New York Chowhound Visiting Scottsdale, AZ
Hi Everyone! Will be in Scottsdale for a little while, and am looking for restaurants especially delicious. Open to all cuisines, especially those representative of area cuisine. Looking for good value, but not afraid to spend $ to eat the best. Thanks SO much in advance, and I look forward to eating in your beautiful city!
In addition to those noted, Barrio Cafe can be quite good (a friend from NYC thought it mostlike "more formal dining in Mexico City" than any other here) and Kazimierz Wine Bar (sister to Cownoy Ciao) is very nice for a late night drink or snack. Vincent's on Camelback (French, and excellent, 34th (?) and Camelback), Binkley's in Cave Creek (see posting from Seth last week), very good pizza at Cibo (5th Ave) or La Grande Orange for low-key meal - next to La Grande Orange is Arlecchino - artisanal and entirely hand-crafted gelato (40th and Campbell) Lon's at the Hermosa - for dinner or brunch - a lovely old home converted to inn and restaurant, and a very good menu. Hope you're here for fun - golf early, hit some of our museums (the Heard and Pueblo Grande are like nothing you've seen in NYC) - stay cool!
Richardson's is not smokey!!! I was just there Saturday night(at Dick's actually), and the only smoke was the heavenly pecan wood they cook over. I had my usual carne adovada. AHHHHH....
Roaring Fork is also a must. The lamb chop fondue and the green chile stew are wonderful. (Scottsdale & Chapparal, in the Finova buiding)
Richardson's only accepts reservations for 4 or more. But, in this heat, if you have a wait at all, it should be 20 minutes or less. The carne adovado is the best in town.
And yes, PCG is great and oft overlooked, just across the street from Richardson's. Maybe stop in for a drink and app and PCG and then on to Richardson's for dinner.
Yesterday was the hottest day in 11 years. Welcome to the Valley of the Sun.
Richardsons Cuisine Of New Mexico, 1582 E Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ, as you can see, is actually in Phoenix, but, an easy trip, particularly from North Scottsdale via the loop 101 and SR 51. I think you need a party of four or more to make a reservation.
I think everything is great at Richardson's except the smoking policy, which is rarely a factor. Weekend breakfasts are a favorite of mine. Search CH Southwest for more information, and also Dick's Hideaway (same owner, same menu, same strip mall).
Another great weekend breakfast is at the Phoenix City Grill for Sunday Brunch starting at 10am. 5816 N 16th St Phoenix, AZ.
I ate at Los Sombreros, tonight.
Although the portion size of the entrees are generous, and sides are included, I have made it a rule to always order an appetizer. Tonight the special app. was a swordfish tuna tostada. I also ordered the dessert special, Yucatan flan, and took half of my puerco en chipotle entree home in a carton.
Los Sombreros, 2534 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ, is open dinner every night at 5:00pm, except Monday.
If you are coming to Scottsdale, soon, please be sure to confirm that your restaurant choice is actually open. A few close for a time during the summer.
Scottsdale covers a lot of real estate, so it might be advisable to tell us approximately where you're staying, and if you'll have a car (a must, IMO).
The perennial Scottsdale favorite on this board is Los Sombreros, located on Scottsdale Road, South of Thomas Road. The food is very good and some of the best Mexican in Phoenix.
Other choices in Scottsdale include Cowboy Ciao (Southwestern), Roaring Fork (Southwestern) and Seesaw (Sushi).
If you are looking for a "bust open the wallet" experience, you should try either T. Cooks on East Camelback in Phoenix (just a few blocks from the Scottsdale border) or Mastro's in North Scottsdale. I would hightly recommend both.
Have a great trip to Scottsdale, but bring plenty of sunscreen. We hit 117 F today.