Food & Drink

Scottsdale restaurants serving up an experience

Posted 4/21/22

Whether it is to celebrate a special occasion, catch up with some old friends or simply indulge in some good food, there are options in Scottsdale to do just that.

Old Town Scottsdale is home to …

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Food & Drink

Scottsdale restaurants serving up an experience


Whether it is to celebrate a special occasion, catch up with some old friends or simply indulge in some good food, there are options in Scottsdale to do just that.

Old Town Scottsdale is home to many different types of restaurants. It is a popular spot for bar crawls or Sunday morning brunch. These restaurants are not just about serving good food, they want to create a unique experience that keeps their guests coming back.

A good dining experience is not just dependent on the food. Restaurants want to make sure they exceed expectations in service and ambiance.

One notable place is Maple and Ash, located on Camelback and Scottsdale roads. Marketing Manager Rudé van Eck said that Maple and Ash prides itself on service and hospitality.

Maple and Ash is a new take on a steakhouse. While there are some traditional aspects, Eck said that the restaurant has its own special flares that makes it stand out.

“True to our name, there’s fire in everything we do. It is our driving point to serve the absolute best for our guests,” she said. “We know that hospitality is not a one-size-fits-all concept.”

Eck said they make sure they accommodate their guests’ needs to the best of their abilities.

Former employee Gabriella White said, “Maple and Ash is extremely elevated in all ways. When you are dining there, you are not only paying for the amazing food but the experience itself.”

Eck said they tend to see a large number of celebratory groups that come in and dine with them, especially during their weekend brunches. They create personalized celebration menus and flower bouquets for these events, which makes the guest’s dining experience even more personal.

Another noteworthy restaurant located near Maple and Ash is Culinary Dropout. This restaurant is situated next to the Waterfront and is one of many.
Marketing Manager Monica Crothers said, “Culinary Dropout has an understated attitude that’s not trendy, but genuine, making it clear that the originality of our restaurant and people create an experience that cannot be replicated.”

Crothers said that this specific Culinary Dropout was the first one to open in January 2010. Now, there are seven more locations with an eighth one opening soon in Atlanta, Georgia.

Crothers said Culinary Dropout prides itself with its simple, yet elevated dishes like fried chicken and 36-hour pork ribs.

Crothers said it sees a variety of guests from all ages. She said they work hard to make sure every single person that walks through those doors feels welcome.

An interesting aspect about the multiple Culinary Dropout locations is the different vibes that each location has. At the Waterfront location specifically, you can enjoy live music while dining.

“This restaurant was created for the rock stars,” Crothers said.

She goes on to mention that if rock music and food is not your vibe, you can visit the Downtown Phoenix location to play cornhole with the family.

“There’s a little bit of something for everyone,” Crothers said.

Editor’s Note: M J X Powell is a student reporter at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.


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