Good restaurants in Phoenix/Scottsdale?
Michael's -- 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale
You must mean this restaurant. I have not eaten
there, but heard some nice things about it. The chef
Michael DeMaria used to cook at the Arizona Biltmore,
and more recently at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Inn.
There are other posts in the past on this board about
restaurants in Phoenix. I recommend Restaurant Hapa
and Rancho Pinot Grill also. I also like RoxSand,
though a couple of people here disagree with me.
Jonathan Gold's choice of Pizza Bianco is also very
re: Gary Cheong
Read my report from Phoenix
from March (scroll down far
enough and you can find something
for almost anywhere)...I found an
authentic Ensenada-style Mexican
seafood place in the community of
Guadalupe (a place that many in
Phoenix consider "dangerous," but
we had no trouble)...it's called San
Diego Bay and is at 9201 Avenue
del Yaqui in Guadalupe (south
Phoenix, between Tempe and
Awahtukee), phone (602) 839-
re: Jim Dixon
Unfortunately, my dad (and Guadalupe expert) tells me
that the restaurant recommended in the piece on Phoenix
(San Diego Bay) is gone. Alas. Guadalupe is still an
excellent place to stop in Phoenix. It's a Yaqui town
in the middle of so much suburbia.
For good Mexican, try El Molino in Phoenix (and
remarkably, at a mall in Scottsdale). The Phx site is
the one to see--all enclosed and easily passed by. 24th
and Jefferson maybe? Can't remember where exactly.
Check phonebook. The owner is crazy, will talk your ear
off, but the food is worth it. Especially tamales.
Dinky size-wise, but damn good. And machaca tacos. God
I miss Phx just thinking about their machaca tacos.
Rosa's in Mesa is family-oriented good food. Tomatillo
salsa to swoon for--very sweet if you like it that way.
Some options on menu are excellent (marinated meats)
some not so great. Order carefully.
Mexican aside, try the cheapest, best Vietnamese
restaurant at the corner of Southern and Dobson in
Mesa. A feast for $5.
re: Gary Cheong