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Recommendations for Tuscon, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona

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BrooklynJoy Oct 28, 2008 07:30 AM

I will be in the Tuscon area for 2 nights, and the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Sedona area for 2 nights. Any recommendations for "must go to" places to eat. Thanks.

  1. yasouyiayia Nov 1, 2008 12:21 AM

    for Korean: have enjoyed Takamatsu in the past, although have not been in a while.

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    Takamatsu Restaurant
    4214 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051

    1. Bill Hunt Oct 29, 2008 09:56 PM

      BrooklynJoy,

      There are so many, that the server would likely crash.

      Please offer up what you are looking for. With some tidbits, people can begin making recs.. If I started listing my fav. high-end spots in all venues, and you wanted "family-style," everything that I write would be useless.

      Some idea of budget, likes/dislikes, cusine, etc. would go a very long way to helping others help you.

      Now, there are tons of great food in these areas, so you will not lack for recs.

      Hunt

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        BrooklynJoy Oct 31, 2008 07:21 AM

        Hunt,

        All I'm looking for is some great food. No limitations on price (although I don't want to spend $100 on every meal). I like all different cuisines and I have no food limitations. I'm not a huge fan of mexican/southwestern fare (although this will be my first time to this area of the country, so that may change), so I wouldn't want to have that type of cuisine for every meal. I'm traveling with a friend so "family style" eating is pretty much out. All in all, I just want some delicious meals while I'm out there. Oh, are there any korean restaurants? I try to visit a korean restaurant in every city I visit if they have one.

        1. re: BrooklynJoy
          Bill Hunt Nov 6, 2008 06:54 PM

          In Tucson, two places that have always filled MY bill have been Janos at the La Paloma and the Ventana Room. Both are in north Tucson at the foot of the Catalina Mountains.

          I am sure that there are other great restaurants and at lower price-points there, but we just never have the time to try any. We're there for meetings, and are always faced with something the night before, then an event back in Phoenix the night after. If I get to pick a restaurant, or two, these are those.

          Now, in Phoenix, I highly recommend Vincent's on Camelback, NOCA and Binkley's in Cave Creek/Carefree, north of Phoenix proper.

          At this moment, these are my go-to locations. Yes, they are upper-end, but have never let me down.

          Please remember, these are not the only choices. These are the spots that I would head to, if I did not wish to be disappointed. That is why I recommend each. Unfortunately, all are at the upper-end of the dining price spectrum, but they have all proved to be a great "value," to me.

          Enjoy and look for some spots down that spectrum, especialy in Tucson.

          Hunt

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          Binkley's
          6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

          J Bar
          3770 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718

          Vincent On Camelback
          3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

          Noca
          3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

          Ventana Room
          7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, AZ 85750

          1. re: BrooklynJoy
            Bill Hunt Nov 6, 2008 06:58 PM

            Rather than try to add to my previous post (CH messes these up too often), I need to add that Vincent's is a French restaurant, albeit with a wondrful Southwest take on the classics. Janos is similar, though different. The fare is classical (not necessarily French), and also with a wonderful Southwest take on these. The fare is not SW in a strict sense, though the cuisne of each does exhibit touches that are wonderfully executed.

            Hunt

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            Binkley's
            6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

            J Bar
            3770 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718

            Vincent On Camelback
            3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

            Noca
            3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

            Ventana Room
            7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, AZ 85750

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          allabuona Oct 28, 2008 12:04 PM

          phx/sctsdl/sedona is quite a bit to hit in 2 nights, but i definitely have some recommendations. It depends on what you like, of course.
          Dinner:
          Theres Barrio Cafe in phx which is absolutely incredible mexican with a french-ish flare, with drinks, you'd prob spend about $20-35 ea. at least.
          Digestif in scottsdale just won best new restaurant, for good reason.they call themselves cal-ital, and their food is to die for, i have yet to have a better salad, in fact. same price range (make a reservation, though)
          pizza is awsome at humble pie, as well as pizzeria bianco (but its quite difficult to get a table at the latter)
          Lunch:
          Delux, near biltmore area (phx), upscale burger place, yummy sweet potato fries!
          La Grande Orange
          Breakfast:
          hands down, "morning glory" at 'the farm at south mountain' its on a farm, really good food, cant beat the vibe.
          Scratch serves a pretty good quiche, but i would def rec for their pastries
          coffee: coffee roastery on hayden (sctsdl) has probably the best quality coffee in town, but lux, on central (phx) is pretty up there as well.

          Theres a lot to love about the valley's culinary scene, but theres still even more to not love. we're moving in the right direction, i think. just stay away from the olive gardens and applebees, please. we need to let the more creative, smaller restaurants have a fighting chance. but then again, if youre on chowhound, im guessing you think the same way i do :-)

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          1. re: allabuona
            kaszeta Oct 29, 2008 09:33 PM

            I finally got to do Bianco tonight (tried two other times but had to wave off due to the extremely long wait)

            Wednesday night is definitely a good time to go, I got there at 4:35 and made the first seating.

            It's seriously worth the hype, IMHO. I had two stunningly good pizzas, and if I had more stomach space, I'd still be eating.

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              ginael Oct 30, 2008 04:36 PM

              These are spot-on recs, Allabuona! Barrio Cafe, Digestif, and LGO are all unique Phx eateries that sometimes fall off the radar for people visiting. Has the parking at LGO improved? That's their only downfall. Great wine selection, by the way.

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              myfeetarecold Oct 28, 2008 07:51 AM

              Wow, I miss Tucson so very much.

              I think La Indita on 4th is a fantastic place to have a bite to eat and for a fantastic price. It gives you vegetarian options you wouldn't normally find in your typical mexican joint. Barrio Grill is a nice place to grab a cocktail and steak. You could take the trip down to South Tucson and just stop into any of the places along South 4th; Michas, Crossroads, there's loads of good eating. The Cup Cafe in Congress Hotel is a great place to have breakfast, and of course there's always cafe Poca Cosa just down the way. I say take advantage of the amazing mexican options.

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