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Early dinner near Phoenix Airport

BBB Mar 27, 2007 04:33 PM

I'm going for a quick-ish early dinner tomorrow and need a restaurant recommendation. We would like to stay somewhat close the airport as we are flying back at night. Last time we went to Pizzeria Bianco and that worked out very well. We may go back but also thought it would be fun to try something new. Someone also suggested Phoenix City Grill which I've read some good things about. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

We are open to all types of food, as long as they are very good, we are from LA so something we cannot get here would be even better. Thanks in advance!

  1. BBB Apr 2, 2007 01:19 PM

    We couldn't decide on the new places so ended up going back to Bianco and had a fantastic dinner, I'll keep the suggestions in mind for next time. Thanks everyone!

    1. BBB Mar 27, 2007 07:34 PM

      I think I should clarify...Pizzeria Bianco worked out well because we got in line before they opened and luckily got the last table of their first seating. So I am looking for something comparable, i.e., worth going out of my way for so must be really great. Otherwise I could eat back in LA if it's just "good". Hope that helps in explaining what we're looking for and thanks for the tips so far!

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      1. re: BBB
        HomeCookKirsten Mar 27, 2007 09:14 PM

        Thanks BBB, that helps.

        I can say that right now downtown Phoenix has the worst traffic it may have ever experienced. There is construction of a metro rail system combined with road construction and housing construction/growth, so I try to avoid it at all costs anywhere from about 4 until 7 p.m. Not like LA traffic, but it can take 10-15 minutes to go a block or 2.

        So...I know you are looking for worth going out of your way, but I would say that nothing is worse than traveling when you are hungry, so I second Silverbear's ideas.

        Do you need to drop off a rental car? If so, you'll be on 16th Street and Buckeye and you could do Carolina's or Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles or Mariscos Playa Hermosa or Tradiciones. Depending on your flight time, Barrio Cafe isn't much further either and I believe it opens at 5. I LOVE all of those places and eat at all fairly often.

        No, none are 100% unique from LA, but each Phx favorites, independently owned and quite often raved about by locals and visitors.

        Hope that helps!

        1. re: HomeCookKirsten
          dustchick Mar 27, 2007 09:18 PM

          I'd recommend Barrio Cafe, if it fits into your schedule. It opens at 5pm for dinner (and is open for lunch until 2:30pm). I don't know which part of L.A. you're from, but Barrio Cafe is better than any of the Mexican restaurants on the Westside. Take care!


          1. re: HomeCookKirsten
            ccl1111 Mar 27, 2007 09:45 PM

            I was thinking Carolina's too. Quick & close & good. Other super cheap option could be Rito's. Man I can't get over there green chile. 14th Street & Roosevelt.

            1. re: ccl1111
              HomeCookKirsten Mar 27, 2007 10:54 PM

              I MUST got to Rito's...I just can't stand not knowing about a good Mexican place in the area. :)

              1. re: HomeCookKirsten
                ccl1111 Mar 28, 2007 01:06 AM

                Just get the green chile burro and you'll be very happy. : )

        2. pickychick Mar 27, 2007 06:58 PM

          BBB, Phoenix City Grille is awesome, but it is kind of far from where you will be staying (by Phoenix standards). What about sticking to the downtown area and giving Fate a shot? 905 N Fourth St (602) 254-6424 http://www.go2fate.com/

          This doesn't meet your preference for something you can't get in LA (it is Asian food), but it isn't a chain, is in a little historic home, and has great food! I am addicted to the Cantonese Black Dragon.

          1. johnseberg Mar 27, 2007 06:32 PM

            Wow, Pizzeria Bianco worked out well?! When was that? I love the food, but, that would be the last place I would recommend to somebody with any sort of schedule.

            1. silverbear Mar 27, 2007 04:38 PM

              Where will you driving to the airport from?

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              1. re: silverbear
                HomeCookKirsten Mar 27, 2007 05:06 PM

                This is a similar thread - lots of good suggestions!


                1. re: silverbear
                  BBB Mar 27, 2007 05:38 PM

                  I'm not sure what the area is called, but it is near S. 40th St/Broadway

                  1. re: BBB
                    silverbear Mar 27, 2007 07:29 PM

                    Okay, that knocks out two choices mentioned in your original post. Bianco is a good choice only if you want to miss your flight; Phoenix City Grille is just too far out of your way. To ease your driving hassles in rush-hour traffic, I'd suggest sticking with points at the east end of the airport. If you drive up to University Drive, one mile north of Broadway, and head just slightly east into Tempe , you could choose between Cafe LaLibela (SE corner) and Cornish Pasty Company (NE Corner) at University and Hardy. The former is an Ethiopian restaurant; the latter serves the filled pastries favored traditionally by British miners. Both are delicious and fairly quick. I can't say that neither is replicated in L.A. since I think L.A. is one of the most diverse cities on the planet, but they're both interesting enough for a business trip meal.


                    1. re: silverbear
                      silverbear Mar 27, 2007 07:52 PM

                      One other thought: Also at the east end of the airport is the Stockyards. The cuisine is classic steakhouse, but the decor has a nice regional feel, with lots of copper. That's what makes it a unique part of Phoenix history. It's located on Washington St. just northeast of the airport:


                      1. re: silverbear
                        BBB Mar 27, 2007 10:00 PM

                        I read about Stockyards on my last trip to Phoenix and it sounded interesting and unique to Phoenix. Is the food on par with Pizzeria Bianco? I'll be taking a cab and have checked in online so I have a little extra time for dinner.

                        Also, if Bianco is still the best of the bunch, I have no qualms with going back!!!

                        1. re: BBB
                          silverbear Mar 27, 2007 10:15 PM

                          Hmm. That's tough to say. I actually prefer the type of food served at Bianco (pizza, salads, etc.) to steaks and chops, but that's a matter of personal preference instead of a judgment about the quality of the kitchen. I often have business lunches at the Stockyards, and certainly no one has ever complained about the food, although I wouldn't say it receives the same raves as Bianco. Regardless of judgments about the food at either establishment, I would choose the Stockyards over Pizzeria Bianco because Stockyards takes reservations and does not involve a tortuous wait for a table.

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