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Thanksgiving (plus a few more dinners) in Scottsdale

susan robin Oct 5, 2009 12:34 PM

We are NYC hounds spending Thanksgiving weekend in Scottsdale, staying at Four Seasons and playing lots of golf. Have been to the area before, but it's been a while, so we're out of the loop, restaurant-wise. Will have a car and we're willing to drive around 30 minute max to get to dinner. Can you point us to any restaurants besides the usual hotel resorts (we can always eat at Four Seasons) for a semi-traditional Thanksgiving dinner --- like with a bit of a southwestern twist? Like most of the New Yorkers on this board, we also are in search of things that are more local --- southwestern and mexican/latin food. Based on what I've read here, looking at Kai and maybe Vincent's on Camelback, for something a bit more casual, Cowboy Ciao, The Mission, Los Sombreros. Thoughts, please!

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    mbw1024 RE: susan robin Oct 7, 2009 12:58 PM

    I just went to The Mission last week and highly recommend. Posted a review about half our ago. See trip report of Az dining with Scottsdale focus.

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      Mattoclock RE: mbw1024 Nov 12, 2009 10:38 PM

      Ate at the Mission tonight. Great experience.

      There was a flyer for a Latin fiesta which they are having on thanksgiving, I doubt it will be even semi-traditional but there was no menu on the flyer so not sure whats involved.

      I do know they cook some tasty food though :)

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      Poerz RE: susan robin Oct 7, 2009 03:33 PM

      I can tell you from experience that almost all free-standing restaurants in Phoenix/Scottsdale are closed for Thanksgiving. I've tried to find something the last two years and have been unsuccessful outside of hotel restaurants. I'm sure Kai will be open and probably Lon's at the Hermosa Inn but doubt any of the others on your list will be. Both Lon's and Kai would be good choices.

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        ciaogal RE: Poerz Oct 7, 2009 03:38 PM

        If you haven't been to Binkley's in Cave Creek....I would say it's a must!
        It hasn't had much mention lately...it is still one of the best dining experiences in the Valley!


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        leannosu RE: susan robin Oct 29, 2009 05:02 PM

        Good to know others escape NYC for Scottsdale on Thanksgiving. My husband and I are also traveling there for some peach and quiet, -Golf/Spa down time is a must.
        We are staying at the Fairmont this time and planning to have dinner at their Bourbon- Steak house! No traditional turkey for us and came highly recommended.

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          hohokam RE: leannosu Oct 29, 2009 05:13 PM

          Bourbon Steak place link (I think).

          Bourbon Steak
          7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

        2. hohokam RE: susan robin Oct 29, 2009 05:08 PM

          Quiessence will be serving a fairly tradtional Thanksgiving dinner this year (sorry, no Southwest twist) at noon, 2:30, and 5:30. Cost before tax and gratuity is $59 per adult and $29 per child under 12. No mention of wine, so I assume that is extra.

          See here for more details:


          6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

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            hopegoode RE: hohokam Oct 29, 2009 05:43 PM

            I seem to recall that McCormick and Schmick are open on Thanksgiving Day and I believe they serve their regular menu as well.

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