Scottsdale/ Restaurants

Apr 3rd, 2002, 11:06 AM
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Scottsdale/ Restaurants

How about a few recommendations for good places to eat..not too $$$ in Scottsdale.Would like some also w/ a great western atmosphere for these 2 Pittsburghers!
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 12:22 PM
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Given what you've said, maybe Old Scottsdale is your best bet for finding the right restaurant(s). One recommendation: Bandera's for their roasted chicken and mashed potatoes. Informal and not expensive.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 01:00 PM
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I would also suggest either Roaring Fork or Cowboy Caio (pronounced chow, don't know if spelling is correct), both in Scottsdale.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 01:27 PM
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I second Bandera's - very yummy. If you like Thai food, another great place in old Scottsdale is Malee's on Main - awesome food, very reasonably priced (no western decor though!). I haven't tried Cowboy Ciao but I have heard that it's excellent.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 01:47 PM
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In Old Scottsdale, Italian Grotto. Haven't been in a few years, so assume it's still there! GREAT food and service. Reasonable for the quality.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 03:56 PM
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Do recognize that Bandera is a chain, owned by Houston's originally.
Not that the food is any less enjoyable being part of a chain. But they're in Chicago and elsewhere, so if you want something 'local' and unique, Bandera ain't it.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 04:15 PM
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El Chorro on Lincoln Drive, Carlsbad Tavern on Hayden Rd/Osborn Rd., Rawhide on north Scottsdale are a few winners...also agree on Bandera.
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 05:00 AM
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For cowboy atmosphere - Pinnacle Peak Patio. For Mexican, Los Olivos
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 06:55 AM
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Well, I guess I'll defend Bandera's. The food is good, the prices are reasonable, and the one in Old Scottsdale has a sorta southwest motif. So, if you're from Pittsburgh, what's not to like?
 
Apr 4th, 2002, 03:35 PM
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I live in Phoenix and did not know that Bandera's is part of a chain. Interesting. I had dinner at Los Olivos last night for the first time and was going to recommend it here but I see someone already beat me to it! Excellent Mexican food, and great margaritas. And El Chorro is great - we're having our rehearsal dinner there in two weeks!
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 02:27 PM
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I got blasted on another question about a restaurant in Scottsdale so I won't give any comments, other than to tell you that there are some recommendations recently posted for someone's 40th birthday. I'm looking for Houston and this came up because of some restaurant that's owned by Houston's came up in the search.
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:39 PM
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Just an aside:
Houston's operates 45 restaurants nationwide, including 6 Banderas in AZ, CA and IL.
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 05:53 PM
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WE have a Houston's in Miami. Pretty nice. When I searched for Houston it brought up every post with the word in it.
 
Apr 20th, 2002, 05:53 PM
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Just got back from Scottsdale and found most restaurants to be very quiet....I guess tourist season is over. But Banderos and Houston's were both busy and had excellent food for a chain with more choices at Houston's, and nice atmosphere. Seemed like a local spot for us.
 
Apr 20th, 2002, 08:55 PM
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"seemed like excellent food for a chain".....

Just because a restaurant is part of a chain doesn't mean the food can't be good.
Look at Ruth's Chris (may she rest in peace, Ruth died this week). One of the top restaurants in most every city the chain has entered.
 
Apr 23rd, 2002, 04:39 PM
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La Hacienda is the best. Pricey but worth it.
 
Apr 24th, 2002, 08:53 AM
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Perry,

ALL Banderas have southwestern motifs!
 
Apr 24th, 2002, 09:21 AM
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If you want a real hokey Cowboy/western experience, go to Rawhide. It is on the northern fringe of Phoenix. It looks like an old western cowboy town with people dressed up as townfolk. There is a steak restaurant there. The food is ok & not too expensive. A western band plays on stage while you eat. Just remember, you're going there for the atmosphere & experience, not the food.

For a nice restaurant, La Hacienda is very nice if it the restaurant I'm thinking of at the Scotttdale Princess resort. It's been several years since I was in Phoenix.
 
May 5th, 2002, 08:49 AM
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For real Arizona atmosphere try Greasewood Flat just beyond Pinnacle Peak Patio.
 
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