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Hello Phoenix - Friday Night Dinner Rec?

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I will be in Phoenix next Fri - Sun for the annual meeting of an organization for which I am a board member. We are begin home based at the Embassy Suites on Camelback, which I understand is close to the Biltmore resort?

Most of our meals have already been taken care of, but I am looking for a recommendation for dinner Friday night. I am not familiar with Phoenix at all, or the area in which our hotel is located, and no clue as to what may (or may not) be available in the area around it. There will probably be 4- 6 of us going to dinner. I think we're primarily interested in finding some place that has interesting food, fair prices and decent service. I know we're not looking for a high-end dining experience. (By interesting food I mean, not the same old short-rib/salmon/gourmet burger menu.) Most of us will be from San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Santa Fe, NM. We're not looking to have our socks knocked off by dinner, just a place to have drinks and a delicious dinner where we can catch up and relax. We will have cars and I suspect we'd be willing to travel for good food.

Thanks for the assistance
(P.S., we are doing Distrito for dinner Saturday night, and while this group would never turn down Mexcian, we'd probably like something else for dinner on Friday)

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  1. Hey DD..
    Here are my fave's and they are close to the Biltmore..

    Montelucia resort has a great restaurant and MBar happy hour.
    T. Cook's at the Royal Palms has a great bar with Dwight on piano and apps too..
    Lon's at the Hermosa...fab fab fab
    Durant's for old school downtown steaks, chilled relish tray and strong drinks..
    Wrights at the Biltmore is quite good.
    Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for happy hour..Michael Mina is excellent.
    Kaz wine bar in old Scottsdale for wine/drinks in a lovely setting.
    Barrio Queen in Scottsdale friends really liked.

    Make sure on you hit up Carolina's behind the PHX airport..divey Mex good..closed Sunday.

    Hopefully all the wonderful posters on the PHX board will chime in!

    1. Two recs that are close to where you will be staying -
      Noca - one of my favorite restaurants in Phoenix. About a mile up the street from where your hotel is. Really excellent food and service.
      Crudo - finally tried this place about two months ago when I was in Phoenix. About 2 miles from your hotel. Really great preparations and you can make your own 3-4-5 course menu for very reasonable prices. Only suggestion is that you request no truffle oil. They have a pretty heavy hand with it and it appears in several of their dishes.

      1. Noca

        Humble Pie (as opposed to Pizzeria Bianco which would not fit the "catch up and relax" motif you want)

        Postino

        Barrio Cafe

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        1. I would strongly second Crudo- finally went there last weekend, and had the best meal of my year thus far. The other places mentioned are good to great, but Crudo is heads and shoulders above what's been mentioned IMHO.

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          1. re: cactuschowdah

            I would also +1 crudo and they have excellent cocktails and good food, which is a hard combination to get right - do not miss their Squid Ink risotto, Mushroom Egg dish, or spicy pig ears - if they have the butterfish on the menu in their crudo section for that day, i would add that to the do not miss list

            They way crudo does their dishes is nice because you can share and have lots of small bites, and is one of the few places in town you can say make me something with X spirit and describe the profile you are looking for and leave the rest to the bartender

            I also agree with the previous truffel oil comment (don't like it at all personally) if you are sensative to that flavor profile ask them to leave it off or go light if you order a dish with truffel oil in it

          2. I would recommend Rokerij/Richardsons as well. Very close to where you are staying and a good variety of dishes.