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AAA Publishes 07 AZ Diamond Ratings - Comments?

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AAA Just published the 2007 list of 4 and 5-diamond restaurants in Arizona. Would be interested in comments; recommend, aggree/ disagree.

I am surprised at the number that have not had any recent (30 days) mention on the board.

BZ

4-Diamond Restaurants
Acacia SCOTTSDALE
Acacia at St. Philips TUCSON
Alchemy at CopperWynd FOUNTAIN HILLS
Anthony's In The Catalinas TUCSON
Arizona Kitchen LITCHFIELD PARK
Deseo SCOTTSDALE
Different Pointe of View PHOENIX
Elements PARADISE VALLEY
Gallery on Oak Creek SEDONA
Janos TUCSON
La Hacienda SCOTTSDALE
Latilla Dining Room CAREFREE
Latitude 30 PHOENIX
L'Auberge de Sedona Restaurant SEDONA
Lon's at the Hermosa PARADISE VALLEY
Main Dining Room at the Arizona Inn TUCSON
Michael's at the Citadel SCOTTSDALE
Mosaic SCOTTSDALE
Palm Court SCOTTSDALE
Primo TUCSON
Ristorante Tuscany PHOENIX
T. Cook's PHOENIX
The Chaparral SCOTTSDALE
The Gold Room TUCSON
The Terrace Dining Room SCOTTSDALE
The Yavapai Restaurant SEDONA
Vu SCOTTSDALE
Windows on the Green SCOTTSDALE
Wright's PHOENIX

5-Diamond Restaurants
Kai CHANDLER
Marquesa SCOTTSDALE
Mary Elaine's SCOTTSDALE
The Ventana Room TUCSON

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  1. Simple, AAA ratings mean little except about how fancy-schmancy the place is.

    1. Most of the places named are resort dining rooms rather than standalone restaurants. I think that might explain the lack of discussion on this board. Of those named, I agree, based on recent experiences, with T. Cook's and the Arizona Inn in Tucson. I've dined well at both recently. As for the others, there's nothing I blatantly disagree with based on my own experiences, but certainly some of the places named get mixed reviews for their food, reinforcing the suggestion above that much of the rating is based on atmosphere.

      1. I concur with silverbear on the list. Lots of resort restaurants, which really caters more to visitors. As residents we MIGHT visit a resort restaurant once or twice a year, and it's generally for a special occasion like a birthday or a holiday.

        Lon's and T.Cook's are great.

        I've been to Marquessa for dinner once and it was amazing. But that was a few years ago.

        The one restaurant on the list that I do want to visit is Wright's. I'd like to see what changes have come with the rennovation.

        1. I've only been to Lon's and T. Cooks, and have to agree that they are great. We've been to Lon's 3 or 4 times and T. Cooks once. Never had a bad experience.

          1. I recently went to the "new" Wright's, please check out my comments.

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