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Need restaurant recommendations for Scottsdale North of the 101

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I want to take a friend to nice restaurant in the Pinnacle Peak/Pima area and need some recommendations. I am looking for a $20 average entree price range.

I am currently leaning towards "The Painted Horse" on the corner of Dynamite and Alma School but have not found any solid reviews.

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  1. A friend of mine dined at the Painted Horse and liked it about a month ago.

    1. Thanks for the reply. I'll post a short review after I check it out tomorrow.

      1. We enjoyed Sol y Sombra a few months ago. Here's my post:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        Sarah C

        1. I ended up going to The Painted Horse Friday evening. I had reservations next to the outdoor fireplace.

          The atmosphere was nice and the staff was very friendly but there were still indications that you were in a nice shopping center.

          We started off with some calamari and drinks. The calamari was good although it came with the sauce already on top. I am going to ask for the sauce on the side next time.

          I had the black cod which had a sweet glaze which was very good. My friend had the breaded chicken entree which she enjoyed a lot but I found unappetizing.

          They had a nice desert selection but we headed to the four seasons for a night cap instead.