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Apr 14, 2009 12:59 AM

SF Hound coming to Scottsdale

Help! Next week brings business trip and conference in Scottsdale and we have absolutely no idea of where to eat. I would say GREAT Mexican might well be at the top of our list. Any other ideas folks can throw our way would help immensely.

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  1. Search and ye shall find:

    In other words, it depends on where in Scottsdale, what transportation you have, how far you are willing to travel, etc. This question gets asked at least once a month, and the answers haven't changed much with the exception of the recent and most welcome closure of Pink Taco.

    Please follow-up if you have more specific questions after reviewing the search results.

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    1. re: silverbear

      Thanks! Actually we are @ The Doubletree. I had Los Sombreros written down after doing a search before coming to Chowhound. How is that in proximity to the Doubletree(no car) and also for food.

      Among the other places I've taken note of and would appreciate coment on:

      Rancho Pinot Grill
      Sea Saw

      1. re: roxie

        Los Sombreros is a little over 2.5 miles from your hotel, so unless you're keen on walking for an hour each way, you will want to cab it or take the 72 bus, which runs up and down Scottsdale Rd.

        Digestif and Sea Saw are just over a mile away from the hotel--seems walkable to me, but I don't have any serious mobility issues.

        On my visits, I've liked the food at both Los Sombreros and Digestif quite a bit. I have no first-hand experience with the other places.

        Sea Saw
        7133 E Stetson Dr Ste 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

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

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

        7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85351

        1. re: roxie

          I guess the Roaring Fork is really close. It is most noted, here, for the full-meal-like happy hour specials in the bar. In my experience, the bar is full by 6pm.

          1. re: roxie

            Good replies in this thread (except perhaps the tiresome claim that < insert type of food> is better in SF). The only thing I can add is a recommendation for Humble Pie, a very nice craft pizzeria in the Hilton Village shopping center, about a mile north of your hotel. Follow it up with tangy frozen yogurt for dessert at Ice Tango, in the same shopping center.

            Humble Pie
            6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

            Ice Tango
            6107 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

        2. My condolences. The GREATest Mexican food I've had here isn't on a par with what I've had in SF. But maybe that's because most of it is snorin' -- I mean Sonoran. Los Sombreros used to be spectacular, but the couple that ran it broke up and the husband (who had been the chef) left it to the wife. Although they moved to "swankier" digs, it's debatable whether it's as good as it used to be.

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          1. re: zencker

            I haven't been to Los Sombreros in a few months, but I'm pretty sure it's in the same location it's always been. Care to explain?

            OP: I've been going to LS since they opened, and find their food has remained the same high quality as it has always been. I tend to order off the regular menu, as those are items they have been doing for a long time, and are all the original chef's creations. Have never tried the specials or other new dishes, so I can't attest to their quality. I'd say it's definitely worth a visit, if willing to get a cab.

            Roaring Fork does have a decent happy hour, but I've found their food has diminished substantially since their chef left, so I probably wouldn't bother going for a full (relatively expensive) meal.

            Cowboy Ciao (next to Sea Saw, across from Digestif) is exceptional (a board and personal favorite), so strongly recommended. You'll find ~1000000 posts regarding CC if you do a search, so I won't elaborate.

            If willing to get cabs or other forms of transportation, let us know. That'll really open up your options as everything in Scottsdale is very spread out.

            1. re: crsin

              Happy to explain: Los Sombreros was originally in a strip center on Hayden, I believe at McKellips.

              1. re: zencker

                Scottsdale Road and McKellips, actually. It moved about 7 years ago, I'd say.

            2. re: zencker

              Just because you don't prefer the regional style of cooking doesn't automatically make the stuff back home better. It's like living in Paris, moving to Provence, and claiming the Parisian food is so much better because the food in Provence is too rustic for your tastes. I do think that the Tucson area has a lot of real gems when it comes to Sonoran style cooking (Mi Nidito is the first that springs to mind), but Phoenix certainly didn't get left out. The trick up here is that you have to go to the dives. The local chains of Mi Amigo's, Macayo, Garcia's, and Serrano's just don't hit the mark. To me, the Sonoran standout is Carolina's, with a location on 12th Street and Mohave down near the rental car return, and a second location on Cave Creek and Cactus, and a third location on 91st Ave and Peoria opening on Cinco de Mayo. The thing that truly separates Sonoran cuisine from the rest of Mexico is that Sonoran uses lots of flour tortillas, and the ones at Carolina's stand head and shoulders above everything else in town. They're huge discs, almost so thin that you can read a newspaper through them. They sell them by the dozen to go. Good luck getting all 12 home intact: They give them to you still warm, and inevitably I've devoured the first one before I've even left the parking lot. The red sauce on their enchiladas is fantastic too.

              The Phoenix Ranch Market grocery chain also puts out some stellar Mexican food in the little food court area inside each store (including some wonderful aguas frescas), but the food there tends to skew a little further south than Sonora.

              Carolina's Mexican North
              2126 E Cactus Rd Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85022

              Carolina's Mexican Food Restaurant
              1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

            3. All good replies so far - I would like to throw Posh into the mix.

              I was at Los Sombreros a couple weekends ago - slow service, cramped inside, and lukewarm food. I want to like it, but my experiences do not live up to the praise they often receive.

              Posh Improvisational Cuisine
              7167 E Rancho Vista Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251