Whew! We just crossed the finish line after a nine day eat-a-thon in Scottsdale, Arizona. Let me tell you. . .
There is just something about the food in Arizona's 'Valley of the Sun' that makes us throw our Diet2Go out the window. And this trip,contributing to the culinary temptations that snugged up our clothes, is what we’ve dubbed, “Club Grub”.
Not “Pub Grub” – “Club Grub.” I am talking a whole new food source: eateries tucked away in golf courses; some in clubhouses and others in freestanding restaurants.
We don’t even play golf – but we spent a lot of time ‘at the course’ this trip! Note: these aren’t the members-only places - all three of our recommendations below are open to the public!
The Grill at the TPC Scottsdale
While munching lunch at The Grill, we had this view over the 18th hole of the Stadium Course at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel.
Tucked away in a corner of the clubhouse, this place has more than 50 craft beers, cocktails, a gastro-pub style menu, patio (with fire pits – not needed this time of year) and a Happy Hour.
The Grill is located at 17020 N. Hayden Road.
Our Seattle/Scottsdale friends, Mike and Joanne, told us to try Happy Hour at the Troon North Golf Club and for that we owe them big time!
We had some of the best- tasting and best-priced margaritas in this restaurant (also tucked away in a beautiful clubhouse), that we’ve had anywhere in Scottsdale. The HH price $4.50 (as compared to the Happy Hour $10 margarita at the nearby Four Seasons).
Troon North also offers full menu options but there were so many temptations on the Happy Hour list we never got beyond it.
The photo below is of Dynamite Flatbread, $6, a mouthwatering chicken, cheese combo on focaccia bread, just one of the HH offerings.
Troon North is located at 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale.
Tonto Bar and Grill at Rancho Manana
The interior of this restaurant has such a wonderful Spanish/Old West feel to it, that it is difficult to choose between sitting inside or on the patio. Both provide beautiful views of this Cave Creek golf course.
The menu also has so many choices that it should be difficult to choose between them but I have become so enamored with their Southwestern Cobb Salad that I always order it. (Going there for lunch means I will take enough home for dinner as well. As you can see from the photo below. . .it is rather large).
This place, like we've noticed at other restaurants, offer a choice of protein toppings for the salad. Mine was chicken and The Scout chose roast pork from the half dozen choices; price depends on the protein chosen.
Tonto Bar and Grill is located at the golf course at 5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd., Cave Creek.
If you go: A good source of Arizona golf course information is: www.arizonagolf.com
Your turn! Do you have any “Club Grub” recommendations for the Phoenix/Scottsdale area? How about any for golf clubs near where you live or in places you’ve visited? Tell us about them!
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