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headed to Mayo clinic Scottsdale...

I am taking my wife to Mayo clinic, and would really appreciate favorite restaurant thoughts which might be within 20 minutes drive. Not price sensitive, but don't want to stray too far away from the Mayo area, as she doesn't doo well in the car.
We live in Santa Fe, so probably would avoid Southwestern.
French, Italian, Sushi, anything goes...
Thanks in adavnce!

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  1. The nearest restaurant I can think of is Casa Mia, which is maybe 1/2 mi. from the clinic. Solid italian food, small and quiet place with a comfortable atmosphere. If you drive another few minutes in the opposite direction, there are a few other nearby italian options--Amarone, and Andreoli. Both have great food, with Andreoli being more "humble" as a tiny italian grocer/deli with partial counter service, while Amarone is a far more formal spot in nearly every sense.

    If looking for thai, Osha Thai will be very close to you, and Swaddee is another mile or two further west. I personally don't really favor one over the other--both are good options.

    Your nearest french restaurant is probably Zinc Bistro. However, if you find yourself in the "Old Town" area (which is ~15-20 minute drive), Petite Maison is an excellent option. Also in this area, I'd recommend checking out FnB (self-described "gastropub" with an american/global menu), Cowboy Ciao (note that some dishes are southwestern-influenced), or The Mission.

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    1. re: crsin

      Place links:

      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Osha Thai Cafe
      10953 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

      Swaddee Thai Cuisine
      8989 E Via Linda Ste 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

      Andreoli Italian Grocer
      8880 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

      Casa Mia
      11675 North 136th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

      Amarone Ristorante Italiano
      9011 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

      The Mission
      3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Zinc Bistro
      15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Ste 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

      Petite Maison
      7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      1. re: crsin

        thank you for the fast , concise reply!I'll definitely be trying your suggestions!

        1. re: kennythepig

          No problem. Thought I'd also mention that Pars Persion is quite close to you two. While I've never tried it, Pars has had a couple of positive mentions on this board. Might be worth a shot since you're trying to stay close.

          Pars Persian Cuisine
          11144 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

      2. I don't have any suggestions, but wanted to wish your wife [and you] the best. I always appreciate your posts on SF.

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        1. re: DebitNM

          thanks for your kind thoughts, we need all the help we can get!

        2. I assume you are going to Mayo Clinic on Shea. There is another one in North Phoenix. Previous poster has also assumed the Shea location.

          You are very close to our sunny house in Scottsdale if the Shea one is your location.

          I agree with Casa Mia and Amarone, both are very close to you. Another casual place we enjoy is Dragonfly, on the corner of Via Linda and Mountainview.

          Zinc Bistro and Greene house are on our rotation, both being at Kierland Commons.

          Simple Chinese place is George & Sons, in shopping Ctr at corner of Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright, we will hit there for lunch and casual dinner once in awhile. Ling and Louie's is also pretty good Chinese, on Shea just east of 91st. Sweet Surrender is a great botique ice cream place, close to 91st and Shea also.

          You are not far from Fountain Hills also, there are a few local spots there that might be worthy of your consideration.

          Nice local casual place is Dragonfly, corner of Via Linda and Mou

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          1. re: duck833

            We'll be at the Shea location, so this is very helpful! Thanks so much, and appreciate your detailed reply!

            1. re: duck833

              Re: Sweet Surrender-did you mean Sweet Republic? I love that place!

            2. Yep, day after Rose Bowl mind blank.

              Mixed up with a place in Eugene. Sweet Republic it is!!!! Crack Ice Cream

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              1. re: duck833

                BTW, I noticed Sweet Republic's products are now available at local Whole Foods and the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery.

              2. I go to the Mayo on Shea as well. Down the road at Shea and the 101 there is a cafe called Mimi's. Its a chain but it has good soups and sometimes the soup is all I can eat! I don't know how well your wife is tolerating food but I could not put up with a long meal in a really nice resturant for ages! Best of luck to you and you wife!

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                1. re: Kandqueen

                  Thanks you for your thoughts, we are looking forward to some good diagnostics!
                  Thanks for the suggestions!

                2. second for cowboy ciao. particularly recommend the stetson salad. don't ask what's in it just enjoy it as one of the best salads on earth. also their signature wild mushroom dish is to die for.

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                  1. re: biga290

                    I second the rec for the Stetson Chopped. Note my icon :)

                  2. There is also Chompies near Shea/101. It's a New York-style deli restaurant. I used to eat there for Saturday breakfast when I lived in Scottsdale.

                    1. Had a wonderful dinner last week at Pars, very close to Frank Lloyd Wright and Shea. Casual Persian Cuisine. Next time we go DW and I will split a plate, way to much food for her. I had the Lamb Kabobs and they were done very well, great rice and super service. I believe my meal was $18.


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                      1. re: duck833

                        Glad you like Pars. It's one of my favorites in that area; we carry-out from there often. Not sure why it doesn't get more attention from the food community. Nice people, good food, great value.

                      2. For a quick breakfast or lunch, you might try Benedict's Cafe at 5555 E Bell, just a few blocks south of the Mayo on 56th Street. They have fresh salads, sandwiches and soups along with handcrafted pastries.

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                        1. re: Lisa Shock

                          I believe the request was for the Clinic on waaay east Shea, but your bringing up the Mayo hospital in Phoenix raises an excellent point. Mayo sometimes divides services between their clinic and hospital. Good eating spots near the hospital may indeed be in order.

                          Now I hadn't heard of Benedict's Cafe, which is really a sin since I live practically next door. Must fix that now. Anything stand out as a must try?

                          1. re: AllPhoenix

                            The pastry is excellent, the soups are made from scratch and change daily -ask for a sample. I haven't tried everything on the menu, I'm a vegetarian. The tropical curry chicken salad looks very unique, though.

                            1. re: Lisa Shock

                              I went there last week with my wife. We tried each of the two soups and split a tuna sandwich.

                              The sandwich was listed on the menu as being albacore, but the actual sandwich was some low-grade tuna: just individual fibers suspended in a lot of store-bought mayo. No hint of the flaky chunks typical of most albacore. There were water chestnuts included, along with lettuce and tomato, but, overall it was a disappointment.

                              I had the chicken soup. They are clearly recycling old chicken in it because the tiny flakes of white meat in my bowl were overcooked, chewy, and had grill marks on them. This stuff was clearly past it's prime before being tossed into the pot. The broth had a tinny, salty taste like canned stock from the supermarket. The noodles were whole wheat egg noodles, a bit overcooked and clearly not made on the premises. I wouldn't order this again.

                              My wife tried the vegetable soup, which, oddly enough arrived with a quarter inch of grease floating on the top. This too had an oddly canned, tinny taste. The vegetables had been previously frozen, judging by the weird rubbery textures. They appeared to be some sort of mass-produced factory item, cut uniformly but with disturbing random defective bits as well. Overall, it seems like they are buying in some low-grade frozen soup 'product' from a factory. I wouldn't order this again, even if I got paid to.

                              The iced tea and coffee were good. The pastry was clumsy looking but tasty. It appeared that someone was just learning how to decorate items. The scones were tasty but sloppy, giant amorphous blobs instead of the usual crisp triangles I see in better bakeries.

                              Overall, don't know if Id return. I wonder how much they are really cooking there and how much is from a can or Sysco's selection of frozen foods.

                              1. re: amplitude

                                Looks like they are set on attracting people who don't know much about real food.

                                When I went in they were doing the hard-sell about a barbeque ranch salad to another customer who ordered it. I watched the woman in charge make it by grabbing a bottle of Kraft brand barbeque sauce, a bottle of grocery-store house brand ranch dressing, a cold already cooked to death chicken breast, canned corn, undrained canned beans and a bag of tortilla strips along with a handful of greens. When served, the claim was made that it was 'healthy' and diet food.

                                I got an eclair that was filled with a bright white waxy whipped substance that was closer to twinkie filling than pastry cream, very disappointing.

                        2. We went to Amarone a few weeks ago. Although we were quite pleased when we ate there last year, we were terribly disappointed this time. The noise was painful, the food less than so-so. If you're interested in good Italian food, there's a neighborhood restaurant called Nick's at 100th and Frank Lloyd Wright where the food is really good.