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May 3, 2013 04:51 PM

Dinner/lunch near Arizona Biltmore

I'm going to be in Phoenix (from Houston) for a conference and need suggestions for meals near the Arizona Biltmore. I won't have a car, so something a sub-$20 one way taxi ride would be great. No real budget, but most likely I will be solo dining, so nothing group oriented. I don't have any specific preferences regarding cuisine type.

I have dinner on Sunday and Tuesday to fill and lunch on Monday and Wednesday. I have about 2 hours scheduled for lunch, but there will be 1500 people at my conference, so places really close to the hotel will probably be busy.

Already scheduled:
Lunch at pizzeria bianco
Dinner at Lon's

Any suggestions greatly appreciated

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  1. Since you're going to be at the Biltmore, do try Frank and
    Albert's - it's very good.

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    1. re: JerryMe

      A friend recommended that as well - just worried with so many conference people staying at the hotel, that it will be super busy/loud.

      I hate being rushed at dinner, and I'm sure it will be interrupeted several times if I eat at the conference hotel.

      1. re: stockboy85

        We have had and hosted several dinners at Wright's at the Biltmore (a bit upscale and up-price from Frank & Albert's), and each event was very good. No rush, whatsoever.



    2. Stayed many times at the Biltmore and make sure you stay in the new section, Ocatilla, with the club privileges with food and drink.
      Rooms are newer.

      Shuttle service to the mall hourly..probably could tip the guy to drop you off at the resorts along the way and call when ready..

      Concur with Jerry on Frank and Alberts..decent happy hour

      Royal Palms down the street has a great piano bar with Dwight on the keys and a gorgeous resort at T. Cooks..great drinks and app's.

      Montelucia resort on the backside of the resort, Prado is great for HH and hanging out.

      Lon's is wonderful and Pizzeria Bianco is fab.

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        Sadly, I don't get a choice in rooms. All of the Villas and suites have been reserved for corporate parties and the conference is controlling the rest of the room reservations.

        1. re: Beach Chick

          I'm a big fan of Lon's and Pizzeria Bianco too.

          T.Cook's is undergoing a summer renovation. They won't be opening until the fall.

          1. re: Rubee

            Rubee, we had brunch at T.Cooks just before the summer closing. Breakfast and dinner, along with some light offerings will be available at Cervantes Bistro but there will not be a "real" lunch menu available until the re-opening. FYI in case someone wants to make a lunch reservation.

              1. re: misohungrychewlow

                The safest bet would be to call and ask. I know the restrooms are being refurbished as well as the dining room. That is awfully close to the bar area, so my guess would be the bar in that location will be closed for the summer.
                Aside -- the bartender told us that Dwight has retired and no longer plays in the bar.

        2. There are a number of restaurants at the nearby mall but none that I would go out of my way for. At 24th Street and Osborn is newly opened Bink's from Chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's in Cave Creek. Definitely worth a visit. At 32nd Street and Camelback is Central Bistro that I've found to be a cut above anything at the mall. Down on Indian School at about 36th Street is Beckett's Table which is excellent. None of these would be considered on the tourist circuit and are really designed as neihborhood restaurants. All are top notch.

          1. I have lived in the Biltmore area for 35 years.
            I really think you will like:
            1) Tarbell's at 32nd Street & Camelback.
            2) Vincent's Bistro at 40th & Camelback
            3) BLT at Camelback Inn 54th ST & Lincoln Drive

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                I have to disagree unfortunately. Although all those options are good I don't think any of them are really exciting/innovative spots. Tarbell's and Vincent's have been in Phoenix forever but I didn't find the menu at Tarbell's interesting both times I've been there over the past year or two. And Vincent's has been getting mixed reviews for awhile. You won't be disappointed but Phoenix has better to offer.

                I'd recommend Noca and Crudo for a dinner, lunch at Delux or The Grind if you like burgers (some of the best in town).

                Also, Pizzeria Bianco is now opening another location very close to hotel - formerly called Italian Restaurant, not sure if it is open yet but check on that as it will be $10 cab ride vs. $30 or so each way.

                1. re: PHXeater

                  Tarbells changes out some of the main courses several times a year. They pour a good drink there too, and I recomend sitting at the bar.

                  Not to big on Noca (pretty food, so so quality)....sorry to disagree Beach Chick. Have not tried Crudo, so I will give it a whirl; thanks for sharing

                  Delux has best fries in town (always hot) and a really n ice beer selection. Hive been eating at Vincent's Bistro for years and can't beleive how darned good it is especially for the price. Breakfast is outstandoing at Vincent's Bistro; don't miss that..
                  Bianco will not disappoint.

                  1. re: johninphoenix

                    No worries John...didn't recommend Noca.
                    ; )

                  2. re: PHXeater

                    Pizzeria Bianco's second location is already open - we are having a corporate lunch there one day, but if it is as good as everyone says it is, I may go back by myself for dinner one evening.

                    1. re: stockboy85

                      Sorry to disagree with the disagreers but Tarbell's and BLT are great. Maybe the menus aren't cutting edge, but the quality and prep is allways fantastic as is the service.

                      There's also a new Del Frisco's at 24th and Camelback, and for a high end chain they do great food. Chef has a lot of freedom apparently.

                      Also the standard recommendation of Richardson's must be made. great New Mexican food, good green chili!

                      1. re: kmarg

                        Check out the Del Frisco's. I think that it is a scaled-back version of the mini-chain steakhouse.


                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          Del Friscos is good, patio is fantastic and their wine room is very cool as well as well stocked. I only had brunch, but the chicken and waffles with bacon was fantastic. Worth a try. They are national out of Dallas I think, but only 7 stores so a bit of local preference creeps in. Manager is an old friend from the biz and has lots of experience at CG and Roka Akor.

                    2. re: PHXeater

                      We had lunch today at the Town & Country location of Pizzeria Bianco [Trattoria Bianco] at 20th & Camelback. The pizza is as good as the original location and very close to your Biltmore location.

                2. For casual lunch I think Gallo Blanco, Postino, Cibo, La Condesa and America's Taco Shop are worthwhile and within your taxi budget.

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