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Xmas in Scottsdale

DKS1 Nov 23, 2009 07:13 AM

Hi all,

We are TX hounds visiting the Scottsdale/Carefree area the week of Christmas... Looking for suggestions for any meal but mostly dinners for four nights.

We will be primarily hiking with a spa day thrown in the mix, so hopefully staying in the area for the most part. Willing to drive 30 min. or so for a good meal... Type of food not important - we like almost anything, but definitely want it to be delicious and memorable.

I've done some research and have a workable list, but I'd love for you to help me narrow it down or for more suggestions:

-The Mission
-Latilla (in our hotel - not sure if it's worth a try, but might be the only thing open for Xmas night or Xmas eve)

And maybe the following for breakfast/lunch: Cafe Bink, Heart and Soul Cafe

Last time we were in Scottsdale we ate at Sassi and had a wonderful meal. I've since heard some not-so-great reviews of the place, so I'm wondering what the story is...

Any other resorts/hotel restaurants we should be sure to hit? Do you guys know of places that will be open on Xmas eve/Xmas night?

Thanks in advance!!

  1. hohokam Nov 23, 2009 07:21 AM

    The Herb Box's DC Ranch location is worthy of consideration for breakfast, lunch, or a casual dinner.

    The Herb Box at DC Ranch
    20707 N Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

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      danieli10 Nov 23, 2009 08:41 AM

      Skip Latilla, not worth it. I like your other choices and suggest Over Easy for a great breakfast, Tonto Bar and Grill for Lunch (dinner is good too).

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        DKS1 Nov 23, 2009 09:34 AM

        Thank you all so much - this is exactly the kind of tweaking I need!

        Any more suggestions welcome...


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          AllPhoenix Nov 23, 2009 10:59 AM

          Cafe Bink is a great choice for breakfast, especially if you're here on a Sunday - the only day of the week they make eggs benedict. Service is leisurely so plan on spending some time there. Over Easy down on Bell Rd. is okay for a super quick, no frills, fill you to the brim breakfast...after a good wait for a table. They're pretty new and seem to still be getting up to speed, because the service and food has been inconsistent. The Mission in central Scotts. has great atmosphere and great food. And great margaritas. Sassi is still awfully good even since they lost their chef. I think the mixed reviews are partly driven by what people think they get for their money there.

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            AllPhoenix Nov 23, 2009 11:04 AM

            ejs1492 mentioned Petite Maison, and if you can make it down to the Scottsdale Rd/Camelback area it's definitely a must do. Casual french bistro with only about 10 tables inside (recommend reservations for dinner) and many more tables outside on their patio. The atmosphere is casual and the food is fabulous. Great for lunch or dinner, and they do weekend brunch.

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              Phoenix99 Nov 23, 2009 02:33 PM

              You are getting some good recommendations. Certainly Binkley's is a must. The original Chef & Sous Chef left Sassi to open PastaBar in downtown Phoenix. I have not been back since but replacing the top two people in a kitchen like that you'd expect a hiccup. Over Easy is great for breakfast and the new one is very close. One place I'd add to the list is Lon's at the Hermosa Inn. Outstanding food but true Arizona ambiance. At the end of the day, Latilla is still a hotel restaurant. A good one but IMO not in the same classs as Binkley's or Lon's when all things are considered.

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