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RESTAURANT.COM... help!

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

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  1. Took a quick look.

    Rose & Crown Pub.

    That's it. And barely.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      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...

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

      1. 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. 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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          1. re: Mr Taster

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

          2. I like these two:

            Honey Bear's BBQ
            Genghis Grill