Mediterranean near Scottsdale
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! :)
Three ideas for your first request:
Any more constraints regarding your second one (i.e. types of food)? There are tons of great places to eat in the area...
6949 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 29, Phoenix, AZ 85032
17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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?
4340 E Indian School Rd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85018
7210 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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.
Original Pancake House
6840 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
T Cooks At the Royal Palms
5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
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! :)
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.
Although it's in North Scottsdale (and, therefore, not close to the Phoenician) I would strongly suggest Pars Persian Cuisine. The food is GREAT.
Pars Persian Cuisine
11144 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259