One of the nice things about the expansive size of McCormick Ranch is the close proximity and inclusion to great restaurants. You don’t have to travel to downtown Scottsdale or Phoenix for some amazing food. There are great restaurants right within the ranch itself. Here are some of our favorites.
Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar – This great Gastropub is located at 8220 North Hayden Rd. on the east side of the community. They have an awesome happy hour from 2 PM to 6 PM every single day with freshly shucked oysters, four dollar craft brews, and some great bar bites. Whether it’s a weeknight getaway, a weekend brunch, or just meeting people for drinks, Twisted Grove makes a great hotspot. Some of our favorites are the short rib gnocchi’s, with tender short ribs that just melts in your mouth coupled with pillows of little fried dumplings. The Tuscan pork chop is always a favorite served with spaghetti squash and an apple cider gastric, or even just there beautifully put together Sunny Cobb salad with roast chicken, thick bacon, blue cheese, and a soft egg. It’s amazing!. If you are just out for an afternoon or a quick bite, check out their bruschetta board where you can add is so many different things to the top of this crusty, garlicky bread like marscapone cheese, spicy tomato jam, pepper relish, or arugula and avocado.
The Vig – This a local restaurant has a few chains throughout the Arizona area but our favorite is located at 7345 N. Via Paseo Del Sur in McCormick Ranch. They have fantastic Sunday brunch with build your own mimosas, a gorgeous house-made a chorizo burrito, huge cinnamon rolls served in a cast-iron skillet dripping with cream cheese frosting and some of the best eggs Benedict I’ve ever had in my life. If you’re swinging by for dinner check out the green chili pork sliders. This collection of three tender pork carnitas sliders add jalapeno coleslaw, green chilies, cojita cheese, and pickled red onions all on soft brioche buns. It’s perfect to share or perfect to keep all to yourself. We love this area because it has such unique combinations like the lean and green steak that combines a flat iron steak with Gorgonzola, aged balsamic, and arugula with a few chunks of squash thrown in. Their harvest salad with golden beets and farro is a winner with my wife and their black and fish tacos with spicy pico de gallo all-time favorite. This is a great place to bring people when you are not sure what they want to eat because they have a wide variety of dishes such as tuna poke bowl, next to amazing mac & cheese, a big bowl of spicy pozole or even a tender pad Thai. I swear someone just decided to make all the foods they love the most. There’s really no rhyme, reason, or theme to this restaurant, it’s just dang good.
Roka Akor – When you read that this a Japanese steakhouse received a Michelin guide recommendation, and one of the best sushi houses by Travel + Leisure Magazine with multiple awards of excellence, you have to check it out. When we are craving sushi, this is a no-brainer. They have great holiday menus, a chef’s menu if you just want to trust the chef and get some of the most amazing sushi you’ve ever had, or go this steakhouse route with Kimchi dumplings paired with Wagyu beef, pork belly marinated with gold beets and maple verjus. Their tender, melt in your mouth Escolar, Toro tuna, and Hamachi are our favorites. Whether it’s a little bit of Tepinyaki, Yuzu-miso marinated black cod collar, Chilean sea bass, or glazed pork ribs, I bet you won’t find anything that’s not tasty delicious at this fantastic McCormick Ranch restaurant.
Grass Roots Kitchen & Tap – This son farm to table restaurant with locations both in McCormick Ranch and Phoenix serve lunch and dinner daily and are located at 8120 N. Hayden Street East #100. They have great happy hours, an amazing venue for parties and events, and some delicious local cuisine. Try some of the beautiful Barada with arugula and spicy tomato jam all topped on grilled focaccia bread. About their grilled portobello sandwiches with creamy white cheddar, red onion, and sea salt focaccia? There simple rotisserie chicken and walnut salad is one of my favorites and southern shrimp and grits, although obviously not local, is an amazing variation of this traditional comfort food. With tender and plump golf white shrimp, jalapeno and cheddar grits with ham relish also looked up by grilled focaccia, it is sure to please. Sometimes we like to just get the farm to table vegetable platter, which usually comes with blue cheese, sautéed local greens, and whatever vegetable is in season. It’s simple but it’s amazing.
These are our top restaurants with honorable mentions going to the Melting Pot, the Hash Kitchen and Wally’s American Gastropub located just outside McCormick in Gainey Ranch.