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Oct 28, 2006 08:53 PM

Scottsdale; some specific requests

Some friends and I are coming to Phoenix this coming week from South Florida to walk the 3 day breast cancer walk. The last day of the walk, we're staying at the Mondrian in Scottsdale. We won't have a car; nor any dressy clothing (although we'll pack a casual outfit to wear to dinner). Looking for recommendations for a place we can go on a Sunday night, to treat ourselves to a well deserved chow-worthy dinner where we can truly relax and enjoy ourselves before conking out. We're open to any type of food and any price. TIA

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  1. Some great suggestions are Cafe ZUZU and Trader Vic's @ the Valley Ho, Cowboy Ciao and Kazzmirez, which are all in walking distance.
    A little further you will find (Fashion Sq. vicinity) you have Olive and Ivy, Wildfish, Sauce, @ the new Waterfront...also The Roaring Fork is a little bit further....

    You have some wonderful choices .....

    1. I would echo the recommendation of Cowboy Ciao and add Medizona to the list. Both are within walking distance of the Mondrian and would offer a relaxing opportunity for a meal that is unique enough to be remembered on it owns terms and not just an opportunity to refuel after the big walk.

      Good luck with the walk. Some of my colleagues at work are also participating.

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      1. re: silverbear

        Thanks for the great speedy replies. Do you have any suggestions for Thursday night? We're staying at the Hampton Inn in Mesa.

        1. re: zook

          I don't know exactly where the Hampton Inn is in Mesa, and I wouldn't be surpised if there turned out to be more than one. In general, Mesa is going to present fewer interesting choices than Scottsdale. You'll see a lot of the usual chain suspects whereever you go, but a few good choices in Mesa include the following:

          Ranchio Tia Rosa

          Blue Adobe Grill

          Los Dos Molinos

          There's also a cluster of good Asian restaurants at the intersection of Dobson and Southern.

          A rental car will be essential for most of these. Depending on where you are in Mesa, you may also have good options in adjacents communities such as Chandler, Gilbert, and Tempe.

          1. re: silverbear

            Stay in Mesa, usually must travel. That's what many generally say. For a city of almost 500,000 people, the decent places are few and far in-between. Though, depending on where exactly in Mesa you're located, within a quick 10-20 minute drive, really good eats can be found (Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix, etc) ...

            I believe the Hampton Inn they're talking about is the one at Gilbert Rd and the U.S. 60 (???)

            1. re: Phoenix Foodie

              In that case, Gilbert restaurants may be the best bet for the original requestor. I know there are some good options in Gilbert, but I get there so infrequently that I don't have a basis for specific recommendations.

              1. re: silverbear

                Thank you for all your suggestions. You've talked us into getting a rental car for the day/night before the walk. (you know us Chowhounds, food always comes first!) We've made reservations at Cowboy Ciao for after the walk and will look into the other choices above for Thursday. We can't wait to get there!

      2. I second Blue Adobe Grill...creative cuisine.

        1. We frequent Scottsdale, and have been happy with Tarbell's, Zinc Bistro, Roaring Fork. Those should give you a good start...

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          1. re: nancyhudson

            * Just to clarify for others: Tarbell's is in Phoenix.

            So is Zinc Bistro (technically). Though, I understand how it can easily be more identified with Scottsdale.

            1. re: Phoenix Foodie

              True, both are within Phoenix city limits and, more importantly, neither is within walking distance of the Mondrian.

              1. re: silverbear

                Just a quick note to thank you all for your suggestions. We were able to enjoy a fun night at Ranho Tia Rosa before our walk and then Cowboy Ciao the last day of the walk and Elements (at the Sanctuary) last night. All were terrific meals, with Cowboy Ciao being my fave of the three due to the creative use of flavors and the innovative menu. Thank you all for your suggestions. The people along the route of our walk were extremely friendly and generous. The community support was terrific. Thanks for contributing to our great time in your state.

                1. re: zook

                  We will be staying at the Mondrian in Scottsdale this weekend like the OP (only on short notice) and wanted to see if anyone has recent reports on the places mentioned in '06 on this thread (or others). We will have a car and definitely will try to make it to Pizzeria Bianco in PHX at some point (even though the wait is insane), but it would be nice to know of places in Scottsdale near the Mondrian that we could pop into without a reservation or by calling the day of (we do like eating at the bar, but not smoky ones; did AZ pass smoke-free laws yet?). Am I wrong to be a little scared by Cowboy Ciao? :) Preferably looking for nicer places with a solid wine list (and we're more "old world" than "new world" in our preferences). Failing our ability to find anything worthy in the area, I see that Tarbell's in PHX still has slots available on Open Table--is that worth it? What about Rancho Pinot or Cibo (is the latter a good back-up option for PB)? Feel free to paste in other recent thread links--I keep getting older results first when using the Search function here and don't have much time to plow through them. (BTW, I haven't been to Arizona in a long time, although my questions probably already made you aware of my general cluelessness.)

                  1. re: rlm

                    AZ is smoke-free (sit inside to be sure). I just had dinner at Pischke's, which is walking distance from the Mondrian. The menu is small, but good. Some of the prices were a bit higher than the online menu, and the items weren't exactly the same, either, but, you'll get the general idea.

                    1. re: rlm

                      I would say Cibo is a decent backup for Pizzeria Bianco if you're already downtown and don't want to endure the wait at PB (though it's worth it!). But if you decide against PB and want decent pizza and wine, rather than drive downtown, I would go about a mile from your hotel to Grazie Pizza and Wine Bar.

                      As for other places around the Mondrian....Roaring Fork is a good option. Actually, you're about a 3-minute walk from Pischke's Blue Ribbon, which is run by former Roaring Fork owner Robert McGrath. It's very good, and McGrath even brought over some of the same menu items from Roaring Fork. And don't be afraid of Cowboy Ciao. It's wonderful.

                      And yes, AZ did pass a no-smoking law, so the bars and restaurants are blissfully smoke-free.

                      Pischke's Blue Ribbon
                      7217 E 1st St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                      Grazie Pizzeria & Wine Bar
                      6952 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                      1. re: boingo2000

                        Thanks! Pischke's sounds like good comfort food (pork belly, chicken pot pie, short ribs).

                        How is Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian? And is Delux mentioned on another thread the best spot for burgers?

                        1. re: rlm

                          Delux is a good burger spot, but there's a good spot for burgers, sandwiches AND breakfast within walking distance of the Mondrain - Orange Table. It's a cool spot with great food and an interesting beer and wine list.

                          1. re: azhotdish

                            Second Orange Table. Love the white flannel corned beef hash for breakfast. Burgers are great. Only thing is to be prepared for a leisurely paced service.

                            Stax is another decent burger place, in the same vein as Delux, that I would also say is within walking distance. Have a variety of 3 oz. burger selections. We enjoyed it.

                            I would hit Orange Table first though.

                            And to your question on Rancho Pinot, it's great.

                      2. re: rlm

                        I know the visit has come and gone
                        but for other users of this topic- I have to say Pizzeria Bianco is worth the wait-get there before 4:30 or enjoy snacks at the wine bar next door....
                        And we really enjoy Tarbells and Barrio Cafe....
                        Trying NOCA this week (due to postings on this board!)
                        But has anyone been to Medizona lately?The reservations link was broken so i am wondering.......thanks!