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Jun 1, 2007 02:45 PM

Chowy sites around Fairmont Princess (PHX)

Hi folks
I have friends staying at the Fairmont Princess in North Scottsdale and they wanted a list of food recs from me. I know the area pretty well and have come up with some, but wanted to run them by y'all to see what I'm missing. The caveats are they won't have a car so we need a short/cheap cab ride or shuttle ride from the Princess. Here's what I'm thinking:

Ippei on Mayo Blvd
Blue Agave on Mayo Blvd
Persian Room on Scottsdale Rd
Flo's on FLW
Havana Cafe on Bell
North in Kierland
Ocean Club in Kierland
Trader Joe's on FLW

Your insight and thoughts are appreciated!!!


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  1. I'd add Zinc Bistro at Kierland Commons to the list.

    4 Replies
    1. re: silverbear

      Grill @ the TPC for Dry aged steaks, warm popovers and great martini's.
      Cantina Laredo for Terrific Margaritas and wonderful Mole enchiladas.
      Barcelona on Scottsdale Rd for Sangria and Chef Anton Brunbauer's new Tapas menu...

      1. re: ciaogal

        hello, what is TPC? Sounds great.

        1. re: foodhoe

          It is the Steakhouse/ Grill @ the TPC of Scottsdale Golf Club has always been wonderful......
          Dry Aged Steaks!
          Beautiful Setting!

          1. re: foodhoe


            Grill Restaurant at the TPC Fairmont
            17020 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

      2. -La Hacienda at the Princess: Terrific, upscale southwestern/mexican food
        -Arrivaderci on Scottsdale (and I think Thunderbird?): Good italian. Although, depending on where they're coming from, may not want to come to the Southwest for Italian (only eaten there once, but this board seems to like it)
        -I'll second Zinc Bistro, over North (never been a North fan)

        Just out of curiosity, why Trader Joes? Will they be making their own food, too?

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        1. re: crsin

          TJ's is great for the munchies, water and such. Or some nice flowers for a long stay to make a hotel room a little more homey.

          That's interesting on the North vs Zinc Bistro. We vastly prefer North over Zinc Bistro. We've tried ZB twice, each with poor service, extremely loud atmosphere and mediocre food with a big bill. North we always have nice service, great food and a good time. Hmm.

          1. re: pgerding

            Well, I don't exactly frequent either one, but have tried both several times. I'm not a fan of any of the Fox restaurants that I've tried. Service is usually fine, and anything that I've ordered at any of them has been okay, but I usually find them to be slightly overpriced and a bit more style-over-substance, lacking anything all that inspiring, as nothing has ever really stood out for me. Usually leave feeling quite neutral about the whole thing.

            However, I have had a few very good meals at Zinc. I'm also big on french onion soup (made a thread about it not long ago), and Zinc's is fantastic, which makes it an immediate plus for me. Have also really enjoyed the other food I've had from there. In terms of service, I don't recall anything memorable, good or bad.

            It's just a matter of personal preference, as obviously huge amounts of people like Fox's restaurants, so I'm in the minority on this one. I do agree they usually have nice atmosphere, and might make for a fun trip either way.

            1. re: crsin

              A little further north you will find Pure Sushi @ Hayden and Thompson Peak

              @ DC Ranch you will find Eddie V's, Flemmings, Sol Y Sombra, Armitage...



              if you are wanting a real chowy experience splurge on the cab ride to Binkley's in Cave wont be disappointed.


              Sol y Sombra
              Closed, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

              Pure Sushi
              20567 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

              Eddie V's Edgewater Grill
              20715 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

              Armitage Wine Lounge Cafe
              20751 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

              6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

        2. I too would skip North, but if you DO head to Kierland, I'd second Zinc Bistro and I really like Greenhouse there too. I love Ocean Club! Eat at Flos on FLW all the time - its definitely good, but I doubt it will be the dining experience you write home about. Enjoy Scottsdale.