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.
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
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