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Sharing the Best Places To Eat in Arizona with you today! So many favorites, so hold on tight and get ready to make your list of places to try!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Just recently found this breakfast spot a few weeks ago, it’s called Butters Pancakes and Cafe located in Scottsdale.  I’m telling you, some of the best pancakes I’ve had.  This particular one is the Wildberry Pancake stack and it has a vanilla cream layered between the cakes.  One of my favorite pancakes to date.  Can’t wait to go back.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another fun pancake from Butters called the Oreo S’mores.  Hello!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their Cinnamon Roll pancake is stunning and worth an order too.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

I know that Shake Shack technically started in NYC, however I absolutely feel like this is a favorite spot in Arizona now that it is here!  Some of the best tasting burgers around if you ask me.  We visit the Scottsdale Fashion Square location.  The one in the photograph is the Smoke Shack *double* with bacon!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Not only does Shake Shack have amazing burgers, their Chicken Sandwich is one of my all-time favorites as well.  Perfectly tender fried chicken in their signature soft buns.  The pickle, lettuce and mayo….it just works.  Yessss!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Fatty Daddy’s is a newer ice cream shop that specializes in unique homemade ice cream flavors such as fruit loops, lucky charms, chocolate birthday cake and so many more.  Not only that, but they make these awesome Macaron Cookie Cups.  So much fun, this is a great place to visit.  Also located in Scottsdale.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another Fatty Daddy’s creation with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Coconut Macaron.  Whoa.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Stuffrageous in Mesa, has gourmet burgers you can stuff with about any of your favorite toppings.  Check out my Mac and Cheese stuffed burger 🙂 We really enjoyed this place.  Fun to customize your own burger.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another great breakfast spot is Snooze AM.  We usually go to their downtown Gilbert location.  This is their Blueberry Danish Pancake which is by far my absolute favorite!  Their egg scrambles and eggs benedict dishes are amazing as well.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Sauce in Gilbert, Dana Park is a casual spot that makes an unforgettable pizza.  Their salads are out of this world too.  Awesome for lunch!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Sassy’s in Mesa is such a cute cafe in Mesa, not only do they have breakfast and lunch options, their bakery case is to die for.  This peanut butter cookie with chocolate and peanut butter cup topping is my favorite!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another favorite from Sassy’s is this giant chocolate dipped chocolate sandwich cookie.  Fantastic!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

How beautiful is this Sassy’s Belgium Waffle?!  That caramel-like buttermilk syrup should be illegal it’s so good!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale is one of my favorite places to visit.  Not only are their grounds beautiful, their restaurants never fail to impress me.  Proof is so great for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner…and look at that view?!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

We’ve visited on a number of occasions, here’s one of the plates I put together during a weekend brunch.  Swoon!  Fresh fruit, fresh juices, pastries, waffles, pancakes, eggs….you name it, they’ve got it.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Fabulous!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

For lunch or dinner, Proof’s signature burger is out of control.  Top it with an egg and watch the magic happen.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their tomato soup and grilled cheese starter might be one of my favorite things ever.  You’ve got to try it.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their pretzel rolls with spicy cheese sauce…Amanda and I couldn’t stop eating these.  We decided they tasted like buttery croissant pretzels.  So soft and buttery.  Out of control 🙂

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their BBQ rib bites.  An absolute must order.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their banana split….strawberry cake batter ice cream included.  Amazing!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their cereal milkshake…favorite!!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

On a number of occasions, we spend the day at the Four Seasons pool under their cabanas.  Not even kidding that these Carne Asada Nachos top the charts with some of the best nachos around.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Not to be missed is Four Seasons restaurant Talavera.  These buttery soft rolls in a cast iron skillet make everything ok in the world.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Federal Pizza in Phoenix has some of the best pizza in the Valley. Wood fired ovens make for the tastiest pizza crust around!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Mission in Scottsdale is one of our favorite restaurants to visit when looking for a nice date night.  Their food is always spot on.  Their tableside guacamole can’t be beat!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Hello!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Mission’s Street Corn.  A must order.  They’ll cut it off of the cob if you prefer to just enjoy it from a bowl.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their pumpkin bread pudding is so surprising.  Doesn’t sound like much, but wait until you try it with the hot caramel and homemade vanilla ice cream with the soft pudding.  One of my favorite desserts to enjoy.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Mission’s tacos are mind blowing.  Here are the chicken tacos….so perfectly flavorful.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another favorite dessert spot is Le Grand Orange aka “LGO.”  The largest part of the location serves pizza however their bakery case is so beautiful with layered cakes, their signature salted chocolate chip cookie, cupcakes, bars, gelato and so much more.  They also offer homemade English Muffins that will change the way you think about English Muffins forever.  Their breakfast is pretty fantastic too.  Not a whole lot of seating, so plan accordingly.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

We had a lovely stay at The Phonecian last summer in Scottsdale.  Their brunch was stunning and delicious.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Can you even handle their burger?  Pretty amazing!  Relish Burger Bistro is a must!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

We had this do it yourself S’mores brought to the table.  So incredibly fun with the kids!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

A couple Saturdays a month we visit the Gilbert Farmer’s Market.  So many great food trucks.  My favorite is the homemade lemonade from Lunchalibre truck.  So refreshing when it’s so hot in Arizona.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another great Food Truck usually at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market is Mustache Pretzels.  How cute are these?!  Not only so cute, but they’re really good too!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Nordstrom Cafe in Scottsdale Fashion Square has always been one of my favorite places to get lunch and sometimes dinner!  Amazing service, with some of the best soup and salads around…..the cookie is pretty unforgettable too 🙂  All of their baked goods actually.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Nordstrom Cafe Tomato Soup….could eat this every single day.  Don’t even talk about that cookie!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another favorite we enjoy for dinner for date night is St. Francis in Phoenix.  Gorgeous farm to table food, super cool restaurant vibe.  Their signature burger is my favorite!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their appetizers are so lovely.  This hummus, pickled cauliflower and quinoa salad trio with pita bread is so great.

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An inside shot of their burger.  Yum!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Sweet Republic in Scottsdale is an absolute favorite for ice cream.  Look at this sundae!  The Ultimate Sweet R Sundae.  Look at that toasted marshmallow!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their Toffee Banofi Sundae is to die for!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Their cookie ice cream sandwich makes my heart sing.  I always get the peanut butter chip inside my cookies.  Oh baby it’s good.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Liberty Market located in Old Town Gilbert is such a great place for dinner and dessert.  Look at these loaded Fingerling Potatoes!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Now, this was a “special” burger of the week…the “Mac and Cheese Burger.”  I have no words.  It was as good as it looks.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Liberty Market’s 6 Alarm Burger.  Fiery hot and amazing!!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Pink Drink from Starbucks!  Amanda and I did this photo shoot with a pink sprinkle donut on top!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Worth Takeaway in downtown Mesa is a gem!  A small but quaint little cafe that serves up a great breakfast menu and beyond tasty lunch options including this Spicy Chicken Sandwich on Ciabatta!  You’ll also find homemade pickles and some of the best caramels made from goat’s milk right by the register.  Try them!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Slickables in Downtown Mesa is a super cute little ice cream shop that specializes in ice cream cookie sandwiches.  You pick out your flavor of cookie and then your flavor of ice cream.  Bonus….not expensive either, great for the whole family 🙂

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

The Sweet Tooth Fairy in Gilbert has some of the most beautiful and delicious desserts around the Valley.  I mean, look at this Cookie Dough Chocolate Dipped Cookie?!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Another Sweet Tooth Fairy adorable sugar cookie.  Love this one!  Their cake bites and cupcakes are equally as great!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Postino’s has a few locations around the Valley.  It’s worth going just for their Bruschetta Board alone.  They’re all amazing!  Love this place.

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Smashburger and their Smash Fries!  Had to add them to my list because of these crazy good fries.  We love their burgers and shakes too 🙂

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Fractured Prune in Chandler has some pretty awesome warm baked to order doughnuts.  You choose your glaze and toppings.  So fun!!

The Best Places To Eat In Arizona

Churn in Phoenix for some of our favorite homemade ice cream. Their cookies and mint is one of my favorites on the planet 🙂  Amanda and I recently had their salted caramel cookie sandwiched with their madagascar vanilla ice cream.  Crazy amazing!!

Other favorites coming soon not photographed!

Hacienda de Rosa’s in Mesa for great Mexican Food.

The Baked Bear in Scottsdale for extreme Ice Cream Sandwiches with cookies, brownies and doughnuts!

Gadzooks for made to order enchiladas in Phoenix.

Zinburger in Gilbert and Scottsdale for gourmet burgers, salads and creative milkshakes

Our list is always growing, would love to hear your favorites around the Valley! 

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The Best Places To Eat In Arizona


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So excited to share my stay at The Magnolia House in Texas from a couple months ago. What a dream!
My Stay at The Magnolia House

Left Top Row: Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Sarah of Pretty Providence, Me, Kristen of Six Sister’s Stuff, Kristyn of Lil Luna, Jennifer of Tater Tots and Jello.
Left Bottom Row: Kelli of Lolly Jane and Kristen of Capturing Joy.

Had the best weekend with these talented ladies.  We were lucky enough to be able to stay in The Magnolia House which is next to impossible to get a reservation.  I soaked in every second in this beautiful home and weekend!
My Stay at The Magnolia House

If you are a Fixer Upper fan, you know that Joanna Gaines has impeccable taste.  There was no detail left undone.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This little sitting area was near the front door.  Love!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Charming little living room area.  I need to find this chandelier 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This bathroom was so gorgeous.  I’ve got to get this tile, so pretty!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Bathtub area on the first floor.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This reading nook on the first floor was one of my favorites, perfect.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The kitchen was lovely.  They had pastries for us in the morning we heated up in the oven.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The dining room table perfectly set.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

This centerpiece!!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The kitchen shelves, love this look.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Here’s the other side across from the sink.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

How dreamy is this bedroom?!  I got to sleep in this one.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

A corner in the dreamy bedroom 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

The upstairs bedroom.  Can you even handle this canopy bed?!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

One of the corners in a downstairs bedroom.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

We were all so excited to go shopping at Magnolia Market.  If you’ve been to Disneyland on it’s busiest day, times that by two and that’s what it was like inside, lol!  Not even kidding.  It was hard to even shop there were so many people around.  I still had fun, but good grief there were zillions of people!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

On the rooftop of the Market.  We were lucky enough to get a private tour and got to check out the view from the rooftop.  This is such a great place for families.  Wish it were closer to AZ!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Rooftop picture with my girls 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Picture of the giant Silos from the rooftop.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

More rooftop pics.

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Inside of the market.  I really enjoyed the goodies for sale.  It was just so frustrating because I had no room to ship anything.  Oh well, it was fun to window shop 🙂

My Stay at The Magnolia House

We also got to meet this adorable couple that owns this Pokey-O Cookie Truck.  These ice cream cookie sandwiches were a highlight of the trip for sure!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Snickerdoodle Cookies with Butterfinger Ice Cream.  Whoa!!!

My Stay at The Magnolia House

Another highlight was getting to meet Clint and his wife at their shop.  Harper and Co.  Great times!

So grateful I got to spend time with these ladies at the Magnolia House.


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New York City Weekend For Foodies

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Mar 11, 2016 | Tags: ,

Sharing a New York City Weekend For Foodies today! It’s no secret that NYC is one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. Everything about it just makes me so happy. The food, the views, the energy. It’s contagious. Had a blast putting together my favorite eats over the last few years. Hope you enjoy!

If you are looking an amazing car service to get around NYC I highly recommend Blacklane.  My husband and I had the best experience using their service to and from the airport.  If you need chauffeur service, they’ve got that too.  We were really impressed.

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Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Girl’s Weekend in Chicago

Nov 13, 2015 | Tags: , ,

Sharing my Girl’s Weekend in Chicago with you today!

For the last 5 years or so I’ve been to all of the BlogHer Food cities.  Over the years, I don’t necessarily attend the conference sessions, but meet my girlfriends to sightsee around the city.  This weekend did NOT disappoint in Chicago.  Hands down one of my favorite cities to visit.  Photo, Left: Kristan, Shelly, Amanda and me.

Boarded my plane before the sun rose early Thursday morning headed to meet my friends.  Chicago was chilly that weekend, so lots of jackets, boots and … Continue Reading »

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girls Trip

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girls Trip

Sep 4, 2015 | Tags:

Thrilled to share my Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl’s Trip with you today. The hotel, the food, the shows, the shopping….when can I go back?

Top Row left: Lauren, Shawn, Shelly and Amanda.  Bottom Row left: Kristan, Angie, Stephanie and Jenny.

Last weekend was pretty epic.  The Four Seasons, Las Vegas, these amazing girls, THE FOOD, the shopping, shows…so many great memories it’s hard to know where to even begin!

Photo via

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The Phoenician

The Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Arizona

Jul 15, 2015 | Tags: ,

Sharing our weekend at the Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Arizona. So happy to beat this Arizona heat in their gorgeous pools and restaurants!

With the kids having such a short summer we decided to do a really fun “staycation” at The Phoenician Resort instead of heading to California like the rest of Arizona does 🙂 We walked outside of the resort after checking in to see this beautiful view.  Took my breath away knowing we get to play here for the weekend.  Many people asked if it’s a good place to take the kids.  My answer, yes it is!  So many beautiful pools to choose from.  A fun waterslide and splashed … Continue Reading »

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona Sister Retreat

Jun 26, 2015 | Tags: ,

So excited to share my time at Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona for my sister retreat!  There’s nothing like the warm AZ desert and sunshine at this resort!

Hands down one of my favorite places to visit is the gorgeous Four Seasons Scottsdale.  The lush colorful desert landscape, beautiful resort grounds, relaxing pools and fabulous restaurants make for the perfect getaway.  I look forward to every time I have a trip planned here.

My sister and I had our first stay last year and were so excited to come back this year.  See our trip last year HERE.

We had a count down going over a month before … Continue Reading »

Sandestin Florida Vacation

Sandestin Florida Vacation

Jun 7, 2015 | Tags:

So excited to share my Sandestin, Florida Vacation with you! Beautiful crystal blue oceans with the softest white sand I’ve ever felt. Amazing!

Can’t say enough about this gorgeous “girls beach trip” I took last month with some of my best blogging friends.  Sandestin is such a great destination for complete relaxation and fun for everyone.

Our beautiful condo! Photo via Amanda

Left: Shawn, Stephanie, Shelly, Amanda, Me, Sommer, Lauren

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