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Mar 5, 2007 01:45 PM

Visiting Phoenix for the 1st time

I'm hoping to get some ideas for where to eat when we stay at the Royal Palms hotel at the start of April. I've never been to Phoenix, so I have no clue what's good in the area. We're up for anything- fine dining, casual and unique ( esp. for breakfast and lunch), or just not to be missed spots. We will have a car so we'd like to venture out of the hotel during our stay.
Any thoughts?

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  1. Normally, I recommend skipping hotel restaurants, but the Royal Palms is an exception. The on-site restaurant, T. Cook's, is one of the best in the area, so do enjoy at least a few meals there.

    Beyond the on-site restaurant, the Royal Palms is well situated because it allows you access to so many good places in Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arcadia, Paradise Valley, and the Biltmore Area. In fact, there are so many choices that it's hard to recommend without knowing more about your preferences in terms of price range, likes and dislikes, etc.

    Some places I really like at 32nd and Camelback (2-3 miles west of the Royal Palms):


    1. silverbear has a great list. If you are willing to travel just a little further, I would also suggest the following:

      Barrio Cafe - - Mexican
      Coup des Tartes - - French Bistro
      Richardson's - New Mexican

      If you go to any of silverbear's recommendations, make sure to stop by Arlecchino's Gelato at 40th Street and Campbell (the pistachio gelato is outstanding!).

      Welcome to Phoenix!

      1. I'll add Elements at Sanctuary to the suggestions above... Terrific fresh food, interesting menus and the view at sunset is a stunner.

        I'll also reinforce Seth's reccy for Arlecchino's Gelato. Wow.

        1. Thanks! Those look great. We definitely plan at eating at T. Cook's, but I thought it would be fun and interesting to check out some other local faves.
          Is there a place you like to go for breakfast/brunch?
          What about casual lunch?

          1. Along with the great recs., so far, I'd add Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale, just a bit east and slightly south of Royal Palms, Great food, a tad on the noisy side, and very interesting wine flights, plus wine list. Like most of the others, it is unique to Phoenix/Scottsdale. It's up-scale, as opposed to the fine-dining at elements (don't know why they use the "e"), and T. Cooks.

            With the recs. to date, you will be sampling some of the best, that the PHX Metro Area has to offer and the spots are rather broad-spectrum.

            After a recent review, I will abstain from my normal rec. for Vincent's on Camelback, at least until I can dine there again and see what might have changed.