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restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix area?

These look like great suggestions and fit the bill for this trip. We are only in town for 2 days, so something homey sounds perfect! Thanks for the suggestions.

Jun 25, 2012
dabo40777 in Phoenix

restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix area?

We are staying at a friends house in what I think is northeast Scottsdale. We have a car and certainly do not mind driving for good food. In fact, many of our holidays are food oriented and we often will spend a day traveling just to trying something interesting.

Jun 25, 2012
dabo40777 in Phoenix

restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix area?

Thanks Bill. Yeah, for this trip we are going to hold off on the super pricey places, but both Kai and Binkley's look great and I am sure on one of our many future visits to the area we will make it to one or both.

Jun 25, 2012
dabo40777 in Phoenix

restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix area?

Thanks Willyum. Kai does look amazing. For this trip we will probably hold off on the uber pricey places, but there will be many more trips to Scottsdale/Phoenix so I expect we will make it to Kai and Binkley's sooner or later.

Jun 25, 2012
dabo40777 in Phoenix

restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix area?

Thanks Willyum. Yeah, Binkley's definitely did not look Mexican but it did look good. I think cafe Bink may be more of what we are looking for, but never adverse to paying more for good food. BTW, what is the #1 in area?

Jun 22, 2012
dabo40777 in Phoenix

restaurants in Scottsdale/Phoenix area?

Hi chowhounders-

I will be going to the Scottsdale/Phoenix area next weekend and wanted to find a relatively moderately priced restaurant (~ 20$ entrees), though if there is something cheaper and worth it, then even better.

Not particular about the cuisine, just would like to find something worthwhile and reflective of the local food scene. I assume, Mexican and Mexican influenced cuisine are the norm, so I would expect something like that, but if there is anything else of note, then that would be a plus.

I love food adventures and risk-taking chefs and care less about the ambience and service. I am more into the eating experience without all the pomp.

Here are two names I have seen already, and perhaps those are the ones to visit. Thoughts on these or other restaurants:

Los Sombreros
Brinkleys

Thanks everyone and happy eating.

Jun 22, 2012
dabo40777 in Phoenix

Julia's pacific grove

Yes, the options are limited, but we still found the food flavorful and enjoyable. Service is very "casual" but to me that is part of the charm. Certainly not for everyone, but do hope that this restaurant will survive. I think they really care about the food, and that means a lot.

Mar 26, 2012
dabo40777 in California

Julia's pacific grove

Hi Stephanie-

We had the sweet onion soup with lentils, mixed green salad with just the right amount of balsamic vinaigrette, flat bread with roasted red pepper and adobo chili hummus, seitan, and lasagna. For dessert we had vegan apple pie with soy chocolate cinnamon ice cream...the crust BTW, was mind blowing, flaky and light without an ounce of butter.

Just a very pleasant experience and at the right price...Sunday's they offer a family style dinner and all the wine you want for $15.50 pp. Don't know how they do it!

Mar 25, 2012
dabo40777 in California

Julia's pacific grove

Hi fellow Chowhounders-

Just ate at Julia's in Pacific Grove. We really enjoyed the food, ambience, and positive vibe. I noticed that there were no posts on this wonderful gem and wanted to see what other hounders thought. Loved the focus on sustainability and locality of the food.

Mar 25, 2012
dabo40777 in California