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AZ for the first time - suggestions please?

It had been awhile but I was down in Tucson this Spring and stopped at the Garden Bistro at Tohono Chul again (4/2013). They said they had changed owners twice since I'd last been there and while the menu was different I found the meal to be delicious and the service excellent.

May 13, 2013
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Knock Kneed Lobster, Phoenix?

Sadly, the last time I went there--April 2012--it was awful. After that visit I read there was a change in management which may explain why? Not sure, but the meal was so bad I haven't been back for over a year.

May 13, 2013
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Knock Kneed Lobster, Phoenix?

I've gone here off and on since the mid 90's. Love the fish 'n' chips, and more recently started substituting the fries for the hushpuppies. Really like the deep-fried zucchini slices. Atmosphere is nothing fancy. Haven't dined there in years; always get meals to go. Don't live anywhere near the restaurant, but enjoy their food enough to make the 2-hour round trip once in awhile.

Sep 30, 2011
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Boomer's Sweet Home Chicago

Was looking for a place with good Chicago dogs AND friendly staff; decided to make the trip (Queen Creek to Glendale) and was not disappointed. The jumbo ChiDog was great, along with a generous side of fried zucchini. Though I arrived shortly before closing, the owner and staff were very welcoming. Will definitely stop in again.

Apr 29, 2008
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AZ for the first time - suggestions please?

Agree about Tohono Chul. Was in Tucson yesterday and had a wonderful grilled salmon on rice pilaf with veggies and delicious bread. Had some prickly pear lemonade too--a superb meal. Got the "high tea" menu to go (finger sandwiches, a couple of small pastries and a scone)--lovely. Only get down there every couple of years so figured make the most of it and get a meal to go! Definitely stop there if you have the chance.

Mar 05, 2008
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Lunch options near Recker/Baseline (Mesa)

Be careful of Chicago's Old Neighborhood. The owner (not a manager or cashier) got exasperated when I didn't understand something he was asking, then started yelling over a further misunderstanding. When I tried to straighten things out after getting the food, he went off a third time. In my opinion, no food is worth such grossly unprofessional treatment. Do yourself a favor--go to one of the other several places around that area.

Mar 05, 2008
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Won Ton Soup Phx/East Valley?

LOVED the won ton soup from the Bamboo Club over at the Biltmore, but to my dismay they have closed. Tried it from their location in Tempe but it was completely different (and not as good).

Anybody know of a place to get good won ton soup in the Phoenix or East Valley area ???

Jan 05, 2008
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PLEAISSANT CROISSANTS BAKERY- TEMPE

Someone at the seafood place (across from where the Bamboo Club used to me) told me about the plans for condos--seems bizarre to me, to turn part of the shopping center into a condo development--if it was the whole thing I could picture it better, but just the east end seems odd--though I am sure they will sell for a cool million or three when they are done.

Dec 27, 2007
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PLEAISSANT CROISSANTS BAKERY- TEMPE

Found myself out at 24th and Camelback today, so stopped in at APF. Talked with the owner (very nice) and bought three almond croissants to go, they looked so scrumptious. But I have to say (reluctantly) that by the time I got them home (which was much later), they were WAY soggy and heavy, darn it. Tried nuking them and also toasting them lightly in the oven, but afraid they are a lost cause. Maybe the trick is to enjoy them there, on the spot? Oh well, not like I need a bunch of croissants hanging around the house (ha). Will probably try APF again one day when I am out that way, which only happens once in a blue moon. By the way, also went across the street to get some soup from another place I liked, only to find they are gone and that they are turning part of the Biltmore into condos...? I REALLY hadn't been there in a long time.

Dec 26, 2007
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Phoenix: Good bagel shops?

Never heard of Hot Bagels. That's a looong way from me, but maybe worth the trip. Will keep them in mind. I travel sometimes to Back East Bagels in Tempe, and I love to have a bagel and coffee there (really like their coffee, too), and get a chicken salad sandwich on a bialy to go. I've asked the owner if there are any plans to open a place further east, but no dice!

Dec 18, 2007
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PLEAISSANT CROISSANTS BAKERY- TEMPE

Was just at P.Croissants this morning; rediscovered them after a long absence. The other day they were superb; today not quite as great. Moreover, my encounter with their various staff members left a negative impression (to the point where I wrote the owner) and I doubt I will return any time soon (don't live close). Sounds like Au Petit Four has great almond croissants, which I love, and have been looking for a great one since Java City disappeared. Think it will be worth the drive to check out APF. Thanks for the heads-up!

Dec 17, 2007
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