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Restaurant recommendations for college girls reunion

LisaT Apr 13, 2011 11:47 AM

Hi there. We are staying at Sanctuary at Camelback for four nights in May. Can anyone recommend some great, fun places for 8 ladies? Great food, atmosphere, etc.?



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    kmarg RE: LisaT Apr 13, 2011 03:23 PM

    BLT for Steaks just down the street at the Camelback Inn. Nice patio and great place to watch the sunset. The Sanctuary restaurant is fantastic as well. Then the corner of 32nd and Camelback for Tarbell's, NOCA, Sportsman's, Delux, Tommy's lot's of goodies. There are several threads on this area in recent posts.

    3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    32nd Cafe
    2822 N 32nd St Ste 1, Phoenix, AZ 85008

    1. Bill Hunt RE: LisaT Apr 13, 2011 08:42 PM

      Besides the dining at Sanctuary, elements, I recommend NOCA, not THAT far away on Camelback at 32nd Street, and also Cowboy Ciao, in Old Town Scottsdale. Both offer great food, and beverage, plus a pretty "happening scene."



      PS - I am now less a fan of elements, than I once was. Things just do not seem to be in order nowadays, but others do not feel the same way. While we have had some suspect meals, in that
      same time, we've had several great events.

      PPS - Dang, there is that 32nd Cafe. I should have known that it would pop up, and should have checked my links, prior to posting. Sorry about that, and I have never dined there, so cannot comment, but if I add the streets to NOCA, it appears, as if by magic. I promise to do better.

      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      32nd Cafe
      2822 N 32nd St Ste 1, Phoenix, AZ 85008

      1. Dapuma RE: LisaT Apr 14, 2011 08:20 AM

        i would vote for cowboy ciao over noca because of the atmosphere of cowboy ciao for a reunion - it is a bit louder and more upbeat, and i like it a bit better than noca :)

        both places you will get great food and have a great time

        If you want to go a bit further north then mastros ocean club (not city hall which is same owners but the food is not as good there for whatever reason) if you all like seafood and want to get a tower - which is always fun - but that will be a lot more $$$ - but that also has a louder upbeat feel to it and you can also have some fun people watching in the lounge

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          LisaT RE: Dapuma Apr 14, 2011 11:48 AM

          What about Mission or Olive and Ivy? Those were also recommended to me. Thanks.

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            Dapuma RE: LisaT Apr 14, 2011 11:54 AM

            I have never been to The Mission but i have heard good things have to ask other on here about the Mission

            Olive and Ivy i would pass, it is ok, but priced about the same as cowboy ciao maybe slightly less than noca but the food is average at best - i have ate there a couple times, neither time impressed me

            1. re: Dapuma
              kmarg RE: Dapuma Apr 14, 2011 12:13 PM

              Culinary Dropout in the same building is a better option for grabbing a bite in a more festive atmosphere. Also just across the canal, Citizen Public House is doing some great food. Similar to Cowboy Ciao since it's their old chef.

              Cowboy Ciao
              7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              Culinary Dropout
              7135 E Camelback Rd #125, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

              1. re: kmarg
                danieli10 RE: kmarg Apr 14, 2011 11:32 PM

                Does CPH have a nice outdoor seating area to enjoy the weather?

                To the OP, I highly recommend Postino, Grazie, and the Vig for fun places with relaxed indoor-outdoor areas and none of them will break the bank.

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                  hohokam RE: danieli10 Apr 15, 2011 06:43 AM

                  It has an outdoor seating area, the niceness of which is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose:


                2. re: kmarg
                  Dapuma RE: kmarg Apr 15, 2011 10:27 AM

                  culinary dropout food is worse than olive and ivy - i wouldnt steer clear of there for food, drinks are fine there - if you want a patio with good food i would concur with danieli10 on postino, i dont care for grazie but i know a ton who do, could be just me heh, never been to vig - i would recommend chelsea's kitchen if a patio area is a requirement, but didnt see where the original poster said patio was important

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