I'll be in Phoenix on business next week with my girlfriend. We only have two unscheduled (non-work) meals the entire week -- dinner on Wednesday and Saturday. I would love to try something unique to the Southwest (I'm from the midwest, she's from the south). I found Vincent's on Camelback, but then on this board I've read that it has gone downhill. I swear I've looked, but I can't fine alternate recommendations for good phoenix restaurants with a local flavor. My price range is very flexible (I'm considering Mary Elaine's for one of the meals, because everyone raves about it, but if someone says that a mom-and-pop shack off the highway is the best, then that's even better).
I apologize if this has been asked many times before. I'm new to ChowHound, and I'm not used to the search mechanism -- also, I find the sheer number of posts intimidating, to be honest.
--Rafi (aka Clueless in Columbia, SC)