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I'll be in Phoenix for a couple of
days in March and would like find
some unadulterated local food in
this land of strip malls and air
conditioning. Any hot tips?

Spots on the drive north to
Flagstaff and the Canyon also
welcome (I'm hiking down to
Phantom Ranch).

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  1. Jim,

    I'm hardly ever in Arizona anymore, I went last year but spent more time eating at mom's (her food's great but she charges way too much, and gets real nasty if you leave less than 20%). Also, no foodie I know can recommend much in Phoenix. Tucson, Flagstaff, some of the reservations. My sister likes the tortillas at a restaurant in a bad neighborhood call "Carolina's" It closes at 7pm or 8. Get on the web for the Arizona Republic Newspaper. The food editor is Penelope. She might have some good recommends. The indigenous dishes are: Those big Sonoron Tortillas and the burros they make, Green corn Tamales or Tamalitos(out of season in March), Fry bread, Caldo con Queso, Sonoron enchiladas and bbq'd anything (Mountain Oysters if you're macho enough).

    Have a good trip

    Pete

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    1. re: Pete Feliz

      Pete,

      Thanks...I have to believe what you
      say about Phoenix...I started going
      there to visit my cousins (in
      Tempe, actually) when I was a kid
      in the late 50s and the place hasn't
      improved a bit (and may actually
      be worse...it was too damn hot
      then, but at least it didn't have any
      pretensions)...my sister loves it,
      tho' (she lives in Awatookie
      (sp?)), but we're only there for a
      day or so before we drive north to
      the canyon..maybe I can score
      some fry bread at a roadside stand
      outside of Flagstaff...soy muy
      macho, so I'll be looking for any
      mountain oysters..is March too
      early for roundup, when they
      actually castrate calves? Funny,
      I've lived in Oregon my whole life
      and that's one thing I haven't had
      an opportunity to eat...but I'll try
      anything once.

      thanks again...Jim

    2. j
      Joanne Hasbrook

      Jim,

      I travel out to Phoenix frequently (on the expense
      account) and have a few good tips:

      Roxand Restaurant and Bar (1st choice)
      (in Biltmore Fashion Mall)
      2594 East Camelback Rd.
      (602)957-9600

      - Very ecclectic dishes, fresh local ingredients,
      southwestern, asian/thai and african influences. Must
      try the crusted salmon with medit. cous cous or sauteed
      halibut on charred eggplant. Highly reccommend for
      good dinner - ala carte $14-28 entrees.

      Razz's
      North Scottsdale Road
      (Yes...another strip mall)
      (602)905-1308

      - Razz is the name of the chef. His creations are
      amazing. He has brazilian/spanish/french background and
      has an international feel to menu.

      Rancho Pinot Grill
      North Scottsdale Road
      do not have number
      Good place and "southwestern living room" atmosphere

      Altos
      E. Camelback Road
      Great spanish food, sangria and tapas!

      Enjoy! I have had difficulty finding authentic mexican
      cuisine. Please post any good finds if you come across.

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      1. re: Joanne Hasbrook

        I can certainly vouch for Joanne's first 3 choices
        (have not eaten at Altos). I will be heading out
        there myself next month to attend a foodie event
        called Pleasures of the Palate (organized by Razz's
        wife).

        Rancho Pinot Grill's address and phone is :
        6208 N. Scottsdale Rd. (602) 468-9463

        Also recommend Vincent's on Camelback
        3930 E. Camelback Rd. (602) 224-0225
        Very good French-Southwestern cooking.

        1. re: Gary Cheong

          Thanks for the tips...I'll report
          back after the trip. If you're ever
          headed to Portland (Oregon, not
          Maine), drop me a note. We don't
          like to spread it around, but
          Portland is chowhound paradise.

          1. re: Jim Dixon

            Jim -- please go to new thread title "Portland, OR --
            reply to Jim Dixon".