Scottsdale earned the name “The West’s Most Western Town” due to the rich history of its origin dating back to the late 1800’s. With its favorable climate, irrigated desert location and beautiful scenery, it quickly became a highly desirable place to live in the Old West. While a lot has changed during its growth through the years, to this day Scottsdale still remains one of the most sought after cities to call home in Arizona. If you’d like to take a step back in time to when cowboys and cattle ranchers roamed, here are 5 great dining venues in or near Scottsdale where you can experience the feeling of being back in the Old West.
Rawhide – Chandler, AZ
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse will transport you back to the 1800’s where you can pan for gold, grab some grub and even watch the sheriff and deputies deal with roaming outlaws. Enjoy classics such as BBQ ribs, steaks and chicken while live music fills the halls. With Wild West shows, stagecoach rides and even a petting zoo, Rawhide is a unique way the whole family to experience how the west was won.
Pinnacle Peak Patio – Scottsdale, AZ
Pinnacle Peak Patio has been serving up the finest mesquite broiled steaks, chicken and ribs along with heaping portions of Wild West fun since 1957. What started as a weekend cookout has grown into the world’s largest western steakhouse with seating for 1800 people inside and outside for 2000. With live country western music nightly and patio seating to enjoy the stunning Arizona sunsets, Pinnacle Peak Patio offers a fun, casual dining experience. And be sure and keep it casual, their “no necktie’ policy has resulted in over a million neckties being cut from the necks of unsuspecting customers since it opened.
Rustler’s Rooste – Phoenix, AZ
Upon arriving what looks like the entrance to an old mine, you’ll be greeted by an enormous long horn steer named Horney. Open the door and enter part of an old mine shaft leading you to up to the saloon. Be entertained by the live music and strolling magician, while feasting on the finest steaks, ribs, chicken and seafood (and yes, they have Rattlesnake on the menu too).
Greasewood Flat – Scottsdale, AZ
Housed in a 130-year-old bunkhouse, Greasewood Flat was voted one of the “Oldest, Quirkiest and most Classic Bars” in America. Enjoy great food, cold drinks, music and dancing plus patio fires and authentic western atmosphere. Tucked away in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert of North Scottsdale, 2000 feet above the Valley of the Sun, come play a game of horseshoes or just relax and enjoy the views.
Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse – Cave Creek, AZ
Put the “wild” back in Wild West at this steakhouse and saloon. Live Music, Dancing and live, professional bull riding make up the fun you’ll have at Buffalo Chip’s. With reasonably priced steaks, burgers and BBQ it’ll satisfy your cravings and serve up a good time for everyone. Heck, even famous names like Garth Brooks, Leann Rimes and Dan Akroyd have come by and enjoyed a great time here.