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Phoenix Restaurant On Way to Sedona

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My husband and I are spending a long weekend in Sedona to celebrate our anniversary. We'll be flying into Phoenix and want to have dinner in Phoenix before driving to Sedona. Any suggestions of special restaurants we can enjoy before the drive?

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      1. re: Chapala

        "On the way"? In relative terms anything north of the airport, west of the 51, east of I17 and south of the 101 can all be considered on the way as they still point you towards your final direction. This being said, many a mention on this board for Barrio Cafe (search the many comments) and will likely be offered up by other posters. For a French Bistro(ish) fare and atmosphere, Coups de Tartes is a fine choice as well.

        Bz

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        Barrio Cafe
        2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

        Coup Des Tartes
        4626 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016

        1. re: Bazel

          Binkley's in Cave Creek.....it's worth the stop. One of the Best Restaurants in the Valley!!
          It's an easy Hop, Skip and a jump to the Carefee Highway to I-17 off to Sedona.
          www.binkleysrestaurant.com

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          Binkley's
          6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

          1. re: Bazel

            I second the tip on Barrio Cafe.

      2. Given your 6 PM arrival time, I think you should try to eat as close to the airport as possible before venturing onto Phoenix freeways, which will still be clogged at 6 PM.

        16th St. is your friend, then. You'll pick up your rental car at a facility at 16th and Buckeye. If you then head north on 16th, you'll have some interesting Mexican food options before getting on the freeway later once the traffic has calmed. It's not a glamorous area, but it's an emerging restaurant corridor for the adventurous. Tradiciones at 16th and Roosevelt is a good choice for a full service dinner. There is also Mariscos Playa Hermosa for seafood. If you want something that is not full service, you could try the food court at the Ranch Market, which is adjacent to Tradiciones. After eating at any of these, you can continue north on 16th, get on I-10 west toward LA, go through the tunnel, and then get on I-17 north. This is preferable to getting on I-17 near the airport since the southernmost part of I-17 is in pretty bad shape for the next few weeks due to some resurfacing.

        Map: http://tinyurl.com/2tays8

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        Phoenix Ranch Market III
        1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

        Tradiciones
        1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

        Mariscos Playa Hermosa
        1605 E Garfield St, Phoenix, AZ 85006