suggestions for 4 nights in Phoenix
I'll be in Phoenix on business for 4 nights (this coming Sunday through Wednesday) and I'll probably be on my own for dinners.
I'm looking for good food, interesting cuisines, informal, something that will remind me that I'm not in Kansas (or Massachusetts, in my case) anymore. A place where it wouldn't be too weird to read (book or iPad) while eating would be nice. I'm not frightened by spicy or unusual food.
Looking at the board; Carolina's, La Grande Orange, and China Magic Noodle House have already caught my eye. Other suggestions?
Where in Phoenix are you, and how far are you willing to drive?
Based on the locations of the places you've picked so far, I would add-
Crudo- cocktails and amazing tapas- pricing is higher end
Grind- best burger in town- medium end
Khyber Halal- Afghan/Pakistani- lower end
Italian Restaurant- lesser-known offshoot from the Bianco empire- medium end
Let us know what types of cuisines you're specifically interested in and how far you want to drive.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll be staying in the Mesa/Gilbert part of town, and I'm willing to drive 30 minutes for something interesting. As far as cuisine, I'm pretty wide open. I assume that Mexican/Southwest are probably good choices for Phoenix, but I like pretty much everything.
If you're in Mesa/Gilbert and only want to drive 30 minutes I'd focus on Scottsdale/Tempe just to make things easier for you.
I second the Crudo (although might be a bit far) and FnB. Carolina's and China Magic Noodle house are good ideas but a long drive. I'd like to guide you to more Southeast Valley Mexican but don't know the SE valley well. Hopefully someone else can chime in.
Mesa has a great Asain scene, surrounding the Mekong Plaza area.
A newer Schezuan restaurant opened up near there called Mui's Cuisine, and it's ridiculously good. Also in the plaza is Hue Gourmet in a food court style plaza, which serves central Vietnamese cuisine. South a bit is Chou's Kitchen which serves great meat pies, dumplings and other NE chinese cuisine. All of these options aren't much for ambiance, but killer food.
Other options near there are Cornish Pasty Co, which has a cool vibe, great beer and tasty Pastys. Shimogamo is a great find for sushi, though i'd guess you wouldn't seek out sushi while in AZ. Fry Bread House east serves some killer Native American Fry Bread style tacos, too. Crepe Bar in Tempe, just west of Mesa might be a good stop too.
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Los Dos Molinos Mesa
Ninth and Ash Tempe
Lon's at the Hermosa
Kaz Bar Old Scottsdale
Bourbon Steak happy hour
House of Tricks
Some casual, informal places to add to the lists already provided
America's Taco Shop
... and Sweet Republic (for ice cream in Scottsdale, a bit of a trek from Gilbert but well worth the detour)