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Camelback Esplanade

Camelback Esplanade Has A New Addition: The Del Frisco's Grille

Camelback Esplanade, once the unofficial headquarters for Valley power lunches, is now mentioned most often for slowing revenue and high turnover rates. This June, however, the storied mixed-use center will welcome a newcomer to the table.

In its first restaurant venture in Arizona, Del Frisco’s Grille will fill the now-vacant booths of the venerable Houston’s Restaurant, which relocated in December 2010.

Del Frisco’s Grille, a high-end steakhouse and bar, serves contemporary American cuisine.

Del Frisco’s Grille is exactly what the landlord hoped for, says Jon Cowen, senior director at Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona. Cowen was the property’s listing agent, representing the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York in the lease transaction.

“MetLife, the owner of the property, is very pleased to be leasing space to a high caliber brand like Del Frisco’s Grille,” Cowen says. “This mixed-use restaurant and retail project is the perfect home for a destination restaurant of this quality and reputation.”

Camelback Esplanade lost major tenants in Houston’s Restaurant and McCormick & Schmick’s, which closed abruptly in early January. In an effort to revamp the property’s appeal, Camelback Esplanade plans to amend its image, Cowen says.

“This lease is a critical first step in our plans to re-merchandise the retail space at Camelback Esplanade,” Cowen says.

Despite the center’s dwindling headcount, Del Frisco’s Grille is eager to make the move.

“This Camelback location is ideal,” says Bill Martens, director of development at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. “It has a good balance of strong office and residential density to support this dining experience, making us a convenient choice for our local guests.”

Del Frisco’s Grille plans to extensively renovate the 7,379 SF restaurant space, including the installation of a roof deck patio for extended dining capacity. Located at 24th Street and Camelback, the restaurant will be the third Del Frisco’s Grille location nationwide.

To find out more about Camelback Esplanade’s restaurants, camelbackesplanade3.com.


Brandon's Best List: Best Valley Food

Brandon’s Best List: The Best Valley Food

Brandon’s Best List: The Best Valley Food

1. BEST Greek Food /Gyro Sandwich:
Gyros Express / Gyros Restaurant

Price: $

What to order:

  • Gyro Sandwich with extra creamy homemade tzatziki sauce
  • Compliment your sandwich with a basket of freshly made crispy french fries.
7132 E Becker Ln
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 483-0300
Best Valley Food, Best Greek FoodIn a bit of an awkward location lies a gem of a restaurant … that is of course if you enjoy the traditional Gyro Sandwich as much as I do. Throughout my travels, I have come to try more than a few Greek eateries in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that claim to have the best gyro. However, there is only one in my opinion that deserves the crown. Gyros Express is family owned and operated and has been located at its Scottsdale location since 1980 for good reason. As you watch the lamb being cut directly off of the leg rotisserie, one thing that’s apparent is nothing’s frozen here.

2. BEST French Dip: Houston’s Restaurant

Price: $$$

What to order:

  • “Famous French Dip Au Jus” with a side of creamy horseradish
  • Try the hand-cut shoestring french fries or a baked potato if it’s dinner time; you won’t be disappointed.
6113 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 922-7775
Best Valley Food
There is no shortage of places in the Valley where one can order the classic prime rib French dip au jus sandwich. However, few restaurants get it right. Houston’s, part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group, provides a rich, sophisticated atmosphere, all the while serving up one of the best french dips around. It consists of thinly sliced roasted prime rib cooked to perfection, piled high upon a toasted house-made French roll.

3. BEST Hot Dog: Taste of Chicago

Price: $

What to order:

  • Hot dog or Polish sausage with your choice of toppings, but make sure to include cheese as one of them.
  • Share a basket of cheese fries, and enjoy a soda.
13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 951-1615
Supplied by Vienna Beef, Taste of Chicago is one of the best places in Phoenix and Scottsdale to satisfy your hot dog craving.

4. BEST Barbeque Baby Back Ribs: Charleston’s Restaurant

Price: $$

What to order:

  • House salad that includes eggs, cheese, bacon with creamy garlic dressing and a honey butter croissant
  • Barbeque baby back ribs with a baked potato; try the glazed carrots instead of the beans.
1040 N. 54th St., Chandler
(480) 961-9434
1623 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
(480) 635-9500
17001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 563-7666charlestons.ehsrg.com
Best Valley FoodEverything here is made in-house; from the salad dressings to the soup, it’s all freshly concocted just for you. That being said, you can pretty much order anything on the menu and not be disappointed. However, if you like ribs, you’re at the right place. Topped with Charleston’s signature barbeque sauce, “fall off the bone tender” doesn’t even begin to describe how good these ribs are.

5. BEST Steak: Eddie V’s at the Scottsdale Quarter

Price: $$$$

What to order:

  • Start off with a bowl of the Main lobster and Shrimp bisque made with fresh Maine lobster, cream and cognac.
  • Dinner entree: Filet Mignon (cooked medium) with a side of Bearnaise sauce
  • Share a side of crab fried rice or scalloped potatoes au gratin.


15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., #E1-160
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 730-4800
Best Valley FoodOne thing is for sure about Arizona — it does not have a shortage of steakhouses, most of which are on the expensive side. That being said only a handful dish out great dining experiences that are worth the drain on your wallet. Whether it’s a special occasion or you just feel like indulging, Eddie V’s is the place to do it. An elegant contemporary atmosphere provides the perfect setting for some of the best cuts of beef in town.

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