Sample the Flavors of Arizona and America from a Scratch Kitchen in Gainey Ranch

Famous 48 may have 36 televisions, but it’s not a sports bar.

“I never refer to us as a sports bar,” says S. Barrett Rinzler, founder and CEO of Square One Concepts. “I feel that carries a connotation of a dingy, smoky place with fried food and the smell of old beer.”

In fact, the only smoke at the 4,500-square-foot restaurant that relocated from Old Town Scottsdale to Gainey Ranch in February is the smoked meat, which is prepared in-house for eight—yes, eight—hours. One of the favorites among these? The barbecue baby back ribs, Barrett says.

All of the menu options offer a nod to Arizona as the 48th state, a mix of both classic American and Arizona dishes crafted with an artisanal approach in a scratch kitchen.

“This is where we live and work, so we wanted to pay a little homage to our home state,” he explains.

Other locally minded, wow-’em options include the house-smoked pulled pork sandwich and the smoked brisket pizza—which can be made gluten-free. Even the crispy, hearty and fresh fries are a cut above. And the Famous Drumettes (grilled drumettes) go above and beyond. Other menu options range from salads to a cheeseburger and veggie burger and even grilled cheese.

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