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Trader Vic's in Scottsdale

Giovanni P Oct 22, 2007 02:46 PM

My wife, 20 something daughter and I will be in Scottsdale sunday & monday (11/4 - 11/5). We are staying at the Valley Ho and are consiering Trader Vic's for sunday night, We have reservations at Cowboy Chio monday. Any comments on Trader Vic's or other recomendations would be appreciated.


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  1. ccl1111 RE: Giovanni P Oct 22, 2007 03:16 PM

    Where are you from? Are you looking to sample something local AZ or just good food?

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      Giovanni P RE: Giovanni P Oct 22, 2007 05:02 PM

      We are from Baltimore and will have been in Las Vegas ( Bouchon, Picasso), Grand Canyon and Sedona ( Cowboy Club, Barking Frog). Trader Vic's is a nostalgia trip - long story. We want something within walking distance, good food and fun.

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      1. re: Giovanni P
        Bill Hunt RE: Giovanni P Oct 22, 2007 06:58 PM

        I've not dined there, but several here, and in my acquaintance have. It seems that those, who knew the old Trader Vic's, do not like it. However, many on this board, and I do not know their history with the space, report that it is good. Your reference to a "nostalgia trip," prompted me to mention this.

        I think you'll find Cowboy Ciao a great space, albeit a bit noisy for my personal tastes. I still journey there for the food and the wine, and do not expect a lot of conversation. I just smile, and nod a lot, but I'm old and nearly deaf, so for a younger soul, it might not seem to loud at all.

        Enjoy and have a safe trip,

      2. Seth Chadwick RE: Giovanni P Oct 22, 2007 06:24 PM

        I and my group had a fantastic time at Trader Vic's. It is pricey, and you can easily rack up the charges if you splurge, but we loved it nonetheless and enjoyed every moment. The food was very good (especially the fried dishes) and the service was top notch.

        Something else that is very close by and a leisurely walk is Tandoori Times, an upscale Indian bistro with some great food and a very clubby atmosphere. I have eaten there twice and been very pleased.

        Tandoori Times Indian Bistro
        8140 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

        Trader Vic's - Scottsdale
        6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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          kmarg RE: Giovanni P Oct 22, 2007 09:50 PM

          Grazzi pizza is just a couple of blocks down the street and has good italian food and great pizza pie. Nice wine list as well. worth a stop if you're walking around.

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          1. re: kmarg
            ajs228 RE: kmarg Oct 25, 2007 10:20 AM

            I like Grazzi a lot. Every time I've been there the owner (can't remember his name) is behind the bar, pouring out wine and chatting up his customers. Great pizzas, too.

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            barry RE: Giovanni P Oct 23, 2007 01:18 PM

            We ate at Trader Vic's shortly after it opened, and we were somewhat underwhelmed. Perhaps, as Bill mentioned, I was thinking about the old version too much. Since then I have read several very good reviews, so it may have improved.

            As Seth mentioned, Trader Vic's is very expensive. For the money, I'd rather eat at Taggia, Rancho Pinot Grill or Methode Bistro. All are within 5-10 minutes of your hotel.

            Cowboy Ciao is a great choice. I hope you have a great visit here.


            4925 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            Rancho Pinot
            6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

            Methode Bistro
            6204 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 107, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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              Giovanni P RE: barry Oct 25, 2007 08:36 AM

              barry - thanks for your suggestions. I'm thinking Methode Bistro is the best choice - we're looking forward to Scottsdale.

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