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Good place for lunch in North Scottsdale??

mom2cam Nov 30, 2006 10:52 PM

Need a recommendation for a good place for lunch in the area of Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Rd. Flexible on area but need it to be close to the 101. Trying to do something different other than the normal chain places. I'm taking a close friend out to lunch. We like american, italian, chinese, BBQ, pretty much anything but mexican. Budget: I don't have a huge budget and am not looking for super fancy, we are looking for a sit down place that's reasonable (less than $25/entree)

Would really appreciate some ideas as I'm not too familiar with that area.

Thanks in advance!

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    ziggylu RE: mom2cam Nov 30, 2006 11:43 PM

    My husband and I love Zinc Bistro for lunch. We usually get the salad with the poached egg and lardon and split some fries....but have had many of the other things and been rarely disappointed by a meal there. One of the ebst things we've ever had was a lunch this time last year...cold day like today and they were serving coq au vin that was delicious!

    1. Deenso RE: mom2cam Dec 1, 2006 12:32 AM

      I'll second the Zinc Bistro recommendation. I particularly love the crabmeat-stuffed crepe in the appetizer section of the menu. It's rich and filling enough to serve as a main course for me. That and a salad - mixed greens with a goat-cheese crouton - makes a terrific lunch, along with a glass of Sancerre.

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        tdreyno RE: mom2cam Dec 1, 2006 03:07 AM

        Is everyone on this board making 150k a year? I wish $25 a plate was reasonable to me. I live in the area, but I am not much help since most of the places are "unreasonable."

        In the area are Osha Thai (FLW & Via Linda), Hiro Sushi (90th & Shea-ish) and Indian Palace (Hayden & FLW).

        1. Grey RE: mom2cam Dec 1, 2006 07:33 AM

          There's a few decent and interesting restaurants in Kierland Commons (Scottsdale Rd/ Greenway). Sam Fox's North and Greene House (which has a more inexpensive lunch menu), and of course Zinc Bistro (no website found for Zinc?).

          There's also Uncorked, a little gem hidden in the Scottsdale Promenade (Scottsdale Rd/ FLW; behind Maggiano's, Capital Grille, etc). It's small, cozy and they have a great food menu.

          Hope this helps!

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            mom2cam RE: mom2cam Dec 1, 2006 02:19 PM

            Thanks everyone! I agree $25 is a bit much for lunch but I was mostly thinking after drinks, appetizer, etc.. it would equate to about $25 each.

            I'm really liking North's lunch menu. :-) So we may try that. If I can find a website for Zinc I'll check them out, I hate going to someplace if I don't know what's on the menu.

            Thanks again, very helpful!

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              ziggylu RE: mom2cam Dec 1, 2006 02:29 PM


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                barry RE: mom2cam Dec 1, 2006 04:12 PM

                I'll add Swaddee's to the list for great Thai, Tea Light Cafe at Scottsdale Rd and the 101 for Vietnamese and Apple Cafe for healthy, really tasty wraps, salads and breakfast (in the Ultimate Electronics center across from Wal-Mart). Apple Cafe is really a little gem of a casual place, everything grilled and healthy, but with great flavor. All three are very inexpensive.


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                  silverbear RE: barry Dec 1, 2006 04:23 PM

                  Is Tea Light Cafe still in business? I used to go there but didn't see it last time I was at that shopping center (approximately one month ago).

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                    barry RE: silverbear Dec 4, 2006 03:53 AM

                    I haven't been there in the last month, but I sure hope so. I know the Mexican place next door to Tea Light closed. I'll have to check it out.

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                      tdreyno RE: silverbear Dec 4, 2006 02:21 PM

                      I'm pretty sure it's still open.

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                    Baxterita RE: mom2cam Dec 1, 2006 04:45 PM

                    I vote for Flo's - pan Asian food. Thai, Chinese, Korean... Yummy good! It's on the SE corner of SCT and FLW, next to Baja Fresh.


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                      Molto E RE: mom2cam Dec 2, 2006 02:06 PM


                      Zinc Bistro Website

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