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Phoenix Restaurant On Way to Sedona

Chapala Aug 24, 2007 10:34 AM

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?

  1. silverbear Aug 30, 2007 08:22 AM

    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

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

    1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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

    1. Firenza00 Aug 24, 2007 10:56 AM

      What time will you be eating?

      4 Replies
      1. re: Firenza00
        Chapala Aug 29, 2007 04:40 PM

        Probably around 6 p.m.

        1. re: Chapala
          Bazel Aug 29, 2007 09:40 PM

          "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.


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

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

          1. re: Bazel
            ciaogal Aug 30, 2007 07:19 AM

            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.

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

            1. re: Bazel
              mamamia Aug 30, 2007 11:07 AM

              I second the tip on Barrio Cafe.

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