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Anniversary Dinner. NEED HELP!!!!

crucial_TK Feb 20, 2012 10:17 AM

Celebrating 4th year anniversary with my wife on Thurs 2/23. Only thing is she goes to class in North Scottsdale (85254) and is free at 8:00 pm.

Any suggestions? Only exceptions will be: sushi, Italian, steakhouse, and any "ultra-lounge" kind of scene. Maybe a place that's either vintage or quirky? We are not drinking as well. I'm trying to get a 8:30 reservation, so anything within 15 minutes of 85254 will be perfect.

I was debating between FnB or Citizen Public House (have not been to either).. Any suggestions? Sorry for all the prerequisites but thank you for your help!

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  1. Dapuma RE: crucial_TK Feb 20, 2012 01:01 PM

    of those two based on your criteria FnB 100%

    I would also throw T Cook's into the mix as well which is at the Royal Palms

    1. hohokam RE: crucial_TK Feb 20, 2012 03:27 PM

      I think Rancho Pinot, and possibly Razz's, would also fit the cuisine and quirkiness requirements, and both are a bit closer to where your wife will be coming from than are FnB and Citizen Public House, both of which are fine choices as well. Indeed, Razz's is just south of Shea Blvd which I believe is more or less the southern boundary of 85254.

      Of the two you mentioned, I would give the nod to FnB on the quirkiness dimension.

      Rancho Pinot
      6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

      Razz's Restaurant & Bar
      10315 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

      7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

      1. crucial_TK RE: crucial_TK Feb 21, 2012 07:10 AM

        Thank you for your suggestions!! I am leaning towards FnB.. but I'm not sure what I should order... I heard the braised leeks are a must. Although I must admit that the chopped salad at Citizen Pub seems amazing as well. Any suggestions on what to order? Willing to sacrifice ambiance for an amazing meal.

        1. crucial_TK RE: crucial_TK Feb 23, 2012 06:09 AM

          So i got reservations at FnB... any suggestions on what to order?

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            MesaChow RE: crucial_TK Feb 23, 2012 06:30 AM

            You really can't go wrong. It depends on your personal taste, of course. I love the grilled broccoli and always enjoy whatever bite of cheese is being served.

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              crucial_TK RE: MesaChow Feb 23, 2012 06:36 AM

              Thanks! I heard the veggies are amazing there.. definitely order a few veggie dishes

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                cactuschowdah RE: crucial_TK Feb 23, 2012 09:09 AM

                You already mentioned the leeks, but make sure you get them if they're available. Since everything there is fresh and seasonal, the menu changes all the time, so I don't know what else is on their current menu, but you should love it.

                I know you said you weren't drinking, but even if you don't want a glass of wine, after dinner you should check out Kazmiers- definitely meets the quirky criteria (hidden entrance, located down in a basement), and they usually have live music. Maybe have dessert there?

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                  Beach Chick RE: cactuschowdah Feb 23, 2012 09:30 AM

                  cactus...thanks for the Kaz rec...that place looks great and I'll be in town end of March and looks like the perfect place to have a drink and nosh...love they have music too.


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                    crucial_TK RE: cactuschowdah Feb 23, 2012 10:52 AM

                    Thanks for the info! good call on desert! or does anyone know if FnB has a legit desert item?

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                      Dapuma RE: crucial_TK Feb 23, 2012 11:42 AM

                      If they have lamb get the lamb (however it is prepared it will be awesome)

                      Their butterscotch pudding dessert is very good i would recommend that (if they are serving it)

                      I have heard someone else say their chocolate bread pudding is good on the forum but i have never personally had it so i cannot vouch for it

                      I have had a couple other interesting sounding desserts there but nothing i would have ordered again other than the butterscotch pudding

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                        MesaChow RE: Dapuma Feb 23, 2012 01:52 PM

                        +1 on the butterscotch pudding. Last week husband had the grapefruit cake. It doesn't sound like much but, as usual at FnB, what sounds simple can be really phenomenal.

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                          crucial_TK RE: Dapuma Feb 23, 2012 02:02 PM

                          Thanks for the butterscotch suggestion. I appreciate your help, looking forward to dinner. Go Hotspurs! :)

                      2. re: cactuschowdah
                        Beach Chick RE: cactuschowdah Mar 31, 2012 08:21 AM

                        After an outdoor concert in Scottsdale, we all went to Kaz bar (around 5pm) but it didn't open till 6pm..
                        Dang, this place looks fantastic with its decor and great wine list with small plates.
                        Next time but thanks cactus!

                2. crucial_TK RE: crucial_TK Feb 24, 2012 06:37 AM

                  FnB was great! Thanks!
                  We started off with the mozzarella leeks and split an order of the rock shrimp pasta. We also ordered the brussel sprouts and broccoli. The vegetables were amazing but the highlight to me was actually the shrimp pasta. The only disappointment were the leeks. It was just way too cheesy and made it difficult to serve & eat. I definitely will go there again. We had a seat right in front of the Chef (Payton Curry ??) and watching him work the kitchen was amazing. My total came out right at $60 (note that we did not order any alcohol), which I felt was a steal for such quality food.

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                    Dapuma RE: crucial_TK Feb 28, 2012 06:26 AM

                    I hope you didn't watch more than the first 20 min of the north london derby...good game for the nuetral though :) We are going to have to trash you this weekend @ the lane though so its going to get worse before it gets better heh

                    Glad to hear you had a great meal thanks for reporting back

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