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Feb 27, 2011 03:01 AM

Where to eat in Scottsdale and Phoenix

I am coming from NYC to Scottsdale for a week and don't really know anything about the food in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. I would love some recommendations for the following types of places in either area:

Really authentic southwestern cuisine
Fine dining choice
Best place for breakfast
Favorite lunch spot
Hidden little gem that you hope doesn't get too popular

Thanks so much. I am looking forward to seeing this part of the country.

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  1. I like Texaz Grill for chicken-fried steak (or chicken), and Richardson's/Dick's Hideaway ( which both serve BLD for authentic New Mexican food.

    Texaz Grill
    6003 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    1. For the fine-dining, I have three locations, but two are "out a bit."

      Kai's at Wildhorse Pass
      Binkley's in Cave Creek, right at the Carefree line
      Vincent on Camelback, pretty much centrally located

      For two fun spots, with both good food and wine:
      NOCA, east Phoenix
      Cowboy Ciao, Scottsdale

      Great Italian, from a NYC chef: Marcellino's in Scottsdale, just up from Cowboy Ciao -

      Enjoy, and there will be other recs. coming.


      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

      7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      1. For Southwestern fine dining, I second Kai. It's very unique, although a bit of a drive for you. A lot of Southwestern food is Mexican food here. For good more "upscale modern" Mexican food, I like Los Sombreros or Barrio Cafe. If by authentic you mean small and plain, the Frybread House or any of the good taco shops mentioned on this board would fit the bill; America's in downtown Phoenix is the closest I know of to your area, and is a favorite lunch spot for me too. For authentic as in a sketchy dive with good food, check the threads here on Carolina's; their food is Sonoran style, which is probably the most typical style of Mexican food around here.

        Frybread House
        4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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        1. re: bortukan

          Yes. "Authentic" can have many, many different meanings, and universally must be defined.

          Authentic to someone in Ship Rock will differ from someone's idea of it, should they be from Tularosa. Same for someone from Tucson vs someone from San Luis. To get even more diversity, talk first to a resident of Nogales and a resident of Veracruz. Southwest cuisine has almost as broad a range as "Mexican cuisine." It all depend on the territory.

          Two of your recs., Kai and Frybread House are unique, and while totally different in almost all respects, worth the trip to each. Good call.


          Frybread House
          4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            In town visiting. Had lunch at Frybread House yesterday. Green Chile taco and a side of chorizo & beans. Very tasty with some good heat and unique. I recommend it highly and would go back again on another visit to town.

            Frybread House
            4140 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

        2. I quite enjoyed the Persian Room during my trip to Scottsdale last year (if you're looking for something different)

          Persian Room
          17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

          1. Being a tourist that goes to Scottsdale a couple times a year...
            I love Lon's at the Hermosa for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
            T. Cook's at the Royal Palms resort for dinner and drinks
            Durant's downtown has been a fave of my since childhood
            Binkley's or Cafe Bink
            House of Tricks in Tempe for lunch on the patio
            Carolina's for dive Mex by the Airport for breakfast/lunch
            J&G steakhouse bar at the Phoenician resort for the $19 burger and brew of Jean George
   up for lunch at Yavapai at the stunning Enchantment resort and Elote Cafe for dinner...2 hour drive from PHX and well worth it.