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Phoenix Airport Marriott Dinner Rec's

Karl Oct 1, 2013 04:48 AM

I'm staying one night at the Marriott near the airport and looking for some good dinner recommendations. I'll have a car but would prefer to keep my driving to under 10-15 minutes. I'll be dining solo so would prefer to eat at the bar, possibly a steak house or really anything interesting and preferably not a chain and price isn't an issue. Not a picky eater and willing to try anything. Any recommendations would be welcome!

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    fledflew Oct 2, 2013 09:50 AM

    Durant's, as mentioned above, is usually very good. Although lately, I've experienced some hiccups and inconsistency from their kitchen. Service and drinks have always been excellent.
    Up the street and around the corner from your hotel on Washington is another steakhouse - Stockyards. It's a pretty solid steakhouse with a different sort of character than Durants. They have a lounge/bar with both bar and table seating that is appropriate for solo dining.
    I highly recommend NOCA. They have a counter right in front of the kitchen that is ideal when dining by yourself. They also have a bar off to the side if you are looking for something that isn't in the middle of the action.

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    1. re: fledflew
      Karl Oct 2, 2013 12:14 PM

      Thanks for the recs. NOCA looks interesting, how tough would it be to get a seat in front of the kitchen or at the bar on a typical Thursday night? I was also looking at Tarbell's, any thoughts?

      1. re: Karl
        fledflew Oct 3, 2013 02:59 PM

        I've only had an issue getting a seat in front of the kitchen at NOCA once - that was during a restaurant week promotion when they were fully booked. They sat me at the bar that time - which is a kind of dark and off to the corner. I'd recommend the kitchen seat. You may be able to call ahead for a reservation if you have an idea of when you'd arrive.

        Tarbell's is also excellent. I only get over there about once a year. Not because the food is inferior, but because it's quieter, darker, and seems a bit more formal (even though it isn't really). Dining on your own might not be as comfortable as at NOCA.

        Also check out Christopher's at the Biltmore (about a mile from NOCA/Tarbell's). Award winning chef with supurb French food in a great space. I don't think he gets a lot of attention on the boards, but is certainly deserving of it. Great seating right in front of the kitchen ideal for solo dining and I've never had trouble getting a seat there.

        1. re: fledflew
          avandelay Oct 9, 2013 10:34 AM

          NOCA is great but is closed until November 1.

    2. Beach Chick Oct 1, 2013 07:08 AM

      Durants. .one of the oldest and best steakhouses in downtown PHX..
      Love eating in the bar and they still serve the beloved chilled relish tray. .make an excellent cocktail too.


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        Karl Oct 1, 2013 06:07 AM

        FYI Last time I was in phoenix I had a great meal at the Blue Hound, but would like to try a different place

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