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Oct 28, 2010 11:01 AM

Visiting AZ with a baby - Recs?

Torontonian here visiting your fine state next month with my wife and our 8-month old in tow so we need baby friendly (and good) suggestions for:


Also, I've been hearing about Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix being one of the best Pizzerias in the country - our only possible night to try is a Saturday night. Is this mission impossible with a baby? Does the place even allow babies? We would want to go eat around 5 pm since our flight leaves early the next morning, Would we actually have to line up at 3:30 to eat at 5?

Pizzeria Bianco
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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  1. This board only covers Phoenix and Scottsdale. I suggest posting here:

    I wouldn't take a baby to Pizzeria Bianco. Many "adults" are too cranky to wait. You would probably have to line up at 3:30 to get the 5:00 seating, and no guarantees on that. We are in the tourist season, and Saturday night is the busiest.

    For more recs, please be more specific about where you'll be staying, what days of the week, what you want to avoid, etc., etc. It seems obvious that you'll have a rental car.

    Pizzeria Bianco
    623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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    1. re: johnseberg

      Thanks, I figured as much - I saw the Southwest Board after and realized I probably should have posted there. My native board is Ontario(Including Toronto), so I wrongly assumed the Phoenix board included Arizona in the same way.

      In terms of Phoenix and Scottsdale, we'll have a rental car and we'll be staying at the Phoenician on a Wednesday night and near Sky Harbour on Saturday night. We're not picky eaters and my wife and I do well with most food styles, but Toronto has pretty good international cuisine so we would want local favourites, Southwest style, etc.

    2. If you're at the Phoenician try GraziePizza for good neopolitan style pie. very friendly and great food.

      In Sedona, I'd do Ken's Creekside, right near the "y" or main intersection. Great apps and wine list, jazz on friday's and best service ever.

      Scottsdale is crazy with good restaraunts by the Fashion Park mall, right down the street, check out board favorites like Cowboy Ciao, Marcellino, or a bevy of great steak houses near the resort.

      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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      1. re: kmarg

        I'm not into the steakhouses, but, if I sprung for a stay at the Phoenician, I would probably check out J&G. It seems like one of the better ones, and going there would mean a little less stress on the baby, which might pay dividends, later in the trip.

      2. For an early dinner on Saturday night near the airport, you could try Carolina's, a board favorite Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant (and kind of a dive). A short drive away is the downtown Tempe area, with lots of very informal choices. Some of my favorites (where I take my young kids) are Cafe Lalibela (Ethiopian), Restaurant Mexico (central Mexican), and the Cornish Pasty Co (a tiny, loud place, maybe better for call-ahead takeout in your situation). Essence Bakery has good breakfast and lunch items if you're in the area by then, mostly locally-soured, and some of the best macarons outside Paris. For a more upscale dinner, House of Tricks has good food with a Southwest/International spin; some of their outdoor seating is pretty secluded, you could ask them to tuck you away where any minor baby fussiness won't be overheard. If you want to try local beers, Four Peaks Brewing Co has good versions of "brewery cuisine" (pizza, sandwiches, etc); it can be crowded, but early on a Saturday should be okay.

        House of Tricks
        114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Four Peaks Brewing Co
        1340 E 8th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Essence Bakery Cafe
        825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Cornish Pasty Co
        960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Restaurant Mexico
        423 S Mill Ave # A, Tempe, AZ 85281

        1. For Tusayan, in past years the restaurant at the Squire Inn had the best food by far (haven't been up there in 2 years though). I've had some very disappointing meals at Tusayan.

          Also some decent fast food options inside the IMAX lobby (chain pizza and Mexican). But the best semi-formal option up there is probably the El Tovar (inside the park, a few miles from Tusayan). Also the cafeterias inside the park at Maswik and Yavapai lodges were OK for a decent cheap meal (about what you'd expect from a NP cafeteria but inexpensive).

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          1. re: willyum

            Great advice all, thanks! We're staying at the Squire Inn, so that's probably our easiest option in Tusayan, and J&G at the Phoenician sounds like a nice splurge, too...

            1. re: Sherm_TO

              Thanks all for the advice!

              In Tusayan, we ate at the Squire Inn. My Bison was excellent but my Wife's NY Strip was bland and barely seasoned.

              We had excellent Fish Tacos at San Felipe's Cantina in Flagstaff.

              In Sedona, we loved our meal at Ken's Creekside (Wife had the Short Ribs, I had the Kurobota Pork Chop) - The Mexican resto in Tlaquepaque was also quite good (Had lunch there).

              I had a great Black bean soup at the Flatiron Cafe in Jerome.

              In Scottsdale our meal at the Capitol Grill was a big splurge and we loved it. My wife had stuffed Lobster and my porterhouse was excellent (Parmesan Truffle Fries were a standout). Ate at Ken & Lil's in Tucson, OK BBQ. Le Rua's was very good Mexican.

              1. re: Sherm_TO

                Thanks for reporting back, Sherm - Glad you had a good time. I've always felt that the Capital is indeed a worthy splurge.

                1. re: Sherm_TO

                  Sounds like a great trip! I like Capital Grille best of the national chains as well for steak.
                  Glad you liked Ken's, we drove up for dinner again a couple of weeks ago ourselves.

                  Capital Grille
                  16489 North Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254