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Aug 21, 2011 10:20 PM

Scottsdale for 5th Anniversary

My husband and I are going to be staying at the Canyon Suites (Phoenician) for our 5th anniversary in mid-October. We would like some help with the following meals:

- Casual lunch upon arrival (somewhere either around the airport or resort)

- Anniversary dinner (Friday night). Was thinking Binkleys, but just mapped it out and it's a 45 minute drive from the resort. I don't think that will work for us. Maybe Noca?

- Casual but interesting Saturday night dinner. Not fancy, but maybe something unique to AZ and not too far from the hotel.

- Sunday brunch. Again, not too far from the hotel/airport, as we will be heading out. Doesn't have to be a big buffet (not really our thing)...casual, good food. A fantastic diner kind of place, or even something slightly more upscale would be great.

The hotel will drive us to places within a few miles of the hotel. We are willing to rent a car if necessary, and might do so anyway.


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

3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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  1. Bumping this up...doesn't anyone have any ideas for us? Thanks!

    1. We have stayed at the suites at the Phoenician and really enjoyed our stay..

      Carolina's for divey Mex in a rough neighborhood end of the airport but don't let this discourage you..great crispy tacos..they make me a guac taco with a cheese enchi..damn its good....hit it up to and from the PHX airport..resort shuttle/town car has stopped for me and I bought them a win for all.

      J&G steakhouse at the resort and get the burger and beer special in the bar..hope it's still going on..nice to dine at a Jean George place.

      T. Cooks at the Royal Palms resort for your anniversary dinner..down the street from your of the best places to spend a special occasions...Dwight in the bar on piano rocks and can't say enough with the design and vibe of this resort.

      Lon's at the Hermosa is gorgeous and great for Saturday dinner or Sunday breakfast/brunch..
      Lovely place to sit outside with excellent food, service and ambience.

      Durant's is old school steakhouse that is a classic in downtown PHX..if you want the chilled relish tray..great cocktails..steaks/seafood and baked potato loaded....burgundy naugahyde booths are the best!

      Shuttle service at the Phoenician is great and all would work except maybe Durant's...I've tipped them so they come and get us when we call their cell and works well.
      Renting a car in PHX is a pain in the the courtesy car.. ; )

      Have a wonderful 5th anniversary!

      1. Staying close to the Phoenician and assuming a drive up 44th to Camelback to get there ..
        Lunch on way in = The Vig nice pub with good patio, should be cool enough by October
        Anniversary dinner - Marcellino (Great Italian), Eddie's House (Meditteraen) or BLT Steak at Camelback Inn
        Saturday night - Roaring Fork, 5th and Wine, or Grazie Pizza
        Sunday outbound - Breakfast Club, or Herb Box in old town
        Also recommend a drive to Richardson's on 16th street as an option for any of thesem but that would be a good size cab fare

        The Breakfast Club
        4400 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        Roaring Fork
        4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        Eddie's House
        7042 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        BLT Steak
        5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

        7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        5th and Wine
        7051 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. For that "event" dinner, I would look to T.Cook's, just down the road by about 1/2 mile.

          Binkley's is great, but we always look to a limo at at a charity silent auction, to get there.


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

          1. Thanks, everyone! T. Cook's looks perfect for the anniversary dinner!

            2 Replies
            1. re: WestsideLisa

              Allow yourselves time to stroll the grounds of The Royal Palms before dinner. Your profile notes that you live in LA. If you remember the Bel Air Hotel, pre-renovation, T.Cooks will give you the same serene sense of history and well-being. This is not a new, glitzy resort, rather, it's a subdued and lovely property........ think the old Getty Museum in Malibu, not the shiny new one. Mention your anniversary when reserving your dinner. Happy #5.

              1. re: Sherri


                Great description - T. Cook's, and the Royal Palms will harken back to an earlier, more relaxed time, and many will greatly appreciate that.