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I have a day in Phoenix, looking for specific recs!

Wil Dec 13, 2012 07:47 PM

Hi everyone, Toronto hound coming in Sunday and have a day to enjoy the culinary delights in Phoenix! I think I have time for lunch, a snack and dinner! I'll be eating alone the whole day, so places where solo dining is easy are appreciated! I also have a car and I don't mind driving around.

After reading uhockey's review, I think I might try Praying Monk for the "snack" and that delish looking foie gras PB&J! But if something else might serve for that slot I'd love a rec!

I'd really like to have something Mexican, but I know nothing of Mexican cuisine so something a newbie can enjoy would be appreciated!

Only thing is no Asian, as we're pretty well covered in that cuisine in Toronto!

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    fledflew Dec 14, 2012 09:19 AM

    I second the Gallo Blanco rec above. Solo diner friendly both in term of atomosphere and menu selections.

    1. ipsedixit Dec 13, 2012 08:00 PM

      Some suggestions for Mexican:

      La Condesa
      Gallo Blanco
      El Nopalito

      1. uhockey Dec 13, 2012 07:51 PM

        "Safe" or "Newbie" Mexican would be Distrito - it is upscale and thereby 'safe' - great ingredients, well prepared. I know some don't like Barrio Café, but I enjoyed my visit there.

        As Pizzeria Bianco is not open on Sunday I can't recommend them, unfortunately, but FnB could be a good Sunday dinner (as could be Noca) since both offer bar seating. La Grande Orange would be a good place with a local feel, as well.


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        1. re: uhockey
          Bill Hunt Dec 14, 2012 07:07 PM

          NOCA has their "Simple Supper" on Sunday evenings, and while usually really good, the menu is a bit limited, compared to the their main menu - unless Eliot has changed things with the new chef?


          1. re: Bill Hunt
            uhockey Dec 14, 2012 07:35 PM

            Nope - still the simple supper, and while limited it is still good stuff with at least 2 choices per course (and a great deal.)


            1. re: Bill Hunt
              Wil Dec 14, 2012 11:38 PM

              Ohh that looks good, do you need a reservation? I'm trying to be flex with my time that day

              1. re: Wil
                uhockey Dec 15, 2012 06:36 AM

                Generally not.


              2. re: Bill Hunt
                tortue Dec 17, 2012 02:33 PM

                went to noca on dec 9 and it was closed

                1. re: tortue
                  hohokam Dec 17, 2012 02:58 PM

                  What time did you show up?

                  1. re: hohokam
                    tortue Dec 17, 2012 03:08 PM

                    5:40 and there was no sign of activity

                  2. re: tortue
                    Molto E Dec 17, 2012 03:24 PM

                    On December 9, we had a private event off site so there was no Supper that night...there was a sign on the door stating so. The current December Simple Supper Schedule is up on our website.


                    Owner of noca

                    1. re: Molto E
                      tortue Dec 17, 2012 03:40 PM

                      Thanks for the clarification. I must admit that it was a spur of the moment idea to come for an early dinner and i did not check the website or the door.

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