If barbecue appeals to you try Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ on Cave Creek Road. It is an unassuming cafeteria style operation that serves excellent bbq. We have had the ribs, pulled pork and the brisket, all of which are first class. Sides are also very good. The beans are not overly sweet, nor too salty, as is often the case and the baked potato potato salad is very tasty, as is the coleslaw. It is worth the trip.
Cave Creek Cafe
15202 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023
re: neville nosher
Banzai Cowboy is a good time for interesting cocktails & sushi-like goodies. Miki is excellent at both "regular" sushi & more complex variations -- eg. sneaking in a bit of paper-thin jalapeno between slices of hamachi with yuzu pulling it all together. It's very personable & friendly, which I find unusual for it's DC Ranch location.
20715 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Regrettably, a number of good places have closed in the last year. I can't think of anything along the lines you describe that is real close although Ocean Prime in City North is pretty quick by freeway. The two new restaurants in the Ice Den on Bell Road are very close. One is Over Easy which is great for breakfasts. The other is 18 Degrees which bills itself as a neighborhood grill but with higher quality food. I've enjoyed both and 18 Degrees you can look out onto the ice which is neat if there is a hockey game going.