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Visiting Scottsdale - Looking for must-try recommendations

Hello,

I will be visiting Scottsdale from Calgary, Alberta and am interested in hearing what some of the best restaurants, etc. are. We will be staying at the Westin Kierland, but will be out and about getting some shopping in. I am a non-fussy pescatarian, and my companion is pretty open minded about food as well (although prefers to stay away from asian, and heavily spiced foods).

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee (definitely a huge coffee lover), treats - you name it! Just looking for some local recommendations.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Just last night I was at Metro Brasserie for a casual birthday dinner. I have read some mixed reviews on the restaurant, a lot of raves and some real complaints about service; but then I started to notice a trend that for the most part, the complaints all seemed to center on service during weekend brunch. I think they must just be crazy busy during it, and so things suffer. I decided to disregard those since in this case, I was only concerned about dinner.

    I had an amazing time. Since you're a pescatarian I have to tell you that the Moules Frites and it was just off the hook good. I absolutely loved it. I don't know what they do to their fries, but I hope they keep doing it - the best I think I may have ever had. My sister had the cheeseburger, and said it was super flavorful; she really loved it. So...yeah. If you happened to go down into Old Town Scottsdale (quite a bit south of where you're staying but very worth seeing) You may want to consider it, depending on your tastes and preferences. Either way, I hope you have a great visit!!

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    Metro Brasserie
    7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    1. re: athewinn

      good to hear about metro brasserie, i keep meaning to get there...but i always end up across the street at cowboy ciao or fnb

      ocean club is great...if you are going all out get the seafood tower (although i dont know if they can scale it down for 2 generally best in a larger group)

      1. re: Dapuma

        Second Mastro's Ocean Club....never disappoints... if you are staying at Kierland---it's right there--not to be missed.

      2. re: athewinn

        I agree about Metro Brasserie - I'm not sure how I ended up here but we were very, very impressed with everything. They have a great special on Sundays for two as well.

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        Metro Brasserie
        7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      3. Well, Deseo is on my list. I don't recall much recent mention of Mastro's Ocean Club, here, but, Zinc Bistro still gets mentioned. I would research all three for what you are looking for, in the immediate area.

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        Zinc Bistro
        15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Ste 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

        Deseo
        6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

        Mastro's Ocean Club
        15045 N Kierland Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

        1. Thanks all! Deseo and Ocean club definitely look great.

          Any good coffee shops in the area? I'm a huge fan of really good coffee

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          Deseo
          6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

          1. FnB in Old Scottsdale. Original food, great atmosphere and service. Sit at the bar.

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            FnB
            7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            1. Check out the seafood at Noca. They seem to go out of their way to procure special, quality seafood. Also I love the ceviche at Deseo in your hotel. For sure have some mojitos or other muddled fruit drinks and ceviche in the bar there. They are very good.

              IMO, its hard to find superb coffee or espresso in PHX. Maybe someone else has a suggestion of a place I don't know about.

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              Noca
              3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

              Deseo
              6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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              1. re: mwest9

                There are a handful of good coffee options around town, but none that I know of are up in the Kierland area.

                1. re: hohokam

                  Noca looks right up my alley! Thanks.

                  I'd be happy to travel for good coffee, it there happen to any that you think are worth the drive? So far, everything I've heard has been in line with the previous comment, that superb coffee is hard to find in the area.

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                  Noca
                  3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                  1. re: CoffeeGal43

                    For coffee up in that neighborhood, I'd recommend Press Coffee.
                    http://www.presscoffeefoodwine.com/

                    Not too much further of a drive is Village Coffee Roastery, which is a funky spot and a little hard to find, but I think it's worth seeking out.
                    http://www.villagecoffee.com/

                    1. re: azhotdish

                      You'll probably notice this, but, Press has a second location in Scottsdale Quarter, walking distance from Westin Kierland. I only mention this because I this their website doesn't mention it on the main page.

                      1. re: azhotdish

                        Village Coffee Roastery is independently owned and has the best Espresso in the Valley. It is only about a 10 minute drive from Kierland and well worth it.

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                        Village Coffee Roastery
                        8120 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258