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suggestions for 4 nights in Phoenix

jimp Nov 1, 2012 11:23 AM

Hi all,

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?



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    cactuschowdah RE: jimp Nov 1, 2012 03:28 PM

    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.

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      jimp RE: cactuschowdah Nov 1, 2012 04:32 PM

      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.

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        PHXeater RE: jimp Nov 1, 2012 06:58 PM

        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.

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          cactuschowdah RE: jimp Nov 2, 2012 11:20 AM

          In Mesa/Gilbert, there's also a new outpost of Postino, which is quite good- not destination dining, but certainly the best in that part of town

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            forkvsfood RE: jimp May 8, 2013 10:30 AM

            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.

        2. uhockey RE: jimp Nov 1, 2012 06:17 PM

          La Grande Orange
          Pizzeria Bianco
          Italian Restaurant

          Would strongly consider Cornish Pasty Company, Christophers, Cowboy Ciao, Binkley's


          1. Beach Chick RE: jimp Nov 1, 2012 07:02 PM

            Los Dos Molinos Mesa
            Cafe Bink
            Persian Room
            Ninth and Ash Tempe
            Lon's at the Hermosa
            Kaz Bar Old Scottsdale
            Bourbon Steak happy hour
            House of Tricks

            1. ipsedixit RE: jimp Nov 1, 2012 07:38 PM

              Some casual, informal places to add to the lists already provided

              Chino Bandido
              America's Taco Shop

              ... and Sweet Republic (for ice cream in Scottsdale, a bit of a trek from Gilbert but well worth the detour)

              1. Beach Chick RE: jimp May 5, 2013 07:00 AM

                Going soon..anything new and exciting around Scottsdale area?

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                  cactuschowdah RE: Beach Chick May 6, 2013 01:01 PM

                  Where in Scottsdale? As you know, it's pretty big. My favorite places there lately-

                  LAMP pizza (North)
                  Davanti Enoteca (Mid)
                  Brat Haus (Old Town)
                  Market St. Kitchen (North)

                  Not sure if any of these were open last year- maybe Davanti? But they are good new-ish places. What type of food are you looking for? How far do you want to drive? There's some great stuff elsewhere as well...

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                    uhockey RE: cactuschowdah May 7, 2013 08:45 PM

                    I clearly did not eat at the same Brathaus as....anyone else.

                    Agree on Davanti, though BC travels here frequently.


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                      Beach Chick RE: uhockey May 8, 2013 04:00 AM

                      Great to see you posting Mike!!!
                      Thanks all for the rec's!

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                        danieli10 RE: uhockey May 8, 2013 01:50 PM

                        What were the issues at Brat Haus?

                  2. Beach Chick RE: jimp May 10, 2013 09:55 PM

                    Looks like its going to break 100 this weekend..

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                      Bill Hunt RE: Beach Chick May 13, 2013 07:33 PM

                      Aloha BC,

                      But what was the temp on Nov 5, 2012?

                      [Wink, wink]


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