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sharonmj Apr 10, 2010 10:04 AM

I am a chef from the Detroit area and I will be in Tempe AZ for one night. Our plane lands late (10 pm) and we are looking for a restaurant open late, something other than the usual pub, pizza food, with a great wine list would be ideal (boyfriend is a wine importer/distributor).
We will be driving to Jerome the next day and visiting Arizona Stronghold. Anyone want to plan our food visits along the way???

  1. azhotdish Apr 10, 2010 10:15 AM

    the day you're landing is critical in answering this...

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    1. re: azhotdish
      sharonmj Apr 11, 2010 09:11 PM

      We land Friday June 4th. Thanks!

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      duck833 Apr 10, 2010 10:32 AM

      If FnB in Old Town Scottsdale is open the day you arrive that would be my pick. Late in the evening they have a trade dinner for a bargain price for other folks that are in the restaurant business. Arizona wines with a large list available of other wines, farm to table menu and great folks.

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      FnB
      7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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      1. re: duck833
        sharonmj Apr 11, 2010 09:27 PM

        I'm in!!!

        1. re: sharonmj
          azhotdish Apr 12, 2010 09:17 AM

          Yep, FnB is where you want to head for late night.

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          FnB
          7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          1. re: azhotdish
            ccl1111 Apr 12, 2010 10:36 PM

            Ditto the FnB too. For certain.

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            FnB
            7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      2. Rubee Apr 10, 2010 03:05 PM

        Next week we're heading to Sedona with lunch in Jerome on the way. I've been to The Asylum but want to try something new and so far we've had recommendations for Haunted Hamburger, the restaurant at the Mile High Inn, and Grapes. We have plans to stop at the new Tasting Room for Pillsbury Wines (one of my favorite local wines). It had its soft opening yesterday. It's also in Cottonwood, and I believe right across the street from AZ Stronghold, so I would suggest you might want to visit both.

        Second Duck833's recommendation. I love FnB, though their $10 late-night menu is only Friday and Saturday. It spans the globe and changes weekly - in the past such items as chilaquiles, seafood pho, buta donburi, sancocho, and this weekend falafel. They source local too including fabulous produce, and it's a great spot to try some Arizona wines (about 15 on the wine list, with 10 by-the-glass IIRC).

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        FnB
        7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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        1. re: Rubee
          sharonmj Apr 11, 2010 09:28 PM

          Thanks for all the spots in Jerome! We will be there Saturday and Sunday to hunt around.

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            sharonmj Jun 9, 2010 10:01 AM

            We went to FnB and they were terrific to us. Of course our plane was delayed and they kept the kitchen open late. Good food, great AZ wine and perfect service. We headed towards jerome and stopped at Rock Springs Cafe for a great breakfast and a slice of pie. Had snacks at Page Springs Cellars (nice!!!...loved the wine and the location was beautiful) and dinner in Jerome @ Belgian Jennies Pizzaria. Good Pizza! Breakfast at Flat Iron Grill in Jerome ...awesome! Had Lunch in Sadona at a mexican place known for 1000 omelettes (the Coffee Pot???).... great Mexican and dinner at the Asylum back in Jerome. Nice service, cool location and decent not great food. I heard the owner changed and it hasn't been the same since. Loved loved loved the wines at Page Spings, really really liked the wines at Caduceus, liked the wines at Arizona Stronghold and had a GREAT time over at Pillsbury although I thought the wines ranged from good to just okay. Thanks for all the tips, I can't wait to go back to AZ... I fell in love with the area.

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            FnB
            7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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              Sherri Jun 9, 2010 10:25 AM

              Thank you so much for reporting back. It's really nice to read that recs worked for someone. Too often there's a noiseless void and no one knows what happened to the OP. I've become reticent about putting forth recs because of the lack of response. You're refreshing, chef. It's much appreciated.

              1. re: sharonmj
                Rubee Jun 9, 2010 07:27 PM

                Thanks for the report back, sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

                In Jerome, we ended up having a very nice lunch at Grapes. In fact, it was one of my parents' favorites on their first trip to Arizona, especially because of the nice view from the small patio. I'll keep your suggestions in mind for our next visit!

                Page Springs was actually the first Arizona wine we ever tried, a great introduction and still one of our favorites. I keep hearing how pretty their location is, have to get there soon! FnB did a blind tasting last week with AZ wines vs wines from France, Spain, CA, Australia, etc and Caduceus 2008 Judith actually came in first overall reds, while their 2008 Dos Ladrones was second in AZ whites, and fourth overall. Arizona Stronghold 2008 Nachise (one of my husband's favorites) also came in fourth overall, for reds.

                I just came back from my first trip to the Sonoita region this weekend and had a fun time visiting some of the southern AZ wineries like Dos Cabezas, Kief-Joshua, Callaghan, Wilhelm, Lightning Ridge, and Canelo Hills. Had such a great dinner at Canela Bistro that we actually ate there both nights. Who would have thought there'd be dishes like Wild Mexican red snapper with baby hopi red amaranth, slow-roasted porchetta, or sweetbreads in Sonoita, Arizona! (unfortunately now closed for the summer).

                http://www.canelabistro.com/

                BTW, we attended the special Results Dinner Sunday night at FnB. A couple of my favorite pairings were the Caduceus Los Ladrones with a salad of lobster, corn, squash blossoms, and heirloom tomatoes, and the AZ Stronghold Nachise with quail, rhubarb chutney & polenta. Maynard James Keenan also attended and brought a special treat for everyone - his Caduceus tempranillo blend called Sancha which I had never had before. Loved it.

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                FnB
                7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                1. re: Rubee
                  sharonmj Oct 20, 2010 10:54 AM

                  Hoping to head back to Arizona this winter (husband has a potential rock-n-roll gig!). Will check back here for all the recs to refresh my memory! Thank you all!

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