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Santa Barbara Dining Suggestions?

Will be driving from Los Angeles to the Santa Barbara area this Sunday, and am hoping to narrow my options for dinner that evening.

Looking for noteworthy seafood, hopefully at a spot along or near the coast. If not directly waterfront, something with a nice patio or scenic views works too. Other points: table/sit-down service, lively and casual (i.e., jeans and a polo) atmosphere, and preferably decent entree options priced lower than the $20-25 threshold.

(I have already done some skimming through previous threads, but past suggestions I could find either weren't specific enough, or a little outdated.)

Big thanks in advance!

Jun 24, 2010
Grey in California

AZ White Mtns: Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Greet, Alpine, etc.

Nice. I completely forgot about their Springerville location. Never spend much time in the Springerville/ Eagar area - always just passing through - so it was definitely someplace in a blind spot on my radar. Thanks!

I tried adding a link. Approximate address:
Los Dos Molinos
900 E. Main St
Springerville, AZ 85938
(928) 333-4846
http://www.losdosmolinosaz.com

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Los Dos Molinos
900 E Main St, Springerville, AZ 85938

May 26, 2010
Grey in Southwest

AZ White Mtns: Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Greet, Alpine, etc.

Curious about decent restaurants in the White Mountain region of Arizona, specifically the cities/towns of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Greer and Alpine.

I will be spending increased time in the area this summer, and though my base will be Show Low, I will travel beyond often. I have eaten at many of the more known spots the area (the local Red Devil branch, Charlie Clark's, Mountain Thai, Greer Lodge, Molly Butler, etc.), and realize choices are slim to begin with. Getting tired of the usual standbys however, I'm hoping to practice a little more thorough combing.

There are a lot of BBQ spots in the Pinetop-Lakeside vicinity in particular, has anyone ever been to one they could recommend? Any advice/ tips about each?

Atmosphere and price doesn't matter. Any place interesting or above-average - relatively speaking, of course - worth checking out? Good lunch/ sandwich spots are also desired.

Again, anything you've tried and would like to pass along. Big thanks in advance!

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Charlie Clark's Steak House
1701 E White Mountain Blvd, Pinetop, AZ 85935

Mountain Thai
2741 W White Mountain Blvd, Lakeside, AZ 85929

Red Devil Pizza
1774 E White Mountain Blvd, Pinetop, AZ 85935

Greer Lodge & 373 Bar & Grill
44 N Main St, Eagar, AZ 85925

May 25, 2010
Grey in Southwest

Main Ingredient ale house & cafe (Phoenix) - now open

Not to veer too far off topic, however I think this is an interesting Phoenix-specific conversation to be had in conjunction with this preview of Main Ingredient.

I think it depends on what your focusing on when trying to decipher what ultimately is (and is not) a "gastropub." I think it might just be a term that hasn't yet congealed here in Phoenix, as there are few real reference points yet. I think we're taking its definition too literally in some regards - I think it is intended to be less exacting. Gastropubs themselves evolved to be these these sort of nouveaux, hybrid breed of restaurants - breaking a certain conformity of the generic, staid "pub grub" offerings you'd find otherwise in similar establishments. Since the concept has come stateside, it has taken an even sharper turn toward the high-end, the inventive, etc. The Michelin-starred Spotted Pig in NYC, one of the original (and most famous) such examples to take root on this side of the pond, comes explicitly to mind. When I think of gastropub, I don't think of glorified burgers, finger foods, shepherd's pie, etc., I think of food, atmosphere and service on a much more heightened level than one might expect in typical pub, microbrewery, brew-pup, etc.

As an example (something that was brought up by previous comments in this thread), I think food and atmosphere-wise, FnB definitely fits the bill of what a "gastropub" is. Where I think many might be "tilting their heads" is in its obvious lack of beer offerings. Which I can agree with, to some extent. Though I don't think it is entirely accurate to label FnB strictly a gastropub, I can definitely see how it would also apply at the same time.

Many might be putting a disproportionate amount of weight on the "pub" portion of the label, forgetting that the elevated level of gastronomy in itself is largely why the term was created/has evolved in the first place. A nicer, high-quality microbrewery or brew-pup (Four Peaks, Dave's Electric, Sun Up, The Main Ingredient, etc.) are not gastropubs simply because they happen to serve a wide variety of beer/ liquor. I feel the distinction is clear, but I also understand to some that the use of the term might seem new or overly faddish, especially when applied to restaurants here in the Phoenix area.

Regardless of semantics (I know), I am looking forward to trying Main Ingredient in the coming days.

Justin

Feb 02, 2010
Grey in Phoenix

The Mission Restaurant (PHX)

I'll add the link--

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The Mission
3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

May 04, 2009
Grey in Phoenix

Hot dogs phx/scttsdl

Well since it hasn't been already, let me know throw in a strong vote for the Roosevelt Tavern (Downtown - 3rd St, between Garfield and McKinley).

They serve a worthy, snappy beef dog. Steamed lightly in beer, topped with grilled onions, pickles and their popular grainy mustard. One of my favorite dogs in town.

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Roosevelt
816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

May 02, 2009
Grey in Phoenix

Scottsdale Casual dinner not too spendy

Oh, I forgot Mission. Fairly new restaurant in the Old Town area. I haven't been yet, but it's getting good feedback thus far--

http://www.themissionaz.com

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The Mission
3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Mar 08, 2009
Grey in Phoenix

Scottsdale Casual dinner not too spendy

What is your ideal price range per person?

If you haven't already been, I'd suggest Metro Brasserie (Southbridge/ Waterfront area). Entrees start at $15, so it is on the higher end of "not too expensive," but it's casual, and the vibe lively. Add in the quality of the food and I definitely think it's a value.

They also have nightly dinner specials - 2 people, $48.

http://www.metrosouthbridge.com

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Metro Brasserie
7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Mar 08, 2009
Grey in Phoenix

Drinks before Pasta Bar(PHX)?

I sincerely second the Roosevelt. Lots of style and local charm. Great, low-key atmosphere (* when it's not overflowing with people of course). Plus, it is within a very short walking distance to Pasta Bar.

It would be a great intro to your night.

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Roosevelt
816 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mar 05, 2009
Grey in Phoenix

(Scottsdale) Digestif Top Chef dinner tonight

Sounds incredible. Apologies that we are in the Maldives, and missed out on this. Maybe when we return...

Thanks,

Grey

Dec 22, 2008
Grey in Phoenix

"Kreme" or "Kream" and Kone? Or?

Hello,

Silly post, I know. However it really has been a source of confusion for someone who lives oh, a couple of thousand miles away. I will be visiting the area very soon.

It seems that "Kream" is the spelling used the most online (http://www.kreamnkone.com), but a few of the variations pop up intherchangeably still.

Is it correctly spelled - "Kreme" or "Kream"?

Or, are they two completely different restaurants to begin with?

I know the "Kream" N' Kone near Dennis burnt down in a fire in recent years and has since re-opened in a new spot nearby. Is that the only one? I'm seeing there is another restaurant in Chatham with a same/similar name (interchangeable spellings) - is that location still open and or operated by the same people? And of course, should that be/ is that one spelled differently?

Any enlightenment for this confused non-local would be greatly appreciated. I cannot wait to try it. One of them. Thanks in advance!

Dec 16, 2008
Grey in All New England Archive

ATL -- Downtown/ Midtown recs?

I see. We're just long-time fans. She didn't stop in Phoenix this time around, and Atlanta was the only place we could find tickets after the initial rush. Besides, we love the city. It's a good excuse to return.

I hadn't come across Ecco yet. Looks interesting, and in a good location. Thanks!

Nov 16, 2008
Grey in General South Archive

ATL -- Downtown/ Midtown recs?

We'll actually be in town for the Madonna concert at Philip's.

Nov 16, 2008
Grey in General South Archive

ATL -- Downtown/ Midtown recs?

Nice. Big thanks for the reply.

Nov 16, 2008
Grey in General South Archive

ATL -- Downtown/ Midtown recs?

Hello,

We're two Phoenix-based 'hounds who will be in Atlanta this next week for a concert. We'll only be in town for two days. We'll be staying at the Glenn Hotel, Downtown, and we won't have a car. We plan on using Marta, and possibly taxi's if needed, the entire time. So we'd love rec's either in the immediate downtown area, or within reasonable walking distance from a Marta rail station (we'd love to explore Midtown in general).

We obviously prefer trying food that is unique to the area, or, simply fun, noteworthy restaurants that are unique to Atlanta. Nothing too divey, and nothing too formal (attire and price -wise). Places that cater to a more young, hip or "trendy" demographic can apply, as long as they receive credible buzz about the food as well.

The gist: 1 casual, unique breakfast spot; 2 casual, unique lunch spots; and, 1 unique dinner spot (* willing to splurge a little on this dinner).

Sorry for the novel. Hope this helps. Any advice would be fantastic! Thanks in advance!

Justin
Phoenix, AZ

Nov 15, 2008
Grey in General South Archive

AZ Biltmore Area- Good Food and Good Bar Scene

Also consider the Rokerij for a nice atmosphere, especially in their cellar bar area.

Christopher's and Crush does actually have both a decent dining and bar scene, not to mention a very attractive atmosphere to show off.

Maybe dinner at Christopher's, and then a quick stroll under the new pedestrian underpass to Mercbar for some after dinner cocktails? Give these out-of-towners a dose of pedestrian activity : )

Sep 03, 2008
Grey in Phoenix

Postino on Central

Really? The same LGO related Postino? I read something just a few months ago stating that a second Postino would be opening up Downtown, near Central and Roosevelt? Has that changed, or are they on an expansion frenzy?

It doesn't make sense to open up so many in central Phoenix to me. I must admit, it would dilute the product.

Open another concept, not another copy.

Sep 03, 2008
Grey in Southwest

New Latitude Eight Thai Grill in Chandler

I cannot wait to give place a try. Driving by, the atmosphere looks great and the menu reads well.

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Latitude 8 Thai Grill
11 W Boston St, Chandler, AZ 85225

Jun 21, 2008
Grey in Southwest

Review: Zest Spirited Dining - Phoenix (w/ photos!)

There are many, many restaurants and bars in the Downtown and Midtown areas of Phoenix that charge upwards of $10 plus for cocktails (and can). Obviously other things to consider - interior atmosphere, clientele, quality of the products and services, etc. It's expensive, but never abnormal.

Great review Seth. I've now been going to Zest off and on for quite some time, and nearly always have a very satisfactory experience. And yes, the eggplant cheesecake is very good.

May 13, 2008
Grey in Southwest

Review: Classic Italian Pizza - Tempe, AZ (w/ photos!)

Good review Seth. Glad to see you were finally able to give the place a try (and liked it so much). CIP is one of the best pizza spots in town, hands down; one of my personal favorites.

Apr 26, 2008
Grey in Southwest

Estate House - Scottsdale, AZ

Awesome, big thanks.

Feb 22, 2008
Grey in Phoenix

Estate House - Scottsdale, AZ

Does this place have a website anyone's found? A phone number?

Thanks in advance.

Feb 22, 2008
Grey in Phoenix

Aspen for Thanksgiving?

I find it strange the lack of Aspen suggestions, in general, on Chowhound. You'd definitely think otherwise.

Nov 17, 2007
Grey in Southwest

Aspen for Thanksgiving?

Hey everyone,

Will be in Aspen, CO over the Thanksgiving holiday, and am looking for any and all recommendations.

What's open? What's worth it? Any info on what some of the local hotels/ resorts are offering, and of course, which are worthy?

Big thanks in advance!

Nov 06, 2007
Grey in Southwest

Review: Switch - Phoenix (w/ photos!)

I agree Seth, good review.

Switch is still working some of it's newbie kinks out.

The food is good, but generally hit-and-miss in my opinion. Not some good and some bad, but rather some really good, and some just okay. So, nothing truly inedible. The menu is also fairly ambitious in terms of variety of menu options, which of course, is not necessarily always a good thing.

I've now tried nearly everything, from breakfast to lunch, and the menu generally reads like a dream, but again, the actual food doesn't seem to quite deliver the same punch you'd expect. Value-wise though, it's definitely a bargain - you get a good bang for your few bucks spent. And I must emphasize, however, still better than the majority of other restaurants in the immediate area - it could be just a little better.

I will still continue to frequent (and recommend) Switch a lot. I happen to work and spend large amounts of time in the area, and it's become a worthy lunchtime stop ...

Sep 26, 2007
Grey in Southwest

Late Night Chow Spots - Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale

Oh yea--

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Stax Burger Bistro
4400 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Aug 28, 2007
Grey in Phoenix

Late Night Chow Spots - Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale

Um. Stax Burger Bistro, in downtown Scottsdale (the old Ibiza Cafe space) is a great option. Fantastic burgers. Open until midnight Sun-Thurs, 2am Fri and Sat.

Aug 28, 2007
Grey in Phoenix

Fave "takeout" food from grocers (PHX)?

Trader Joe's always carries a decent selection of fresh, pre-made meals, salads, sides, etc., that nearly always hit the spot in a pinch. And of course, always reasonably priced.

Aug 09, 2007
Grey in Phoenix

Phoenix - Okonomiyaki/Katsu Curry

There are a few spots that serve Japanese sans sushi or hibatchi (or at least some non- items)--

Taneko Tavern, a P.F. Chang's concept (decent food; but take that designation for what it's worth)
http://www.tanekotavern.com

Ippei Japanese Bistro, near the north Phoenix/ Scottsdale border. However, their website http://www.ippeijapanesebistro.com doesn't show anything anymore. Thus, it may have since closed (???).

And of course, there's always the fabulous Sea Saw (http://www.seasaw.net) in downtown Scottsdale. Though admittedly, a much more inventive and higher-end spot, still a fantastic menu.

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Sea Saw
7133 E Stetson Dr Ste 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Taneko Tavern
6166 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 601, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Ippei Japanese Bistro
7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054

Aug 06, 2007
Grey in Southwest

phx : anyone tried fattoush on 19th ave

True, it's borderline dive-y. However, it's clean, the staff and owners friendly (if you engage them), and they do serve better middle-eastern food than most in quite a wide radius. I work nearby and go there for lunch quite often, and it's still my favorite for such eats in downtown and midtown.

Aug 04, 2007
Grey in Southwest