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looking for good Mex food in Scottsdale/Mayo area

VStallworth Jun 16, 2010 06:43 PM

Will be visiting family in the Mayo/N. Scottsdale area this weekend. Looking for easy, good food, esp. anything in the Tex/Mex, Mexican, Southwestern cuisine arena. Please send any recommendations.

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  1. exit2lef RE: VStallworth Jun 16, 2010 10:51 PM

    There are two Mayo facilities -- one in northeast Scottsdale near Shea Boulevard and one in northeast Phoenix near the 101 Freeway. Can you say which one you'll be near?

    1. johnseberg RE: VStallworth Jun 17, 2010 07:17 PM

      There are some decent choices mentioned in this thread:

      Renegade Canteen is brand new this week, and I've seen favorable early reviews.

      Renegade Canteen
      9343 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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        kmarg RE: VStallworth Jun 17, 2010 08:51 PM

        three places come to mind
        Arriba Mexican Grill on Pima Road - local chain with Sonoran style mexican laced with New Mexican chilis and kitchy decor, moderate prices
        Carlos O'Brien's - on Scttsdale & Frank LLoyd Wright, straight up Sonoran, family style food, nothing foodie fancy here, but pretty inexpensive
        La Hacinda at the Fairmount Princess - high end, creative deliciousness, more modern preparations, higher end pricing but worth it

        all are within minutes of the Mayo in N Scottsdale

        Arriba Mexican Restaurant
        17211 N 79th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308

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        1. re: kmarg
          mwest9 RE: kmarg Jun 23, 2010 02:10 PM

          Slim pickings in that part of town. I'd second the rec. for Arriba's. Its definitely not high end or inventive, but its oh so tasty to me every time I go there. I love their sauces!

          Also like La Hacienda for a gourmet/fine dining experience. Their ceviche at the bar was outstanding. Might be good for happy hour apps and drinks.

          La Hacienda
          7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

          1. re: mwest9
            danieli10 RE: mwest9 Jun 24, 2010 10:31 AM

            Arriba is weak to say the least. Los Olivos Norte is a much better alternative. The Blue Adobe Grill is located not too far from there and it is pretty good New Mexican. Not as good as Carlsbad, but a good spot.

            Los Olivos Norte
            15544 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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              kmarg RE: danieli10 Jun 24, 2010 09:41 PM

              I haven't tried Los Olivas Norte, but it would have to be a quantum leap above the bad food and service at the Scottsdale location before I'd recommend it.

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                danieli10 RE: kmarg Jun 25, 2010 09:05 AM

                Been there twice, both times good food and good service. No issues. One caveat: haven't been there in a few years. I don't really go out for tex mex or Mexican as our home version beats almost anything out there.

          2. re: kmarg
            Beach Chick RE: kmarg Jun 23, 2010 02:19 PM

            We love Carlos O'Brien's..they don't skimp on the cheese either..maybe that is why they are close to the Mayo clinic!
            ; )

          3. azhotdish RE: VStallworth Jun 24, 2010 10:54 AM

            The other place that comes to mind that hasn't been mentioned is Habanero's Mexican Grill.

            Habanero's Mexican Grill
            14870 North Northsight Blvd, Suite 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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            1. re: azhotdish
              drobe30 RE: azhotdish Jun 25, 2010 08:36 AM

              Thanks for the tip on Habanero's - I forgot that I need to try that place.

              Habanero's Mexican Grill
              14870 North Northsight Blvd, Suite 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

            2. tattud_gurl RE: VStallworth Jun 25, 2010 06:18 AM

              Ajo Als, on 92nd st is always good. Thier spinach queso dip is may fave!

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