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Oct 28, 2008 01:21 PM

Boston Hound Visiting Phoenix/Scottsdale Needs Help!

Hey all:

The wife and I are making our first trip to Phoenix/Scottsdale in a few weeks. We are staying up north at the Four Seasons Scottsdale but we will have a car and we don't mind driving a bit for good food. Here is what I am thinking so far. Please keep in mind that my wife is pregnant so really spicy foods or raw fish won't really work for us.

Friday: T Cooks (this is our anniversary dinner)
Saturday: Mastros
Sunday: Greasewood Flats (hey, we can't do a fancy meal every night!)
Monday: ????

Monday is open because by then we may just want a relaxing dinner at our hotel but I am also thinking that we may want to try something that we otherwise would not be able to find in Boston. Would Cowboy Ciao or Lon's make sense? If so, which one or am I missing something that I can't leave the area without trying? Thanks so much in advance for your assistance.

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    1. you aren't far from Binley's in Cave of the best restauranst in town...
      you wont be disappointed

      or Sol y Sambra @ DC Ranch...Spanish/ tapas/great atmosphere

      both are innovative, independent restaurants worth visiting

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      1. re: ciaogal

        Thanks for the help. Any thoughts on T Cooks for an anniversary dinner?

        1. re: Gordough

          I've heard good things about it, but have not been. We were going to go for our anniversary, as well, but was not in the mood for that menu at the time and opted for "elements" (which I don't strongly recommend).

          I will second Binkleys. Their service, attention to detail, and execution is marvelous and magical. We've eaten there several times, and have enjoyed it tremendously. While Boston has its share of avant garde restaurants, I think you will find Binkleys to be refreshingly down to earth (they do use some of those new-fangled techniques like liquid nitrogen and foams, but in moderation and only to make the food delicious and special) as well as incredibly reasonable in price for the experience.

          1. re: Gordough

            Hey, we moved here about four years ago from north of Boston. Scottsdale/Phoenix has a really fun, ever-evolving food scene. T Cooks is nice especially for an anniversary dinner...I think Lon's is nicer though and a little more "authentic Phoenix". Binkley's in Cave Creek is supposed to be outstanding although I've never been there. I would HIGHLY recommend skipping suggested above...Zinc Bistro at Kierland Commons is my absolute favorite restaurant here. I highly recommend it...maybe for your Monday night out. or even for lunch... they have a great little courtyard in the center of the restaurant which is so fun to eat in.

          2. re: ciaogal

            I second Binkley's and also wish to add Moasic. Both are close and each is different, yet good to great.


            6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

            Mosaic Restaurant
            10600 E Jomax Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

          3. Hi Gordough,

            We just moved from Boston earlier this year (favorite restaurants are in my bio to give you an idea of places we like). Great recs already of course from everyone. I haven't been to T. Cook's (nor Lon's or Mosaic) yet, but I've heard so many positive reviews that all are on our list. As others have mentioned, Binkley's is excellent. In fact, it's my favorite restaurant in the Phoenix area. You can't go wrong there. A gifted, creative chef doing amazing things but in a non-stuffy, comfortable atmosphere.

            Re: Cowboy Ciao - we love that place. One of the reasons is exactly as you mentioned - because there's nothing like it in Boston. Quirky, funky atmosphere, great twists on a southwestern menu, and good cocktails too. Link to our first visit:

            Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale - Comments?

            Other recs above that we also agree with and like are Sol y Sombra and Zinc Bistro. However, Boston has such very good tapas restaurants and French bistros, that I'd tend to visit places you can't find there.

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            1. re: Rubee

              Thanks Rubee and everyone else!! Keep the suggestions coming as we aren't coming to town for a few weeks.

              1. re: Gordough

                Definitely skip "Barcelona". Lackluster food for above-average price. Sol y Sombra has a way better atmosphere and pretty good tapas. Cowboy Ciao is a Scottsdale favorite. If you're oenophiles, you'll want to go there for an extensive wine list. You're sure to enjoy the unique and delicious cuisine.

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              1. Both Lon's and T.Cooks are "Old Arizona" and date from the 1930s and 1920s respectively. I don't think you can go wrong with either one. Neither has any connection to what you find in Boston. I have a sentimental attachment to T.Cooks as I was married there nine years ago and will be returning for a celebratory lunch next week.

                Lunch is a great option since you have the ability to stroll the lovely grounds at each. Of course you can walk around at dinner as well, but there is something serene about seeing these lovely, historic properties in the light of day.

                I hope that you have a wonderful visit and our current warm weather hold for your trip.

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                1. re: Sherri

                  We had a spectacular meal and experience at T. Cooks last December. We were staying at the Royal Palms and loved it. They go out of their way to make the night special - be sure to tell them it is your anniversary. They can so some nice special effects [ some free, some cost] for you.

                  The grounds are amazing, so romantic! Be sure to stroll around once the sun sets and see all the little courtyards with fireplaces and cozy places to sit.

                  I would go back to both the Royal Palms and T. Cooks.