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Aiello's closing!

I heard something about a move south on Central....

Jun 05, 2012
bluecat in Phoenix

Arizona restaurant week

Loved Binkley's! Top notch food and service. Two of us did RW menu with shrimp app, jidori and braised chicken main, and chocolate dessert. Two did tasting menu and we all did wine pairings. Terrific extra small dishes with so much flavor and variety. Definitely my top place.

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Sep 24, 2011
bluecat in Phoenix

Arizona restaurant week

Vincent's, Binkley's, and Citizen Public House are looking interesting! Making reservations.....

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Citizen Public House
7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Sep 16, 2011
bluecat in Phoenix

Arizona restaurant week

the website for Arizona Restaurant Week is including menus now....what looks really great to you? Any top choices yet?

Sep 01, 2011
bluecat in Phoenix

Best option near Arena

I like the Gordon biersch when I go to the, drink, service all are good. Small plates are my usual choice with seasonal drinks.

Aug 21, 2011
bluecat in Phoenix

check it out

I was also there today for early takeout and have enjoyed the sandwich and crepes today. Friendly service. Very fresh, tasty, and reasonable. Saw several things I need to try on my next visit. Have glass noodles with beef to try next.

May 07, 2011
bluecat in Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco‎ - wait?

Chris just started opening all day that should help!
I told him I just used to go to NUbuo for apps, then a beer at the English pub, then my pizza. He laughed and was looking forward to people being able to come by in the afternoons.

Apr 17, 2011
bluecat in Phoenix

Bountful Baskets Co-op (question and info for those that are interested)

On the bountiful baskets Facebook page, they talked aboUt Persian cucumbers. Enjoy your basket

Apr 17, 2011
bluecat in Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix, Dinner and the Dodge

We like District at downtown Sheraton for dinner before events. Free 3 hr parking too.

Jul 25, 2010
bluecat in Phoenix

Where to eat during Restaurant Week 2009? (PHX)

you can valet or go in the garage and you get A validated ticket for 3 hours :)

Sep 24, 2009
bluecat in Phoenix

Where to eat during Restaurant Week 2009? (PHX)

We also went to District last night and had a very good meal. Spoke to the chef about his comfort food and the super room. Salad and duck quesadilla- both great. Salmon and pork tenderloin both cooked perfectly and sides delish- risotto and sweet potato fries to die for. So fun to have the strawberry whoopie pies and glasses of wine included. Definitely plan to return on another night downtown- plus free parking!

Sep 22, 2009
bluecat in Phoenix

Review: Stacy's Smokehouse - Phoenix (w/ photos!)

Stopped in at 2 for a pulled pork sandwich and it was terrific. Hot, moist, warm bbq sauce- really great. Friendly, clean....and got a chuckle out of the light switch being outside the bathroom door.

Oct 07, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

General Restaurant Week Reviews - Phx

We went to Grille at the Wigwam and liked the short ribs, king crab risotto, hangar steak, and apple fritter the most. Service was a B, and overall it got the nod over Bourbon Steak.

At Bourbon Steak we loved the duck fat fries,burratta with tomatoes, corn soup, my sole, and the beignets. the hangar steak was good but more charred than they liked. Service and room was A. I would return to both.

Sep 30, 2008
bluecat in Phoenix

Flagstaff Dining

We went to NJ Pizza for dinner and had a "Perfecto"- very good. About $12 with fresh,tasty crust and toppings. The menu is more limited during the week and has more (Antipasto, ingredients, dessert) on Fridays and Saturdays. They are open for dinner everyday and lunch only some days so call and check. It is the building covered by an Italian theme mural and they are going to put the hours up on the window soon. The Farmer's Market by the railroad tracks downtown is on Sunday mornings til mid October and I think they also do something good there for breakfast.

Jul 09, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

Pizza a Metro (PHX)

We went for lunch yesterday and really enjoyed the food and staff. Shared a salad and loved the mozzarella. Had the very tasty bread strips and onion/eggplant/capers spread too. The food had such a fresh taste - quality. Pizza light and crispy and veggie toppings. Told them we want them to open by OUR house! All the main plates were under $10.

Jun 25, 2008
bluecat in Phoenix

Lappert's Ice Cream in Phoenix

Channel 10, myfoxphoenix, did some segments this week at a place with Lappert's ice cream. I may have to stop in for a scoop of Kauai Pie since plane tickets to Maui have gone up so much.....the place is Pink Spot Ice Cream,, 49 W Thomas Ave just west of Central.

Pink Spot Ice Cream
49 W Thomas, Phoenix, Az 85013

Jun 21, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

Gazebo -- Napili Bay, Maui. What happen to the original macadamia nut pancake topping?

My Safeway has Dream Whip. I bought some last week in hopes of making Hawaiian waffles for Mother's Day. Four envelopes in the box so I can try several times to get a tasty topping!

May 15, 2008
bluecat in Hawaii

Louis's Fish Camp (Las Vegas)

I think of it as more seafood than bbq- but I love shrimp and grits from the lowcountry! If you try it, be sure to tell since I have it on my list for my next visit.

Fish Camp
6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Apr 28, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

Mexican near downtown Phoenix

I bet Mi Amigos would work. It is at the Arizona Center. The one time I went, it was better than average- fresh food and good service.

Mi Amigo's Mexican Grill
455 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Apr 20, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

Vegas to Hoover Dam to South Rim?

Snow Cap Deli is definitely unique, fun for all ages!

I'd love to hear more about Lilo's too.

Westside Lilo's Cafe
415 W Chino Ave, Seligman, AZ

Mar 30, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

25 Arizona Places to Eat

Arizona Highways, April 08 issue, has 25 of their favorite places from around the state listed. I have tried to list them by general area and I wonder where you would plan a stop if your drive took you by one of the ones on the list?

Phoenix Area
Binkley’s, Cave Creek
Lon’s at the Hermosa, Paradise Valley
Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix
House of Tricks, Tempe
Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg

Tucson area (and South)
Cafe Roka, Bisbee
Velvet Elvis Pizza Company, Patagonia
Feast, Tucson
Dot’s Diner, Bisbee

Flagstaff Area (places north of Phx)
Pinon Bistro, Cottonwood
Brix, Flagstaff
El Tover, Grand Canyon
Flatiron Cafe, Jerome
The Dam Bar and Grille, Page
Bin 239, Prescott
L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, Sedona
Plaza Restaurant, Willcox
Red Raven Restaurant, Williams
the Turquiose Room, Winslow

Mountains east of Phx
Kelly’s Broad Street Brewery, Globe
Rendezvous Diner, Greer
El Rancho, Payson
Charlie Clark’s Steakhouse, Pinetop

West side of state along CO River
Mattina’s Risotante Italiano, Kingman
Cha-Bones, Lake Havasu City
Lutes Casino, Yuma

Mar 30, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

recs in Scottsdale- staying at the Mondrian

I was reading about Orange Table and saw you were wondering about the W is now planned for an end of June opening and there will be a Sushi Roku there. Looking at the other Sushi Roku locations, it looks like a visit will be in order for us.

W Scottsdale Hotel
7373 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Mar 27, 2008
bluecat in Phoenix

Flagstaff Dining

After my last trip, I would agree that Brix is near the top of the list...and LaFonda is no longer on my list. Mike and Ronda was just ok. Beaver Street had tasty salad but the bread was too salty for me. I look forward to more of your current spots before my next trip. thanks!

Mar 25, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

Italian New Yorker Mom visiting Phoenix, Recommendations? Also, question about Pizzeria Bianco.

We went to Cholla at Casino Az, McKellips, for a birthday and had very good food and terrific service. The showstopper special has a nice variety. Plus, when you make reservations for the restaurant, they can also give you reserved seating up front at the music show. I am a sucker for the Temptations group personally.

Casino Arizona- McKellips
Scottsdale Az, Scottsdale, Az

Mar 25, 2008
bluecat in Phoenix

Easter Pie?

I happened to catch two sisters on Martha Stewart this week making what you are looking for-- the ingredients were Pizza Piena Dough
8 large eggs
2 pounds fresh ricotta cheese
7 ounces sweet Italian dry sausage, very finely chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound fresh unsalted mozzarella cheese, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 large egg yolk, beaten

It is on as Easter Pizza Piena

Mar 23, 2008
bluecat in Home Cooking

DT Phoenix lunch suggestions

A few of us had about an hour between meetings and ate at the Arcadia Farms at the Art Museum today. Colorful walls, pleasant room, nice bar, good service and we liked the food. Lots of good salads and sandwiches. Almost ordered crab cakes but I tried the crepes- lots of flavor with basil, chicken, spinach, etc. so I can recommend the dish. It had a nice outdoor patio too for our nice afternoons.

Arcadia Farms Cafe
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Feb 27, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

PHX - Where are you heading for Valentine's Day?

Home for us too tho' we love our local spots. Two lobsters waiting to go in the pot and homemade lava cake with some nice dessert wine so we are set. We will wait to go out when it is not a set menu and a huge crowd, too.

Envious of themis with the reservations at Binkleys....

Feb 14, 2008
bluecat in Phoenix

Where are the Good Restaurants (Non-Chain) in Surprise, AZ ?

I really like the neighborhood feel of Old Pueblo and the patio is unbeatable on the nice evenings. They have spoiled me with the super fresh pico de gallo and I love to order on the a la carte side to try more things.

Arizona Kitchen is also is a favorite - great variety and a chef who really loves southwestern ingredients. I have been to a few wine dinners this year and enjoyed the wine pairings and the wine guys telling about their process. I have found they really want you to enjoy the meal and be "wow"-ed so they try to anticipate your needs with great service and food.

Now I just have to see if my yummy Vietnamese place on Van Buren (Avondale/Goodyear) re-opens after their fire, or I can just keep trying things on the huge King Egg Roll on Central and Van Buren in Avondale since they have such great variety.

Arizona Kitchen
300 Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Old Pueblo Cafe
102 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Central King Egg Roll
13530 W Van Buren St, Goodyear, AZ

Jan 11, 2008
bluecat in Phoenix

Any update on Commander's Palace?

Thanks for the info. CP was on my favorites list since NOLA is a long trip. Louis's will be in good form by the time I get back to Vegas next. I see he is doing Galatoire's fish with crabmeat too!

Jan 01, 2008
bluecat in Southwest

Sedona & the Verde Valley --year end report

Thanks Pete - we may be up that way in February and Ti Gavo will be on the list to visit! If Elote is open for lunch, maybe we can try them also.

Jan 01, 2008
bluecat in Southwest