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kac Dec 27, 2007 08:05 AM

In Scottsdale/ Phoenix area for 6 days....need great recommendations that are vegetarian friendly for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Have a car and willing to drive as we'll be touring around your fantastic warm city. What are your can't miss recommendations?

  1. silverbear Dec 27, 2007 03:08 PM

    I'll second the recommendation for Pita Jungle. The location mentioned previously is the best one if you are staying in north Scottsdale. Since your stated location of "Scottsdale/Phoenix" is huge, keep in mind another Pita Jungle location closer to the southern end of Scottsdale.

    As for other recommendations, it depends on how strict a word "vegetarian" is for you and what types of cuisines you like. We can pretty much rule out most German restaurants, steakhouses, and BBQ joints, but otherwise the field is pretty open.

    Pita Jungle
    4340 E Indian School Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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    1. re: silverbear
      kac Dec 27, 2007 03:37 PM

      Apologies for not being specific! I'm ovo lacto and I with a meat-eating friend. I'm fine with eating at meaty establishments, I love undiscovered places and would really like to get a good idea of "local" flavor. And for the record, it's definitely warmer here than in the Northeast!

      1. re: kac
        silverbear Dec 27, 2007 08:29 PM

        A few additional recommendations:

        Lola Tapas -- A lively tapas bar with communal tables; on any given night, I'd say at least a third, and maybe half, the tapas are meatless.

        Hana -- Excellent sushi with several vegetarian noodle and tofu entrees. No liquor license, but BYOB allowed.

        Sabuddy -- Oustanding Israeli food. Excellent falafel.

        El Bravo -- Classic Arizona-style Mexican food. One of the few Mexican restaurants that I know for sure does not use lard in its refried beans.

        Tarbell's -- Upscale yet casual American food from a recent Iron Chef winner. There are usually two or three meatless entrees on the menu.

        Caffe Boa -- Italian-ish food with some other inflluences in Downtown Tempe; many meatless pasta entrees.

        Fate -- Asian food in an arsty setting Downtown. I find it a little pricey given the portion sizes (on the small side), but it does wondeful things with tofu, an ingredient I normally hate.

        El Bravo
        8338 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020

        Hana Japanese Eatery
        5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

        800 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014

        6949 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

        Caffe Boa
        398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

        905 N 4th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

        3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

        1. re: silverbear
          Professor12 Dec 28, 2007 09:52 AM

          My two local favorites are Blue Nile Cafe for some of the country's best ethiopian and Udupi Cafe for south indian. Both are located on Scottsdale Rd/Rural Rd in North Tempe.

    2. s
      sunshineinaz Dec 27, 2007 01:59 PM

      Mandala Tea Room and Green (both in Scottsdale) focus on vegetarian menus.

      Mandala Tearoom
      7027 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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      1. re: sunshineinaz
        sunshineinaz Dec 27, 2007 02:00 PM

        Tried to add a link to Green but wasn't successful. Here is their website. They are technically in Tempe.


      2. c
        crsin Dec 27, 2007 01:11 PM

        Pita jungle (several locations) always has delicious food and a decent number of veggie options.

        LINK: www.pitajungle.com

        Pita Jungle
        7366 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

        1. j
          jhenner Dec 27, 2007 12:58 PM

          Warm? It was 29 degrees when I stumbled out to my car this morning. Can you clarify your "level" of Vegetarianism?

          Are you Vegan, Ovo-Lacto, unwilling to come near a place that handles animal products?

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