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Scottsdale Spots: Places to visit at San Francisco Giants Spring Training

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants and teammates warm up before the spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Scottsdale Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants and teammates warm up before the spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Scottsdale Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants are now in the midst of spring training, and many of you Giants fans are headed on down to Scottsdale to support the team. Some of you may be headed down for the first time, so let’s get you started on some places outside of the Giants’s complex that you’ll need to visit.

For those of you heading to Spring Training to watch the San Francisco Giants, I am chartreuse with envy. Every year I tell myself “I’m going to do it”, but something always holds me back. It’s always something to do with bad timing  or not enough money, but enough of my problems! For those of you who are going, a great time awaits you in the desert.

The first Spring Training game for the Giants is on February 23rd, but their first home game won’t be until the next day. They will play sixteen home games over the next month before they begin the regular season.

So what about when they aren’t playing? Where are the good spots to eat? Where are the good spots to grab a drink (or several)? What about hotels?

Hopefully, you’ve planned for the latter, otherwise you and your wallet might be in for a rude awakening. But we have compiled a list for you of places to visit while you’re out in Scottsdale, some recommended by locals and others recommended by fans.

Whether you like a good steak, BBQ or something a bit more continental, these are the places that will tickle your fancy… (Note: “miles away” means from Scottsdale Stadium)

Bandera – 3821 N. Scottsdale Road (0.6 miles away)
Type: Steakhouse, Sit-down or Take-out
Yelp Rating: 4.0/5 (684 Reviews)
Notes & Quotes: “You can grab rides there from the golf cart taxis outside of the stadium after games. Bandera is known for the bomb green chile cornbread, rotisserie chicken and serious margaritas.” -Jen S. | There is a dress code listed on website!

Don and Charlie’s – 7501 E. Camelback Road (1.3 miles away)
Type: Steakhouse, BBQ, Sit-down or Delivery via DoorDash
Yelp Rating: 4.0/5 (635 Reviews)
Notes & Quotes: “See players, coaches, memorabilia…oh and have a good steak.” -Annamarie D.

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles – 3133 N. Scottsdale Road (0.5 miles away)
Type: Breakfast/Brunch, Southern/Soul Food, Sit-down
Yelp Rating: 3.5/5 (828 Reviews)
Notes & Quotes: “Always packed on weekends, but can’t go wrong with chicken and waffles. Grits and mac n’ cheese are good too. Good place to catch players.” -Nick V.

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