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Breakfast/lunch/dinner suggestions for Scottsdale/Phoenix., please! [Moved from Elsewhere in America]

Dear Hounds,
We're vacationing at Firesky in Scottsdale. Know not to dine there. Breakfast no doubt way overpriced. Suggestions, please!
We will be dining at Avanti in Phoenix w. friends one night--second visit--loved it the first time!
We love Mexican, particularly if they have a full bar for Margaritas. We love French, Italian, "Continental" (remember that, fellow East Coasters?), BUT not vegetarian/vegan, not Thai.
No entrees over $20, please, unless spectacular food + generous portion. No "nouvelle cuisine."
We live in the Lower Haight in San Francisco (lots of great little places in walking distance) and I work in fine dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant here. I have top-shelf tastes on a well budget.
We will be most grateful for your advice! Thanks, hounds!

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  1. I can highly suggest Tarbell's in Phoenix.

    However, you might want to move this or it will be moved for you to the SW board.
    Good luck!

    1. Los Sombreros, Ranch House Grill.

      Updated: RHG has a website, but, I can't figure out how to edit the place.
      http://ranchhousegrille.com

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

      Ranch House Grille
      5618 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

      1. Over Easy for breakfast is a no brainer. It's on 40th Street south of Indian School so that's maybe a 10-15 minute drive. Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix is great. Expect to wait at both tiny places if you arrive on a weekend after 8am or so. Before that there is no/minimal wait. There are closer breakfast places in Scottsdale but they are not in the same league as these two places.

        1. I was thinking that meeting your price requirements will be hard, in Scottsdale. You might try looking at recent threads on Happy Hour deals. The Roaring Fork comes to mind, but, in my experience, you need to get there early to get a seat in the bar.

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          Roaring Fork
          4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          1. I second Los Sombreros and also the $20 limitation but here goes:
            America's Taco Shop for the best Carne Asada in Phoenix
            Breadfruit (Jamaican)
            Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles (there is one on Scottsdale Road but the original in the 'hood is a better "experience."
            Pizzeria Bianco (be prepared to wait but look elsewhere on this site for tips)
            Rito's for the Green Chili Pork Chimichanga

            Only Pizzeria Bianco on this list has a bar but you'll be way under $20 and will eat well. Search this site for more details.

            As for the more conventional places such as Tarbells, $20 will be tough. You might want to consider the happy hours as suggested. J&G Steakhouse in the Phoenician has a great beer and burger special in the lounge. You'll get $100 ambiance, views and service and a darn good burger tor under $20.