Old School Restaurants in Phoenix area
I'm visiting Phoenix and love old school restaurants - the type where you get the great homemade sourdough bread, maybe a true hot turkey sandwich, killer martini's, etc. Ambiance with old red leather booths, etc. Any recommendations? I'm willing to travel to Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, etc.
there's really only one, so i'll just get the word in first: durants.
its all you've mentioned. got one bad review recently, but otherwise, its usually an easy sell.
no tiki places that i know of... a few diners on west side... durants actually is not only fairly expensive, but while the food is authentic and simple, VERY very good...
funky old chinese places: the last great one closed a few years ago.... we've got good chinese and funky chinese, we do not have good funky chinese, sadly.
oh, to get a large blue drink in a coconut...
For Tiki, you might want to look into Trader Vic's, recently revived at the Valley Ho Resort, Scottsdale. Reviews have been mixed. Those, who knew the old TV's hate it, those who did not know the original, seem to love it.
Oops, Fedeflew beat me to the punch. Note to self: read all posts first!
Trader Vic's - Scottsdale
6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
I was less impressed by the rendition of CFS, that I had, but yes, it is definitely "old school." Two, that are now gone, were: The Beefeater and Calico Cow (moved to N. Central, but closed). Other than Durant's and El Chorro, I can't recall any others, in operation now. Maybe the board will offer up some other examples.
Thanks for the mention,
Anyone have recent experience with My Mother's at 19th Ave and Indian School? It seems very retro. I recently had some out-of-town visitors who stumbled upon it and loved it, but I'm not sure how much I trust their tastes.The menu promises the requested hot turkey sandwiches.
What about MacApline on 7th Street? Haven't been there for a while, but it fits the bill for soda fountain / drugstore counter.
Finally, there's the Landmark in Mesa. Classic entrees and a huge salad bar in a separate room. Salad bars seem charmingly retro in 2008.
Paliau -- Please understand that these are not really recommendations so much as reflections on your inquiry. I've not been to any of these places recently enough to recommend, but they might fit your interests, so I'm throwing them out there in case anyone else has recent experience with them.
2611 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
My Mother's Restaurant
4130 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015
El Chorro Lodge
5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
809 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
2305 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ
Ambiance with old red leather booths..
One of the best ever Steaks and Seafood restaurants..where you walk through the kitchen and they serve you the best damn cocktail..and the food is outstanding.
Love Love Love Durant's!