Redesign and Renovate; Places We Love to Eat By Amanda Goossen

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Redesign and Renovate
 Places We Love By Amanda Goossen, managing editor of Arcadia News

The Upton
7216 E. Shoeman Ln.
(480) 991-6887

In December 2014, The Upton opened in the space of Scottsdale restaurant Petite Mason.

Redesigned to become a modern and hip hangout, The Upton is a melting pot of contemporary dishes and tantalizing cocktails.

No stranger to this kitchen, Chef Chris Schlattman was the longtime sous chef for Petite Maison’s Chef James Porter. Schlattman’s previos experience was with T. Cooks and Praying Monk.

The menu consists of such varying items as Korean Pork Belly Steamed Buns, Grilled Wild Salmon with shaved fennel, lemon yogurt and the Little Havana Pressed Sandwich with roasted pork, shaved ham, dijon, pickles and swiss cheese.

Thai, Southern, Korean and Cuban themed entrees intrigue diners.

The star of the show however is the fried chicken. I’d hike miles for this crispy, flavorful and moist fried chicken. YUM!

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.
(480) 627-3004

Prado at the Montelucia hotel in Paradise Valley is a gem, hidden in the midst of the hills, waiting to treat guests to a Spanish feast.

Recently renovating their menu, Prado has taken their offerings in a more Spanish direction with a variety of tapas and house made sangria.

Start with the Medjool Dates. How can you ever go wrong with bacon wrapped, almond stuffed sweet dates.

Move on to the tapas: lamb chops, shishito peppers or steamed mussels. You won’t be sorry.

The Kale salad is a treat. With a surprise variety of avocado, manchego cheese, broccolini, and sweet grapes tossed in a green goddess dressing. I savored every single bite.

And between the Wood-Fired Salmon and Bolognese and Tagliatelle as a main dish, I’m not sure you could make me choose. Each dish was flavorful, fresh and expertly prepared.

Job well done, Prado!

Second Story Liquor Bar
4166 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 945-5555

Sitting atop Old Town Scottsdale’s Gelato Spot is one of the cities best new restaurants, Second Story Liquor Bar.

A dream of business owner Tommy Plato (also owner of Gelato Spot), Second Story is a seductive little space with an alluring menu of flavor and high-level technique.

Every six weeks, Chef Josh Bracher reconstructs the menu.

Second Story is a clever little play on words, not only meaning the second level of the building but story being the theme of the restaurant. The menu is broken up into either a tasting menu or the Intro-Prologue-Plot-Finale.

The servers wear more of a costume than a uniform. Adorned in lace and pearls, each of the women waiting the tables is knowledgeable and incredibly attentive. They look the part and are incredibly prepared to do their job.

No matter what you order, in any of the menu categories you can be assured of one thing. Chef Josh Bracher has a keen eye for flavor, texture and quality ingredients. Each bite was unique and satisfying.

Without a doubt, my evening at Second Story included one of the best meals I’ve eaten in this city, with some of the best service I’ve ever seen.