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Looking for a fairly centrally-located restaurant good for a large group (approx 20)

Something moderately priced, any type of food, that can handle a group of 20 or more without an issue. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2013
drobe30 in Phoenix

All you can eat lobster at Pappadeaux

thanks for the heads-up. For anyone who lovers lobster and has a big appetite, that can be a great deal.

Aug 24, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Unique Foods for a foreigner?

I agree with the idea of letting her try fish in a new light. Not sure how she'll handle the heat, but I think she may really enjoy some Mexican mariscos. The Fry bread house was a great suggestion - one of thte first things I thought of as well. If she were my friend I'd also probably try to get reservations at Pizzeria Bianco or another great pizza place.

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Pizzeria Bianco
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Aug 12, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

looking for good Mex food in Scottsdale/Mayo area

Thanks for the tip on Habanero's - I forgot that I need to try that place.

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Habanero's Mexican Grill
14870 North Northsight Blvd, Suite 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Jun 25, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Tempe hole-in-wall recs???

Agree. I have found MG over-rated after a couple of visits. Good chips and salsa though.

Jun 08, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

in search for the elusive sunshine sushi roll in phoenix area

There is a Kaneya Sushi at 63rd Ave and Bell but I haven't eaten at that location in probably 10 years. It was a good deal back but not the highest quality stuff. I am not sure if it is even under the same ownership as it was then. My favorites in that area are Tokyo Lobby (59th Ave & Bell) and Sakana (59th Ave and Beardsley). Further south, I agree with Hana. Great stuff.

I also agree with the idea of just asking for them to make a sunshine roll for you. If you sit at the sushi bar they will probably make whatever you ask of them.

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Tokyo Lobby
5795 W Bell Rd Ste 1, Glendale, AZ 85308

Jun 08, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Looking for Best Pizza in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area

What a bummer. You're report jives with what a friend of mine (who also tried the place this weekend) said. I'll probably still check them out for myself at some point, but I'll give them some more time first to try and work out the kinks. There is no excuse for that kind of service or over-salted food.

Regarding the pizza crust: I think they have included a lot of toppings in an effort to please the average American consumer, but considering that authentic Neopolitan pizza is required to have a super thin crust at the center, I don't think it is the best move.

Apr 12, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Looking for Best Pizza in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area

First off, I second the Humble Pie suggestion; great pizzas, although I find the salads lacking. I love the family friendly atmosphere as well.

I haven't been to Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana yet, but my cousin who lived in Italy for a couple years tried it last week and said it is the REAL DEAL. They just opened within the last few weeks. I have a feeling this restaurant will be popping up on the Chowhound radar quite frequently in the near future.

http://www.pomopizzeria.com/

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Humble Pie
21050 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Apr 08, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Am I the only one who finds Sweet Republic gelato underwhelming and bland?

I second the Grateful Spoon recommendation. Although its not quite as good as when Moreno owned it and the consistency has dropped off significantly, in my opinion they still have the best, most pure flavors, especially when it comes to the fruit gelatos.

Apr 08, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Endorsement: El Nopalito

I really liked the Shrimp Quesa I got at La Condesa but it was defintely a major gut bomb! Its like a deep fried calzone made of masa dough. One of my new favorite indulgences!

I was a little disappointed with the conchinita. It seemed like they just took some slow cooked pork and added the sauce; it did not taste like it was infused during the cooking process and it was too wt. I think they throw the same sauce on the chicken as well.

I liked the variety of salsas but not one of them stuck out to me as being really good.

I will get back there soon to try the carne asada and the shark tacos, both of which looked good on a neighboring table.

Mar 16, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Working in Surprise!

Amuse Bouce is defintely worth a try. The best Italian is at Babbo Italian Eatery -nice change of pace from the typical chain place for both pizza and pasta. For something more upscale try Vogue Bistro.

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Babbo Italian Eatery
15609 W Bell Rd Ste 100, Surprise, AZ 85374

Vogue Bistro
15411 West Waddell Rd., Ste 108, Surprise, AZ 85379

Mar 09, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Best Sandwich in Phx?

Chestnut's turkey is very good. I also love the turkey sandwich at Bertha's cafe. She roasts her own turkey as well and uses excellent bread from the Simply Bread bakery nearby.

Mar 08, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Moving to Glendale, AZ What's to eat?

My favorite sushi spots in Glendale are Tokyo Lobby near 59th Ave and Bell and Sakana near 59th Ave and Beardsley. If you like nigiri or sashimi more than fancy rolls, I particularly recommend the large cuts of high quality fish they serve at Sakana. Yum!

Feb 22, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Verde open yet?

Good info, thanks!

Feb 18, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Verde open yet?

Anybody in the know have an idea when Verde is opening up downtown? I missed the sneak peak they had at FIrst Friday last month.

I read about the restaurant on Chow Bella here: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bell...

I'd love to check it out as soon as it is up and running.

Thanks!

Feb 18, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Steak frite

Good answers so far. If you are in the northwest part of town, I would also add Vogue Bistro to the list.

Feb 02, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Solo dinner in Glendale, AZ

Al Forno is a good choice. I also really like Siam Thai Cuisine, near 51st Avenure and Northern, and Little Saigon which is just a couple blocks away from Al Forno. If you're down for a Southeastern Asia fix, those places can fit the bill. None of these places is really located in the safest of neighborhoods, of the three, Siam probably has the scariest immediate surroundings. LS and PAF are in the downtown Glendale area that is well lit and has enough people around that you should feel safe there.

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Little Saigon
7016 N 57th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

Siam Thai Cuisine
5008 W Northern Ave # 1, Glendale, AZ

La Piazza Al Forno
5803 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

Jan 26, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Cupcakes! ----- and more.... (PHX)

Thanks. She definitely knows what she's doing.

Jan 07, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Cupcakes! ----- and more.... (PHX)

I just sampled an amazing cupcake at Hillside Spot in Ahwatukee. It was vanilla with a slight lemon undertone. The flavor was great but the texture was even better. Perfectly fluffy cake and buttercream. I know they get their bread from MJ but I don't think the cupcake came from Tammie Coe.

Jan 05, 2010
drobe30 in Phoenix

Seeking kid-friendly local lunch favorite on the East or North side of town (Las Vegas)

I will be passing through Vegas around lunch time, coming from Phoenix and headed toward Mesquite. The quickest route, I guess, is to stay on the 515 until I merge onto the 15 northbound in North LV.

Is there any local favorite along that route that stands out as a great semi-quick weekday lunch spot where we can get some good food?

We won't mind a hole-in-the-wall as along as they have high-chairs and are relatively clean.

Thanks ahead of time for your suggestions!

Oct 28, 2009
drobe30 in Las Vegas

Bertha's Cafe - PHX

I love Berthas. One of the best deals in town is the half-sandwich/half salad there for about $7. I reaaly the chopped salad with almost any of her sandwiches. They're all great, especially the asparagus/havarti panino.

Aug 24, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

Pointe in Tyme (PHX)

I am going to be at the Tapatio Cliffs resort later this week. Has anyone eaten at Pointe in Tyme lately? Is it worth a try?

Also, has anyone had a recent experience at Basis that they would like to share? I have found some less than stellar reviews on the board, but all apear to be at least a year old.

Should I be driving off a little further for something more worthwhile?

Thanks

Aug 11, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

Review: Carolina's Mexican Food - Phoenix

There is also a new West Side location at 91st Ave and Peoria. I think it used to be a Fazoli's. It is relatively clean and the kitchen appeared well run and well staffed the couple times I have been.

I love Carolinas and have a tough time deciding what to order every time.

If only the place had some real aguas frescas...

Aug 10, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

New "Twilight Farmers Market" in Glendale AZ

I got some padrones there about a month ago and 80% where scorching. I love spicy food (for example, I like Los Dos Molinos' fare, medium-hot at authentic Thai places, etc.) but after a plateful I was tearing up and sweating worse than I have in a loooong time. Unfortunately it made them difficult to enjoy them as intended, because they really do have a great flavor.

Jul 31, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

Brazilian steakhouses in Phoenix

Another vote for F&B here.

FYI - I'd recommend going when they are closer to full though. The times when the place has been busy, the meat selection seems more complete and a continous flow from the kitchen ensures freshness and selection. I went once about 5pm on a weekday when there were only a few tables filled and I was a little disappointed as things weren't quite up to snuff.

Jul 31, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

PHX Ranch Market essentials

My favorites are the coconut and tamarind aguas frescas. The al pastor is pretty good at the snackbar. Also, I like to pick up some of those mexican chocolate disks to make hot chocolate, mexican custard ice cream, etc.

Jul 29, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

vegetarian in Glendale

If you like Thai, Siam at 51st and Northern has some great options. Their vegetarian Tom Kha (sp?) is one of the best I've had because they load it up with some great al dente veggies in addition to the typical tofu and mushrooms: red bell pepper, baby corn, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, carrot, onion and more. I am not a vegetarian but I love it.

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Siam Thai Cuisine
5008 W Northern Ave # 1, Glendale, AZ

Jul 29, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

Fogo de chao Denver

Nice review. The reason Brazilian rodizio steakhouses (churrascarias) are able to keep the meat fresh and hot throughout serivice is the way they have the rotisserie set up. They usually have a big fire/barbecue going in the kitchen to roast the meats on those giant skewers. After they take the different cuts around for initial service, they take them back to the kitchen and stick them back on the flames to conitnue to roast before ithey hit the service area again.

Unfortunately the large quanity and high quality results in quite a hefty tab at most of these places in the US. Back when the dollar was stronger you used t be able to eat at a place like this (very high end) in Brazil for about $10-15 US per person. I haven't been in Brazil in nearly a decade now thow, so I am not up on the latest exchange rates.

Once again though, great review of Fogo de Chao.

Eu amo churrasco!

Jul 27, 2009
drobe30 in Mountain States

Best Things to Eat in Phoenix

Wow, Andy! You and I have very similar tastes when it comes to breakfast. I couldn't agree more on the two morning delights you threw out there. I also add the spicy mustard to the commuter though.

Jul 21, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix

Favorite "Unknown Restaurants" - Phoenix

I would incude Gallo Blanco on with those two. In fact, they make the best carne asada taco I have eaten anywhere.

Jul 15, 2009
drobe30 in Phoenix