I hear sabuddy's closed in tempe and moved to scottsdale. anyone been since it reopened? impressions?
I've been several times. I keep meaning to write a full-fledged review. Maybe I'll get to that later in the week. The food is still excellent. My favorites -- the felafel, the Israeli salad, and the lentil soup -- all survived the move quite well. The surroundings are a bit more upscale, although still casual. The prices are a bit higher as well, but the restaurant is still moderately priced compared to other options in the area.
You can find it in a strip mall on the south side of Shea just west of 70th St. Park and enter from the rear.
I love Sabuddy's. It was one of my favorites in Tempe and I was waiting, waiting, waiting for it to open in Scottsdale as it is very close to my business partner's home. One day I saw the "open" sign! Yay! I was in a hurry but placed an order to go, and chatted with the owner while it was prepared. He said he had been open for well over a month but the poor window signage on Shea wasn't readily viewable during the day. He said business had been very slow starting (a surprise) which was a bit worrying as he decided not to keep both locations open, but to focus on the new place. Very nice man, and he did say that people were slowly discovering it. My "to go" was a veggie plate dinner, a mix of the hummus, veggies, falafel , pitas. Yummy still. Sabuddy's is next to a computer gaming and training store, and just down from Paradise Valley Animal Clinic, and is tucked away back in the corner. They did not have signage when I was there before Christmas. I do hope more people discover it.
I really, really miss Sabuddy's Tempe. I was going to that restaurant since the first week that it opened. I remember my first time there. The owner was so friendly and had us try just about everything on the menu (on the house!)
He remembered us everytime we were in there after that.
I hope he does really well in Scottsdale and has the drive to open again in Tempe.
As an alternative, you might want to consider Dooby's at Guadalupe and Dobson in Mesa. It's another Israeli restaurant not too far from Sabuddy's original Tempe location.
As for Sabuddy in Scottsdale, I get there at least once a month and after a slow start, the new location appears to be picking up. It was full during a recent Saturday night visit.
Actually, Sabuddy's is REALLY struggling. The new location, etc. I suggested to the owner that he should have a special Chowhound dinner and invite everyone here, so they could get a taste of what its like there and spread the word... you know, just a special night where maybe they serve something that's not on the regular menu or something. He seemed to like the idea. I like it there, and I like him. I'd really like to see it survive.