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Dec 11, 2007 01:24 PM

Need recs for holiday dinner out for employees

Trying to find a place for a dinner out for 10 employees, trying to keep the budget under $25 each, none are big wine or alcohol drinkers so we're good there.

Looking to stay Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix area. Fun, casual atmosphere, trying to stay away from the typical chains.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. We were planning to go to Lucille's BBQ but they won't take a reservation for a party, so I'd like to find a place that would accept reservations.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Try Don and Charlies in Scottsdale. Great atmosphere, great food, great service. They have delicious BBQ also but it's a bit more upscale. You can also try place also with good food, great atmosphere and you'll have no problem staying within your budget.

    Bobby Q
    8501 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051

    Don & Charlie's
    7501 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    1. re: ejs1492

      Thanks I appreciate the input. We went to Don and Charlie's once and were not impressed, but it could have been an off night. I definitely will check out Bobby Q one of these days. We ended up reserving Tutti Santi, I know we'll probably go over budget but oh well! Thanks again@

    2. Frashers might work for you, never have had a bad meal there and should be within your budget

      Frasher's Restaurant
      2122 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

      1. Just as an idea for next time... You may want to check out one of the Culinary Schools. When I went to Art Institute of Phoenix, we were always packed for lunch and dinner, you needed reservations a week or two ahead for lunch and a few days ahead for dinner. On the East side, there is L'Ecole at Scottsdale Culinary, and I'm sure Arizona Culinary has one, too, not to mention the various community colleges. These places seem to be widely forgotten when talking about places to eat. At worst, you may have to worry about a small "newbie" mistake, but the food is almost invariably great. The prices are usually a fraction of what one would expect for the same food at a restaurant.