PHX: City North Restaurants
- silverbear May 16, 2007 02:35 PM
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!
Cameron Mitchell's restaurant is already open and is actually called Ocean Prime. FYI Cameron Mitchell's is owned by Ruth's Chris. They are originally from Columbus, Ohio and known as a competent restaurant operator. I think Il Fornaio is decent and like Daily Grill alot. It's an offshoot of The Grill, a highend Southern California steak and chop operation. Haven't eaten there in awhile but I recall their bread pudding was exceptional.