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petee330 Oct 2, 2009 07:11 AM

My family resides in Northwest Phoenix and is looking for new great restaurants in the area. Their typical night out would be at Firebird's in Peoria (to get a sense of their dining). But my father has tired of the same and wants some change. Is there any reliable, good restaurants in the Northwest area? Looking for steak houses/American, Italian, or Chinese. My family is unfortunately not too adventurous. Any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks!

  1. Rubee Oct 2, 2009 04:22 PM

    We moved to the Northwest Phoenix area off of Happy Valley and I-17 a little over a year and a half ago. Haven't been to Firebirds, but for your requests of steakhouse, Italian, and Chinese, we really like:

    Arrowhead Grill Steakhouse in Peoria. We love this place - chef-owned. I always get their signature steak - the Delmonico. Fabulous. Reasonable prices and Nice Happy Hour too.
    Arrowhead Grill
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/39760/arrowhead-grill

    Italian: Tutti Santi in N. Glendale
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/23414/tutti-santi

    Chinese (Chinese/American): Abacus Inn. BONUS: They deliver.
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/4004/abacus-inn

    Other favorites:

    Vietnamese: Pho Avina in Glendale
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/6856/pho-avina

    Chinese (Hong Kong style): Hope Kee in Lee Lee's Oriental Market.
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/30970/hope-kee

    Ecuadorian: Mi Cocina, Mi Pais
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/2685/mi-cocina-mi-pais

    Mexican: New to the area is El Conquistador on W. Bell - a favorite is carne de res con chile rojo, but hope the margs get better.
    http://www.elconquistadoraz.com/

    Greek/Mediterranean: Greek Wraps (be sure to order something with the homemade pita wraps!
    )http://www.chow.com/restaurants/19364/greek-wraps

    BBQ: Dillon's, and Thee Pitts Again
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/1859/dillons-restaurant
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/30371/thee-pitts-again

    The Chowhound Places info also links to past discussions. We're actually heading to Tutti Santi tonight with visiting family. I can never decide whether to order some of their homemade pasta (favorites are the veal canneloni, cioppino, or any of their specials), or the fantastic pizza. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/559155

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      ziggylu Oct 2, 2009 04:37 PM

      Hi Rubee

      My husband will be starting a job out in your part of the world...101 and 31st. We don't know that area well at all since we very rarely get up there from Chandler. He's not looking forward to the new commute but is looking forward to exploring a new area...any suggestions on places he should check out for lunch

      As for Tutti Santi, at least the one down here...I'm a HUGE fan of the Linguine Vongole and suggest that for dinner tonight! :)

      1. re: ziggylu
        Rubee Oct 2, 2009 04:42 PM

        Ooh nice - I know what I'm getting tonight. Haven't had that there yet. Thanks Ziggylu, you always have great suggestions!

        I'm pretty sure all the places I listed do serve lunch. I'll have to think of some more, though I don't usually get out for lunch (work at home) unless we're doing errands.

        I'm having a harder time finding good Happy Hour spots that aren't a chain though. Arrowhead Grill of course, and I liked the wine bar at Sportsman's, but they've unfortunately closed. Will have to try Tutti Santi's new HH (4-6). Does anybody have any other recs?

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        petee330 Oct 3, 2009 07:15 AM

        Wow thanks! Arrowhead Grill and Tutti Santi looks great! Thanks for the suggestions!

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        Eujeanie Oct 2, 2009 04:07 PM

        Our family lives in the Peoria/Glendale area, and while it's mostly chains some of them aren't too bad. We've had good steaks at Fleming's, enjoyed Carver's for more steaks and prime rib (Fleming's was better), and we've been to several REALLY casual Italian restaurants (3 Tomatoes, I wish I could remember the name of the other but it's at Bell & 83rd, maybe Terra something), and a more upscale Italian in North which was a short drive up the loop 101. We've also enjoyed Firebird's, I like their varied menu, I remember having a salmon with a nice fruity salsa that I enjoyed.

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