Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice

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pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2012/09/27 18:18:58
Phoenix at Christmas, what are your favorite, don't miss restaurant ideas............We already have the rest of the trip taken care of stopping in Quartzsite, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, and San Diego...................Thanks for all the help, ...............Bill
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/27 22:41:56
Roadfood - Fry Bread House
 
Other Food - Citizen's Public House
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 00:17:27


Depends what you're looking for----------- AND where you'll be staying.
"The Valley" extends 50+ miles East to West and 45+ miles North to South.
Covers a lot of Territory!
ARIZONA MASTER DINING LIST
ü  or √ (Have Eaten at These Places)
Mexican
ü  http://www.carolinasmexicanfood.com
ü  http://www.losdosmolinosaz.com/
ü  http://www.prosranch.com (Or any Ranch Market) http://www.prosranch.com/hot-foods.aspx
ü  http://www.teepeemexicanfood.com
ü  http://www.nandosmexicancafe.com
ü  http://www.americastacoshop.net
http://phoenix.citysearch.com/profile/1623069/phoenix_az/rito_s_mexican_food_inc_take.html
BBQ
ü  http://www.texazgrill.com
ü  http://www.bestbbqofmemphis.com/news.php
ü  http://www.hapsbbq.com  
ü  http://www.joesrealbbq.com/
ü  http://www.waldosbbq.com/
ü  http://www.tomsbbq.com/
http://stacyssmokehousebbq.com
BRATS & HOT DOGS
https://www.facebook.com/BratHausAZ

http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/4008/teds-hot-dogs

SOULFOOD

ü  http://www.loloschickenandwaffles.com
ü  http://mrswhitesgoldenrulecafe.com
UPSCALE PLACES
ü  http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/locations/az/scottsdale
ü  http://www.renegadecanteen.com/
ü  http://www.cartwrightssonoranranchhouse.com/
ü  http://www.donovanssteakhouse.com/phoenix-steakhouse.html\
http://www.elchorro.com/dining/
http://www.tarbells.com/
https://www.vincentsoncamelback.com/
 BREAKFAST
ü  http://www.rockspringscafe.com
ü  http://www.yelp.com/biz/harlows-cafe-tempe
ü  http://kiss-the-cook.com
ü  http://dailydosegrill.com/
ü  http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/22/262124/restaurant/Phoenix/Hoosier-Cafe-Chandler
http://eatatovereasy.com/
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/22/1543010/restaurant/Ahwatukee/Biscuits-Phoenix
http://www.mattsbigbreakfast.com/
Other
ü  http://www.hausmurphys.com
ü  http://lisdoonvarnapub.com
ü  http://www.phoenixcitygrille.com
ü  http://riazzis.com
ü  http://www.cfugourmet.com
ü  http://www.portlandsphoenix.com/
ü  http://www.stanleys-sausage.com
ü  http://www.schreinerssausage.com/
ü  http://dailydosegrill.com/
http://www.giuseppeson28th.com
http://scottsgenerations.com
http://www.vitospizza.com/
GENERAL FOOD SITES
http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/dining/search/?todowhat=&todocuisine=&todowhere=Phoenix&x=66&y=5
http://www.azeats.com/carefreestation/default.htm
http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/22/Phoenix-restaurants.html
http://www.mrbreakfast.com/r_display.asp?restid=8749
 DELI’S AND GROCERIES
http://defalcosdeli.com/
http://www.haji-baba.com/
http://imperialkosher.com/
http://www.scottsdalecafe.com/
http://www.cheesenstuffdeli.com/
http://niccolisdeli.com/
http://romanellisitaliandeli.com/Romanellis/Deli_Meats_%26_Cheeses.html
 
 
 

post edited by Foodbme - 2012/09/28 01:33:57
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 00:20:41
Will probably be adding some more as I think of them:
These are a Very nice historic places - Upscale:
http://www.wrigleymansionclub.com/
http://www.arizonabiltmore.com/Dining/Default.aspx
http://www.wigwamresort.com/phoenix-resort-dining.shtml
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/09/28 01:34:55
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 00:45:47
Two more.
 
Roadfood - TexAZ for CFS (Foodbme introduced me to thos place).
 
Other food - Fuego Bistro for creative SW cooking.  They have an awesome happy hour, no need for an entree.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 00:49:21
I 2nd TexAZGrill
http://texazgrill.com/
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 00:51:31
For some outdoor, around the campfire fun:
Toast Marshmellows, Make S'mores!
http://greasewoodflat.net/
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/09/28 01:09:26
acer2x
Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 08:29:23
My choices:
 
www.donandcharlies.com  for ribs & steaks & sports memorobilia
www.waddellslonghorncorral.com  for burgers. How can a place whose motto is: Warm Beer, Bad Food & Lousy Service not be worth a visit?
www.bobbyq.net  for ribs & steaks
 
www.pizzeriabianco.com for pizza, what else?
 
 
 
 
Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 08:33:15
Here's a link to the places I reviewed on my blog that are in Phoenix/Scottsdale.
http://davwudsfoodcourt.b...a/search/label/Arizona
 
I'd put either Carolina's for the Machacca Burro, Enchilada Style or just about anything from Chino Bandido at the top of my list.
 
BTW, Tamales from the Tamale Store travel in a suitcase very well. Buy them on the way to the airport (or on the way out) if you have no freezer.
 
DT
fortbethel
Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 11:21:49
Pizzeria Bianco
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 11:52:03
My Phoenix-area stops usually include Pizzeria Bianco (just go off-hours and they aren't that busy), Citizien's Public House, and The Chuck Box by ASU for burgers.
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 12:00:19
Thanks to all for the great restaurant choices..........I see that Carolinas gets good reviews from our Roadfood trip reports. That s/b a good choice for Mexican food. Pizza Bianco s/b on the list if we are able to get there early ........I'll need to look over the rest to see how they fit in with the families tastes..............Thanks again......Bill
 
 
 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 20:50:12

I swim against the tide on Pizzeria Bianco!
I think it's GROSSLY OVERRATED!!!!!
Here's my Urbanspoon Review:
IMHO Grossly Overrated!
by Foodbme (10 reviews)
Been here 4 times. 1 by my choice and 3 by out of towners who dragged me there kicking and screaming because they read the hype on this place. The wait is ridiculous. The tables are cramped, The wait staff is indifferent and the pizza is average for a wood-fired pizza. Oh, I forgot. The prices are outrageous!
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post edited by Foodbme - 2012/09/28 20:51:14
acer2x
Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/28 22:28:36
@Foodbme
My experience was completely different this past April. Why- because we came after the lunch rush around 130-2pm. Service was fine. The pizza was outstanding. I believe it deserves the high rating it usually gets.
 
Another place not previously mentioned and worth a visit, if only for the nostalgia factor, is MacAlpine's Soda Fountain and Restaurant on N. 7th Street.
http://www.facebook.com/MacAlpines
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 00:00:35
Bill, if you want an apizza as close as possible to what you grew up eating hit Pizzeria Bianco.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 02:25:50
An update on Pizzeria Bianco:
Chris Bianco is no longer active in the pizzaria and no longer works there. He used to make all the Pizza's.
He developed respiratory problems from inhaling the wood smoke and had to step down on Dr's. orders.
He's opened two other restaurants called Pane Bianco and Italian Restaurant.
http://www.pizzeriabianco.com/
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 10:14:27
Foodbme

I swim against the tide on Pizzeria Bianco!
I think it's GROSSLY OVERRATED!!!!!
Here's my Urbanspoon Review:
IMHO Grossly Overrated!
by Foodbme (10 reviews)
Been here 4 times. 1 by my choice and 3 by out of towners who dragged me there kicking and screaming because they read the hype on this place. The wait is ridiculous. The tables are cramped, The wait staff is indifferent and the pizza is average for a wood-fired pizza. Oh, I forgot. The prices are outrageous!
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Foodbme, I try to watch out for the hype factor in every restaurant I pick. What starts out being a Great Mom and Pop Restaurant, with one visit from DDD could change in a heart beat. Every cook/Chef/Restaurant owner should never forget what got them there. I talk to people in my own town that love some restaurants that I would even step in to, I guess we all have different tastes and expectations of what a good/great restaurant really is............
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 10:25:32
Michael Hoffman

Bill, if you want an apizza as close as possible to what you grew up eating hit Pizzeria Bianco.


Michael, you had me at Apizza, I still smile when ever I see that word. I cut up some steaks yesterday, I told my wife I'm making steak sandwiches with sauteed onions on toast. Of course she said, "ON TOAST" never heard of it. I made two sandwiches, I when back to my Man cave to watch the ball game. The next thing I hear echoing through the house is her yelling, (HEY THIS IS GOOD, REAL GOOD) Michael, when Jesus walked the land not everyone believed in his preaching, some needed proof.....................
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 11:10:45

fortbethel
Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 11:47:41
Foodbme, actually there was a period of time when Chris' pizzas were under par but that was because of his health situation. He then had to train a group of young men to take over his pizza making & oven which took awhile to do right. I have now been back twice this past six months at noon got a table withen 10 minutes and the pizzas were OUTSTANDING! The transition is over.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 14:06:17
pnwchef

Foodbme

I swim against the tide on Pizzeria Bianco!
I think it's GROSSLY OVERRATED!!!!!
Here's my Urbanspoon Review:
IMHO Grossly Overrated!
by Foodbme (10 reviews)
Been here 4 times. 1 by my choice and 3 by out of towners who dragged me there kicking and screaming because they read the hype on this place. The wait is ridiculous. The tables are cramped, The wait staff is indifferent and the pizza is average for a wood-fired pizza. Oh, I forgot. The prices are outrageous!
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Foodbme, I try to watch out for the hype factor in every restaurant I pick. What starts out being a Great Mom and Pop Restaurant, with one visit from DDD could change in a heart beat. Every cook/Chef/Restaurant owner should never forget what got them there. I talk to people in my own town that love some restaurants that I would even step in to, I guess we all have different tastes and expectations of what a good/great restaurant really is............


As I said, IMHO
Hope you like it and your visit is hassle-free.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/09/29 20:15:24
Good thread, it reminds me of places that I need to go. 
 
I've never been to Pizzeria Bianco because of the dinnertime hassle of dining there.  I'll try a mid-day meal there sometime.  Will they toss me out if I order an apizza?
 
Don & Charlie's is a fun place to eat.  I need to return there some time.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/01 19:33:55
kaszeta

My Phoenix-area stops usually include Pizzeria Bianco (just go off-hours and they aren't that busy), Citizien's Public House, and The Chuck Box by ASU for burgers.

 
I'm going to stay in Tempe for a week for spring training in March, and The Chuck Box looks interesting. What would you recommend there?

Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/01 23:26:47
Bonk

kaszeta

My Phoenix-area stops usually include Pizzeria Bianco (just go off-hours and they aren't that busy), Citizien's Public House, and The Chuck Box by ASU for burgers.


I'm going to stay in Tempe for a week for spring training in March, and The Chuck Box looks interesting. What would you recommend there?

Essentially, the only thing they serve are hamburgers and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Fries& Onion Rings. That's it!
They have a condiment table where you dress your own burgers.
http://thechuckbox.com/
My favorite place for Breakfast in the entire Valley is Harlow's in Tempe. No web site. Breakfast & Lunch only.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/harlows-cafe-tempe
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/10/01 23:31:50
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/06 16:07:02
We discovered Chompy's before MvF did in 2010 and loved it, and Four Peaks Brewing is where I park my butt at 9 p.m. every night for great food and beer.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/06 18:44:27
Bonk

We discovered Chompy's before MvF did in 2010 and loved it, and Four Peaks Brewing is where I park my butt at 9 p.m. every night for great food and beer.

IMHO, Chompies has gone downhill some from when we first started going there in 2000.
If you like Four Peaks, you'd probably like The San Tan Brewing Co. 
http://www.santanbrewing.com/
And Twin Peaks!!!" />
http://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com/
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/08 16:34:10
Bonk
I'm going to stay in Tempe for a week for spring training in March, and The Chuck Box looks interesting. What would you recommend there?

 
It's basically burgers.  But very nicely done burgers, IMHO.  They've really only have one "special" burger, and I actually like it: the Tijuana Torpedo (burger patty stuffed with pepper jack, and topped with a roasted green chile and more cheese):
 

kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/08 16:35:50
Foodbme
He's opened two other restaurants called Pane Bianco and Italian Restaurant.

 
Here's my writeup of Pane Bianco from August:
 
http://offbeateats.org/20...ane-bianco-phoenix-az/
 
I really liked it.
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/08 18:00:00
 
kaszeta: Pane Bianco, sound and looks great. When a restaurant takes that much care with the bread, it's a place I want to try............Thanks for the tip......................Bill
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/09 09:24:50
kaszeta

Bonk
I'm going to stay in Tempe for a week for spring training in March, and The Chuck Box looks interesting. What would you recommend there?


It's basically burgers.  But very nicely done burgers, IMHO.  They've really only have one "special" burger, and I actually like it: the Tijuana Torpedo (burger patty stuffed with pepper jack, and topped with a roasted green chile and more cheese):



Wow, that looks incredible! I'm sold, thanks!
NascarDad
Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/12 08:53:40
Personally, I would get over to Ted's Hot dogs in Tempe, because I never miss a chance to have Ted's
 
I always ask for mine extra charred.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/12 12:54:19
I discovered Ted's in 2008 completely by accident. I was driving around, saw the place and stopped in.
 
I knew I'd made a good call when the guy behind me told me he was from Chicago.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/12 16:24:04
NascarDad
Personally, I would get over to Ted's Hot dogs in Tempe, because I never miss a chance to have Ted's

 
I love Ted's...
 


 
But I go to Buffalo almost as often as Tempe, so I often get my fix there.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/12 23:56:14
When you go to Ted's in Tempe, don't forget to order the Onion Rings!
Made fresh there daily, not frozen!
They have one guy that does nothing but make onion rings!
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/13 10:43:33
My personal favorite is Don & Charlie's in Scottsdale. Two Chicago guys from the north side, my old stomping grounds, serving my favorite bill of fare. It's my home away from home. www.donandcharlies.com
cathyee
Junior Burger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/13 11:12:52
wow, this burger looks delicious. Can you specify what kind of cheese  is being used into this burger. I can make burger at home but i want to make this kind of burger.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/14 00:07:55
Phoenix Magazine's Nov. issue is a "Best of the Valley" issue and lists 238 of us "Basinonian's" favorite things including some restaurants.
www.phoenixmag.com
Here's some:
www.amusebouche.biz Breakfast/Brunch
www.phoenixpalacerestaurant.com Dim Sum
www.restaurantnoca.com Burgers
www.galloblanco.com Breakfast/Brunch
www.chicagostaylorstreet.com Italian Beef
www.shinbay.com Seafood
www.windsoraz.com Biscuits & Gravy
www.wedgebottle.com Grilled Cheese
http://hanajapaneseeatery.com/ Japanese
 
 
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/16 14:36:40
Foodbme

I swim against the tide on Pizzeria Bianco!
I think it's GROSSLY OVERRATED!!!!!
Here's my Urbanspoon Review:
IMHO Grossly Overrated!
by Foodbme (10 reviews)
Been here 4 times. 1 by my choice and 3 by out of towners who dragged me there kicking and screaming because they read the hype on this place. The wait is ridiculous. The tables are cramped, The wait staff is indifferent and the pizza is average for a wood-fired pizza. Oh, I forgot. The prices are outrageous!
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I am usually decidedly anti-hype, when it comes to restaurants, and I was skeptical if this place could ever live up to its reputation. That said, I couldn't disagree with you more. I thought Pizzeria Bianco delivered everything I could have expected. 
 

 
Admittedly, I went with one of the more basic choices - the classic Margherita, which is simply sauce, house-made mozzarella, and fresh basil. The crust was charred to perfection. I begin my judging of any pizza by the crust, and this was outstanding - rivaled, perhaps, by the only the pantheon of pizza craftmasters - Pepe's, Modern, Totonno's?
 

 
This was a pie for the ages, and I would absolutely go back. With all of that praise, I still don't think that Bianco's makes the best pie in the country, as others have opined. I wouldn't wait hours for one to be delivered to my table. The drawbacks:
  • This may be the place that started the modern "gourmet" pizza craze. I like simple toppings - pepperoni, meatball. You can find neither on their menu, but you can get arugula, pistachios, sopressatta, and prosciutto. I would trade all of that for pepperoni and/or meatball.
  • Parking is a nightmare. They have their own lot, which is valet only. Ugh. I hate valets. I know it is because I am a control freak, but just let me park my own damn car.
  • The price. If you're used to paying $12 for a large, three-topping Domino's pie, this place is going to be expensive. If you value top-of-the-line ingredients for a top-of-the-line product, then this is not at all outrageous.
The 800-pound gorilla in the room: The wait. I was in, out, and fed in under 30 minutes. Of course, I went by myself and wasn't looking for a social experience. Most people don't do that. They go out with friends, etc. This was a stop in the middle of a business trip, so it was just me. I didn't arrive at a particularly off-hour (i.e. 3 pm). I got there just before their dinner rush started - right before 5 pm. I realize that is not the most convenient time for most people to go, but it is not the MOST inconvenient time, either. The place was nearly empty - as a matter of fact, the bar was COMPLETELY empty. The service was friendly, if not a little brusque. It was the IDEAL situation for me. I wouldn't stand in line for hours - especially by myself. BUT...knowing that the place gets crazy crowded, and many consider the wait to be part of the experience (a la Grimaldi's in Brooklyn), then bitching about the wait time seems crazy to me. You don't want to wait - don't go at a time when there is going to be a wait. Griping about rushed service when the place is packed with a two-hour line out the door also seems crazy. The only reason people do that is because most people in Phoenix expect friendlier service. If the same brusque service was delivered at a place like Grimaldi's, which needs to turn tables over in order to serve more customers, no one would blink an eye.
 
Overall, my experience was an A+. Is it the best pizza I've ever had? I don't know I can say that, but it's in my Top 10, for sure.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/16 14:42:00
As an aside, can someone with whom I am not friends on Facebook tell me if they can see the photos loaded above. I used photos from my FB account - I think for the first time - and am wondering how my own permissions may affect my ability to post them here.  Thanks.
Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/16 15:05:15
The Travelin Man

As an aside, can someone with whom I am not friends on Facebook tell me if they can see the photos loaded above. I used photos from my FB account - I think for the first time - and am wondering how my own permissions may affect my ability to post them here.  Thanks.

They're there.
 
DT
 
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/16 15:10:01
Thanks. This may become my go-to method for posting pictures, as it was relatively painless.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/16 15:22:18
The photos are fine.
 
I've been trying to tell people since my re-review in 2011 that Bianco shifting from dinner-only to lunch-through-dinner was a sea change, since it alleviated a lot of demand, and particularly made showing up during slack time a workable proposition (I used to always have to either show up waaaay early and spent a lot of time waiting, or show up late-ist and talk my way into a single spot at the bar)
 
As an aside, I've never had trouble parking there, I just use the nearby garage on 5th, which is quite reasonable as long as it's not event parking.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/17 08:20:43
Okay, after seeing those pictures and learning some parking tips, I am going to pay a visit the next time in Phoenix.  And that particular pizza is exactly what I would order.
Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/17 11:22:22
buffetbuster

Okay, after seeing those pictures and learning some parking tips, I am going to pay a visit the next time in Phoenix.  And that particular pizza is exactly what I would order.

It's a great looking pie and I'm trying to get to Phoenix in the spring so I may just have to check it out.
 
DT
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/17 11:27:33
Davwud-
I have driven past the place and saw ridiculously long lines out the door and multiple cars circling the area looking for parking.  That will scare me away everytime!  But, it sounds like it is more manageable now.
 
If you make it there, please report back!
Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/17 14:51:54
buffetbuster

Davwud-
I have driven past the place and saw ridiculously long lines out the door and multiple cars circling the area looking for parking.  That will scare me away everytime!  But, it sounds like it is more manageable now.

If you make it there, please report back!

Knowing my cousin we'll probably walk in through the kitchen....LOL

You know I'll report back
 
DT
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/18 01:11:21
Davwud
buffetbuster
Davwud-
I have driven past the place and saw ridiculously long lines out the door and multiple cars circling the area looking for parking.  That will scare me away everytime!  But, it sounds like it is more manageable now. If you make it there, please report back!

Knowing my cousin we'll probably walk in through the kitchen....LOL
You know I'll report back
DT

Sorry, There is no back door and there is no kitchen. The dining area and the kitchen are all one room!!!
This is a SMALL building-----That's why the lines-----There is VERY limited seating and most times, a LONG wait.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/18 08:40:26
TTM, the pizza you show has every thing one would need and ask for in a pizza. The crust looks light, crispy with a bit of a char flavor. The cheese and sauce look like the right amounts. This pizza will be on my agenda for a late afternoon lunch..............Thanks for the pictures and review...........Bill
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/18 09:57:34
Foodbme
Sorry, There is no back door and there is no kitchen. The dining area and the kitchen are all one room!!!
This is a SMALL building-----That's why the lines-----There is VERY limited seating and most times, a LONG wait.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Indeed, here is a view of approximately 60% of the interior seating of Bianco:
 

 
And a gratuitous photo of one of the pizzas I've ever had (prosciutto and fig from Bianco):

Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/18 13:35:41
pnwchef

TTM, the pizza you show has every thing one would need and ask for in a pizza. The crust looks light, crispy with a bit of a char flavor. The cheese and sauce look like the right amounts. This pizza will be on my agenda for a late afternoon lunch..............Thanks for the pictures and review...........Bill

Not quite everything. I love pepperoni (or a reasonable substitute) on pizza. I find it to be a basic part of the pizza taste.
 
DT
Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/18 13:36:52

Sorry, There is no back door and there is no kitchen. The dining area and the kitchen are all one room!!!
This is a SMALL building-----That's why the lines-----There is VERY limited seating and most times, a LONG wait.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Ya.
You weren't really supposed to take that so literally. But it's good to know what I would be getting myself into.
 
DT
samy5
Junior Burger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/10/26 17:52:47
I tried Pizzeria Bianco a few years back but wasn't impressed. Maybe I just had a soso experience
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/16 15:08:40
With all of the midwest and southern transplants there has be at least a couple of good BBQ joints in the region.
 
Where would you guys recommend for good Q?
 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/16 20:27:04
Bonk
With all of the midwest and southern transplants there has be at least a couple of good BBQ joints in the region.
Where would you guys recommend for good Q?

Surprisingly, being a western town by birth, and Texas being so close, it's pretty hard to find really good BBQ out here.
There's good BBQ, average BBQ, but I haven't found OUTSTANDING BBQ yet. I've only been here 12 years!
This place gets good recommendations but I haven't been there yet.
http://www.bryansbarbecue.com/
I've eaten at these places and I'd give these places a "Pretty Good" rating:
http://joesrealbbq.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/waldos-bbq-mesa-2
http://www.tomsbbq.com/
http://www.hapsbbq.com/
Out of these, I like Hap's the best.
 
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/12/16 20:28:57
ChrisOC
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/17 09:13:02
Michael Hoffman

Bill, if you want an apizza as close as possible to what you grew up eating hit Pizzeria Bianco.

The first pizza I ate was at my friends house back in the mid 40's.  No one in my area had even heard of pizza.  My friends Italian mom made evrything from scratch.  She told me the tomato pie she gave me was called apizza (she pronounced it  ah PEETS)
fortbethel
Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/17 12:48:30
I'll agree that for a period of time maybe a couple of years Pizzeria Bianco was not living up to its reputation. It was because Chris the owner and Pie maker himself was sick. He has now beautifully trained a team of men to make his pies and the place has gotten its demon back.
 
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/17 14:27:41
Foodbme

Bonk
With all of the midwest and southern transplants there has be at least a couple of good BBQ joints in the region.
Where would you guys recommend for good Q?

Surprisingly, being a western town by birth, and Texas being so close, it's pretty hard to find really good BBQ out here.
There's good BBQ, average BBQ, but I haven't found OUTSTANDING BBQ yet. I've only been here 12 years!
This place gets good recommendations but I haven't been there yet.
http://www.bryansbarbecue.com/
I've eaten at these places and I'd give these places a "Pretty Good" rating:
http://joesrealbbq.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/waldos-bbq-mesa-2
http://www.tomsbbq.com/
http://www.hapsbbq.com/
Out of these, I like Hap's the best.


 
That is surprising that it's hard to find an outstanding joint. Thanks a lot for the recommendations though!

1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/17 15:12:53
No wood. Burning cactus doesn't really make for a gourmet experience.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/17 22:52:03
That's a good point...I never really thought about that.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice 2012/12/17 23:05:28
I think Foodbme is trying to keep the good stuff to himself.  Most people outside of AZ don't realize that after cacti die and the green stuff rots away, a woody skeleton remains.  These wooden poles make about the best smoke wood anywhere.  Because cacti are extremely slow growing and are also Federally protected, the supply of this cactus wood is extremely scarce.  So Old-Time Arizonans like Foodbme try to keep this information quiet, especially with newbies and snowbirds.
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