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tlubow Feb 4, 2011 11:52 AM

Hello,
My husband, adult daughter and I are coming in on 2/25 for a long weekend from Fort Lauderdale. We're staying at the Fairmont Princess. I've been doing some research on the board and have some options in mind, but I have some questions and need some input. I've tried to be cognizant of distances but please tell me if any of the choices I have below are just too crazy far from where we're staying. The only reservation I have made is at Binkley's on Sat. night. It's quite expensive, but the tasting menu options seem a little more reasonable. Are they recommended?

Questions:
1. I was looking up Noca online. Do they serve lunch? What is Nocawich? Have you been to the Sunday supper with the fried chicken? Is it good or are we better off going for the regular menu on Friday night?
2. I am totally intrigued by Nobuo at Teeter House but realize that it's far from our hotel. How far is it from the airport? We get in late Friday morning and could go there for lunch before checking in. Alternatively, we are going to the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday and it doesn't seem as far from there for a lunch. If you say it's just too far, is Roka Akor at all comparable?
3. How is The Mission in Old Town? Do you need a reservation for lunch? Is there anything to see in Old Town or would we go just to eat?
4. Speaking of Old Town, assuming we go to Noca one night and Binkley's the other, would you recommend Cowboy Ciao or FnB for the third? I also took a look at Renegade Canteen, and Metro Brasserie, though we're looking for something a little more Arizona, and a little less French!

Basically, we have 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches (one of which will be In and Out) and 3 dinners. Any assistance you can give me will be appreciated.

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Cowboy Ciao
7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

Noca
3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Roka Akor Restaurant
7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Metro Brasserie
7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

FnB
7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Renegade Canteen
9343 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Nobuo at Teeter House
622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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  1. exit2lef RE: tlubow Feb 4, 2011 12:25 PM

    1) Noca is starting lunch service in the near future. "Nocawich" is a clever name for the sandwiches that will be on the menu. More detail here: http://bit.ly/gEbW0x

    2) Nobuo is located Downtown, not far at all from the Airport, although on the other side of it relative to Scottsdale. I don't think of it as all that near DBG, but it's certainly closer to DBG than the Princess in north Scottsdale. I have no experience with Roka Akor, but I would not consider it comparable to Nobuo. It may be just as good in its own way, but I think of it as a different place in terms of atmosphere. Interestingly, both Nobuo and Roka Akor are backed by the same investors, although Nobuo has the personal touch of the chef after which it is named.

    3) No experience with the Mission.

    4) I like both Cowboy Ciao and FnB. No experience with Renegade. Cowboy Ciao's food has more of a Southwestern feel, but FnB has the distinction of a nearly 100% Arizona wine list (with the exception of a sparkling wine from New Mexico).

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    Cowboy Ciao
    7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Noca
    3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Roka Akor Restaurant
    7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    FnB
    7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    1. azhotdish RE: tlubow Feb 4, 2011 01:21 PM

      1) Go for the regular menu. i've had the fried chicken twice, and one time was great, the other time was "meh". The kitchen shines doing their regular menu, so do that.
      2) Go for lunch on Friday to Nobuo, I can't imagine a better way to start a trip to AZ.
      3) I love The Mission. You won't need a reservation for lunch, but you might for weekend brunch. Sunday is a great day to go as they have an AYCE pig roast and 50% off bottles. The Mission is adjacent to the Old Town Farmer's Market, which runs Saturday mornings from 8:30a - 1p)
      4) I would choose FnB over Cowboy Ciao. If you want to experience products from AZ (including wine, as exit2lef mentioned), I can't think of a better place. Heavy emphasis on vegetables.

      Keep in mind, most of the places you've listed are at least a 15 minute drive from you. If you want a closer lunch / wine spot, I'd look into Zinc Bistro, Cafe Bink, Herb Box (DC Ranch). Renegade Canteen seems to do a good business during Happy Hour.

      Enjoy your trip.

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      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Cafe Bink
      36889 N Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85331

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

      FnB
      7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Renegade Canteen
      9343 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

      1. johnseberg RE: tlubow Feb 4, 2011 01:40 PM

        Driving from the Princess to downtown Phoenix via 51 is not bad. It's all freeway, and you'll be going opposite rush hour traffic in the evening. You might have good luck parking in a garage just north of the intersection of 5th St and Washington, and walking to Nobuo's from there.

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          Dapuma RE: johnseberg Feb 4, 2011 04:16 PM

          I would skip noobu teeterhouse it is far out of your way and imo u don't get what u pay for

          Get the foie at binkleys and the waygu if they have it - then u can die happy heh

          I love fnb and ciao - I would probably yake cowboy ciao over fnb but the margins arew razor thin and I probably in the minority

          Stetson salad porkchiop and bread pudding at cowboy ciao will be very impressive - one of my fav meals

          Noca is worth going to but I agree go with their reg menu - delux burgers are in the same plaza if u want a good lunch get the delux burger and fries

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            exit2lef RE: johnseberg Feb 5, 2011 07:51 PM

            That garage -- the one at the southeast corner of Monroe & 5th Street -- is the one for which Nobuo validates -- even when there's an ominous $12 dollar event parking sign on display.

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            au lait RE: tlubow Feb 6, 2011 01:30 PM

            No experience with Binkley’s.

            I reviewed FnB and Noca today.

            Clearly I'm a Noca fan. Noca's menu is online. If the dishes appeal to you put it on the top of your list.

            Also a fan of Roka Akor. Clearly a different style of food.

            Roka is directly south of your hotel on Scottsdale Rd and Noca is few minutes further south of Roka and then five minutes west on Camelback.

            If both menus are equally appealing Noca would be my choice.

            If you eat at Noca and enjoy duck do not miss the duck confit sandwich.

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

            Noca
            3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

            Roka Akor Restaurant
            7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

            FnB
            7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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              crsin RE: tlubow Feb 6, 2011 03:37 PM

              I've only done the tasting menu at Binkley's, and it's pretty much unanimously recommended over the traditional menu on this board. I would do a tasting.

              1. Never had their fried chicken, but the regular menu is a safe bet.
              2. Nobuo from DBG isn't a bad drive at all. Not exactly next door, but by Phoenix standards, quite reasonable.
              3. I like The Mission a lot. I've only been for dinners, during which reservations are a good idea, but I doubt you would have too much trouble getting in for lunch. Amongst the bars and restaurants of Old Town, the central region has quite a few touristy shops (Native American-inspired jewelry, southwestern clothing, knick knacks etc.) as well as some gallerys if those interest you at all. You'll also be very close to Fashion Square and the adjacent Southbridge development if you're into shopping.
              4. I've always been a big fan of Cowboy Ciao, but I haven't been in quite awhile. FnB is also fantastic, so take your pick. You might also take a look at Citizen Public House. It just recently opened and I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it's the former chef of Cowboy Ciao and initial reports seem very positive. It's at the top of my must-try list.

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              Cowboy Ciao
              7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

              FnB
              7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              Citizen Public House
              7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                azhotdish RE: crsin Feb 6, 2011 04:08 PM

                Citizen Public House is good, though they're still new and working some things out, like the beer list and the service (at least for lunch). Pork belly pastrami is outstanding, the short ribs are solid, as is the grilled halloumi. Really excellent cocktails. Not thrilled with the beer list and the b-t-g wine list is a bit weak, but they'll get there. I would definitely not hesitate to recommend it, though I might for visitors as they are still finding their footing.

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                Citizen Public House
                7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                  tlubow RE: azhotdish Feb 7, 2011 05:40 AM

                  Thanks to all for the feedback. I'm going to do a little more research and then I'll f/u with additional questions if I have them.

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                    ronam RE: tlubow Feb 7, 2011 12:13 PM

                    I would recommend Rancho Pinot Grill as well. We ate there Saturday night and had a wonderful meal. Very warm restaurant with an "Arizona" atmosphere.

                    http://www.ranchopinot.com/

                    For Breakfast I would suggest Over Easy at the Altel Ice Den, only 5-10 minutes from the hotel.

                    http://www.eatatovereasy.com/

                    For what it's worth, we love Fnb, Renegade Canteen and Noca, don't care for Cowboy Ciao, and I have not eaten at Binkley's in a long time but I wasn't a fan back then. I hope to try is again sometime soon to give it another chance.

                    If you like to have cocktails before dinner, depending on where you are of course there are both great views from the Four Seasons and Elements/Jade Bar at Sanctuary.

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                    Rancho Pinot Grill
                    6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

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

                    Noca
                    3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                    Renegade Canteen
                    9343 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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                      tlubow RE: ronam Feb 9, 2011 06:55 AM

                      Thanks to all who provided feedback. Our itinerary now looks like this:
                      Arrive Friday morning
                      Lunch at Nobuo
                      Afternoon at Taliesin
                      Dinner at Noca

                      Saturday
                      Jeep or Hummer tour
                      Lunch at The Mission
                      Relax at Hotel/Spa
                      Dinner at Binkley's

                      Sunday
                      Lunch at In & Out (because we so rarely get it)
                      Afternoon at Desert Botanical Garden Wine Festival
                      Dinner at FnB

                      Monday - open
                      We have time for breakfast and lunch. Maybe Zinc Bistro? Any other recommendations? We have to be back at the airport by 3:00 pm.

                      You will notice that I didn't schedule anything for breakfast. We try generally to just have coffee on days when we'll be eating big lunches and dinners, but I did take a look at Over Easy and it's a possibility.

                      Thanks again!

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

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

                      Noca
                      3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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

                      FnB
                      7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                      1. re: tlubow
                        Dapuma RE: tlubow Feb 9, 2011 10:01 AM

                        i thought over easy was horrible - i would stick with the coffee, if you have time for lunch closer to the airport try metro brasierre or for a more simple lunch or breakfast: daily dose

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                          tlubow RE: Dapuma Feb 9, 2011 10:43 AM

                          Good tip. We'll most likely be skipping breakfast. I looked at the menu at Metro Brasserie and it looks appealing. I also did a little more research on the board and thought we could go have drinks at the bar at Elements before dinner at Noca on Friday and if we have time, go to Onyx at the Four Seasons on our way to Binkley's. I looked them up on the maps and it seems feasible. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks

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

                          Noca
                          3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                          Metro Brasserie
                          7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                          Four Seasons
                          , Gilbert, AZ 85233

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                          crsin RE: tlubow Feb 9, 2011 03:28 PM

                          Looks like fun. I think Zinc Bistro is a fine idea for lunch. By that point, you'll probably be pretty sick of driving long distances for food, and Zinc is reasonably close and serves a great lunch. If you have more time to kill and are in the mood for a nice drive, you could head north for Cafe Bink (much cheaper and more casual sister restaurant to Binkley's). Sit on the patio and enjoy some of their phenomenal fries (though they're great at Zinc, too).

                          If I were visiting, I wouldn't bother with breakfast, especially if you're fine with coffee. Save it for lunch.

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

                          Cafe Bink
                          36889 N Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85331

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

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                            tlubow RE: crsin Feb 10, 2011 05:50 AM

                            Thanks for the feedback. It's always a little difficult to make good choices when you're completely unfamiliar with the geography and the "scene!" I'll let you know how it all turns out.

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                            KyMikey RE: tlubow Feb 10, 2011 11:34 AM

                            I had the best scrambled eggs in my life at Over Easy back about 3 years ago before it relocated. Can't speak for anyone else, but it will be a must visit for me this spring when I'm in Phoenix again.

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

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                              tlubow RE: KyMikey Mar 2, 2011 09:48 AM

                              Thank you all for your help. We had a great weekend, and despite the non-stop barrage of doomsday weather forecasts from the moment our plane touched down, the weather was fantastic! We love the cold air and the rain was polite enough to fall only during the middle of the night.
                              After we landed on Friday we headed straight to Nobuo at Teeter House. We were the first ones to arrive for lunch, but the place had filled up nicely by the time we left. We were disappointed only to have tried 3 items: The soft shell crab sandwich (excellent), the tonkatsu pork sandwich and the short rib buns. We loved all three so much that we had decided to go back on Monday for lunch before our flight home, but on Monday we thankfully realized before hand that the place is closed Mondays. We loved it and wish we could replicate it in Fort Lauderdale. We'd love to be able to get back for dinner sometime.

                              Friday night we stopped at Elements at Sanctuary for a drink but missed the sunset by about 15 minutes. It's a beautiful location, though, and I wonder how the food is at the restauarant. Has anyone eaten there? We went to dinner at Noca, and we were really pleased with the meal. My husband had the moules frites and pasta bolognese and loved both (esp. the mussels) and I had the tuna crudo and another pasta dish with pork (can't remember exactly) that were very good. We shared an order of delicious, light donuts for dessert.

                              On Sat. afternoon we went to The Mission for lunch. Another great meal. We had tableside guac, a spinach salad, Peruvian clam stew, which was one of the best things we had all weekend, and the pork tacos and chicken tacos. The only thing we didn't care for were the pork tacos - they tasted really fatty and there wasn't any acid to cut the fat.

                              Saturday night we headed out to the Four Seasons for drinks before dinner at Binkley's. What a beautiful resort. We had two great cocktails and headed north. We had so much fun at Binkley's. We ordered the 6 course tasting with wine pairings and by the end of the night we had at least 18 different items brought to our table (not including wine). It really was a blast. We found many of the amuses bouche to be better than the actual ordered courses, but the whole experience really was fantastic. The service was also excellent, and at $425 out the door for the two of us, it was a great value.

                              Sunday we had In and Out for lunch which we enjoyed, then we spent the afternoon at the Desert Botantical Gardens and the Corks and Cactus event. Since we did the hotel spa that morning, and then drank wine all afternoon we were feeling our ages. I had called FnB earlier that morning to see if we could move up our 8:30 reservation, anticipating that we would be exhausted. They told us they were fully booked but would call if anything changed. So after DBG, we decided to try the sunset again at Elements. 2 free drinks later, because the poor server spilled our drinks all over me on her very first day there (poor thing), we were even more exhausted and decided to just head over to FnB and see if we could sit at the bar. We again contemplated eating at Elements, but since I didn't know anything about it, I was concerned. I wish we had just done it though. Turns out even the bar seating at FnB is by reservation only. Knowing that I couldn't make it another 1.5 hours until our reservations we went to Cowboy Ciao. That was a real disappointment. The food was all so heavy and rich. Everything we ordered had a cream sauce and the portions were enormous. Thank goodness we split an entree - pork shoulder over a potato and chile casserole. The pork itself was fine, but the casserole was just some sliced potatoes swimming in thick cream. Yuck. Boar meatballs swimming in cream. Mushroom stir fry swimming in cream. It's just not the way we eat these days. I wish we had given Elements a shot!

                              On our last day we went to Zinc Bistro for lunch and split a crab salad which was nice, and a chicken and brie sandwich which was tasty also. Not earth shattering, but way better than dinner the night before.

                              We had a great time and thanks to the hounds we ate well!

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                              Cowboy Ciao
                              7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

                              Noca
                              3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                              Four Seasons
                              , Gilbert, AZ 85233

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

                              FnB
                              7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                              Nobuo at Teeter House
                              622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

                              1. re: tlubow
                                azhotdish RE: tlubow Mar 2, 2011 12:55 PM

                                Thanks for reporting back, something that doesn't happen enough on this board. The almejas al vapor is one of my favorite "soup-like" dishes in this town, I'm glad you ordered it. Sorry about Cowboy Ciao - I agree, the food is very heavy. FnB, on the other hand, is the total opposite. I hate mentioning specific menu items there because their menu changes so frequently, but the falafel they have right now are the lightest I've ever eaten. It's a study in contrasts, to be sure.

                                Glad it all worked out for you...cheers.

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                                Cowboy Ciao
                                7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                                FnB
                                7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                                1. re: tlubow
                                  Rubee RE: tlubow Mar 2, 2011 09:06 PM

                                  Thanks for the report back! You chose well and hit many of my favorite places. I really have to get to Nobuo soon.

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                                    Dapuma RE: tlubow Mar 3, 2011 10:13 AM

                                    Nice report

                                    Sorry to hear you did not like cowboy ciao, that is my fav restaurant - i agree with az hot dish, completly different type of food at fnb, and i like them both

                                    never had the pork item you mentioned or the boar meatballs

                                    Usually i get the stuffed pork chop, and the mrs gets salmon + we share a stetson salad

                                    I have had the mushroom dish before and didnt care for it however the mrs likes it alot

                                    They just added a great braised asian bbq dish to the menu

                                    glad you liked the lunch at noobu - hope you got a devil's haircut drink - if you ever go back be sure to order that...killer

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                                      Bill Hunt RE: Dapuma Apr 9, 2011 08:33 PM

                                      CC has been a fav of ours too, but I have to admit that we have not been, since Chef Bernie departed, so things might have changed. The only complaint that I have ever had was the noise level, but Peter has heard that from me for about 10 years now.

                                      The food, the wine and the other aspects of the ambiance, including the service, have always been great.

                                      Gotta' get by for a new, contemporary experience.

                                      Hunt

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                        gshuey RE: tlubow Apr 4, 2011 01:10 PM

                        Just spent 5 days in Scottsdale and we were very impressed with the restaurants.
                        - Marcellino - food was very good. service and ambiance were unfortunate detractors from the meal, but we'd go back for the pasta. as reviewed by others - I'd agree it's over priced.
                        - The Mission - we ate at the bar and after chips and guac shared the pork shoulder tacos for two. Good food and ambiance. Seemed like a lot of locals. Will definitely return on our next trip.
                        - Tried to get in to FnB, but couldn't. People there were very nice and recommended Noca and Citizen Public House. Noca seemed too far. Citizen Public House was really good. We had the Chop Salad (from Cowboy Ciao), Halibut and Scallops. Everything was great. They were out of deserts except for bread pudding and cookies. I don't do bread pudding so we tried the cookies. I wouldn't get them again. Service was odd. Not bad, but the girl seemed to lack confidence or something. Anyway, we'd definitely go back.
                        - After trying the wait list at FnB again, we ended up at Cowboy Ciao. I wouldn't go back. It was fine, but definitely the weakest of our meals. Except for the Stetson Chop, which we got again.
                        - Ventured out for breakfast one day at Over Easy. I'd recommend.
                        - We'll be back for FnB.

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                        Cowboy Ciao
                        7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

                        Noca
                        3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                        FnB
                        7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                        Marcellino
                        7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                        Citizen Public House
                        7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                        1. re: gshuey
                          hohokam RE: gshuey Apr 4, 2011 01:15 PM

                          Thanks for reporting in.

                          For future reference, Noca is only about 12-15 minutes away from FnB by car. Just something to keep in mind if you have trouble getting into FnB next time.

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                          Noca
                          3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                          FnB
                          7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                          1. re: hohokam
                            Bill Hunt RE: hohokam Apr 9, 2011 08:40 PM

                            We have only done FnB once, but doubt that we'd do it again. Nothing, beyond the AZ wine list, to recommend it. One good dish out of five is not something that I find worth the $, or the effort.

                            OTOH, I have only had two weak dishes at NOCA, in 10 visits. Even then, they were OK, but not up to par with the others those nights, or the others over the the time that they have been opened.

                            Maybe it is me, but I do not get FnB, but the same could be said for Eddie V's, Ocean Club and most of the Mastro's restaurants. They are greatly loved here, but I just do not get it, and will only return, as a guest with no input, and a host, to whom I am beholding.

                            Hunt

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                            FnB
                            7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                          2. re: gshuey
                            Bill Hunt RE: gshuey Apr 9, 2011 08:35 PM

                            What were the issues with the service and ambiance at Marcelino's? We've done the new location several times, and have not been disappointed, even though they moved 10 miles away from us. I liked the new location, and the service has always been up to par with the original location, which was good to very good.

                            Just curious,

                            Hunt

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                              gshuey RE: Bill Hunt Apr 9, 2011 09:13 PM

                              In summary, it would fit in well in New Jersey as opposed to Tuscany. For a $100+ meal I expect some level of refinement or hipness, Marcelino's lacks both. Probably just a personal preference thing. The only 2 service problems we had were 1) I asked for an outside table and was told it was full even though tables remained open the entire time we dined and 2) we ordered prosecco and it was served in a normal wine glass. We've had a lot of sparkling in our days and never had prosecco or champagne served in a wine glass. As I said, we'd go back, but insist on outside seating - that would solve the ambience issue and just chuckle at the service.

                              1. re: gshuey
                                exit2lef RE: gshuey Apr 11, 2011 10:09 AM

                                For what it's worth, my wife and I dined at Marcellino last night -- our first visit since the restaurant's relocation from our near-central Phoenix neighborhood to Scottsdale. Not only did we receive complimentary glasses of prosecco, but it was served in appropriate stemware.

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                                Marcellino
                                7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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