The culinary community bounced back from the pandemic, with new and reimagined eateries opening seemingly daily across the Northeast Valley. Here are just some of the spots that are new and visit-worthy in 2022.
In January, Senna House made headlines when it revealed celebrity chef Beau MacMillan would lead its signature eatery, Cala Scottsdale, with friend and fellow chef Peter McQuaid. Now open, the eatery features coastal dishes from across the Mediterranean, including beach towns across Spain, Greece, Italy and Morocco. The team landed on the name as an homage to Cala Road in Mallorca, which is nestled along a tiny beach with sweeping views of the sea.
In March, Scottsdale Quarter saw the opening of Etta, the second concept to open in the Valley by hospitality group What If Syndicate, known for the steakhouse Maple & Ash. Etta is short for Henrietta, which is French for “keeper of the hearth.” A wood-fired hearth is a core component of the restaurant that features pizzas, freshly made focaccia, must-have fire-roasted oysters, wood-fired chicken and fire-roasted whole branzino. Insider tip: Do not miss boozy-crafted shots and bite-size desserts, which are the icing on the cake after the perfect meal.
Call Her Martina Barra + Cocina
Siblings Elisa, Paola and Pedro Moreno opened Call Her Martina — a tribute to their grandmother and celebration of authentic Mexico City cuisine — earlier this spring. The upscale eatery is meant to transport guests to the capital city, as if dining in one of the chic region’s trendiest restaurants. The 2,297-square-foot restaurant is striking, focusing on empowering women in its look and feel. Notably, there are images of women from throughout La Época de Oro del Cine Mexican — the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema — adorning most walls. The beverage menu is a showcase of agave spirits, offering both agave-spirit tasting flights, encouraging guests to try tequilas as well as mezcal and bacanora, and whimsical agave cocktails. When it comes to food, the menu is small but mighty by design, focused on exceptional ingredients and authentic recipes.
The Wine Collective of Scottsdale
Scottsdale has become a hub for oenophiles curious to explore the state’s unique terroir, and The Wine Collective of Scottsdale — which opened in April — is the only area tasting room and retail shop to showcase a variety of premium Arizona producers under one roof. The space is owned by Zoya Vora-Shah, a wine industry veteran who hand-selects each of the roughly 40 bottles on the shelves and prides herself on offering an experience that’s educational as well as relaxing and fun. In July, The Wine Collective offers a gourmet food pairing with 20% off any nosh boards.
This fast-casual, all-natural chicken sandwich restaurant — new to Arizona from Colorado — opened in May. Open for lunch and dinner, its focus is chicken sandwiches, crispy tenders, gluten-free and dairy-free chicken nuggets, and healthy salads with vegetarian options available. Birdcall also offers specialty sauces made in-house from scratch, like its signature Bird barbecue ranch, Birdcall sauce and Buffalo bleu cheese, made with 100% natural ingredients. One ultra-cool element: While a fast-casual eatery, there is a cocktail program with margaritas, frozen drinks, specialty milkshakes and tons of local draft beers. It is hard to miss on Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard as well given its large, colorful mural painted along the exterior wall inspired by the Arizona landscape.
Collins Bros. Chophouse
Opening this month in the space formerly home to Twisted Grove, Collins Bros. Chophouse is a true-to-form steakhouse with an a la carte butcher shop section featuring six cuts of meats and a generous selection of steakhouse sides. The brainchild of Twisted Grove founder Christopher Collins and his Common Ground Concepts, the newly opened eatery will also boast a selection of the brand’s menu favorites from The Macintosh, The Collins and Twisted Grove, including sweet heat baby back ribs, the twisted noodle salad, oysters both shucked and served Rockefeller style, plus butter cake and Collins’ award-winning coconut cream pie.
Beyond this, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls recently opened in the Scottsdale Quarter and offers authentic East Coast-style lobster rolls; Rockefeller opened in McCormick Ranch with a menu full of upscale seafood; The Union Jack British Pub took over the space from Skeptical Chymist and is meant to transport guests to the United Kingdom; Thompson 105 opened in McDowell Mountain Ranch with wood-fired cuisine and mountain views for days; and The Genuine opened just south of Scottsdale as a new flagship restaurant for Genuine Concepts, best known for The Vig, especially its epic location in the heart of McDowell Mountain Ranch.