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Hey everyone,

I'm on a drive cross country and will be spending 2 days in the greater Phoenix area (Scottsdale, Glendale, etc...) with a buddy and I am looking for suggestions.

We will be eating 3 meals a day for 2 days, so all meals will be considered. Ideally I like a bit more of a local flare when finding a place...like the gourmet sandwich shop, or some place that you cannot find anywhere else. I am not looking for real high end places, but will spend $40/pp for a good dinner spot...$40 is approx.

Any help will be gladly appreciated.

-Scott

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  1. Are there particular types of food you're interested in? Normally you'd get a lot of Mexican food answers to this question, but it looks like you're from LA, so you may be less interested in that.

    A lot of the restaurants specializing in locally-produced items are more high-end. Quiessence comes to mind, but you might want to check their website to see if it's in your price range. The other restaurants in the same location (Morning Glory for breakfast, The Farm Kitchen for sandwiches) are also good and in the same very nice setting.

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    Quiessence
    6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

    1. I like the Fry Bread House for lunch. Local yes, flare no. The correct address is 4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013.

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      Fry Bread House
      4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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      1. re: johnseberg

        Pane Bianco is a fave for lunch. It has about 4-5 choices all fresh farmers market types of sandwiches, tomato mozza basil on amazing bread, prosciutto mozza, basil..

        I had it today and they had vanilla bean rice pudding for dessert- YUM

        Dinner recs- depends on what your in the mood for give me some sugg on what type of food. There are tons of happy hrs u can score some good food at.

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        Pane Bianco
        4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012

      2. Where exactly are you staying? It may be easier to give specific recommendations to avoid you having to travel 50 miles roundtrip for a meal. Scottsdale and Glendale are actually about 15 to 20 miles apart.

        1. At the cheap end of the "things you can't find anywhere else" category, there's also Chino Bandido. If your guilty pleasures include both cheap Chinese food of the sweet and sour pork type and the kind of fast food-ish burritos that include rice, it's a perfect fusion of the two. I dislike it (probably b/c I like category 2 but not category 1), but a lot of people here love it.

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          Chino Bandido
          1825 W Chandler Blvd Ste 2, Chandler, AZ 85224