Phoenix Area Saturday Night
Going to be in Phoenix area Saturday night and am looking for recommendations for a nice, but not over the top, meal for four. So far Caffe Boa on Mill, Vincents, T Cooks and Vu at the Hyatt Regency are on the list. Thought about Marie Claire, but the "Gentlemen must wear jackets" sounded a little too stuffy. Any local Chow recommendations?
Nice, but not over the top is not Mary Elaine's. That's over the top. I mean, they bring the ladies a little stool upon which to place our purses. That's over the top.
I'm not a fan of Eleve, but I'm sure that's personal preference. I do like Tarbell's, but I think there are other, better places.
It would help if we know where you're coming from, what kind of cuising you're looking for.
I like T. Cooks very much, and Vu, too.
Lon's at The Hermosa Inn, www.hermosainn.com, is great. Very "Arizona-ish", lovely grounds and the service is wonderful.
I also quite enjoy elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com. The view is magnificent. It's good to go there before sunset so you can see the view in the day light, catch the sunset and then the city lights. A definite for cocktails at least. They do a great lunch, too. And breakfast/brunch is very enjoyable.
All choices named above are good ones. I would add Tarbell's and Eleve to the list.
I'm unsure of your exact price range, but Mary Elaine's would be over-the-top by most standards. Most of the others named in this thread are also somewhat upscale, but not in the ultra-premium range occupied by Mary Elaine's. Of course the Phoenix Metro Area is huge, so your choices may be influenced by where you are staying and how far you are willing to drive.