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ljero Mar 18, 2013 03:44 PM

We will be back in AZ, specifically the Four Seasons in Troon in late March for one week. So excited!

We have the first night at the Barrio Cafe. Other reservations include past favorites: FnB, Roka Akor and Talavera.

We have four other nights. We prefer closer to the hotel, but will travel for great food. Contenders: Ocean Room, La Hacienda, The Mission, Noca.

We love all kinds of food, esp. Mexican, Asian (any type). We are adventurous diners. Ambience is important (which is why I always loved La Hacienda)--something with a view, or rustic, modern, or trendy/fun. We have done Posh, Noca, Binkley's.

Any other ideas for great dinners (just nothing fancy)?

We also would love some brunch/lunch options, too! Always looking for in the know locals spots in Northern Scottsdale. We typically make the drive to Vincent's Market Bistro on Saturday.

Thank you!

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    Beach Chick Mar 19, 2013 07:13 AM

    Love Four Seasons Troon..a week of pure bliss..sweet!

    As a tourist that visits PHX 3-4 times a year.
    Here are my faves.

    Lon's at the Hermosa for breakfast/brunch
    lunch or dinner.

    Durant's downtown, Pizzeria Bianco, House of Tricks, Carolina's for some divey Mex.

    Enjoy drinks and Dwight at the Piano bar at T. Cooks at Royal Palms resort..dinner is good too...fancy

    Happy hour at Montelucia resort.
    Happy hour at Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Princess Scottsdale.

    Persian Room and Kaz wine bar in Old Scottsdale.
    Distrito, Citizen Public House and Praying Monk.

    If you go up to Sedona (2 hours), Elote Cafe for dinner is one of the best in the USA.

    PHX has great posters and I'm sure they will chime in!
    Have fun.

    www.lons.com

    1. ipsedixit Mar 19, 2013 08:28 AM

      Ditch Roka Akor and do Nobuo at Teeter House and/or ShinBay

      Definitely do Noca, Quiessence and Elements and maybe Posh

      China Magic Noodle and Maxim are good ethnic options.

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        PHXeater Mar 19, 2013 12:33 PM

        I second Shinbay. Really exquisite food - and i really mean that, it's not a word i use a lot. Go with their omakase menu.

        The Mission has a brunch if you're already in the area. Haven't been to Market Street Kitchen but have heard some good things and it's closer to Four Seasons.

        Not too much ethnic in North Scottsdale unfortunately. Sorry I don't have more ideas.

        1. Dapuma Mar 19, 2013 03:37 PM

          Deseo in the Westin at Kierland for Mojito's during happy hour - the rainbow ceviche is very good as well, there is a localdines.com discount if you want to eat at the main resto - i dont think it is good for happy hour though

          I would pass on Noobu and take Shinbay without hesitation, that is best resto in the valley if you want Asian (probably best overall, or at least tied with Kai and Binkley's)

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            ipsedixit Mar 19, 2013 07:43 PM

            Nobuo and ShinBay are really different experiences. The former is much more intimate and relaxed, while the latter is a bit colder, more corporate in feel and presentation. Both are good, however.

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