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Good place for lunch in North Scottsdale??

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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  1. 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. 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.

      1. 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. 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?).
          http://www.foxrc.com/north_sc/
          http://www.foxrestaurantconcepts.com/...

          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.
          http://www.uncorkedwinebar.com

          Hope this helps!

          1. 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!