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Nov 29, 2008 04:51 PM

Need restaurant in Scottsdale for Friday night

My husband and I will be in Scottsdale for his company party next weekend. We will be staying at the Millenium Hotel McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale. Do you have any suggestions for restaurants Friday night? We aren't looking for something fancy just good food and something not too far. Last year we went to Cowboy Ciao which we enjoyed. We are from LA so Mexican food is common place to us and probably not something we would want to search out in Scottsdale. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Two board favorites near there are Rancho Pinot and Razz's. Search the board for reports and check the restaurants' websites to see if these might be the kinds of places you're after. Good luck.

    Rancho Pinot
    6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

    Razz's Restaurant & Bar
    10315 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    1. Two immediate options would be:

      NOCA (just did my third review today)
      Vincent' on Camelback

      Now, from the links that I hope to attach, you might want to do a MapQuest, or similar to get the exact mileage and make sure that they are not beyond how far you wish to travel. Both are on Camelback Road, which is just north of Cowboy Ciao. They are, however, a few miles to the west.

      NOCA is an excellent take on American cuisine, while Chef Vincent does semi-classical French, but with a Southwest bent. Of the two, Vincent's is more formal, but I'd still typify it as upper "resort ware." Each is unique and offers a lot of food, that one is not likely to find just everywhere. Both have good wine lists.

      Links to recent reviews: (NOCA
      ) (Vincent's


      Another great restaurant and a bit closer to you, albeit still on Camelback is T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort. I have not done a recent review of it, but did provide a link to judge the drive time.

      I had a great brunch up Scottsdale Rd at the Kierland Commons Shopping Center at The Green House, but do not know how they do dinner. In that same area, Deseo at the Westin Kierland has always made us happy and the food is also a unique take. There are some older reviews of Deseo, but I think the ones for The Green House go back a bit, and I do not recall if they are lunch/brunch or dinner.

      Many "hounds" really like Zink Bistro in the same neighborhood. I dined there too many years ago, and was a bit underwhelmed - still that was then, this is now.

      In terms of ambiance, Vincent's, T. Cooks and Deseo are all upper-end - clearly in the fine-dining sphere, though none are stuffy. They are places that a gentleman would desire to wear a jacket, thought it is not required. The Greenhouse, NOCA and Zink Bistro are down-scale a bit. However, I did wear a jacket to NOCA the other night and did not feel out of place.

      NOCA and Zink probably have a "vibe," that is closer to Cowboy Ciao's, while the others are a bit more sedate (do not know The Greenhouse other than brunch).

      Rancho Pinot, which has been mentioned above, would also be in my rec. list, but I was beaten to that punch. It's very good, with a nice wine list and some interesting takes on "comfort food." Atmosphere is upscale-casual, not too different from NOCA, except for the "old west" decor. The "old west" part ends with the decor. They will NOT cut your tie off. [Reference to some "western-themed" restaurants, that specialize in "old west."]


      Deseo: Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
      6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

      Zinc Bistro
      15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

      T Cooks At the Royal Palms
      5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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

      3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

      34822 N 46th St, Cave Creek, AZ

      1. As far as something not too fancy but still delicious, we were recently there in September and our fav meal was at Humble Pie. Great pizza with a more gourmet feel- I thought it was fantastic. Go for the proscuitto with caramelized pears and arugula- soooo good.