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Jan 14, 2010 07:53 AM

NY Chowhound in PHX on business. Request your assistance

I am going to be in PHX staying at the W on business in a few weeks. there will be 8 of us who all work together trying to find a nice place to eat. I would stay away from anything too ethnic i.e indian or french but would love to hear some suggestions for some excellent steak, american, upscale mexican...

Much appreciated.

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  1. I think the W is east of 44th Street on Camelback? If so, that's an excellent location for restaurants; centered between 2 clusters of very good places. In the group of restaurants west of you is Noca at 32nd St. and Camelback. East of you is The Mission which, though not specifically Mexican, offers excellent Latin American food that's more upscale than the typical Mexican restaurant around here. There are plenty of other very good places as well that others will no doubt chime in on.

    The CH link to Noca is working, but not Mission. Here's a link to their website:

    3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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    1. re: AllPhoenix

      The only W I'm aware of, is in Scottsdale. It's on Camelback, just east of Scottsdale Road.

      1. re: AllPhoenix

        My mistake on the location of your hotel. The W is right by Scottsdale Fashion Square, which is further east than I thought. Restaurant recommendations are the same, however, though Noca is a bit further west and The Mission is about 1/2 mile south of you. No need to waste your time at any of the restaurants in Fashion Square, but there are very good places just south of the mall. Too bad you're not looking for French, but if you change you mind Petite Maison would be my #1 pick and it's right by your hotel.

        3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

        Petite Maison
        7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      2. Modern Steak is pretty good for a nice steak experience. Also, not too far down camelback is Mastro's City Hall, which can be very good. I second the Mission as it is fabulous.

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        1. re: danieli10

          Maestro's is very good and it's practically within walking distance of the W. Especially in this nice weather.

        2. For a great steak, BLT steak at the Camelback Inn is a good choice. Modern Steak easily walkable from your hotel but I think the 5 min cab ride to BLT steak is worth it for the ambiance.

          The resort patio is a nice place for a cocktail either before or after dinner.

          1. You can walk to Dnn & Charlies in about two minutes. It's a local institution. The food is decent and its a fun place particularly with a group. The area behind the hotel is full of bars. If you want to go simple and casual one night The Lodge has about the best bar food around. Burgers and a killer fish and chips.

            1. If you have transportation (or are willing to cab it), I agree with AllPhoenix that Noca is a good option for you all. Less formal, and in the same vicinity, Delux serves good burgers with a solid beer menu, and Chelsea's Kitchen might be a safe choice (taco, burger, salad, meat options).

              Closer to your hotel, I'd suggest Los Sombreros for your "upscale Mexican," and FnB, Cowboy Ciao, or Rancho Pinot for American. I'll also second The Mission.