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Graduation party

northxnortheast | | Mar 6, 2012 05:10 PM

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

Caffe Boa
398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

Caffe Boa
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