Friends, I need some ideas for restaurants for a college graduation party. Early May. Party of about a dozen of us. Need a place that is relaxing, but sumptuous. Impeccable, American menu. Nothing too eclectic (no Japanese-Southwestern fusion......). Perhaps a place with a unique story or atmosphere. Should be within 15-20 miles or so of Tempe-Phoenix. Needs to be "one notch" below $$$$$$$$ for cost. A special place where eating is an experience, not just a meal.
Daughter has suggested several that I am not familiar with:
- El Chorro
- Caffe Boa
- Arrogant Butcher
- House of Tricks
And one that I am familiar with and like:
- Camelback Inn
I am thinking however that it would be fun to go somewhere that is new to all of us, and a stand-out in terms of the experience.
Still TBD: whether we go out for lunch and/or (my preference) for a nice evening dinner.
Thank you in advance.
House of Tricks
114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
5063 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044
El Chorro Lodge
5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Rita's Kitchen at Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort
5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253