LAX - PHX Hound - Please help narrow it down
If I'm lucky, I have but a mere 27,375 meals left in my life, and can't afford to waste one. I have about 18 of those to spend in PHX.
Must do's -
Eh, not so much -
Avoid at all cost -
Sol Y Sambra
Also, does PHX have any small, local, or street foods that are a must. How about any standout mexican sit down.
Thanks in advance. I just knew you would.
I would avoid Barrio's. At one time it was a great place to indulge in some authentic Mexican cuisine. Now it is an assembly line plain and simple, the goal being to turn the tables asap. We had dinner there last night and were rushed through in 38 minutes (6 of us) our wine order was opened after we were half way through our entree!!! The duck tasted like liver,,... I could go on but why. Awful experience especially since I had taken out of town guests with me.
For a memorable street food item, I recommend stopping by Nogales Hot Dogs on the SW corner of 20th and Indian School. It's a fantastic hotdog cart that serves a bacon wrapped hotdog in a bun topped with beans, tomato, onion, and a little mayo. Top it with your choice of shredded cheese, salsa verde, etc. They set up sometime in the early evening and go late into the night. The place is run by very friendly people and the spanish soap operas in the little tv is always entertaining
Nogales Hot Dogs
1945 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Los compadres is my new fave place for just good ol mexican
The Fry Bread house as well-AWESOME!!!
these are 2 cool not fancy good eats.
Mastro's has good steak.
Binkley's is a MUST for a chef's tasting/wine pairing dinner
Fry Bread House
4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Los Compadres Mexican Food
4414 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
L.A. is lacking in New Mexican food, so I'd fit in a trip to Richardson's or Carlsbad Tavern. I also think Barrio Cafe is much better than similar restaurants in L.A. for quality sit-down Mexican food. Quiessence is a great idea for dinner, but if you can't get there, try the adjacent Morning Glory Cafe for a memorable breakfast.
Enjoy your trip!
For Bistro Fare (which I love...) I would suggest Zinc Bistro. Also, Metro (which is relatively new and has some mixed reviews, but I've been hearing some very favorable things as of very recently) or Bistro 24, which is at the Ritz Carlton near where you're staying. I've never had a miss at Zinc Bistro, and it's in a nice outdoor shopping center that is fun to wander in the afternoon or evening. They also have nice outdoor seating.
I had sweetbreads at Estate House that were fabulous, but I've heard that it has slipped. I also recall having them recently at NOCA, but I don't think they're regularly on the menu.
15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016
7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Definitely try Pizzeria Bianco, at the very least you'll be able to compare with Pizzeria Mozza.
Other "Must do's" that I would include would be Quiessence and Binkleys.
The other places on your list -- esp. Mastro's and BLT -- I would pass; no need to come to Phoenix and dine at corporate chain steakhouses.
I don't think you have any on your list worthy of an 'avoid at all cost.'
maybe BLT Steak. I am not a fan of the pure steakhouse, but this place I don't mind.
Eh, notso --
Honorable mentions, places of which I think are worth special effort:
Sol Y Sambra
For local/streetfood, Phoenix Ranch Market. There is a sit-down joint if you want to enjoy the weather and have a margarita, but you might do better strolling the mercado for your meal. Carolinas, 12th St and Mohave, couple blocks north of I-17. Fry Bread House, many mentions on the board. For good sit-down Mexican, Barrio Cafe, 16th St south of Thomas.