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Scottsdale Area - Unique?

scoopG | Mar 19, 2008 06:23 AM

NYC hound visiting Scottsdale in a couple of weeks with the wife on business and we'll have two free nights for dinner. Will be staying at the Fairmont Princess and will have transportation. I've done some searching on the SW board here and hope "yous guys" might be able to provide some guidance. Good wine list a plus.

Ideally, we'd like to find something that we can't really get here in the Big Apple: Excellent southwest fine dining or some variation thereof. So places like Italian Grotto, Frazier's (pizza) Voltaire's ("old") Humble Pie (more pizza!) and Village Tavern (noisy!) appear out of the running. Methode Bistro's menu does not appear to be anything special.

NY Times had some recs from their "36 Hours in Scottsdale" travel piece some time ago and one of the mentioned restaurants, Fusion, did not appear to have a particularly ground breaking menu to me.

That seems to leave us with:
Vincent's on Camelback,
Binkley's or Tonto at RM in Cave Creek,
Cowboy Ciao, Sophies, or perhaps Rancho Pinot Grill.

Are Binkley's and it's 6-course tasting menu or Tonto at RM truly "destination restaurants" i.e. worthy of leaving your home for perhaps a long drive?

TIA for your input!

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