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Nov 14, 2008 07:18 PM

restaurants in Scottsdale

Apologies if this has been covered before, but my searches haven't turned up much...

I'm looking for low-end ($10-20) good ethnic eateries near the Doubletree in Paradise Valley (5401 N. Scottsdale Rd.). I am coming to town for a conference but have a low budget. Thai, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mexican, New Mexican... it's all good. Unfortunately, the conference includes lunch, so I only get to go out for dinner! I'm ready for some good meals - the town I live in doesn't even have decent pizza.

I'll be able to drive. Have heard good things about Cyclo in Chandler and Los Dos Molinos in downtown Phoenix, but they are both a bit of a drive. Any suggestions closer in?

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  1. I live nearby, and pizza might be your best bet. It's hard to find good, reasonably priced food in this area, IMO. Some of my favorites are Humble Pie, Totties Asian Fusion, Carlsbad Tavern, Goldman's Deli, Sabuddy Israeli. Disclaimer: I have not been to the last three very recently.

    Driving to Cyclo during the evening rush is probably NOT a good idea.

    Note: Totties Asian Fusion used to be known as Shanghai Palace.

    6949 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

    Carlsbad Tavern
    3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Shanghai Palace
    7901 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Humble Pie
    6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

    Goldmans Best Cooking
    6929 N Hayden Rd # C2, Scottsdale, AZ

    1. The immediate area around that resort is predominantly affluent, white, non-Hispanic -- at the risk of stereotyping, the area is good for fine dining but not for hole-in-the-wall ethnic.

      Besides John's recommendations, I'd suggest driving south. There are some strip mall gems in southern Scottsdale and northern Tempe. Some specifics:

      -- Noodles Ranch -- good pho and Vietnamese food @ Thomas & Scottsdale Rd (SE corner)
      -- Blue Nile -- Ethiopian on University just east of Rural Rd (alternative name for Scottsdale Rd south of the Salt River. There are also Indian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, and Thai restaurants in the same plaza.
      -- NIle Cafe -- Egyptian @ McDowell & Scottsdale Rd. (SW corner) (I have not eaten here; my recommendation is based on meals at the restaurant's other location in Downtown Phoenix).
      -- Udupi -- All-vegetarian south India on Scottsdale Rd. just south of McKellips

      Blue Nile Cafe
      933 E University Dr Ste 112, Tempe, AZ 85281

      Udupi Cafe
      1636 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

      Noodles Ranch
      2765 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 107, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

      Nile Cafe (Scottsdale)
      7051 E McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ

      1. Mmmm. My mouth is watering.

        1. Thanks again for the recommendations. We went to Blue Nile and loved the food. Would have been nice to know that they don't serve any beer.
          Noodles Ranch was very disappointing. I wouldn't recommend it.

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          1. re: renshiwo

            Thanks for reporting back. Not enough people take the time to do so.

            If you don't mind, I'd be interested in hearing more about your disappointment at Noodles Ranch. I've enjoyed my meals there, but it's possible that the place has declined since my last visit several months ago or simply that we have different tastes. Knowing more about your unpleasant experience would help me to do better with recommendations to future visitors.

            1. re: silverbear

              I ordered the pho with beef brisket. The broth, which is generally the highlight of the soup for me, was thin and lacked flavor. The noodles were skinny rather than being the wide noodle I am accustomed to (not a big deal for flavor, but made me wonder why). The beef slices had the shiny, iridescent color of old meat. It was also served with only a small sprig of basil.

              My party also ordered spring rolls, which I thought were fine but nothing special. The dipping sauce was quite salty and frankly tasted like it was straight from a bottle.

              While my companions enjoyed their meals, everyone commented on how much better our meal the previous night at The Blue Nile had been. I guess I would say The Noodle Ranch was ok, but since I get to eat ethnic food so seldom, I was disproportionately disappointed.

              1. re: renshiwo

                Thanks. That's helpful feedback and something I'll have to watch for when and if I get back to Noodles Ranch.