Favorite "Unknown Restaurants" - Phoenix
I see the same places popping up again and again on here....which is probably because they're great places. But I thought it would be fun if everyone named one restaurant that they think the rest of us have never heard of....those off-the-beaten path places that you would only go into if someone else tolf you how great it was.
I'll start: Frasher's, on Scottsdale/Oak. Serves many of the favorites of St Louis, my hometown, including St Louis Style pizza (extremely thin, cut in squares, unique Provel cheese), toasted raviolis and gooey butter cake. Not fine dining by any measure, but a real taste of home and something different for the rest of you.
Anyone else want to jump in?
2122 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Andreoli's Italian Grocer 90th and Via Linda
I helps if you speak italian here. This place is the real deal, little deli style place, everything made onsite, has great Panini sandwiches, grilled calamarie to die for, in the evening he does a few fish specials and pasta specials. Opened april 2007
Voltaire in Scottsdale. A quite French restaurant that serves classic French cuisine with tableside preparations of Crepe Suzette and Cherries Jubilee. It has the best French Onion Soup in the Valley and two can eat quite handsomely for about $100 including appetizer, entree, dessert and a glass of wine.
8340 E McDonald Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
re: Seth Chadwick
So glad that you mentioned Voltaire. What I love is the whole gestalt of the place: the widely separated tables that give privacy; the quiet of the dining room; the classical guitar playing in the background; and the professionalism of the servers. And then we can discuss the food which is, abnd has always been, consistently good.
You really never hear much about Razz or Atlas Bistro on this board. They have been two of my favorite places. Razz is at the corner of Shea and Scottsdale Road, Atlas Bistro is through the AZ Wine Co. at about Thomas and Scottsdale Road.
It is especially nice to request seats at the chef's bar, then order his tasting menu. He will fix as many small plates as you desire. Lots of fun watching Razz cook and listen to his stories as you sip some wine.
Atlas is unique in that it is a byob restaurant. Bring your own bottle or shop at the AZ Wine Co. on the way to the door to the restaurant and pickup a reasonably priced bottle to enjoy with dinner. They have very nice three and four course fixed price menu's, beautiful food.
I like Italian Grotto in Old Town Scottsdale, never seems to be too busy, but great Italian food and friendly service. Best Chicken Picatta I've had in a long time. Always a fun vibe going on since the small bar is integrated into the dining room.