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4 days in North Scottsdale - take advantage of Restaurant Week or just eat the best???

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Hi Everyone,

My husband and I are arriving in Phoenix this Friday morning (staying in North Scottsdale) and leaving Tuesday morning. I understand that Restaurant Week is happening. I'm finding that some of the restaurants recommended on this thread are not participating. So I was wondering whether you would suggest to take advantage of Restaurant Week or just go with the best of the area. We would aslo like to have at least one higher end ($30 - $40 per entree) evening -- should we use Restaurant week to score a deal for a great meal?

I'm looking for Scottsdale/Phoenix favourites -- dives, fabulous lunch spots, traditions, beautiful views and food.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinners (Mexican, Steak, Farm to Table plus anything else you think would be a great choice)

We are heading to Vancouver, British Columbia the following week, so we can wait for sushi/seafood until then, but if you have a great recommendation I'm all ears!

We are open to driving anywhere, as we are looking for a second home and would like to experience different neighbourhoods.

Thanks for your help! I don't want to miss out on a great deal with restaurant week, but I'm overwhelmed with suggestions on the board vs restaurant week deals.

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  1. I would say that it depends on A) how far north we're talking, and B) what, in particular, caught your eye on the restaurant week list. I'm not sure that there are too many RW options in north scottsdale, but there are plenty elsewhere that I would highly recommend even if it were not RW (NOCA, The Mission, etc.). Also on the list, you have what many here would argue to be some of the best steak spots in town (J&G, BLT Steak, Bourbon steak (N. Scottsdale, BTW)).

    That said, I think you'd be making a mistake if you adhered only to the RW participants, missing out on great places like FnB (your best 'farm-to-table' bet), Binkley's (Cafe Bink for lunch), and all of the numerous stellar options that fall under the price point of RW restaurants (particularly since you're looking for good Mexican).

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    Binkley's
    6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

    BLT Steak
    5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    FnB
    7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    1. If I were trying to convince someone to move here,first I'd take them to Matt's Big Breakfast, and then for a drive up South Mountain to overlook the Valley. After a tour around Ahwatukee, we'd have lunch at Quiessence. To see various neighborhoods, we'd hit Los Dos Molinos for cheap fiery New Mexican food in Mesa, to one of the Asian gems on Dobson & Alma School's Asian Corridor in Chandler, Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert for American classics in suburbia, Over Easy for breakfast in Arcadia or Scottsdale, America's Tacos for fabulous carne asada in Central Phx, and J&G Steakhouse on Camelback for drinks, Restaurant Week or just to enjoy the view of the setting sun over the valley from another perspective.

      We moved here 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida and it's taken us quite a bit of time to find "our places" here, so if I can help, send me a message and I'm happy to chat and assist if I can. We usually go for cheaper options though, so someone else might need to help on the high-end, unless I've gotten lucky and been there on the corporate dime or through a Restaurant Week special. And these are fabulous deals, so I'd also recommend you take advantage if you can.

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      Matt's Big Breakfast
      801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

      Los Dos Molinos
      260 S Alma School Rd Ste 137, Mesa, AZ 85210

      Over Easy
      4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

      Quiessence
      6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

      Joe's Farm Grill
      3000 E Ray Rd Ste 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296

      America's Taco Shop
      2041 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

      J&G Steakhouse
      6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Matt's Big Breakfast
      801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

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      1. re: contemporaryscarlett

        Better still... when going up South Mountain, you go RIGHT past the best one of the three Los Dos Molinos locations in town. It's Western star Tom Mix's old hacienda.