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Re:Phoenix 2011/03/31 20:16:12 (permalink)
Foodbme, you're kind to even ask. While I promise a full trip report this weekend (including "thank yous" to persons like yourself), safe-to-say the highlights of the same included fried chicken at Mrs. White's Golden Rule, enchiladas and tostadas at BOTH Tacos de Juarez AND Tee Pee Mexican Food, a GREAT dinner at the new-to-me Postino Central (5144 North Central Avenue) and a new favorite, local brew that being the Tempe brewed: 
 
 
Oh, and a funny tale involving my cab driver asking if I was sure that I
wanted him to leave me off here for one of said aforementioned dinners:
(Taco de Juarez at 1017 North 7th Street.)
 
 
 
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Re:Phoenix 2011/03/31 20:30:07 (permalink)
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and a new favorite, local brew that being the Tempe brewed: 
 
 
Oh, and a funny tale involving my cab driver asking if I was sure that I
wanted him to leave me off here for one of said aforementioned dinners:
 

 


 
Yes!!!
 
That's exactly where I went and that's exactly what I had during my last visit nearly 5 years ago-  it was a Scottish Ale- I just couldnt' remember the name-
It was one of my all time favorites and made me realize how special Locally Craft Brews are west of the Rockies!
 
Glad you took my advice with Tacos De Juarez!
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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/01 00:15:17 (permalink)
We're anxiously awaiting your full report!!
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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/03 17:00:18 (permalink)
 
 
 
With valued "where to eat" recommendations gleaned from both this thread as well as one similar, I am happy to have returned from a four-day excursion to Phoenix with food tales -- albeit photo-less  -- to tell.
 
The overwhelming culinary highlights of said trip included:
 
  Simply fantastic fried chicken (three pieces), yams, green beens served with potatoes and cornbread at the famed Mrs. White's Golden Rule restaurant located at 808 East Jefferson Street (reviewed on this site) and all served for $ 10.98. Classic RoadFood haunt from its no nonsense menu, homemade fare and even graffiti all over the place's indoor walls. This was one of the meals I did on my own breaking away from my lemming business colleagues and I'm most glad I did!
 
  Bueno combination (enchiladas, tostado, taquito, rice and refried beans) plate at the wanderingjew-recommended Tacos de Juarez located at 1017 North 7th Street. I loved it when my cab driver twice asked me if I was absolutely sure that I wanted him to drop me off here after seeing the two skulls adorning the outside of the place (see photo above) and seemingly not a car in sight (it was an early 5:30 pm weekday dinner). No frills. Not exactly inviting, either, from the outside looks of the place. But walk indoors and your talking straight-up authentic Mexican fare. Superb.
 
  The "Presidential Special" (enchiladas) at the bill voss-recommended (echoed by Foodbme and wanderingjew) Tee Pee Mexican Food located at 4144 East Indian School Rood and an apparent favorite of the most recent President Bush. Made my cousin take me here as soon as I landed in Phoenix. Very, very good Mexican fare in a tad more spirited / mainstream setting than the aforementioned Tacos de Juarez. With kids in-tow, as we did, I'd likely opt for the former (and their kids' menu) but sans kids, would opt for the latter.
 
  Fabulous albeit non-Mexican / southwest fare at Postino on Central (located at 5144 North Central Avenue) -- the site, for us, of a nine-person celebratory dinner highlighted by the place's impressive wine selection, laid back / hipster vibe and, more importantly, its eleven-choice bruschetta selection (ranging from brie/apples/figs to prosciutto/marscarpone/figs to smoked salmon/pesto and eight others). I really liked this place even if it did not necessarily fit the RoadFood "diner" template.
 
  Other dining experiences included: al fresco at the base of the White Tank Mountains (at sunset, no less) at the Verrado Grille in Buckeye (very good but not necessarily regional nor destination-driven unless, of course, you golf); drinks at the Foodbme-recommended and FABULOUS Wigwam resort in Litchfield Park (I would love to stay here at some point in the future!); and, of course, the above mentioned Four Peaks Brewery's Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale.
 
 
All in all, a great four days in the Valley of the Sun.
Many thanks, again, for the great recommendations!
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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/03 17:37:39 (permalink)
i95 - You came within a block of my AZ place and you didn't even stop to say hi.  What kind of Roadfood solidarity is that and why the heck would anyone drive all the way to Verrado to eat?
 
I agree that dining on the patio of the Verrado Grille is gorgeous this time of year.  I pass by there on my evening walks and haved dined there a handful of times.  The food is hit or miss, I think some of their items are frozen heat & serve stuff, while the finer dining menu options are quite good.
 
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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/03 18:37:52 (permalink)
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i95 - You came within a block of my AZ place and you didn't even stop to say hi.  What kind of Roadfood solidarity is that and why the heck would anyone drive all the way to Verrado to eat?

 
 
 
 
Lo siento, Jim! The western part of my Phoenix trip was out of my hands as I was the guest of a cousin of mine residing in Goodyear. Following pre-dinner drinks at the Wigwam, I thought we would end up across the street at Old Pueblo Cafe in Litchfield Park but after having already dined on Mexican fare that day for lunch (Tee Pee Mexican Food in downtown Phoenix), we, at the last minute, opted for the outdoor, sunset venue of the Verrado Grille if just to sit outside during last week's incredible weather in that part of Arizona.
 
Next time!   

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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/03 18:38:11 (permalink)
The Skulls you saw at Tacos De Juarez were probably symbolic of "Día de los Muertos" or The Day of the Dead. It's a major Mexican holiday that honors the Ancestors of those still living. It usually goes for 3 days and is a pretty big deal here in The Valley. Here's the history of the Celebration:
http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/articles/dead-history.html
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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/03 20:01:40 (permalink)
i95 - Good choice passing on Old Pueblo.  There is nothing special about the food there.
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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/04 14:38:00 (permalink)
I second the Pizzeria Bianco. Also for a fun experience stop by for lunch at one of the Pro's Ranch Markets and dive head first into their food court area.
 
http://eatoutnwa.blogspot.com/2010/02/pizzeria-bianco-623-e-adams-st.html
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Re:Phoenix 2011/04/04 14:55:31 (permalink)
As I've stated on many threads on here, IMHO, Pizzeria Bianco is overrated. Most disagree with me. That's why they make Fords & Chevy's.
HOWEVER----I'm very PRO on Pro's Ranch Markets from the food court and the bakery to the Fantastic selections throughout the store. If it's anything you need to make a Mexican meal, they have it. Expansive Seafood, Meat and Produce Departments. Love the vibe of shopping there! http://www.prosranch.com/
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Re:Phoenix 2011/05/10 08:29:48 (permalink)
 
A recent Arizona PBS (KAET-TV) story on the above touted Tee Pee Mexican Food
in Phoenix (thanks, again, bill voss!) can be viewed online here, FYI.
 
 
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Re:Phoenix 2011/05/10 10:43:58 (permalink)
Who?
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Re:Phoenix 2011/05/10 16:55:07 (permalink)
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Who?

OMG!!!
It's Cloned itself!" />" />" />" />
 
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Re:Phoenix 2011/05/10 18:19:33 (permalink)
we shall rule the world.
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Re:Phoenix 2011/05/11 01:08:50 (permalink)
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we shall rule the world.

You can change your handle but you can't change your negative, caustic attitude.
Don't know how long ago you left "The Valley", but if it's been more than 5-10 years ago, a lot of things have changed. Commenting on things more than 5-10 years ago may or may not be relevant.

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Re:Phoenix 2011/05/11 09:47:45 (permalink)
If you're there then things are negative. Pretty simple really. Don't bother me again.
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