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Seattle hound in town for the day

passionfoodie May 16, 2007 09:12 AM

This is late and any help I will deeply appreciate. I was just put in charge of dinner for tonight

I'm a Seattle hound in Phoenix for the day and need to line up a dinner for four for this evening. I'm lookng to spend under $30 a plate and looking for something local/seasonal/simple. Upscale relaxed atmosphere is best. I'm not looking for a stuffy environment. Any suggestions send them my way and thanks for your help!!!

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  1. winedubar RE: passionfoodie May 16, 2007 09:30 AM

    hi - well, phoenix is really spread out. think los angeles style urban sprawl ;)

    where are you staying? phoenix/scottsdale/tempe/chandler??

    this will help everyone recommend a spot for you

    1. silverbear RE: passionfoodie May 16, 2007 12:04 PM

      Ditto on winedubar's questions, plus one more: Is the $30 figure just the entree cost or the total meal? Does it include wine or other alcohol?

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      1. re: silverbear
        passionfoodie RE: silverbear May 16, 2007 02:44 PM

        We're at the Builtmore Resort and looking to spend $30 for entree not including booze. We have a car and will drive anywhere.

        1. re: passionfoodie
          silverbear RE: passionfoodie May 16, 2007 02:54 PM

          I would strongly recommend Tarbell's. It's about a mile from the Biltmore, buys from local purveyors when feasible, and stresses simple, unfussy preparations. Most of the entrees listed on the Web site menu come in under $30, and the atmosphere is upscale without being formal.


          1. re: passionfoodie
            azhotdish RE: passionfoodie May 16, 2007 03:12 PM

            Chelsea's Kitchen, it's fairly close to the Biltmore, has a great patio, and the food is consistently good.


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          ziggylu RE: passionfoodie May 16, 2007 03:13 PM

          If you're looking for something you can't get in Seattle you might want to try Richardson's at 16th St and Bethany Home. Not too far a drive. I haven't been for dinner only brunch on th weekends but I'm pretty sure you'll find plenty of options under $30.

          Barrio Cafe might be another good option at 16th St and Thomas.

          We've taken many of our Seattle friends to Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale as well but that's a bit outside your budget probably. For the most part they all like trying the Mexican and Southwestern food here.

          I've never been to Roaring Fork in Scottsdale but that's a local favorite that may be a good option as well.

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          1. re: ziggylu
            passionfoodie RE: ziggylu May 16, 2007 04:39 PM

            Thanks for all the pointers we have 2 votes for Tarbell's and 2 for Barrio Cafe. We shalls see what pans out. Thanks again.

            1. re: passionfoodie
              silverbear RE: passionfoodie May 16, 2007 04:46 PM

              If it makes a difference, Tarbell's accepts reservations; Barrio Cafe does not. On the other hand, Barrio is more unique to the region. I prefer Tarbell's, but Barrio is a favorite among many on this board. Have a good meal whereever you end up.

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