My older brother and I take mini foodie treks in the spring when he visits from Oregon, this year we are coming to Phoenix and surrounding communities in March. Though I've lived in Arizona for the past 30+ years and have traveled and stayed in Phoenix many, many times I've not really had the time to explore the local non-chain eateries. With that said I would love suggestions in that direction. The only criteria we have is: no Mexican restaurants as we have eaten in many such eateries through out Arizona already and there are many of those where I live, and because we are cheap and we do want to try as many as we can in a 3 day period, we would prefer the $ to $$ price range. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.