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Scottsdale and Sedona - great food, moderate prices?

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Hi -
Hubby and I are doing Scottsdale (w/ a day trip to Sedona) for our 10th anniversary. We've pretty much stretched our budget as far as it can go. We would love some reccomendations for great local food w/ moderate prices (dives are fine too, but looking for mid-range, like 75ish for dinner, maybe 40ish for lunches?). We love southwest cooking, Mexican, new American, BBQ, and Asian food.
Also, we are staying at teh Fairmont Scottsdale, and want to grab breakfast on teh way out of town to Sedona - any rec's going in that directions - I'm guessing maybe the Cave Creek./Carefree area?

TIA!!! I've done some searches, but have mostly come up with high ends rec's like Binkley's.

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  1. No one??

    Ok - Hubby wants to go to The Mission, so that is set for one night (unless I get huge objections here LOL). I am deciding between Roaring Fork and Cowboy Ciao for another night - any preference there?
    Also in the running - the simple Sunday supper at NOCA.
    Looking for something uber casual and fun after the day we spend in Sedona - thinking Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse or Greasewood Flats? Any other ideas?

    Also still looking for a breakfast place on the way out of Scottsdale to Sedona.
    Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. re: Scrappygrrl

      I know there are a couple places around the Black Canyon City area - but it's such a short drive that I usually just either grab breakfast in Phoenix or wait 'til I get to Sedona...

    2. I'm a little confused by the combination of your stated cost constraints and your choice of restaurants. For example, if you and your husband split an starter, a main course, and a dessert, and have one cocktail/glass of wine apiece at Cowboy Ciao, you'll be closing in on the $70 mark before tax and tip. My partner and I often split 4 courses (starter, salad, main, dessert) this way, especially at places serving large portions, but I wouldn't necessarily assume that everyone dines this way. Maybe you can clarify this for me/us.

      On the other hand, for $75, it would be easy for 2 people to pig out at Los Sombreros, where main courses run about $8-$10 less than Cowboy Ciao's.

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      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina
      2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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      1. re: hohokam

        As much as I like Los Sombreros, I would go to Elote Cafe, if I was going to Sedona, and expect the food to be very similar. I'm thinking Elote is Los Sombreros 2.0.

        Also, since you are staying near I-101 and like New Mexican, I would drive to Richardson's and get the best Carne Adovada in town. It's may be an easier drive than to Old Town Scottsdale.

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        Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico
        1582 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

        Elote Cafe
        771 HWY 179, Sedona, AZ

        1. re: johnseberg

          Elote Cafe is similar to Los Sombreros but in my opinion even better quality and food. However, Elote Cafe only serves dinner starting at 5 so you might not be able to make it depending on what time you're heading back to phoenix.

        2. re: hohokam

          yes, I agree with los sombreros-try the pork with pumpkin seed or the amazing lamb shank.
          don't let them hurry you-excellent margaritas!

        3. Last fall we were in Sedona and discovered Cowboy Club on Hwy 89A on the main tourist area (which I try to avoid) but the food was very good. The atmosphere is very cowboy casual and comfortable. My girlfriend and I shared a chicken ranch sandwich and I was sorry I didn't get the order all to myself. Our husbands had a burger and the pulled pork and said they were delicious. I haven't been to Elote but hear nothing but good things.

          1. If you're still trying to decide between CC and Roaring Fork, I would choose CC without any hesitation. Honestly, McGrath, who was responsible for making RF a great place, left years ago, and it's really never been the same. There's nothing bad about RF per se, but it really isn't impressive anymore--the food seems far more streamlined and "corporate"...it's just fairly uninspiring/boring. You'll find the opposite at CC.

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            1. re: crsin

              There's a fairly new place in Sedona called N Fusions - very good crepes, salads, paninis. Had a terrific crepe for lunch today - smoked ham, gruyere and a fig conserve. It's open Tuesday - Sunday, I think from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and is on Hwy 89A next to Mexidona, opposite Red Planet Diner.

              N'Fusions
              1650 West Highway 89A
              Sedona, AZ 86336
              (928) 282-5211

            2. If you will be in town on a Monday, Fine's Celler in old town Scottsdale has 1/2 off all food (lunch and dinner) which means two can dine very well for very little.

              Delux is in the same parking lot as NOCA and offers tasty burgers and fries that are bargain concious.

              Metro Brasserie offers a daily special of dinner for two for $42 which includes 500 ml of house wine. I'm not sure if this is dinner only or available all day.
              (example)
              FRIDAY - WHOLE FISH
              changes weekly
              *SATURDAY - CÔTE DE BOEUF $50
              18oz. rib-eye with bouquet of vegetables and
              bordelaise sauce
              SUNDAY - WHOLE ROASTED CHICKEN
              roasted vegetables and sage jus

              Enjoy your trip!

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              Delux
              3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

              Fine's Cellar
              7051 E 5th Ave Ste M, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              Metro Brasserie
              7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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              1. re: MesaChow

                just tried fines cellar on a monday night. wow. 1/2price for very good food!the porkbelly crepe is to die for and the wines selection will blow you away. an extensive and creative menu with great food and a modern but cozy atmosphere.

              2. I think you will adore the amazing enchantment resort in sedona, which has some wonderful places to eat. If you split an appetizer as well as entre and refrain from getting too crazy with alcohol, you can definitely accomplish all of your goals with great food as well as moderate prices.

                Enchantment is a must see, if not only for the food, but, the amazing views as well. It is nestled in a valley surrounded by the beautiful sedona rocks. Not sure how they acquired such prime real estate, but, it is a secret gem.