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Moon Valley restaurants that are chow worthy?

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Moon Valley seems like a desolate area for any good restaurants and filled with mediocre chains (other than Chino Bandido at 19th ave and Greenway). Any recs for some good grub? Any price range, any type of food.

I know there are lots of restaurant if I head south on 7th st to Glendale/Bethany home road but already know the restaurants in north central very well - so anything between the 51 & I-17 and the 101 and Thunderbird will fit the bill of what I consider Moon Valley-ish.

Thanks in advance for the recs!

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Chino Bandido
15414 N 19th Ave Ste K, Phoenix, AZ 85023

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  1. One of our favorites ALMOST in that area is Eden's Grill at Thunderbird and Tatum. Portions are huge and they serve some amazing Meditteranean food. Their rice is some the best around with almonds and raisins mixed in (although I skip the raisins). Seth Chadwick reviewed them on his site a few years back and from our most recent visit, it's still an accurate review.
    http://feastinginphoenix.com/?p=292

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    Eden's Grill
    13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 29, Phoenix, AZ 85032

    1. Oh, AnonymousWaitress, you seek the impossible! :) Just kidding, sort of. We've been here in Moon Valley for six years and it's only gotten worse, not better! There are a few places worth noting, but unfortunately mostly on the lower end of the chow spectrum. You drew a pretty big square so that helps. We have vritually nothing in the mid-range and above and certainly nothing on the really good end. That said, here are a few local/unique/worthy places which we like. They can be good but can also be unpredictable. Working closest to furthest out:

      Salute Italian, 7th and Thunderbird (we know the bartender now but honestly have never had that great a dining experience there)

      Wild Tunas Sushi, 7th and Thunderbird (service can be slow but food's predictably good)

      Tara Thai, Bell and 3rd St (used to be Pink Pepper, still pretty good for Thai take-out)

      Magnum's, 7th St and Union Hills (a wine/smoke shop that has a catered food deal sometimes - great bar).

      There are a few other things, like you said, in Sunnyslope and further out, like:
      Los Reyes del Torta, 7th Street (solid Northern Mexican sandwiches)

      Bombero's, Central Avenue (decent wines in a fun place especially in nice weather on the patio, but food is up and down)

      Just inside your boundaries is Vietnam Kitchen, or something like that, on Cave Creek just south of the 101. It's pretty good.

      Bill Hunt is a MV guy and can maybe add a few others I've missed.

      Unfortunately, the pickings are just slim. The fact is, if we want to eat well we plan on being in the car for a while.

      Best of luck to you in finding something worthy. If you do, be sure to post!

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      Salute Ristorante Italiano
      13226 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85022

      Los Reyes de la Torta
      9230 N 7th St Ste E, Phoenix, AZ 85020

      Bomberos
      8801 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

      Magnum's Cigar Wine and Spirits
      731 e unionhills Dr, Phoenix, AZ

      Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine
      245 E Bell Rd Ste 9, Phoenix, AZ 85022

      Wild Tunas
      805 E Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022

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      1. re: pgerding

        Viet Kitchen is at Cave Creek and the 101. Food's good but a bit more than your usual Vietnamese. My biggest peeves are TINY soups spoons for the pho and intermittent availability of the banh mi at lunch. Always on the menu, but sometimes they are out of bread.

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        Viet Kitchen
        20235 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024