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I live up near the glendale area, and am looking for good 'date' restraunts to take my wife to. We have found a few places we like, but are always up for trying new stuff. I am looking for something(s) preferably a little ethnic so we can try different styles of food. I'm not opposed to driving a bit to go somewhere really worth the time/travel. Any input would be appreciated as we are still fairly new to the area.

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  1. Ooh, have you tried Mi Cocina Mi Pais yet? Not only is the food novel and tasty, the intimacy of the spot adds to the experience. Always get the tamale sampler and the fried plantains.

    Across from the ASU West campus is Pho Avina, if you like Vietnamese. They are mostly known for their banh mi and pho, but I like the full menu. It's a dive, sure, but you see a steady stream of couples, families, and workers getting great food at super prices.

    Another warm & cozy place for a date is the Jug & Barrel wine shop. Their small plates and desserts are done in-house, by a real chef, and they have live music Saturdays.

    Then, there's lots of good stuff in downtown Glendale, but Haus Murphy's really deserves a look. It's German food done really well, with full-up servers in lederhosen and an oompah band on the weekends. Somehow it transcends the gimmick, maybe because everything's so fresh and authentic.

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    Haus Murphy's of Glendale
    5739 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

    Mi Comida Restaurante Latino
    4221 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053

    Pho Avina
    4920 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306

    Jug 'n Barrel
    18555 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308

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    1. re: themis

      wow. awesome. :) Thanks for all the ideas (all in one post too!) :) Hmmm... I'm going to have to check at one out tonight...

      1. re: themis

        I agree 100% with themis re: Mi Cocina Mi Pais. It's hidden behind a Taco Bell.

        1. re: johnseberg

          went to mi cocina friday. It was pretty good. I think I may have chosen a bad dish, because it was only 'alright' but my wife's dish was awesome. :-) We will definately be going back to check it out again. Maybe with a couple more people to get more variety in the dishes.

          1. re: phreaxer

            Do you recall which dish each of you ordered?

            1. re: hohokam

              I dont remember what mine was, but she ordered the brisket. We also had the ceveche (sp?) camaron and it was very good. we even tried the 3 drinks that were not your typical drinks. They were also very good.

      2. Chanpen has some pretty good Thai.

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        Chanpen Thai
        13828 N 51st Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306

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        1. re: Firenza00

          We are definately going to be trying this place out. Thanks. :)

        2. If you're in the mood for meat, try Mirage - a different ethnic than we're easily used to around here.

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          Mirage Restaurant
          3345 W Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053