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Looking for interesting dinner recommendations near the intersection of the 101 and 202 in the East Valley. I know that the Tempe Marketplace and the other new mall with the Bass shop are there - but they appear to have only chain restaurants... Not too fancy as we'll have our 9 yr old along, but any ethnicity is fine. We've been to all the places at Dobson & Southern (Dragonfly etc) so looking for something new.

Thanks!

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  1. Two good choices at Dobson & Main (both on the SE corner)

    Grill El Quetzal -- Guatemalan food
    Asian Cafe Express -- not fast food despite the name; instead, a full service Chinese restaurant run by the former owner of Gourmet House of Hong Kong in Central Phoe

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    Grill El Quetzal
    1933 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

    Asian Cafe Express
    1911 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

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    1. re: silverbear

      Also, on Hayden just north of the 202 is the Salt Cellar, a good choice for seafood.

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      Salt Cellar Restaurant
      550 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

    2. I tried one of the chains at the Marketplace last night and it was actually good. Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ. Loved the sauteed BBQ shimp appetizer, baby back ribs, pulled pork, sweet potatoes (really, really sweet, if you like them that way), corn on the cob and banana pudding. Mac and cheese side was bland. Kinda pricey ($25.95 for two meats and two sides, with biscuits) but you get a heap o' food. I didn't notice if they had a kids' menu, but two can easily share one dinner. With one entree and a sandwich, the whole family can eat and possibly take some home. Service there is impeccable, too -- that's one of their big focal points.

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      1. re: 1wino

        That's funny that you mention impeccable service. I went on Monday night. I was seated at a table, and left after about fifteen minutes of not getting any service. I just figured I would try again, in a couple of weeks, and see if they get the kinks worked out.

      2. Thanks for the recommendations. We tried Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ (since it was next to Dave & Busters where we ended up for a while). Service was fine, even too attentive. The portions are huge! Definately order one entree for 2 people or take home lots of food. The BBQ was good, my DH thought it was on the sweet side. I really liked the sweet potato and mac & cheese! Main drawback was the noise level. Maybe I was sensitive after Dave & Busters (a really noisy location) but the restaurant was very noisy and busy. They seemed to have some quieter seating areas on the sides of the restaurant but they weren't serving in those areas. Overall, good for a crowd and family style dining.