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Dec 3, 2010 11:05 AM

If you had one night in Phoenix....

.....where would you eat? Let me preface that by excluding anything very upscale. I'm just looking for great local food, doesn't really matter what kind. Mexican, BBQ, Italian, whatever. Hoping to get a handful of good rec's, just passing through on a cross-country drive.


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  1. Can you be more specific about where you'll be staying, how late you'll be dining, and what night of the week? All those variables will affect the recommendations.

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    1. re: exit2lef

      I'll be staying in Tempe on a Monday night, but certainly willing to drive a little for a great place. I don't expect it to be too late, probably 7-8pm. Thanks!

    2. I'd go somewhere Mexican, or maybe New Mexican.

      Carolina's is a fast casual Mexican place with three locations. Rosita's Place is full service, basic Mexican common to the area. Some higher end choices are Barrio Cafe, Los Sombreros, and Gallo Blanco. I would go with Gallo Blanco if you want some good vegetables and/or salad.

      My New Mexican favorites are Dick's Hideaway and Los Dos Molinos.

      Dick's Hideaway
      6008 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

      Rosita's Place
      2310 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

      Gallo Blanco Cafe
      401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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      1. I really like Dhaba when I am over that way. It is great Indian in a nice atmosphere. There is an Indian market next door. And it is on the light rail if you don't want to or can't drive.

        More info: They were voted Best Indian by New Times and Arizona Republic/ AZ Central in 2008 and 2009. They have specials on the website (currently, printable coupon).

        The Dhaba
        1874 E Apache Blvd
        Tempe AZ 85281