PHX: City North Restaurants
Five sprawlicious restaurants have been announced for the new City North development in northeast Phoenix:
For the most part, they seem pretty ho-hum, but I'm intrigued by the mention of Il Fornaio. I believe Il Fornaio had a location in Scottsdale during the late '90s Italian restaurant boom but left once the Atkins mania made pasta less popular and a lot of lesser Italian restaurants closed or transformed themselves into steakhouses. I think it occupied the space now inhabited by Roaring Fork.
Any reactions to the other names?
Il Fornaio: pretty good but not great. They have very good atmosphere, and there is a bakery attached (at least at the ones I've visited in Carmel and Pasadena). I like their bakery very well, actually; especially the raisin bread. In "walking cities", it's a nice place to stop for a snack: cookie and pellegrino type thing. For lunch or dinner, however, we already have much better choices for Italian.
Kona Grill: I assume this is the leading cause of your "ho-hum."
I don't know anything about Blue Martini. I've heard of Cameron Mitchell, but never had the food.
I dined @ a Daily Grill in VA last year for a company meeting.
The restaurant was definitely part of a 'corporate' conglomorate...and has that 'corporate' feel.
It was very well run, and the food was great! It is definitely along the lines of a Cheese Cake Factory or a Houstons... w/ the emphasis on American, Grill food....w/ very large portions.
I had the Grilled Vegetable plate w/ Jasmine rice...that was enough for 2 + to share!
I am sure it will do well at City North.
It has a menu that will appeal to the mass population!
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