Visiting from Maryland - Entertaining Clients
Hello. I'll be attending a conference in Phoenix in May and will be staying next to the convention center. I'll be taking a group of about 12 to dinner on a Monday night. I'd like to keep the tab to around $50 per person. As most of us have never been to Phoenix, I'd like to try something regional but I'm open to suggestions. A fun atmosphere is a plus. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
A regional option that's not too far away is Los Dos Molinos. Their specialty is New Mexico-style food, which can challenge the uninitiated, due to the chile heat. I haven't eaten at any of their locations for a few years now, and I've never eaten at their...uh..."Downtown-adjacent" location ever; so I can't speak to the quality of the food they're serving these days.
Nobuo at Teeter House is a non-regional option that is quite good and a bit closer. I'm not sure how well they could handle a party of 12, given the configuration of their space, but it might be worth making a call to find out.
Nobuo is about a 10-minute walk from the convention center; a trip to Los Dos likely warrants taking a cab or public transit.
Los Dos Molinos
1010 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Nobuo at Teeter House
622 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Both of those look super to me. As to Los Dos, I like a challenge! And the omakase at Nobuo is definitely up my alley. I'm going to try to get to one of those on a day that I have to myself. They are probably a little too adventurous for some in my group. Thanks for the pointers.
You have two good options straight north of you. Sam's Cafe at the Arizona Center is good for business groups like that and has a large patio, if the weather's still nice. The food is non-threatening southwestern grill or Mexican fare, and they do great pitcher margaritas. Then there's District, the restaurant/bar in the lobby of the Sheraton. It may not sound like it, but it's an elegant space. They source local and sustainable wherever possible and have the trendy-comfort-food angle all covered. Stuff like local sweet shrimp po' boys, red velvet whoopee pies, organic PB&J at happy hour; good beer and wine list.
455 N 3rd St Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85004
District: American Kitchen and Wine Bar
320 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004