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Aug 16, 2007 01:17 PM

Scottsdale/Phoenix with Kids

We will be staying at the Phoenican in late August with three boys, ages 14, 8 and 6. Looking for places appropriate for the kids, yet fun for mom and dad. Our oldest has a limited palate: burgers, Chinese, pizza. The other two are more adventurous. Also, I'd like to keep the driving to places no more than 20 minutes from the hotel.


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  1. Delux, Delux, Delux. They have great burgers.
    Then after dinner run across the parking lot for gelato.

    Delux is a board favorite and it's family friendly. If you search for it here you'll find quite a bit on it.

    It's five minutes from the Phoencian.

    Le Grande Orange for good non-chain pizza. I've taken my kids here a number of times and they're much younger than yours. It's open all day long, so you can get good food anytime. Arcchelino has great gelato next door.
    It's an easy five minute drive for you.

    At Biltmore Fashion Park - ten minutes drive:
    -California Pizza Kitchen
    -Cheesecake Factory

    Esplanade - ten minutes drive(across from Fashion Park):
    -AMC Megaplex if you're looking for a movie after dinner

    I'm sure there are more options....

    P.S. I think if you made reservations for an early dinner, even Cowboy Ciao would be fine. It's a loud restaurant anyway, so your three good citizens would be fine. :)

    3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    La Grande Orange Grocery
    4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

    4 Replies
    1. re: mamamia

      link to CC...

      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      1. re: mamamia

        Cowboy Ciao is far from "family friendly." If you and your spouse/whatever adult you are going with can break away and leave the kids to grab some room service for an evening and hang out at the resort, Cowboy Ciao is a fantastic option for a nice dinner. However, it's fairly upscale and the dishes can often even be too "different" for many adults, let alone young kids. Take a look at the menu online prior to making your decision.

        I'll second Delux if looking for a good burger.

      2. re: mamamia

        LGO doesn't serve pizza until after 4 p.m., so go for dinner, not for lunch! Well, or go for lunch and have the yummy sandwiches instead of pizza.

        1. re: geg5150

          On Saturdays, they do serve pizza for lunch.

      3. Good recommendations above. Let me add a few others:

        Pita Jungle (Arcadia Location) -- Middle eastern-influenced healthful food. There are pita pizzas for your finicky 14-year-old.

        PB Loco -- Peanut butter sandwiches done a zillion ways, as well as a daily soup and a few other options.

        Pita Jungle
        4340 E Indian School Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85018

        P B Loco
        7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. Biltmore is better ;)

          I second Delux

          My Big Fat Greek Restaurant gets rave reviews from my guests and I think the food is pretty dang good.

          Tutti Santi is a nice family friendly Italian place

          Oregano's in Old Town is sweet for pizza, pasta, and salads.