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Good places near Tatum & Bell- Phoenix/Scottsdale

So my parents live in Tatum & Bell in NE Phoenix/Scottsdale. They are in a dinner rut, they eat at the same 10 places or so over and over again. Most of them pretty bland/corporate/boring, such hits as: Red Robin, Carabbas, Charlestons, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, etc.

I've already tried to prod them to go to Saba's, a cheap, but good Greek place on Tatum and Bell...but I think thats "too weird" for them. I've also mentioned Ajo Als, on Scottsdale and Shea, so hopefully they'll go there.

Anyway, any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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  1. I second Saba's. I really like Havana Cafe too. It's east of tatum on shea. New York Bagels and Bialys at Shea and Scotts, or Chompies at Greenway and 32nd are great if they do delis. A really healthy, super casual option is Soma at Tatum and Shea. It's some of the most impressive health food I've ever had.

    1. Havana Cafe is great, I've taken them there a few times...I'll have to pass on those other suggestions though.

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      1. re: HooverDam

        I didn't care for Havana Cafe at all, overpriced and not very good. I would suggest Eastwind and Nee House, both at Thunderbird & Tatum,

      2. I know someone's going to say it sooner or later, but if they've got cash, send them to Zinc Bistro at Kierland. Lunch is in the Cheesecake Factory price-range.

        1. Wonderful Italian food @ Tutti Santi on 64th and Greenway. If you are willing to venture as far as Scottsdale Road and Shea try Razz @ the Windmill plaza (Reservations are probably needed)!

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          1. re: ciaogal

            This was going to be my recommendation. Very good restaurant, and all the workers that we encountered there were authentic Italians (which is a bonus).

            We like Shogun (at Tatum and Shea - across from Paradise Valley Mall) for sushi and Japanese food.

          2. Desert Ridge (approximately two miles north of location noted in the OP) is mostly chain restaurants, but there is a second branch of Salute, an Italian restaurant with its original location in Moon Valley, there.

            http://www.saluteaz.com/index.htm