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mrsnm Jun 16, 2008 03:36 PM

I'm heading to Phx/Scottsdale for a girls' weekend. We live in Abq and therefore have horrible middle eastern/mediterranean food. We're staying at the Phoenician and I can get my way around cameback up and down, up and down Scottsdale Road, but not to far-off places.

Any recs for greek/middle eastern/lebanese/etc in that vicinity?

We're also on the lookout for tasty places for some gals (travelling without kids!) to have b-fast, lunch, or dinner. NO MEXICAN, as we're from Albuquerque and, well, enough already! :)

Thanks!

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    andyeats RE: mrsnm Jun 16, 2008 03:58 PM

    Three ideas for your first request:

    1. Persian Room (http://www.persianroom.com
    )2. Eden's Grill (http://www.edensgrill.com
    )3. Sabuddy (http://www.sabuddyrestaurant.com

    )

    Any more constraints regarding your second one (i.e. types of food)? There are tons of great places to eat in the area...

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    Sabuddy
    6949 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

    Eden's Grill
    13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 29, Phoenix, AZ 85032

    Persian Room
    17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

    1. silverbear RE: mrsnm Jun 16, 2008 05:39 PM

      First question:

      The two Mediterranean places that I know closest to the Phoenician are Pita Jungle and Pita House.

      The former is part of a local chain on healthful, Mediterranean-oriented restaurants. It's not quite as authentic as the places named by andyeasts, but it's closer and I love the food there. Service can vary -- never terrible but occasionally a little spacey. The Arcadia location is about three miles southwest of the Phoenician.

      The latter is a place in Old Town Scottsdale that is currently expanding. They make a mean falafel sandwich. About two miles southeast of the Phoenician.

      Second question -- Like andyeats said, too broad. How about some narrowing in terms of atmosphere, price range, type of food?

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

      Pita House
      7210 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      1. johnseberg RE: mrsnm Jun 16, 2008 08:19 PM

        If you want to spend a little time outside, before it gets unbearably hot, and like a good, baked, pancake, you might try The Original Pancake House. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Phoenician. It is a chain, only takes cash, and requires you to silence your phone.

        I wouldn't like to deter you from the suggestions already made, but, you might check the menus at T. Cooks at the Royal Palms.

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        Original Pancake House
        6840 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        T Cooks At the Royal Palms
        5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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          mrsnm RE: mrsnm Jun 17, 2008 05:42 AM

          Thanks for the replies. We like all types of ethnic food (except Indian...sorry). We want to be casual and fun and delicious. I have been to T.Cook's (amazing) but I think we're looking for easy and fun. I have heard that Cowboy Ciao might be a good option. Also deli or dim-sum for b-fast (I know how to get to Chompie's). Pancake house sounds divine! :)

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            Sherri RE: mrsnm Jun 17, 2008 09:48 AM

            Plunked smack in the middle of a non-descript strip mall on Scottsdale Road, south of Thomas, is Atlas Bistro. It doesn't exactly fit your "Mediterranean" perimeter but offers amazing, interesting and well-prepared food. It is laid-back and a great alternative for one of your dinners IF you're a bit flexible about geography. The "Atlas" in their name means what it says -- food from around the world.

            Atlas Bistro has no liquor license but that's not a problem because it is next-door to The Arizona Wine Company. Actually, you enter the restaurant through the wine store. If you're inclined, peruse the menu and buy a bottle(s) there to accompany your meal. Wines are available to fit every pocketbook from $7 to stratospheric and the assistance from knowlegable staff is free.

            I had a great meal there last week and cannot recommend it highly enough. I'm a huge fan of T. Cooks as well. AB and TC are very different venues and each is wownderful in its own way.

          2. ejs1492 RE: mrsnm Jun 17, 2008 09:42 AM

            Although it's in North Scottsdale (and, therefore, not close to the Phoenician) I would strongly suggest Pars Persian Cuisine. The food is GREAT.

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            Pars Persian Cuisine
            11144 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

            1. girlgourmet RE: mrsnm Jun 17, 2008 09:58 AM

              All of the suggestions so far sound great... here's a couple more...

              Over Easy or Orange Table for breakfast.

              Cowboy Ciao for lunch or dinner. Oh, and Digestif (also from the Cowboy Ciao group) for lunch or dinner.

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              Cowboy Ciao
              7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              Orange Table
              7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              Over Easy
              4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

              Digestif
              7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85351

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