Since moving away from Phoenix almost four years ago I've been pretty absent from the boards and haven't spent much time trying new places on my visits back. I've tended to go back and visit my old favorites and haunts. I'll be back in late October for almost a week and think I have some time to try some new places. I'll pretty much be exclusively in Central Phoenix and will require my friends to travel to me!! (Hey, I'll be on vacay and it's my birthday, I can make demands.)
For points of reference, here are some of my faves.
I will DEFINITELY be having brunch/lunch at Dick's Hideaway, the carne adovado is the best! No trip is complete without. I need another breakfast option for a Saturday morning. Typically, that choice would be LGO to hang out and get tasty bites and visit with friends. I'm willing to try something else. Someone suggested St. Francis or The Vig on 16th Street. Thoughts?
Casual dinner on Friday night. My flight gets in a 6:30 and I'll want to have a casual dinner with a few friends. Something like Phoenix City Grille, The Rokerij, Delux Burger. Nothing too fancy, preferably a place that we won't need a reservation or have a wait. Under $100 for three people. What's new?
I'll be celebrating my birthday dinner out with a few good friends and my parents. Looking for nice atmosphere and great food. $75 a head with drinks would be the max. Coup de Tartes was one of my faves for a special occasion meal. Other past b'day dinners included Tarbell's, Durant's, T. Cook's, elements. What would you recommend, or should I stick with tried and true faves? No steakhouses, please. I was thinking possibly Noca.
One interesting request...on a Sunday afternoon/early evening looking for a central meeting spot with drinks and snacks for a group of friends to gather, but come and go as they please. Mostly, just to hang out, but tasty bites and drinks are important, too! Past locations would have included The Monastery (so sad, that it's gone), Duck & Decanter or even Spinato's on 16th Street. There will likely be 8-12 of us and probably a couple of kids.
I'll have a few other lunches open, so let me know what I should check out. Cocktail bar suggestions are good too, I love a good drinking hole. My faves have been the old El Charro, Jade Bar at The Sanctuary, Merc.
Thanks in advance, y'all! Let me know if you'll be in Chicago...my new city is a great dining town and I've made it my job to try as many great spots as possible!
Phoenix City Grille
5816 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
6008 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016
3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016