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N. Scottsdale inexpensive dining recommendations

b8b Jul 8, 2008 10:26 AM


I am new to the N. Scottsdale area and am just NW of the airpark and am wondering what inexpensive dining options there are around. I know Sapporo has 6 items for $6 for lunch (sounds like a great deal) and a happy hour menu including Teppan (amazing deal, we tried that already) and when I am in a hurry there is an In-n-Out on Frank Lloyd and Scottsdale Rd (2 miles away, very convenient).

Does anyone else have any dining recommendations that are an excellent value for some good food? I need something for lunches when working and something fun and affordable for a young family (wife and I are in our thirties, boys are 7 & 10).

Thanks in advance!

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    Alice Letseat RE: b8b Jul 8, 2008 02:08 PM

    You know, this will sound a little offbeat, but if I were around the airpark and wanted to regularly get out of the office at lunchtime and not spend much over $5-8 a day....I'd think seriously about the packaged foods and salads available at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

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      sunshineinaz RE: Alice Letseat Jul 10, 2008 01:47 PM

      Also second Whole Foods. They have a great salad bar/prepared foods area that is huge with lots of choices.

    2. themis RE: b8b Jul 8, 2008 03:02 PM

      The Promenade there has a Daphne's for greek/mediterranean lunches, and a Picazzo's, which ought to be good for the family.

      Alice is right about Whole Foods, a very good lunch option.

      1. ejs1492 RE: b8b Jul 8, 2008 04:01 PM

        I work in the area also and have lunch often at Restaurant Guiseppe on the SW corner of Scottsdale Rd and Thunderbird. Great Italian food, cash only.

        I also like: Wildflower Bakery (Pima and FLW), Daphne's (Promenade), Rinaldis Deli(Promenade), and there is always The Tilted Kilt if you want some scenery ;-) with your lunch.

        13610 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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          jhenner RE: b8b Jul 8, 2008 07:57 PM

          Nick's Italian on Scottsdale and Grayslake has some good sandwiches in the $8 dollar range. You might want to check them out.

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            cakennedy RE: b8b Jul 9, 2008 11:37 AM

            There's quite a few good choices around the airpark. Some of my favorites:

            Sauce (Scottsdale N of Tbird)
            Dilly's Deli (Scottsdale N of Tbird)
            Habanero Grill (new, Northsight N of Raintree)
            Whatever that Italian place is next to the south end of the runway
            Zinc Bistro, North, Greene House (Kierland)
            La Pinata Nueva (FLW/Thompson Peak)
            Skeptical Chymyst (?) (FLW/Pima)
            Ray's Pizza (FLW/Pima)
            Ono Hawaiian BBQ (FLW/Pima)
            Fresh Mint (Scottsdale N of Tbird)
            Croque (Scottsdale S of Tbird)
            Zipp's Grill (64th/Greenway)
            Baja Fresh/Chipotle (FLW/Thompson Peak)
            Andreoli (94th/Mountian View)

            Places to skip:
            Taylor's Cafe
            PF Changs
            Cheesecake Factory
            Arriba (FLW/Pima)

            I'm sure I've forgotten a few, will add as I remember.

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              Jess321 RE: cakennedy Jul 11, 2008 04:37 PM

              Have you been to Habaneros? I got a menu posted on my windshield while in the Rubio's parking lot, and after calling the number to find it disconnected I drove around looking for it just to see if it existed. I found it, but I haven't tried it yet. I must say, being open until 3am in that part of town seems like a lofty goal (I like the idea, but that center just doesn't seem to lend itself to a late-night crowd). On the menu it said the hours of operation, but it also listed a broken phone number so I'm not sure if the hours are still the same. Would love to hear opinions of the food of anyone who's tried it!

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                cakennedy RE: Jess321 Jul 15, 2008 10:05 AM

                I go once or twice a week, which is a real testament because I usually don't like to return to any place many times. It is, in short, spectacular. The "parillada tampiquena" is particularly good, and kind of fun because those were two words that were brand new to me. Anything with chorizo or their fresh guacamole is top-notch.

                It's a bit ironic because I think the previous tenant was a horrible Tacos del Mar; hopefully people don't associate the old tenant with the new.

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                  johnseberg RE: cakennedy Jul 19, 2008 11:44 AM

                  For anyone interested in finding the Habanero Grill, it's right between the Scottsdale Gun Club and USAutoWeapons (no joke). I have a hard time finding things in this area. With all the parking lots and driveways, having an address isn't a lot of help. Busiesses that are closer to the street are K O'Donnell's and the Salty Senorita. Venture back into the parking lot between these two, and you should find it.

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                    Jess321 RE: johnseberg Jul 20, 2008 12:08 PM

                    I went there last night, they actually are open late on weekends! Which is so surprising given the area and the lack of other late-night things around there. I had a veggie burrito in a whole wheat tortilla (props to them for even having those) and it had black beans and sauteed mushrooms and onions (I didn't get the peppers that normally come with them), and I added guac. It was delicious!! The chips that came with it were a little stale, but the hot sauce/salsa stuff on the side was great and had just the right amount of heat. I hope people discover this place so that it can stay in business!!

            2. tara17 RE: b8b Jul 9, 2008 12:51 PM

              I really like Fitness Cafe at Scottsdale & Thunderbird, same plaza as Jack in the Box and Croque (mentioned above). The salads are out of this world, and my favorite thing on the menu is the Olympian Pita. If you go, you must try the pasta salad - it's incredible!

              Another favorite is Blue Saguaro, which is a small sandwich shop. Their breakfast sandwiches are great.

              Both of these places are lunch only, I believe.

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                tara17 RE: tara17 Jul 9, 2008 12:54 PM

                Forgot to add places

                Blue Saguaro Cafe
                15115 N Hayden Rd # 150, Scottsdale, AZ

                Fitness Cafe
                13610 N Scottsdale Rd # 3, Scottsdale, AZ

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                b8b RE: b8b Jul 11, 2008 01:37 PM

                Thank you all for the suggestions. No one seemed to mention prices for lunch, so I assume there's not many incredible bargains in the area besides Sapporo and Pomodoro. I will try Whole Foods, though I thought it was quite expensive per pound for the salad, but perhaps a half-pound will go a long way :)

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                  1wino RE: b8b Jul 11, 2008 01:57 PM

                  I'm shocked no one's listed the aptly-named Indian Paradise. $8.95 lunch buffet.

                  Indian Paradise
                  15115 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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                    jhenner RE: b8b Jul 11, 2008 02:16 PM

                    No one? I thought I very clearly listed the sandwich prices for Nick's Italian :-D

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                      HappyStomach RE: b8b Jul 14, 2008 10:15 AM

                      A little late to respond about lunch, but if you want a great buritto or other quick Mexican, give Prickly Pear a try. It's right near Raintree and Northsight (close to K. O'Donell's). Prices right. Excellent health report. I always check that before trying a new place.

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                        Tillman RE: HappyStomach Jul 20, 2008 10:26 AM

                        Do you have URL for local restaurant health inspections?

                        TIA & Cheers -- Pete Tillman

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                          azhotdish RE: Tillman Jul 20, 2008 12:22 PM


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                      Wandrr RE: b8b Jul 23, 2008 03:33 PM

                      I like Prickly Pear Mexican Grill in the Airpark. A really huge burrito is about $7 and great tasting too. They have specials weekdays with a drink and a dessert and an entree for just under $10.

                      Rays Pizza is my local favorite. They are in the shopping center at Frank L.Wright and the 101. It is not too pricey.

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                        amy30 RE: b8b Jul 23, 2008 03:42 PM

                        Ray's Pizza is GREAT. La Fonda is great for dinner and lunch (cheep for both), decor is nothing to write home but great Mexican food. Oregano's has some good pizza and resonable for lunch (I get a slice of pizza).

                        Ray's Pizza (FLW/101)
                        La Fonda & Oreganos (SE Corner of Shea & Scottsdale Rd)
                        California Pizza Kitchen (might please the kids more) Just South of Shea on Scottsdale Road.
                        Los Olivos Norte (FLW/101) Great Mexican food and really resonable prices (the original is in Old Town Scottsdale)
                        Jason's Deli (NE Corner of Scottsdale & Shea)
                        Sapporos is always good for lunch and happy hour.

                        My fiance has a 13 year old son so when we have him we have to take him to places that he will find something to eat as well!!!

                        Good Luck!

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