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May 16, 2007 09:12 AM

Seattle hound in town for the day

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. 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. 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

        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

          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

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


        2. 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

            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

              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.