New 2011 restaurants
Little background...I am born and raised Phoenix native who moved out of the valley of the sun to the windy city, Chicago. I'm coming back to Phoenix for the first time in quite a few months and trying to find a dinner under $200 for two (tax, tip, bottle of wine or a few cocktails included) and am wondering if there's any new restaurants I should try.
I love Posh, FnB, Marcellino's, the Mission, and Binkley's but am not sure if I want to return to an old favorite or try something new (and a couple of those aren't doable with the budget)
So any new restaurant "must tries" ? No preference on cuisine just keep within price budget and anywhere from central Phoenix to Scottsdale and nowhere too casual.
6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
not new, it's 12 years old, but consistently under-reported here and therefore NEW to many is Atlas Bistro BYOB. It's a modest storefront in South Scottsdale lacking the pirouetting waiters and elegant ambience of resort restaurants who charge three or four times as much, and has a huge wine store (great half-bottle selection) next door open the same hours. Excellent and inventive menu, the biggest bargain in AZ for confident foodies(couples, foursomes) who don't
need a bar scene. We usually create a "tasting" menu of mostly appetizers, then trot next door to pick the wines. For dessert last time we split gnocchi with pork belly and bleu four ways. Hey, cheese course, right? Rich and creamy...and something no one should eat an entire dish of. But I have. (blush)
cuoco pazzo is new and very good
cph will certainly fit the bill as well
If you are after killer cocktails go with CPH, if you want beer i would go with cuoco pazzo
For wine you can take either one
Sit at the bar if you can at CPH as that is kind of the "center" of the restaurant
You will be happy with the food at either place
I would not rate Beckets Tables food on the same level as cph or cuoco pazzo - have tried it a couple times and while not bad it isnt that great, dont think i will give it another try