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Scottsdale/Sedona tips por favor....

Lisa Antinore Jul 27, 1999 06:19 PM

I know, I know, I'm nuts to be going to Arizona in August... But at least it's a DRY heat... :)

Where should I be dining? What's superb for a great meal? I need at least one high-end place to take a prospective client (I'm thinking Hapa in Phoenix...) and a bunch of delish casual spots.

Thanks in advance,

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    Jim Dixon Jul 29, 1999 06:41 PM

    I haven't been there for a good
    while, but there was a nice little
    Mexican seafood place called San
    Diego Bay in Guadalupe, the
    "Mexican" suburb that's been
    swallowed up by subdivisions...it
    was in the mini-mall across from
    the market (which is also a great
    place to pick up freshly smoked
    chipotle chilis and great frozen
    tamales)...also a good taqueria next
    door to REI in Tempe...friends who
    went to IACP in April really liked
    Pizza Bianco.


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      adlai Jul 28, 1999 05:45 PM

      Lisa - I've been here in Scottsdale for almost 7 years
      now, and have tried almost every upscale restaurant in
      the area. For my money, I'd only recommend going to
      Mary Elaine's at the Phoenician resort on Camelback Rd.
      For consistency, quality, service, and ambience, they
      can't be beat.

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        jen kalb Jul 28, 1999 11:43 AM

        see my posting last fall with a friend's Sedona

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          Joe Miller Jul 27, 1999 11:25 PM

          Check out Vincent's on Camelback. l think it's as good
          as you'll find in Phoenix at the high end. It's a
          successful synthesis of serious French and southwest.

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            jonathan gold Jul 27, 1999 06:49 PM

            I think I've posted about this before--and it's probably not what you're in the market for--but Pizza Bianca in downtown Phoenix is just astounding, an Alice Waters everything-organic approach to a stone-authentic Patsy's-style pie. The salads are pretty good too.

            Dabble in anything called New Southwestern Cuisine at your peril.

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              Peter Palmieri Jul 29, 1999 12:08 AM

              T. Cooks at the Royal Palms Hotel on Camelback is very
              good. The room is quite attractive and comfortable. I
              also thought the service was good. We tried many of
              the highly-rated restaurants this past Spring and
              found most to be disappointing. I get the sense that
              chefs move around quite a bit so it is hard to get a
              good feel what may be good or bad because of this
              mobility. Do not even try any (so called) Italian
              restaurants. I think that T. Cooks would be ideal for

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