Hotel Valley Ho's Modern Summer Fare: ZuZu's Tuscan Kale Salad

When Arizona temperatures sizzle, the Hotel Valley Ho's Cafe ZuZu satisfies reduced appetites with its most popular light menu option: the Tuscan Kale Salad. Under the direction of Chef Charles Wiley — recognized as one of America’s best hotel chefs by the James Beard Foundation and Food & Wine Magazine — ZuZu’s seasonal American-fare menu features the kale salad among other standouts, including seared Ahi sliders, roasted tomato and goat cheese casserole, and the always-popular Zuzu Burger with Virginia Bacon, balsamic onions and Maytag blue cheese. 

Served inside the minimalist dining room, the retro cool Lounge bar, or on the shaded patio, ZuZu is Scottsdale’s hot spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner. Their generous “cool redux” happy hour (from 4-7p.m.) makes them a popular after-work destination, featuring a $6 menu and, in my opinion, the best $5 signature cocktails served in the entire state. Handcrafted cocktail stunners include The Bramble (Bombay gin, lemon and blackberry), The Hepburn (Cruzan rum, lime juice, simple syrup and banana liqueur), and Zuzu Senorita, a refreshing twist on the margarita (Sauza tequila, lime juice and agave nectar).

It's no wonder ZuZu is such a hit with local foodies, as well as Hotel Valley Ho guests. Its excellent location certainly doesn't hurt. As downtown Scottsdale’s urban resort and spa, Hotel Valley Ho is just a short walk from hundreds of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Built in 1956 and fully restored, this iconic hideaway honors its past with mid-century-modern style thoughtfully blended with new amenities. Guests choose from a collection of bright guest rooms with private patios or balconies, whether it’s a playful Studio Guest Room or a posh Tower Suite. Hotel Valley Ho has been my personal Phoenix area favorite since childhood...for more years than I'm willing to publically admit. 

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, and luxury goods and experiences. She is Editor at Large for The Awesomer, Rides & Drives, Pursuitist and Technabob, and reports for Atlas Obscura, Connect, The Daily Meal, Day Spa Magazine, Lonely Planet, Prevue, WestJet Magazine, Where Guestbook, Where Traveler Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Bing News, ...(Read More)

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