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WFG_JR May 11, 2012 07:07 PM

Hey everyone,

looking for some help. I am staying at the four seasons at troon, and I will have a car, so getting to restaurants wont be an issue, and we will take a cab if we have to if its farther away.

I have read about cowboy ciao? Olive and Ivy and Kai. just from cruisin the net.

My wife and I are foodies, and we eat everything. i would love to to experiance authentic southwest cuisine. i want to learn as i eat. so we are hoping for some local flavors along with some high end restaurants mixed in. We will be in scottsdale for 6 nights. one of those nights we will be in sedona so i will need a recommendation there too.

Thank you everyone in advance for any and all responses.


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    Beach Chick May 11, 2012 07:48 PM

    In PHX, I would hit up Binkleys, Lon's at the Hermosa, T. Cook's, Durant's, Los Dos Molinos and Carolina's Mex.
    Kaz bar in Scottsdale for wine and app's.
    I've only had drinks and app's at Kai and is beloved on this board.

    Sedona, my fave is Elote Cafe for dinner...unbelievably good...lunch at the stunning Enchantment Resort...Garland Lodge is another dinner fave..limited non-guests.
    Wildflower Bread and Company or Coffee Pot for breakfast.
    Rock Springs Cafe for great pie off the I-17 near PHX.


    1. ipsedixit May 11, 2012 07:56 PM

      In Phoenix/Scottsdale, I would consider Posh, FnB, Quiessence, Atlas Bistro and The Mission.

      In Sedona, I would hit up Elote and Garland's.

      Enjoy your stay.

      1. Bill Hunt May 11, 2012 09:01 PM

        My "must-do" list would be:

        Cowboy Ciao

        Now, that is NOT to diminish T.Cook's, Lon's or others, but if I had to limit myself, those would be where I would start.

        Most of all, enjoy!


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        1. re: Bill Hunt
          PHXeater May 12, 2012 12:04 PM

          Just so you're aware Kai is very far from the Four Seasons - about 40 miles. So if you go to dinner there be sure to avoid rush hour times on the way to your reservation.

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            Bill Hunt May 13, 2012 10:04 PM

            Oh, I am very familiar with the exact distance to Kai, just as I am with the distance to Binkley's, but feel that each is worth the drive.

            As we love our wines, we always just have a towncar to take us to either, but without the wines, an auto can make either trip in about 30 mins., depending on traffic.

            For us, it is about the food, and not the distance.


        2. johnseberg May 11, 2012 09:12 PM

          A fairly recent thread with a lot of information:


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            WFG_JR May 12, 2012 08:35 AM

            Thank you guys, awesome info !!

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              jock May 12, 2012 09:16 AM

              As a foodie with only 6 days you can skip O&I. In fact even with a couple of months you can skip O&I.

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                WFG_JR May 12, 2012 10:13 AM

                THAT IS AWESOME!!!! thank you, i read that and laughed so hard, thank you thank you!

                1. re: jock
                  Bill Hunt May 13, 2012 10:05 PM

                  Now, I have not dined there, BUT many of my "foodie" friends (or whatever one wishes to call them), share your observations - the vast majority of patrons do NOT go there for the food.


                2. Bill Hunt May 13, 2012 10:08 PM

                  For Sedona, we enjoy L'Augerge de Sedona, and dine there quite often.

                  We have had nice meals at The Enchantment, but I am not sure that I would choose them, were we not staying there - good, but not "worth the drive."

                  I hear great things about Elote, but have not dined there yet. Still, lot of great recs.



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                  1. re: Bill Hunt
                    Beach Chick May 13, 2012 10:36 PM

                    Aloha Bill..
                    Cowboy Club is quite good.
                    Elote is incredible.

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                      Bill Hunt May 14, 2012 06:15 PM

                      We find ourselves in Sedona about once - twice per year, for meetings, but have just not made it to Elote. I hear great things, and from people, who I trust, so I must correct that.



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                    WFG_JR May 14, 2012 07:31 AM

                    so many great choices, thank you everyone.

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