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JoanneC Mar 13, 2006 11:47 AM

They offer Sunday brunch both in Wright's restaurant and also at the Wrigley Mansion - anyone been to either?

  1. Beach Chick Jul 6, 2009 03:09 PM

    We had a fab breakfast at Wrights on Sunday on the patio with a party of 10..it was excellent and we had the eggs benedict..came with pork but I asked for salmon and they served it with an ancho-hollandaise with pot's and fruit..huevos rancheros was another hit.
    Didn't do Noca or Tarbell's since it was the 4th and we had a cabana and there was too much swimming and drinking going on.. ; )
    I would not recommend walking in 115 degree weather to dine at Noca..

    1. Beach Chick Jun 28, 2009 10:50 AM

      We have over 10 of us for the long 4th weekend and we have brunch set-up at Wrights but still figuring what to do for the Saturday night, 4th of July..is it cool enough to walk over to Noca or Tarbell's restaurant?
      Any other suggestions?
      Thanks!

      5 Replies
      1. re: Beach Chick
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        Molto E Jun 28, 2009 01:52 PM

        This may speak to my most athletic feats at this point involve a fork, but I do not think it would be that pleasant of a walk from the Biltmore to either noca or Tarbell's in the current weather conditions.

        1. re: Beach Chick
          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jun 28, 2009 02:01 PM

          After the sun drops out of the sky, the heat becomes a bit more bearable. Not by much, but it does. If you live in a town that's big on walking, you'll probably find it to be very walkable. Phoenicians find the walk from the parking lot to the front door to be plenty..

          1. re: Beach Chick
            silverbear Jun 29, 2009 06:20 AM

            I'd do it after sunset without hesitation, but I know others who would find find it daunting. It depends on the physical condition of your guests and their acclimation to the summer heat. The challenge is that with a group of 10, your most sensitive member determines the outcome for the whole group. I remember a business trip to Houston in the summer once where I cajoled an out-of-shape coworker into a two-block walk and heard complaining the whole way to the restaurant and back. With 10 guests, you could probably arrange van service for a reasonable price. If you decide to walk, please keep in mind the walking route that I posted in a thread a while back. It would also work for Tarbell's, although you'd have to cross the busy intersection of 32nd St. & Camelback not once, but twice each say. If you do walk, make sure each guest has a bottle of water in hand. Walking route:

            http://www.tinyurl.com/aztonoca

            1. re: silverbear
              Beach Chick Jun 29, 2009 11:06 AM

              Thanks silverbear and everyone!
              We are all active healthy adults but heat can zap even the most healthy of souls..
              Can't wait to enjoy the weekend at the AZ Biltmore!

              1. re: silverbear
                silverbear Jun 29, 2009 10:11 PM

                Sorry, bad link. Correct one: http://www.tinyurl.com/azbtonoca

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              Booger May 7, 2009 03:40 PM

              We recently went for brunch at Wrights. It was very good. The setup is you select an entree, and then you can go to the buffet as many times as you want (which is included in the price).

              I found the buffet adequately stocked, with all the regular suspects (including shellfish). It wasn't a giant spread (comparing it to the old Phoenician brunch for instance), but was high quality, and frequently replenished.

              My jeuvos rancheros were excellent, and the wifes french toast also looked good (but I didn't have any).

              Service was smooth, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is upscale and very pleasant (especially if you are able to score a table looking out over the grounds).

              I actually thought this was one of the better values in town for brunch (I have also been to the Royal Palms, which cost the same amount of money, but wasn't as good). I would highly recommend Wright's.

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              1. re: Booger
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                mbw1024 May 10, 2009 11:08 AM

                Hi, can you advise the price of brunch at Wright's? we are considering it for a trip in late Sept. thanks.

              2. Beach Chick May 7, 2009 01:02 PM

                Going for a long weekend next month..love it there but its been awhile..
                How's Wright's restaurant and bar?
                Anyone been lately?
                It's mostly a trip of swimming, eating, drinking and playing some golf...will leave the resort for something chowworthy.
                Thanks!

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                1. re: Beach Chick
                  hohokam May 7, 2009 01:35 PM

                  I don't know anything about Wright's, but from the grounds of the Biltmore, it's a pretty easy (and pleasant) walk to Noca or Tarbell's. Follow the canal southeast a bit and you can eat at either Vincent or Chelsea's Kitchen.

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                  Vincent On Camelback
                  3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                  Noca
                  3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                  1. re: hohokam
                    Rubee May 7, 2009 03:52 PM

                    We took advantage of the recent Twitter special of $80 a night at the Biltmore and planning a weekend away this month. Nice to know Noca and Tarbell's are in walking distance, thanks for the tip!

                    1. re: Rubee
                      Beach Chick Jun 6, 2009 06:25 PM

                      Hey Rubee..
                      Did you go to the Biltmore yet?
                      We'll be there for the long 4th of July weekend and wanted to firm up dinner reservations..
                      Thanks!

                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        Rubee Jun 6, 2009 06:30 PM

                        I ended up having to work that weekend and we had to cancel. So disappointing, I was really looking forward to it. We had planned on drinks at Wrigley's, and dinner at Prado and Noca. Be sure to report back on your visit!

                        (Hopefully this won't happen next month - have another 'staycation' planned for the Montelucia - $125 a night with $50 spa/food credit. We love MBar and Prado, so that's where we'll be on at least one night).

                        1. re: Rubee
                          Beach Chick Jun 6, 2009 06:52 PM

                          Sorry you had to cancel..
                          All of you gave such great advice..thinking of Noca or Tarbell's and of course drinks and app's at Wrigley's..
                          Love Durant's..is that back on track?

                          Report back on Montelucia..that is our next resort stop and I hear it's fab!

                          1. re: Beach Chick
                            Rubee Jun 6, 2009 06:58 PM

                            Friends of ours visiting from Boston stayed at the Montelucia for a night, so we got to spend some time checking it out. Their room was beautiful. We brought a bottle of wine and sat out on their terrace watching the rabbits and birds before dinner at Prado. They loved the Montelucia, said the pool area was fabulous, and the spa was amazing. We're going mid-July. I'll report back!

                            I haven't been to Durant's since last summer, but it was a first visit for our group of five and we all had a great time and agreed we'd be back.

                    2. re: hohokam
                      Beach Chick May 7, 2009 05:49 PM

                      Great tip on Noca and Tarbell's hohokam!
                      Look forward to dining at Wrights one night..
                      Have fun Rubee..too bad I'll be a month behind you, else I'd buy you drink!

                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        Rubee May 7, 2009 06:09 PM

                        Right back at you ; ) One of these days.........

                        1. re: Rubee
                          Beach Chick May 7, 2009 06:37 PM

                          Love this resort..such a smoking deal..we'll be there in July.
                          Report back if you eat at Wright's and if you walk the canal to Noca or Tarbells..

                      2. re: hohokam
                        tara17 May 9, 2009 11:04 AM

                        Although, it should be noted that if you're going to be here in the summer, walking may not exactly be pleasant, given the heat.

                      3. re: Beach Chick
                        hohokam May 7, 2009 01:40 PM

                        the site sort of crashed before I finished adding place links

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                        Tarbell's
                        3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                        Chelsea's Kitchen
                        5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          silverbear May 7, 2009 03:58 PM

                          I had dinner at Wright's recently. It was a corporate function, so we were given a limited menu with three entree choices. Being curious, I compared it to the regular menu and found it basically the same in style.

                          My take on Wright's is that everything was well prepared, but I didn't perceive much sense of adventure. You'll eat a solid meal for sure, but might not be wowed the way you'd be down the street at Noca.

                          Part of the reason for this, I believe, is that the Biltmore Grill, the more casual restaurant at the Biltmore, is currently closed for renovations. With almost all dining at the Biltmore collapsed into one restaurant, that means the resort has to take it safe with a menu that will offend no one, but probably not thrill a lot of people either.

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