Roadtrip: Scottsdale, ArizonaAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Scottsdale, AZ, On The Road
When 95 degrees was not hot enough for us, my wife and I made the decision to travel to Arizona and hang out in 117 degree heat. However, we had a great time and had some wonderful food and some really bad food. Our trip to Los Reyes De La Torta can be found here, otherwise I will lump the rest under this post. When we arrived, we went straight to:
6008 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Based on the picture above, I get the “hideaway” part. The entrance is between those two bushes, there is no signage… The place smelled great and was really cool inside as it was someplace I could hang out here for a while.
What I Ate: Rellenos and Eggs. I chose one duck and one pork and had it with green sauce. It was served with two eggs any style, potatoes and pinto beans, for around $11.
I really liked this. Their green sauce is amongst the best that I have ever had. My wife had the Huevos Rancheros with red sauce and neither of us liked it. If you go to Dick’s, remember…go green!!
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, though I am not sure it is a must have. The green sauce is great and I really liked this place. I would feel comfortable recommending this to a friend.
Hotel Valley Ho, Trader Vic’s and Café ZuZu
6850 East Main Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
We stayed at the Hotel Valley Ho for a night as it was soooo cheap and has a retro vibe to it that I thought was cool. We visited happy hours at both restaurants ( Cafe ZuZu for earlier happy hour and Trader Vic’s for late night menu) that are at the hotel and both were horrible. It is not worth even going into.
Would I Buy It Again? No. Horrible food, bad service a train wreck.
Because our food was so bad and the service was horrible, we went to:
Metro Brasserie & Bar
7114 E Stetson Dr #105
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Because it is 117 degrees and no one is around, there are happy hours everywhere. At Metro, we had the poutine and a carmelized onion flatbread. The poutine was really really good and the flat bread was tasty as well. The gravy was thinner on this version, but it was really, really, really good. Then again, what did I expect out of putting all these awesome ingredients together?
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, easily. Great food, good service and I would like to go back the next time I am there. I can’t help but think this place would do lights out in Indy.
7133 E Stetson Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This place is influential in defining modern southwest food. Their signature dish is a mushroom stir fry for $12.95. They have over six or seven different types of mushrooms in a cream sauce served with polenta.
I really liked this quite a bit. It was really rich and I couldn’t imagine eating more than a lunch portion, but it was pretty tasty. My wife had a roasted duck sandwich that we didn’t care for that much.
Would I Buy it Again? No. I enjoyed the mushroom dish, but the sandwich was a mess. I just didn’t love the place. However, if someone really wanted to go, I would give it another try, but it is not making my “must have” list.
Meals without pictures:
Spotted Donkey – A cool little place with upscale Mexican food. They make a mean margarita (of which I consumed many) and have a great happy hour. Since it is so close to my in-laws house, I will definitely go again. The food is ok, but there is something about it that I just like being there.
Would I Buy it Again? Yes, for drinks and chilling out.
A Different Pointe of View – A Four Diamond Award winner that is perched on a mountain top, this is knows to be one of Scottsdale’s best. However, it wasn’t that night. The five course tasting menu was a major disappointment. With wine pairing, the bill was around $240 without the tip. Again, a major disappointment. However, the service was great and you really can’t beat the view.
Would I Buy It Again? No.
Binkley’s - Another Four Diamond Award winner. This meal was unlike any other I have had. Seven amuse bouches throughout the five course tasting menu. I enjoyed the service and it was just a constant onslaught of food. Extremely creative food and presentations. For two people, it was around $215 without the tip, but I thought it was well worth it. A great meal.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes and I would like to go there the next time I am in Arizona.
I think that is it. Some really good food and we had a great time. If you have never been, you should go…and I hope this list helps you.
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