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Feb 13, 2009 09:37 AM

A Foodies Spring Break

I am flying out to Arizona for my spring break in mid-March and am looking for awesome yet not expensive (doesn't have to be super cheap either) places to eat. Having never been anywhere near this area of the country I am really flying blind as to good places to eat. I am staying with my mother who is a recent mover to Cottonwood Arizona but am flying in to LAX and then taking either I-10 or I-40 over to Cottonwood. I'm all ears for any tips or ideas for great restaurants of any style of cooking along these routes.

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  1. You may want to repost with your destination in the subject head -- there's no way of knowing if you want info for Phoenix, Las Vegas, or Albuquerque from the subject head.

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      Sorry, this is my first posting to this site so I'm not sure how everything works as of yet, but anything in LA, Palm Springs, Phoenix area, Flagstaff, Preston AZ, and Tucson would be appreciated.

      1. re: gloms1ck

        For a foodie in Phoenix, I think it is pretty much obligatory that you have to eat at Pizzeria Bianco, selected as the best pizza in America by Bon Appetit. Expect a CRAZY long wait, and depending on your wait time you might think the pizza is AMAZING or over-hyped, but either way you kind of have to try it. I personally thought the pizza was AMAZING, but I had good company and didn't have to wait too long.

        1. re: missyang

          Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely check that out as I believe we are taking a trip south the Mexico for a day and will be passing through Phoenix.

          1. re: gloms1ck

            Pizzeria Bianco is only open for dinner just FYI..but if you're passing through PHX during the day, you should definitely check out Chris Bianco's sandwich place, Pane Bianco. Its awesome! I love the caprese, but everything there is great.

            1. re: Jess321

              Sounds awesome, and I think we will be just passing through but at what time of day I do not know.

    2. Oh, you should head over to the LA board for suggestions, but when I visit LA I always have to eat Korean BBQ. They have some great spots, but I don't know names. Check out the LA board for specifics.

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      1. my two personal favorite places to eat in phoenix:

        1) Pane Bianco (not Pizza Bianco). Pizza Bianco is definitely good, but the 4 hour wait (seriously) plus the huge crowd who are all there FOR THE BEST PIZZA OMG IN THE WORLD kinda ruins the experience for me. the sandwiches at Pane Bianco are really really good, and as said above, the caprese is awesome. the place is really relaxed and comfy, with nice seating outside. if you're in phoenix sometime between 11-3 (they're only open for lunch) it's definitely worth your time.

        2) Asadero Norte de Sonora. I'm not sure what part of the country you're coming from, but my guess is there aren't too many places where you're coming from that specialize in Sonora, Mexico style parillada (grilled meat) platters. huge platter of grilled meats with sides for like $12-17 for 2-4 people. it's not in the nicest part of town, but go during the day and you'll be 100% fine. also, it's very close to I-10, so that might help.

        Pane Bianco
        4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012

        Asadero Norte De Sonora
        122 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

        1. Hey, it's Phoenix and it's Spring Break so think inexpensive Mexican. Carolina's is a place you probably wouldn't go in without a recommendation from someone. Great for lunch. The one on Mojave is the original and outstanding. A new place we really like is America's Taco Shop on 7th St. Great carne asada tacos and inexpensive. Pepe's Taco Shop is good but order something adventurous and not tacos. Visit the Phoenix Ranch Market (16th St. and Roosevelt). They have lots of dining options> The best place of all is a bit more expensive but worth it. Barrio Cafe on 16th St. It's Mexican but like nothing you have ever tried. Chef Owned.