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The Rusty Spur.

Another unique experience today!

The company is Arizona Food Tours and what they do is take visitors for a sampling of 5-6 different restaurants.

Believe me after the tour you will not be hungry. Each stop serves a different plate and each one was quite fantastic.

Our tour guide was a young man and part owner of the organization whose name is Zach Egedy.

He was totally organized and the people at the restaurants were always ready for us as we arrived.

All of the restaurants were in old town Scottsdale within easy walking distance of each other.

The company does both lunch and dinner tours with the dinner tours only taking place outside of weekend nights.

We were on the lunch tour and it was indeed a tasty and filling series of treats.

Today our first stop was at the Rusty Spur Saloon. A very casual atmosphere where their own version of hamburgers with their special toppings was a great way to start. You would think a hamburger might not be much to get excited at but this was a really excellent burger, not at all what you get at any drive through.

Old Scottsdale

Next was Malee’s on Main, a Thai restaurant that we are determined to go back to before we leave. Their Tom Ka Gai soup was as good as any we have tasted anywhere.

Then some great tastes at The House Brasserie served by chef Matt Carter in a wonderful outdoor patio connected to the main house and kitchen.

Then we sampled some excellent Olive Oils at Outrageous Olive Oils and learned a heck of a lot about quality and what you need to look for when you want to ensure you are buying quality oils.

Finally Distrito the restaurant in the hotel we are staying at the Saguaro, which is right on the edge of old town Scottsdale.

The chef is Jose Garces of Iron Chef fame and his Mexican fusion tastes are so good we went back to dine there again.

We wondered up and down the art streets of old Scottsdale and then wound up the day with another fine meal at the Cafe Zuzu in the famous Valley Ho hotel. The Valley Ho, built in the mid 1950’s and upgraded a number of times within the parameters of a historical building constantly entertained the rich and famous of that era.

It is where Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood got married. Jimmy Durante was a regular as were Zsa Zsa Gabor and so many other greats of that day.

With all of the renovations it is still the place to go for many celebrities.

View from Valley Ho of Scottsdale!

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