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Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Year's resolution - eat out more often

We are very lucky in Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe to have great restaurants.

Here is a list of places I want to visit in 2011, as often as possible. This means I need to work harder, a sacrifice the kitchen wench is willing to undertake (for food). there a benefactor out there? I'm just saying...

Kohinoor Cuisine of India (480) 921-9144 - 1043 E Lemon St, Tempe, AZ
These guys have an amazing lunch buffet for under $10.00. Their naan is delicious as well as their samosas, lentils, chick peas and tandoori chicken.

Postino Winecafe (602) 852-3939

3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ

I like Postino for the barbara salad, that is not on their menu, but they designed it for a patron who goes there often. It has beets, field greens, dried fruit (strawberries?) and candied walnuts. Ask for it with chicken and their herb vinaigrette. I like it more than the one they serve it with (raspberry vinaigrette) because it is less sweet. And it comes with a walnut bread. Delish!

Cornish Pasty Company 894-6261 - 960 W University Dr, #103, Tempe, AZ

The kitchen wench accompanied her friend at a defensive driving class (the ticket wasn't mine, really) so she could receive a free meal at this place. A pasty with steak, potato (rutabaga?), onions and gravy with a black and tan. That's for me!

Hazelwoods Bar (602) 957-2462 -3626 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ

These guys are right in front of where I live, like 300 feet. A good argument for trivia night (Wednesdays I think still) with a black and tan, buffalo wings and fried zucchini and mushrooms.

Golden Greek (602) 841-7849

7126 N 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ

I love the Golden Greek. They have a chicken souvlaki sandwich that is very juicy on a yummy bread with tzatziki sauce and it comes with a side salad with big pieces of cucumbers.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480.289.6180 . Scottsdale and SHEA

These guys have a fresh & tasty tzatziki that warms the cockles of my heart (with pita chips and sweet potato chips). Try their steak sandwich on ciabatta with carmelized onions. They have all kinds of yummy baked goodies like sweet potato muffins. And they do catering.

Duck & Decanter - Phoenix, AZ 1651 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix Phone: (602) 274-5429
An institution. Order "the banger." A spicy German sausage on a french roll. Ask for sauerkraut.
Enough said! And get yourself a sasparilla in the bottle. If you're not the designated driver, they have a great selection of wine & beer.

George & Dragon Restaurant 4240 N Central Ave, Phoenix

(602) 241-0018

Get the fish & chips with peas. And a black & tan. The bangers & mash are pretty good too!

Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food Restaurant - Phoenix, AZAddress: 1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix (602) 274-5881

I like the chicken fajita burrito with a side of rice. The tacos are excelente! Very fresh & tasty salsa with warm chips. The margaritas aren't bad, either.

Arriba Mexican Grill - Phoenix, AZ 1812 E Camelback Road, Phoenix (602) 265-9112

On Thursdays they have a $2.00 chicken chimichanga with red or green sauce. Ask for two or three and wrap up the extra one to take home with you (when your server isn't looking in tin foil that you bring from home). Order yourself some guacamole and tip your server well! They are slinging a lot of chimis on Thursdays at lunchtime.

The guy who has the little stand in front of the Home Depot
36th St/Thomas
He makes a tasty Italian beef sandwich, very reasonable.

Defalco's Italian Deli/grocery
(480) 990-8660

2334 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Go for their prosciutto sandwich and pick up some Italian sausage to make once you get home. Lots of Italian yummy things like sweets, wines, pastas, cheeses, etc. They also make Italian dinners you can eat in or take to go. And they do catering.

The little hot dog stand Nogales #2 at Indian School and 20th St. in Phoenix
Sonoran Hot Dogs.
Enough said.

Mariscos Playa Hermosa 1605 E Garfield St, Phoenix (602) 462-1563
Order a whole fried tilapia with a michelada to drink.

Aj's Fine Foods (602) 230-7015
5017 N Central Ave, Phoenix
AJ's has great pastries (blueberry scones are my favorite and palmier cookies) and also yummy pizza. A great selection of beer, chocolates and kitchen gadgets.

So many good eats here in the Valley...where to start?

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