Magazine article Sunset

Rediscover Arcadia

Magazine article Sunset

Rediscover Arcadia

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Stroll and dine in this charming Phoenix neighborhood

Life can feel pretty near perfect on an early-spring day in Arcadia, an up-and-coming neighborhood between Phoenix and Scottsdale. Except for the palm trees, which tower over the 1950s ranch homes neatly lining the streets, things here are on a smaller scale than in the rest of the Valley of the Sun. Leafy orange trees are in bloom, filling the air with an intoxicating scent, but it's sweet fragrances of another sort-of cakes, pies, and baking bread-that this spot is becoming known for.

On Saturdays, start your day by sampling crepes, panini, olives, pastries, and produce at the small but chockablock Camelback Market (9-1 Sat), a farmers' market in front of the venerable restaurant Vincent's on Camelback ($$$$; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily; 3930 E. Camelback Rd.; 602/224-0225). For lunch, duck inside the still-new adjoining Vincent Market Bistro ($; 602/ 224-3727), where the tables number nine and the French chef-owner is James Beard award-winning Vincent Guerithault. For less than $15, you can enjoy his coq au vin or braised short ribs with figs. …

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