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Jan 6, 2008 03:56 PM

February in Tempe with son & soccer team

I am flying into Phoenix and staying in the Tempe for 6 days for a soccer tournament with my 16 year old son and 17 of his teammates. I am in need of several suggestions for Tempe, Mesa, Scotsdale, even Chandler or Gilbert. I do not get to vacation alot so I make the most of these tournaments.

I have a few days of just him and I and several with some or all of the team.
If it's just him and I we only steer clear of heavy middle eastern.indian influence otherwise we eat just about everything else. Sushi, Veggies, Meats, Pastas....

1.) Meal with a view (mom & son night out)

2.) Breakfast & Brunch (he's a big breakfast all day kinda kid)

3.) Mexican Sit Down (just seems like we should being so close to the border and all)

4.) Mexican hole in the wall (just seems like we should being so close to the border and all)

5.) BBQ (love a good bbq piece of pig!)

6.) Steakhouse (he has a new found love for steak)

7.) Anything Asian inspired

7.) Cannot. should not be missed, Would die happy having had a meal from here. (Want to come home raving about this meal!)

Now for the real challenge:
I am looking for somewhere that I can take 60 players and it HAS to be healthy Chicken, veggies, pastas. This is for a team dinner U16, 17 and 18 Boys! They have good manners or the coach packs them up and puts them on a plane home to boston IMMEADIATELY
It does need to be reasonably priced and several Long Tables

I appreciate any feedback you can give me.


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  1. Well I will give you your first idea. Old Town Tortilla Factory, located in Old Town Scottsdale, not that far from Tempe. Reasonably good Mexican, great patio, the patio would be perfect for your group. They have super margaritas but I guess that is not a highlight for you.


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    1. re: duck833

      Old Town Tortilla Factory? Oh, HELL NO. The food absolutely sucks! It's across the street from the hotel where I work and it's not on the concierge's list of recommended restaurants.

    2. For Steakhouse/Dinner with a View try Rustler's Rooste at the local Arizona Grand Resort in south Tempe. It is a cowboy themed restaraunt with good steaks, ribs etc.
      It's kitchy and rustic and one of the few places in Tempe/Mesa with a decent view of the city. It also does large event catering and could easily take your team dinner with a cookout themed menu, I'm sure they would work with you on healthy sides.

      Don't worry about the resort name, it sounds grander than it is, the Rooste is very down to earth.

      For really impressive city/mountain views you;ll need to go more into downtown Phoenix. most are pretty high end but Geordie's, Elements, and Different Pointe of View have the best views.

      1. The Farm at South Mountain might work for a breakfast or possibly dinner thing. They have the room for 60 teenage boys with no problem. They have several dining options there. Might be worth a call. It is not very far from Tempe.


        1. Susie's Mexican Cafe might kills two birds. It's a hole-in-the-wall, and breakfast is very good.

          2405 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ

          1. In Tempe, you're going to be pretty close to Phoenix (about a 10-15 minute drive depending on where you are in Tempe)

            Meal with a view: I never thought I'd say it, but I think Rustler's Rooste will do well for you, offering steak with a view. The food is OK, the place is a tourist trap par excellence, but there's a lot of kitschiness that makes it pretty cute. For example, there is a slide to get into the restaurant. If you'd like to go more gourmet, go with Elements at the Sanctuary resort on Camelback Mountain (Full disclosure: I work at Sanctuary's sister hotel). It's one of the only places in town where the food is as good as the view. Avoid the rotating Compass Room at the top of the Hyatt in downtown Phoenix, the food is totally nothing to write home about.

            Breakfast and Brunch: One of my favorites is the Farm House in downtown Gilbert. I've been going there for decades and the food has always remained delicious. Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix is very charming, too.

            3) Tradiciones, Tradiciones, Tradiciones! It's a gorgeous space, and the food is some of the best in town. Make this the team dinner, they can handle you very easily and as long as you don't mind switching out the pasta for tortillas you're all set.

            4) I'd go with Carolina's. The place has been in dire need of a paint job for quite some time, but it's still kept up and the food is amazing. If you can swing by there on your way to the airport, pick up at least two dozen tortillas; check some in your bag, otherwise you'll eat all of them by the time you land. Maybe by the time you take off.

            BBQ: Sadly, we aren't known too well for BBQ. By far the best one in the state is halfway to Vegas (Eat At Joe's in beautiful downtown Wikieup; don't blink or you'll miss it). Joe's Real BBQ (no relation to the Joe in Wikieup) in Gilbert a stone's throw from the Farm House is very good, though.

            7) Asian inspired... My favorite sushi in town lately is at Sushi Eye In Motion, a new venue for the owners of the excellent Sushi Eye. In Motion offers up sushi on a conveyor belt, Sushi Eye is a bit more traditional. Sushi Ken down in south Phoenix is very good too. For Chinese, I've been going to Shangri-La for ages and I always love it. It was kinda weird the one time that the piano player played the theme from M*A*S*H, but I still love 'em. Cyclo down in Chandler is delicious for Vietnamese food with a modern twist, and the owner Justina is a hoot. She's one of the only people I've seen wait tables while wearing stiletto heels.

            1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

            Carolina's Mexican Food Restaurant
            1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

            Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine
            1919 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224

            Joe's Real Barbecue
            301 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

            5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

            Matt's Big Breakfast
            801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

            Farm House Restaurant
            228 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

            Sushi Eye
            780 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284

            Rustler's Rooste
            7777 S Pointe Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ

            Sushi Eye In Motion
            58 W Buffalo St Ste 110, Chandler, AZ 85225

            Shangri La De Old Cathay
            2992 N Alma School Rd Ste 3, Chandler, AZ 85224