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Nov 1, 2011 05:48 PM

Last minute weekend picks- please help!

Mr. Mika and I booked a last minute trip to Scottsdale this wknd and although we'd normally do tons of research on where to eat beforehand, we haven't had the time. We are staying at the Phoenecian, looking for great places to eat nearby and not looking for any high end type spots on this trip.

We arrive late on Friday night, so I'm guessing we may just eat at the hotel once we check in. On Sunday night we have reservations at The Mission. Sat night we had looked at Wildfish or Lon's. Any opinion on these? The other option would be to eat at The Mission Sat night and Cowboy Ciao Sun night but that would leave us with dinner reserv later than what we want both nights so I am thinking Cowboy Ciao for lunch one day.

Let me know any opinions on Wildfish or Lon's. I know Wildfish is a chain, which gives me a bit of pause, but the concierge was raving about it. We realize with our restrictions of wanting to stay near the hotel etc limit our choices, but just wanted to get some input. Also if there's any other nearby lunch spots we should consider. Thanks for your help!

Cowboy Ciao
7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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  1. LOVE T.Cooks next door at The Royal Palms!

    1. I go with T. Cook's, as well, but a recent visitor was not wow'ed. Have not done dinner there in about 9 mos., and the more recent excursion was for an event, so really does not count.

      I do not know Wildfish, but Lon's has been quite good over the last few years. Their menu has some local, or at least local-styled items, and they do them well.

      Only gripe that I have had recently is that they dropped their "balloon" glasses for big whites, or red Burgs. They still have some decent stemware, but I hate it, when a higher-end restaurant cuts back on stemware, especially as I had campaigned for better stemware there, about 13 years ago...

      Wife has dined at The Mission, and was not impressed by her lunch, but we both love Cowboy Ciao, though it can be a bit loud (for us). Still, the food, the service and the wine program have always impressed us. Have not done dinner at The Mission, so cannot comment.



      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      1. We usually stay at the Phoenician and have enjoyed J&G Steakhouse and like eating in the bar too(burger/beer special)...Jean George restaurant which is a good thing and perfect for Friday night arrival.
        T.Cooks at the Royal Palms is lovely and drinks with Dwight at the Piano bar is fab.
        Lon's for brunch/lunch or dinner.
        Love making a Carolina's run for some Mex..or the Teepee

        1. Lon's has a beautiful patio if you're from an area of the country where it's already too cold to sit outside. I love brunch/lunch there as well as it's reasonably priced and very tasty.

          1. wildfish is more of a happy hour scene type of place food is not amazing but not bad either - i would say it would be better for happy hour apps pre dinner drink

            fnb / cowboy ciao / cuocco pazzo are all good spots also citizen public house

            Cuocco just opened so resos there should be no problem and cph is more fun to sit at the bar there, they have a great cocktail menu

            all are in old town and close to the hotel

            I have had a lot of bad experiences with the food at j and g and mixed drinks being poor but the view is pretty amazing - you are paying a lot for that view though and you can do better and cheaper IMO

            also Mastero's City Hall is right there as well and T Cooks is always great