By Alison Bailin Batz
When it’s this hot, sometimes the best comfort food is that of the cold variety. Luckily, these nine eateries have your back when it comes to beating the heat, with chilled dishes ranging from fresh seafood to supercool soup.
Grassroots Kitchen & Tap
Dish: #1 Tuna Poke, $14
Details: Chef Christopher Collins adds a little Hawaiian flair onto his otherwise Southern-inspired menu with this shareable starter of ahi tuna mixed with shrimp, avocado, scallions, cilantro, jalapeno and agave ponzu, placed on a bed of crisp wontons.
8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0699; www.grassrootsaz.com.
Dish: Ahi Tartare, $16
Details: Cool down at Mountain Shadow’s signature eatery with ahi tartare, Persian cucumbers, shishito peppers and shaved turnips served with delicate puffed rice shells.
5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.624.5400; www.mountainshadows.com.
Dish: Watermelon Gazpacho, $12
Details: Get a spoonful of summer with J&G Steakhouse’s almost-too-pretty-to-eat watermelon gazpacho. This chilled soup blends fresh watermelon with a secret combination of spices. It’s then poured tableside over a steamed shrimp and accented with tarragon oil.
6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.214.8000; www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.
Just A Splash Bar & Grill
Dish: Crab Salad, $16
Details: This perfectly light summer salad – that you can eat poolside at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, no less – is comprised of fresh chilled crab, avocado and cilantro with zesty lime and locally made tortilla chips.
5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix; 480.293.5000; www.jwdesertridge.com.
Dish: Smoking Shellfish Tower, market price
Details: Before digging into classic surf-and-turf fare, try the impressive, custom-built smoking shellfish tower. Featuring chilled crab meat cocktail, East and West Coast oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, and Dutch Harbor king crab legs, this tower is worth the splurge.
5455 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.347.1313; www.ocean-prime.com.
S&V Urban Italian
Dish: Smoked Salmon Tower, $12
Details: Layers of diced smoked salmon, avocado and tomato relish are piled high and plated in the center of sliced cucumbers and radishes, topped with cracked black pepper olive oil.
9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.451.1850; www.sandvscottsdale.com.
Dish: Fluke Kumquat Sashimi, $18.50
Details: The mild and slightly sweet taste of fluke – also known as summer flounder – is accented with yuzu vinaigrette and flavorful kumquats for a twist on classic sashimi.
7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.2121; www.sushiroku.com.
Tomaso’s When in Rome
Dish: Mozzarella di Bufala Caprese, $16
Details: Start your Italian feast with this year-round staple, which features heirloom tomatoes and freshly pulled buffalo mozzarella, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.
23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.404.6085; www.tomasoswheninrome.com.
Wally’s American Gastropub
Dish: Peel ‘n’ Eat Shrimp, $14 (half-dozen) or $26 (dozen)
Details: Served ice-cold and ready to peel, this appetizer’s shining stars are poached in classic Old Bay Seasoning, which highlights the shrimp’s flavor, and paired with housemade remoulade and traditional horseradish and cocktail sauces.
7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 480.596.7978; www.wallysgastropub.com.