Dinner options near Hilton Phoenix Airport
Next week I will be staying at the Hilton Phoenix Airport (2435 South 47th Street) and am looking for a few good casual dinner options. I know that area is full of chains, but if there are any solid non-chain options I would really like to know what they are. If I'm stuck with chains, which ones would you recommend?
Looking for good food, casual and good for small group of associates. All cuisines are good and not overly concerned about cost. Anything within walking distance would be great, but a short cab ride is ok too.
BL -- DC Hound
I think you'll want to look into using a cab, and heading East on University Drive into the ASU area of Tempe. The usual suspects for dining in that area are: Mucho Gusto, House of Tricks, and new and improved Caffe Boa ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6644... ). There are many other choices, and no need to eat at a chain. Very casual choices would include Restaurant Mexico, Cornish Pasty Co., and Chuck Box.
House of Tricks
114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
423 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
Cornish Pasty Co
960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
603 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
202 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
I work across the street from that Hilton. There is absolutely nothing at all in walking distance -- not even fast food chains. It's a pretty dreary office / light industrial / airport area.
John's advice is probably best. Head toward Downtown Tempe via either a taxi, which the hotel will probably have to call for you, or city bus (route 30 or route 40). If you end up on Mill Avenue, the heart of Downtown Tempe, you can probably actually find a cab on street. Otherwise, you're going to have to call for one back to your hotel.
In addition to the places named above, there's also La Bocca for individual pizzas, salads, panini, etc. and Regions, for a rotating menu of regional American food.
La Bocca Pizzeria
699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
Regions Bistro & Bar - Tempe
640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
I'd look into renting a car. It will be much more convenent and probably cost about the same as a cab. The Tempe suggestions are all good but almost as close time wise to your hotel are the Indian School/Camelback Road places such as Noca, The Parlour, The Vig and so many more. Truly, there is nothing at all close to the Hilton.
If casual means business casual, I'd recommend jumping in a cab and heading to either FnB, Petite Maison or The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale. Cab fare would probably be about $20/one way.
7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
I just checked with Expedia and you can rent an economy car from Enterprise for $18 a day. The Hilton has lots of free parking. Cabs are unlikely to be waiting at the hotel or any place you might be dining so you are going to find cab transportation inconvenient and expensive. I take a cab from the airport to my home occasionally which is a 15-20 minute drive. With tip we are looking at $35 one way.
Plan B: Take the Hilton shuttle to the airport and get on a free shuttle bus to the Metro station at 48th and Washington. From there you can take the Metro east into Tempe and there are many restaurants within walking distance of the Mill Avenue shops. Go west into downtown and there are all kinds of restaurants. It's about a 12-15 minute ride into Tempe or Downtown from this station. Still, I would get a car.