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  • mrsnm Jun 16, 2008 03:36 PM
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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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  1. 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. 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. 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

        1. 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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          1. re: mrsnm

            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. 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. 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