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RESTAURANT.COM... help!

Mr Taster Jun 18, 2013 08:21 AM

I'm visiting a friend this weekend and have about $65 worth of restaurant.com credit to use, but am unfamiliar with the dining scene in Phoenix.

As you know, restaurant.com is filled with more hits than misses, so I was hoping a friendly Phoenician 'hound might take a look at restaurant.com and let me know if there are any Chowhound-worthy restaurants on the list.

Many thanks in advance

Mr Taster

  1. ipsedixit Jun 18, 2013 08:28 AM

    Took a quick look.

    Rose & Crown Pub.

    That's it. And barely.

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      hopegoode Oct 14, 2013 02:31 AM

      Am using one at the Italian restaurant in the Hyatt this coming visit. Have used the coupon in the past and have always been happy with the quality of food. Maybe your credit will be good here...

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      Bax Jun 18, 2013 09:10 AM

      I haven't been in a few years, but La Barquita used to be pretty good.

      1. hohokam Jun 18, 2013 09:12 AM

        There are a handful of place that I would consider popping into for a quick casual lunch (La Barquita, Tacos Nazo, Rose and Crown, Fuego whatever in Downtown Phx) if I were in the neighborhood, but in general, the list includes a lot of places I would not go out of my way for and a lot of places that I would actively avoid.

        1. Mr Taster Jun 18, 2013 09:42 AM

          Thanks for these tips. I know I said Phoenix, but my friend lives in Scottsdale, and of course we're willing to drive to Tempe, Chandler, wherever. Does that make a difference, or had you already taken these areas into account?

          Mr Taster

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            Mr Taster Jun 18, 2013 09:46 AM

            Oh, and I neglected to mention that my friend is a little... particular. No cumin or cilantro (which basically nixes Mexican food for him-- even dishes that don't have those ingredients, the cuisine as a whole is a psychological/gastronomic hurdle that he cannot cross), no rosemary or other strong-flavored herbs. Nothing high in lactose, though he flubbs this often).

            (I know, I know)

            Oddly enough, he actually does have the desire to try different things, even if he winds up hating them. He loves the BBQ banh mi at Lee's (sans veggies/herbs), for example.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster
              hohokam Jun 18, 2013 10:12 AM

              I expanded the geographic scope of my search and found Zur-Kate (see link below), a place that I've heard good things about, but have never been to myself.

              The no-Mexican restriction knocks out La Barquita and Tacos Nazo from my previous list. But again, I don't think I'd make the drive from Scottsdale to Downtown Phoenix just to eat at Rose and Crown or Fuego. If you're going to make that trip for some other reason, there are many places at either end and in between where you could make better use of your stomach's limited space. :-)

              http://zurkate.com/menu/

              1. re: hohokam
                Mr Taster Jun 18, 2013 10:24 AM

                Looks like Zur-Kate offers only a limited number of certificates. There was only one left and I tried to snap it up, got stuck in a technical snafu, and then it was sold out from under me.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster
                  hohokam Jun 18, 2013 10:26 AM

                  Bummer.

                  Can these "dollars" only be used in Phx metro? If not, I'd probably just save them for another dining market.

                  1. re: hohokam
                    Mr Taster Jun 18, 2013 10:36 AM

                    Nah, I can use them nationwide, though I tend to run into the same problem everywhere (not enough good restaurants).

                    There are a few good ones in LA where I'm from, but again it's like finding a needle in a haystack.

                    Actually now that I take a second look, I see the certificate is available to purchase for cash, but not available to be used with my credit. How strange.

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster
                      hohokam Jun 18, 2013 10:44 AM

                      Ah. OK. The last/only time I looked into the Restaurant.com offerings was probably 4 or 5 years ago, hence my haziness on the details. It looks like the ratio of potentially interesting places to completely unremarkable places hasn't improved since then. :-/

                      1. re: hohokam
                        Mr Taster Jun 18, 2013 10:57 AM

                        By the way, apparently they have a different set of vouchers used for credit redemptions versus the ones that people pay cash for.

                        The only real upshot to all of this is that the credit never expires, and they are quite flexible in letting you reuse credit for other restaurants. I got all these vouchers during one of their ridiculous 90% off "lowest sale price" deals. I picked up something like $300 of certificates for $20. (And I've been trying to use the credit up for about 5 years!)

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster
                          ipsedixit Jun 18, 2013 11:16 AM

                          Can you sell them on eBay?

                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            Mr Taster Jun 18, 2013 11:42 AM

                            Good question

                            Mr Taster

                            1. re: Mr Taster
                              ipsedixit Jun 18, 2013 11:44 AM

                              Or even Craigslist.

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            bharbeke Jun 18, 2013 10:56 AM

            I like these two:

            Honey Bear's BBQ
            Genghis Grill

            1. scaheld Jun 18, 2013 02:30 PM

              The two places I like to use them are Christopher's and Sportsman's.

              I just looked & Christopher's is no longer on the site. Too bad.

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              1. re: scaheld
                hohokam Jun 18, 2013 02:49 PM

                Oh yeah. Sportsman's. I knew I had lost one in there.

                I like stopping in there for a nosh and a drink (or 3), but I never think of it as a place to go for a meal.

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