe that oozes a relaxed, colorful coolness. The seafood soup is a sensational starter. $$

Parmigiano Italian Bistro (23535 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 538-9977). A cozy, family owned spot with from-scratch pastas and sauces. The meat-sauce lasagna will fill the hungriest of diners, and the antipasto plate is impressive. Wonderful service, too. $$$

Razz’s Restaurant & Bar (10315 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 905-1308). The inventive and subsequently yummy food — a little Asian, a little Italian and a little Spanish — created by chef and proprietor Razz Kamnitzer has received national acclaim. Yep, it’s that good. Don’t miss Razz’s decidedly delicious duck cakes. $$$$

Sassi (10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, [480] 502-9095). Prepare to be awed at this $10 million eatery, built to replicate a Tuscan villa. The views are amazing, as are the wine selection and the Southern Italian cuisine — which is surprisingly affordable, considering the setting. $$$

DOWNTOWN/SOUTH SCOTTSDALE

Arcadia Farms (7025 E. First Ave., [480] 947-2596). Gourmet salads and sweet baked treats are on the menu at this cute-as-a-button eatery. The patio, with linen-covered tables and a rainbow of flowers, is one of the best in the Valley. $$

Avalon (7707 E. McDowell Road, [480] 656-0010). Executive Chef Charles Stotts’ menu of contemporary American coastal cuisine is simply savory. With choices that include housemade Maine lobster ravioli, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and crispy Pacific Northwest salmon fillet, your taste buds are in for a treat. $$$$

Bandera (3821 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 994-3524). Famous for its wood-fired, spit-roasted chicken, but the rest of the restrained menu is impressive as well. Sexy lighting and a dark color scheme create cozy confines. $$$

Bloom (8877 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 922-5666). Sandwiches, creative entrees and even more imaginative martinis are served in this hip, oh-so-Scottsdale space. And save room for something sweet — the Bars of Sin dessert lives up to its name. $$$

The Breakfast Club (4400 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 222-2582). The menu at this trendy Scottsdale a.m. eatery is dominated by eggs, pancakes and waffles. The huevos rancheros with chili verde and black beans is delicious. Feeling naughty? Go for the Jubilee Belgian waffle or Foster pancakes — both with vanilla ice cream. $$

Carlsbad Tavern (3313 N. Hayden Road, [480] 970-8164). Need more spice than found at most New Mexican eateries in the East Valley? Get your carne adovada fix here; you also can fill up on fresh snapper tacos and green-chili-topped burgers. $$-$$$

Cowboy Ciao (7133 E. Stetson Drive, [480] 946-3111). This Scottsdale eatery partners Western, Italian and Mexican flavors — an ambitious undertaking indeed. Borrowing from each, bold flavors have been tamed into surprisingly likable dishes, from crab enchiladas to New Zealand lamb loin. $$$$

Don and Charlie’s (7501 E. Camelback Road, [480] 990-0900). This Valley favorite is nothing short of a baseball shrine, with celebrity caricatures and magazine covers tacked to the walls and hundreds of autographed baseballs and memorabilia on display. Owner Don Carson’s popular rib restaurant is generally packed with fans of his Chicago-background barbecue. The baby-back ribs, chicken and pork chops are legendary. $$$

Estate House (7134 E. Stetson Drive, [480] 970-4099). This two-story, mansion-inspired dinner house at SouthBridge provides an opulent setting for chef Gio Osso’s new American cuisine, which includes Moroccan seven-spice grilled lamb and honey saba lacquered black cod. Be sure to check out the luxurious upstairs lounge and two rooftop patios. $$$$

Grazie Pizzeria Wine Bar (6952 E. Main St., [480] 663-9797). Cute, charming and perfectly situated among Old Town’s galleries, this is a great place for a glass of wine with friends or a gourmet pizza. The desserts are creative and tasty as well. Additional location in north Scottsdale. $$

Kyoto (7170 E. Stetson Drive, [480] 990-9374). Serving steak, seafood tempura and sushi, this hot spot is the eatery of choice for the city’s most beautiful hipsters, but don’t let that deter you. The teppanyaki is a delight, and the extensive sushi menu is worth slipping into a little black dress for. $$$

Los Sombreros (2534 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 994-1799). Some surprises on this compact menu include crepes with fish, shrimp and crab in a poblano chile sauce and Mahi-Mahi with chirmol. The soup and classic Mexican dishes are great as well. $$$

Malee’s Thai Bistro (7131 E. Main St., [480] 947-6042). When it comes to Thai cuisine, this bistro has long been a Valley favorite. The menu — which features spicy curry dishes and stir-fry — is the real deal, guaranteed to please Thai lovers and new initiates alike. $$

Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse (6991 E. Camelback Road, [480] 941-4700). Serves everything from prime steaks and Chilean seabass to lamb rib chops at this consistently rewarding restaurant. The menu is exquisite, as is the wine selection. $$$$

Olive & Ivy (7135 E. Camelback Road, (480) 751-2200). Entrees are a flavorful blend of Mediterranean and Californian cuisine at this upscale yet casual restaurant on the Scottsdale Waterfront. For bread lovers, the flatbread does not disappoint. With flavors ranging from white bean to basil pesto, you won’t think twice about all those carbs. $$$-$$$$

Pepín (7363 E. Scottsdale Mall, [480] 990-9026). The tapas are tops at this downtown Scottsdale favorite, nestled next to Scottsdale Center for the Arts. In addition to live salsa music (and dancing, too!), patrons can enjoy such spicy delights as paella, Spanish crab cakes and braised rabbit. $$$

Rancho Pinot (6208 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 367-8030). Chef-owner Chrysa Robertson takes simple dishes such as braised chicken and makes them spectacular. The majority of her seasonal menu is gourmet comfort food but also includes more exotic dishes like grilled quail. The fine dining experience is made more casual by the cowboy-desert decor and jean-sporting owner. $$$

Roaring Fork (4800 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 947-0795). The upscale cowboy cuisine of Robert McGrath offers creative takes on traditional Western dishes. McGrath departed in 2006, but left things in the capable hands of chef Bryan Hulihee. Try kettle of green chili pork or wrap your mitts around the Big Ass Burger offered in the bar. $$$

Roka Akor (7299 N. Scottsdale Road, [480] 306-8800). Korean-spiced lamb cutlets and foot-long Madgascar prawns are among the marinated masterpieces cooked on this Japanese restaurant’s giant robata grill, where diners get a front-row view of the action. For a more intimate evening, sip one of the many housemade shochus in the lounge area. $$$

Trader Vic’s at the Hotel Valley Ho (6850 E. Main St., [480] 248-2000). Touted as a tropical South Pacific escape, Trader Vic’s returned to Scottsdale in 2006 after a 14-year absence. The menu, which ranges from Polynesian and Asian seafood and poultry to American classics such as top sirloin, is varied and pricey. Known for its rum cocktails, the restaurant also boasts an extensive assortment of wines. $$$$

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