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Apr 7, 2014 04:39 PM

Visiting from LA Memorial Day Weekend

Hi everyone!

My fiancee and I are visiting AZ from Los Angeles Memorial Day weekend and celebrating our engagement while we're in town! We usually stay at the Four Seasons but have opted for something a little closer to town this time...

I've made a list of some places I'm considering for dinners - of this list, we've been to Cowboy Ciao but none of the others:
Cowboy Ciao
Pizzeria Bianco
Pig and Pickle
Atlas Bistro

Any opinions? We will be there for three nights total and are open to everything and have adventurous palates. Looking to spend around $100 a night, give or take.

Would also love some lunch recommendations close to our hotel where we could run out and grab something yummy but casual and maybe bring back - we're staying at the Omni Montelucia.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Do not miss F n B if you can get a booking, and of your list I vote for Virtu and Atlas Bistro for the other two nights. The owner/chefs of PIg and Pickle have gone their separate ways, and Cowboy Ciao has past its sell date. Consider FNB please, and
    Citizen Pub House instead if you are in that area.

    1. Love the Montelucia resort..we had breakfast included and dined at the lovely restaurant there and food and drink were fantastic...great for tapas.

      Biltmore is on the other side of the mountain and that has some great food at Wrights.

      Wonder if the Phoenician still has the Jean George burger and beer special for $19..

      T. Cooks at the Royal Palms resort is lovely and has a new chef that is fantastic from SD.
      Carolina's for divey Mex and I really enjoy Lon's..downtown PHX, LOVE Durant's!

      1. I would drop Noca, Cowboy Ciao, Atlas Bistro and P. Bianco. I have never been to Pig and Pickle.

        I recommend Citizen Public House, Virtu, The Mission, The House Brasserie, and The Parlor.

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        1. re: danieli10

          Went to the Parlor and WOW, it's fantastic..
          The space is fab and the food is incredibly good.

        2. Atlas & Virtu are FAB! both very expensive though.

          Bianco is always amazing pizza.

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          1. re: drewb123

            Yes, OP who usually stays at Four Seasons Troon, but is downtown this trip, please let us know if you are looking for inexpensive as well. Based on your first post, with items at various price points, I assumed you weren't terribly price sensitive. As VALUE propositions, Pizzeria Bianco AND Atlas Bistro (BYOB! huge bargain, can take hundreds off your check if you enjoy name-y massive Californians and such, and there is a very fine wine store next door to the Atlas) are hard to beat.

          2. Forgot to mention Crudo, which is hands down one of the best dining and cocktail experiences in the Valley.