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When I want a fresh, light meal I think of the Herb Box.  Located in old Scottsdale, this wonderful restaurant sits on the canal front.  This area allows for breezes to come through - much appreciated on a hot summer day in Scottsdale!  If you choose to sit inside, expect a fashion forward design scheme.  Wood rafters reminiscent of an old building provide a less formal feel.  The overall look, however, is Pottery Barn chic. 
What the Herb Box does right:  the use of local, organic greens.  The Herb Box prides itself on serving not only good recipes, but high quality ingredients that help the local farming community.  Many of the menu items change seasonally as well as daily based on what can be found at the local farmer's markets.  So before you choose something on the menu, wait to hear the specials as I am often disappointed when I forget and see someone else's amazing special plate!

Onto the food and beverage.  The Herb Box offers an ample wine and beer list - even offering beer tasting flights.  As for alcoholic beverages, they have a decent list of spirits including local herbs and fruit - try their whiskey smash: muddled limes, lemons & mint, buffalo trace bourbon, house mango lemonade, rocks or their Sun Devil margarita: fresh cucumber, agave nectar, fresh squeezed lime, tanteo jalapeno tequila, rocks for fun!  For the non-alcoholic drinkers, they also offer 4 different iced tea flavors brewed daily and light fresh juices and flavored drinks. 

Food!  Well - this depends on the day you arrive.  I typically head there for lunch or happy hour (3-6pm) so I will start with some suggestions there.  I love their fresh spring salads such as the Grow Happy salad with chicken added: organic greens, cucumber, tomato, feta, radish sprouts pepperoncini, pepitas or the Urban Market Steak Salad: watercress, avocado, sweet red pepper, sugared pecans, bacon, sweet dried corn and house blue cheese vinaigrette.  If you prefer sandwiches, try their Grilled Chicken & Sage Pesto sandwich with goat cheese, gala apple, and smoked bacon or the Smoked Turkey Ciabatta with gouda, wood smoked bacon, sweet tomato, and roasted red pepper aioli.  I will warn you that they provide an ample portion of food - you might want to split a sandwich, salad, and save room for one of their delectable desserts!

If you are looking for breakfast while staying in Old Scottsdale, don't forget the Herb Box also serves a lovely Sunday Brunch.  With items on the menu such as red velvet pancakes, Bourbon-Ginger Peach Brioche French Toast with crème friache, and applewood smoked bacon and the Smoked Salmon Hash served with crisp fingerlings, pancetta bacon, scallions, fried capers, aioli, soft egg.... you can't go wrong. 

So - make sure to put the Herb Box on your list of great restaurants!  They offer a great atmosphere to take family and friends and enjoy the outdoor weather.  Enjoy!