Take 5: Replenish your body and soul with mindful eating in Scottsdale

These days, when I go out to eat, I look around and see people frantically clicking away on phones, at almost any restaurant.

While Hearth 61 at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley certainly doesn’t ban cell phones, I encourage you to enjoy your next meal (at any restaurant) with your cell phone safely (and quietly!) tucked in your purse or pocket. As strange as it sounds, I can almost guarantee the flavors will be brighter, the conversation deeper and you’ll leave with an even better taste in your mouth.

Now, let me jump off my soapbox and regale you with a few Hearth 61 menu highlights.

We dined for breakfast and kept it fairly simple, but everything was so delicious that I can only imagine the dinner menu is equally as delightful.

Our meal began with avocado toast, the ultimate “millennial breakfast,” and if you’ve never had it, trust me, it is as good as it sounds. Creamy avocado spread on whole grain bread, topped with a poached egg and watermelon radish provided a wonderful taste and texture experience.

Our toast was followed by the Breakfast Parfait, a pretty presentation of granola, yogurt, fresh seasonal fruits and berries. Basic? Yes. Delicious and filling? Absolutely.

My espresso was prepared exactly how I like it, perfectly complemented the meal, and gave me the kickstart I needed to rip it up on the short course later that morning.

Matching the modern architecture and design of the resort, the interior design of Hearth 61 seamlessly blends mid-century design elements with a contemporary feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow maximum light and fantastic views of Camelback Mountain. The space is split between the bar, hightop seating and the main dining area—a great variety of seating options. The decor is a mix of complementary textures, colors and elements. Peek through the open kitchen window to spy Chef Charles Wiley hard at work and watch the crackling wood-fired oven. From inside out, Heath 61 has the edge on Paradise Valley dining. So, leave your phone in the car and go experience a delicious meal in a fantastic setting—you can thank me later.

Hearth 61 Accolades:

Top 10 Restaurant Dishes of Arizona - The Arizona Republic, 2017 (honorable mention)

Best New Restaurants & 3 Best New Chefs (Alfred Muro) - Phoenix Magazine, 2017

10 Best Dishes - Phoenix New Times, 2017

The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Arizona - Architectural Digest