Saundra’s Pick 5 – Top Restaurant Picks

With Valentine’s quickly approaching you may be looking for a great place to take your sweetheart for dinner. Here are my current top 5 restaurant picks. No Valentine? No worries. You can still enjoy some delicious eats. Just grab your bestie and head out.

1. Bandera  – located in downtown Scottsdale, Bandera is a great evening spot for adults (not too kid friendly) I love, love, love their Butternut and White Cheddar Enchiladas! Mmm.

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The atmosphere is calming and intimate with low lighting and open kitchen. Can’t break free of the kids? No worries. Bandera has a fantastic to go option, just call your order in, then pull around back to the dedicated pick-up zone and a friendly staff member will come to your window and bring you your order. It’s great!

2. Zinburger – Mmm. Another one of my favs! I love their turkey burger! So good. And sweet potato fries. Zinburger is just off Camelback at the Biltmore. It’s SO worth the drive. They also serve up homemade shakes!What?!

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The atmosphere is loud, open, and kid friendly.

3. Costa Vida – I first tasted Costa Vida a couple years back when I lived in Utah. I loved it. I missed it. So I was beyond excited that they had a location here in Arizona but it was a 20 minute drive off the 60. So that meant planning a trip. I was again surprised and elated when then built a second location in Tempe! Woot! My all time favorite is the chili verde burrito. As a California girl finding good chili verde that compare to CA’s is tough.  I am here to say the folks at Costa Vida have done it! It is SO good! Mmmm…fresh homemade tortillas…mmm.

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My second favorite is the sweet pork! It is so yummy! Atmosphere casual, kid friendly, indoor, outdoor seating.

4. Chop Shop – Oh, Chop Shop, how I love thee! Let me count the ways….just read my post here about my love for Chop Shop. Atmosphere casual, kid friendly, dog friendly, indoor, outdoor seating.


5. Ncounter– Is a great breakfast/lunch spot. They use fresh and whole ingredients. They offer smoothies, omelets, eggs, and

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sandwiches. Nestled in downtown temple near A mountain, it’s the perfect spot to take out of town guests.

It’s always a great treat after your morning trek up A mountain or bike ride along Tempe Town Lake. My favorite sandwich is the 1/2 Turkey Pesto  with side salad. Mmm…that fresh foccia is to die for! And worth it’s calories!  Atmosphere casual, kid friendly, indoor, outdoor seating. Ncounter is only open until 3 PM so it’ll have to be a breakfast or lunch date!



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