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Unique Foods for a foreigner?

A friend of mine is visiting me from norway. Now she is definitely a meat eater so im trying to find some really good BBQ but im open to just about anything. I'm going to note that Norway is known for their fish so i think that any fish she had hear would probably be disgusting or insulting. Other than that like i said i just want to be able to give a good taste of AZ to someone who may never come here again. I have about two weeks and I'm leaning more towards unique foods that might only be found here but if its delicous im eating it too so i dont care.

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    1. Of regional appeal:

      -- Fry Bread House -- locations in both Central Phoenix & Mesa
      -- Carolina's -- locations in south Phoenix, north Phoenix, and Peoria
      -- Los Dos Molinos -- locations in south Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix, and Mesa
      -- The Stockyards & Durant's -- You may hear arguments that some steakhouses in Scottsdale or the Biltmore area have better steak, but these two are pieces of Phoenix history with meat-centric menus and quite good food.

      I also suggest you defy stereotypes by showing your friend just how good fish in the desert can be -- maybe sushi at Hana Japanese Eatery or a trip to the Salt Cellar. Time to put the "no good fish in the desert" cliche to rest.

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      Hana Japanese Eatery
      5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

      Salt Cellar Restaurant
      550 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

      Fry Bread House
      802 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ

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      1. We had a Norwegian exchange student for a year. Fish was always her favorite thing to eat in her year here. She particularly loved wild Alaskan Salmon which is available this time of year. She also loved sushi which has been suggested( we typically went ot Sakana as this was before Sushi Ken opened which is where we head now).

        She also loved loved loved corn on the cob which she had never had before(Sprout and Whole Foods have both had very sweet corn this year).

        She enjoyed exploring ethnic foods but really loved Italian restaurants. Restaurants in general were a fun experience for her as its so expensive to eat out in Norway it's very rare her family does.

        Also, she loved the potato soup from Wildflower. Really. I was just out to visit her in Bergen this past June and she still talks about the potato soup lunches I'd take her for with regularity. That was over 7 years ago now!

        In general Norwegian food is pretty simple and not highly spiced so you may want to ease your friend into trying things, particularly if this their first time to the US and right when they get here and are still jetlagged.

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        Sushi Ken
        4206 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048

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        1. re: ziggylu

          I agree with the idea of letting her try fish in a new light. Not sure how she'll handle the heat, but I think she may really enjoy some Mexican mariscos. The Fry bread house was a great suggestion - one of thte first things I thought of as well. If she were my friend I'd also probably try to get reservations at Pizzeria Bianco or another great pizza place.

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          Pizzeria Bianco
          623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

        2. Try New Mexican food, the fish dishes at Richardsons/Rokerij might be a good transition to something like carne adobada

          1. For BBQ, I would go to Joe's Real BBQ in Gilbert. If that's a bit far from you, Bobby Q is a good alternative.

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            Bobby Q
            8501 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051

            Joe's Real BBQ
            301 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert 85234