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brianm21 May 5, 2007 10:50 PM


I will be travelling to Phoenix in two weeks and I am looking for a few trendy places to camp out at night, get some good eats and do a little people watching at the same time. Can anyone make some good suggestions!


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    Booger May 7, 2007 06:01 AM

    I would recommend Asia De Cuba in the Mondrian Hotel in Old Town Scottsdale. I haven't been there at night, but I understand it gets pretty packed. The food is good, and the environs certainly are trendy. After your meal, you could hit some of the other places already mentioned (in particular, Drift) for a drink, and more people watching. Scottsdale is definately the most trendy spot in the Phoenix area (but not that close to Glendale, as already mentioned).

    From what I hear (no first hand experience), Skye, is pretty good, but the crowd there tends to be a little older.

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      brianm21 May 6, 2007 08:15 PM

      Hi All

      Thanks for your reccos.. I will be staying in the Glendale area.. seems a little north of the downtown area.. I will have access to a car so hopefull the areas that you all mentioned are not that far. I am willing to drive if it is worth it and I will be there on a Sat night for one night.


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      1. re: brianm21
        azhotdish May 6, 2007 08:43 PM

        Actually Glendale is probably ~20 miles from these recommendations. I'm not too familiar with that area of town but there are others on this board who are - perhaps they could chime in.

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          silverbear May 6, 2007 08:45 PM

          At this point, the west side, which includes Glendale, isn't all that trendy. There are some solid restaurants of a variety of ethnicities and a new nightlife area under development near the football stadium, but for the most part "trendy" is going to be found in Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe.

          Of course, as you can see from the posts above, one person's trendy is another's ho-hum. See this thread for some recommendations that might come close to what you're looking for:


          1. re: silverbear
            hohokam May 6, 2007 09:11 PM

            I'd add TiCoz (Ti Coz? TICOZ?) to that earlier list. I was underwhelmed by the food and the service, but not surprisingly, it did seem to have the same "trendy" vibe as Fez. Seems like a good place to get a drink, but that's about it.


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            Seth Chadwick May 6, 2007 09:19 PM

            You might want to check out Skye in Glendale. The food has been given "decent" ratings from what I have read and it seems to be the West Valley's hottest scene. One of the local publications said it was somewhat expensive, but had large crowds.

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              Alice Letseat May 7, 2007 09:52 PM

              Glendale + people watching...maybe North at 67th Ave and the 101 would do it. There's a wine bar called...Sweeto??? Sweeto's? someone on the west side, help here! Depending upon where in Glendale you are, Scottsdale can be a dreadful hike, even if you take the highway. You might be better off, indeed, at some of the Central Phoenix spots, or something along Camelback Rd. (There's a note below about Ticoz' - which might be close enough and also meet your criteria.)

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              AZBconcierge May 6, 2007 04:25 PM

              I will caution you of the Delux reccommendation. If you are looking for a trendy fun place to people watch, where the beautiful people go, it does NOT fit the bill. Great burgers though and a *decent* crowd. Might I suggest a few:

              Drift - www.driftlounge.com
              Sapporo - Trendiest teppanyaki and sushi place in town
              Vig - Uber modern bar with good food and a bocce ball turf in back
              Kona Grill - A lot of my guests enjoy it at Scottsdale Fashion Square

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              1. re: AZBconcierge
                azhotdish May 6, 2007 04:46 PM

                A word of caution about Drift (which is actually in Scottsdale) if you're going on a weeknight - the crowd can be very thin and quite boring. The food is also passable, at best.

              2. silverbear May 6, 2007 04:20 AM

                I agree with Seth's recommendation of Delux, but ultimately it's necessary to know the general part of Phoenix you intend to visit. The city itself is over 500 square miles in size, and the surrounding metro area is considerably larger. Can you narrow down the area you have in mind?

                1. Seth Chadwick May 5, 2007 11:36 PM

                  Delux is spot on for what you are looking for. Top notch burgers, excellent sweet potato fries, and a patio that is perfect this time of year. Lots of good people watching as they scurry in and out of Delux or race across the street to Gelato Spot.

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