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Up North and Still Near at Local Bistro

Don’t bother me, I’m local.

Scottsdale goes on forever. I mean, like, you drive north and north and north and you think you’re in Flagstaff but you’r still not even at the end of Scottsdale. Somewhere up there is Local Bistro, which recently was named one of the 25 Best Burgers in Phoenix. Thus, while the menu had some intriguing options, I knew the burger had to be mine.

It’s called the Bistro Burger and came topped with onions, cheddar, pickles and garlic aioli, but I wanted mine without the veggies. I ordered medium rare and got fries on the side.

It may not look like much from the picture, but upon my first bite I could understand how such a burger would be considered one of the 25 best in Phoenix. It was cooked to such medium rare perfection that you might have thought a robot did it. Presumably no robots were involved, but maybe…

On top of that the cheese was melty and aioli added a little punch of flavor and moisture. It was a simple burger, especially the way I ordered it, but it was perfectly executed down to the bun that played its role of conduit and texture to a T. I could find nothing to complain about, and yet the burger didn’t exactly scream creativity.

Yet, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how creative you are if you can’t execute, and Local Bistro had execution in spades. Oh, and the fries were pretty delicious as well.