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looking for great scene & good food in scottsdale

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mark r Sep 11, 2007 10:33 AM

NY Foodie staying at Mondrian. looking for cool scene as well as good food. good cocktails, eye candy etc...expense acccount.

any type of cuisine.

thanks for your help

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  1. HomeCookKirsten RE: mark r Sep 11, 2007 10:43 AM

    Since this is a food forum and we'll get in trouble if we veer away from topic, I'll just list places with a great scene that are specifically good-food-serving places:
    Asia de Cuba @ Mondrian, Postino Wine Cafe, Stingray Sushi, Mastro's, Ocean Club, Sol y Sombra, Blue Wasabi, Jade Bar (and Elements) at Sanctuary, Wildfish, Sapporo

    Anyone know if Pane y Vino is still a good crowd? Haven't been up there for a few years.

    Some lesser (food-wise) but great scene:
    Olive and Ivy (overrated slightly average food, great people watching and scene), Kona Grill (happy hour), Z Tejas

    For early in the day scene, The Breakfast Club and La Grande Orange

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      kmarg RE: mark r Sep 11, 2007 10:14 PM

      In Scottsdale you usually get scene with your meal no matter where you go, but for good food and good people watching try

      See Saw for Japanese in Old Town
      Stingray for sushi right on Scottsdale Rd
      Cowboy Ciao also in Old Town and a board favorite
      Furio or Italian Grotto for Italian
      Garzie Pizza for wine and good pie
      For pure people watching with dinner go to Barcelona in North Scottsdale

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        HomeCookKirsten RE: kmarg Sep 12, 2007 12:14 AM

        All of these are also great recommendations.

        Without being rude, are you seeking a 20-something scene, or a more sophisticated 30, 40 or 50-something scene? You can easily find loads of eye candy of all ages in Scottsdale, it just depends on the variety of sweet you prefer.

        That will help us narrow down recommendations

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          mark r RE: HomeCookKirsten Sep 12, 2007 06:58 AM

          good question. not too young, but mid 20's to 30's. we are all in our 30's.

          btw - i am totally crushed that bianco is closed the weekend i am there. devastated

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            HomeCookKirsten RE: mark r Sep 12, 2007 09:05 AM

            I know - so sad re: Bianco.

            Hotel Valley Ho (Trader Vic's and Cafe ZuZu) also is a good option - another great one that I often refer out of towners to is Old Town Tortilla Factory. The food is good, but the margaritas and ambiance (and crowd) is usually outstanding. Sit outside.

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              hopeinmee RE: HomeCookKirsten Sep 14, 2007 07:48 PM

              Would you also recommend the Old Town area for a group of 20 somethings from NYC on a Saturday night? We are in Scottsdale tomorrow night and want to go out for a good dinner and a couple drinks afterwards.

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                azhotdish RE: hopeinmee Sep 14, 2007 08:48 PM

                The answer is a definite yes, but since this is a food board, let me suggest Asia de Cuba, Stingray Sushi, and City Hall Steakhouse for an excellent (and good-looking) pre-club dinner. Most likely, follow it up with Jackrabbit Supper Club, Dirty Pretty or Axis/Radius. Have fun.

                (Dirty Pretty is the old Bar 74, below).

                HomeCookKirstin has the rest covered above.

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                Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
                6991 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                Asia De Cuba
                7353 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                Stingray Sushi
                4302 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                Jackrabbit Supper Club
                4280 N Drinkwater Blvd Ste 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                Dirty Pretty
                7443 E 6th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                Axis/Radius
                7340 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                  AZBconcierge RE: azhotdish Sep 15, 2007 01:01 AM

                  wow old town tortilla eh? I get complaints left and right about that place but to each their own.

                  Id definitely hid wildfish seafood grille at Scottsdale waterfront. You will love it plus happy hour is from 5-10 every night.

                  Cowboy ciao is incredible. Southwestern with a medeterrianian flair.

                  Taggia at the new firesky (kimpton hotel) has been getting amazing reviews for coastal Italian

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                JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: HomeCookKirsten Sep 15, 2007 04:45 AM

                I hate to say it Kirsten, but like AZB, I haven't heard anyone say anything good about the food at Tortilla Factory. It's across the street from work and I let people know they're better off going to Los Sombreros or even Los Olivos on the other side of downtown Scottsdale.

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                  kmarg RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Sep 15, 2007 09:43 AM

                  I'll take the advocate role for OTTF. I've had several great experiences there, but I've got to say the service can be a little hit or miss.
                  I usually find they struggle when they try to get to creative with the food. But the more traditional preparations come off excellent. Maybe their exec chef needs to try out and tweak his new ideas a little more before they hit the menu. ;)

                  I'll also just say that Los Olivos was the sight of my single worst mexican dining experience ever. But that was one time thing,

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                    HomeCookKirsten RE: kmarg Sep 15, 2007 04:15 PM

                    All good points on Old Town Tortilla Factory...I just still always like recommending it because sitting outside (when the weather is good) and sipping some premium tequila and munching on chips and salsa and appetizers is just so fun. The kind of place you tell people about when you get back home.

                    I have to say the I rarely actually "eat" there, but its more about the ambiance, atmosphere, drinks, etc.

                    For great Mexican food, yeah, I would also say Los Olivos or Los Sombreros would be better.

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                    kmarg RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Sep 15, 2007 09:46 AM

                    On the other places to try list ...
                    Jackrabbit rocks and is easily the trendy/best hang out in Scotts these days. Food is OK, have only had appetizers there.

                    Also tyr Union wine Bar on Brown. Just tried for first last night (we had a coupon!) very nice atmosphere ad wine select. Not as busy as I would have expected.

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