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NascarDad

Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Fri, 10/12/12 8:53 AM (permalink)
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.
 
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    Bonk

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    Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Fri, 10/12/12 12:54 PM (permalink)
    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.
     
    #32
      kaszeta

      Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Fri, 10/12/12 4:24 PM (permalink)
      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.
       
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        Foodbme

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        Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Fri, 10/12/12 11:56 PM (permalink)
        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!
         
        #34
          chicagostyledog

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          Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Sat, 10/13/12 10:43 AM (permalink)
          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
           
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            Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Sat, 10/13/12 11:12 AM (permalink)
            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.
             
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              Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Sun, 10/14/12 12:07 AM (permalink)
              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
               
               
               
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                The Travelin Man

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                Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Tue, 10/16/12 2:36 PM (permalink)
                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.
                 
                #38
                  The Travelin Man

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                  Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Tue, 10/16/12 2:42 PM (permalink)
                  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.
                   
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                    Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Tue, 10/16/12 3:05 PM (permalink)
                    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
                     
                     
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                      The Travelin Man

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                      Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Tue, 10/16/12 3:10 PM (permalink)
                      Thanks. This may become my go-to method for posting pictures, as it was relatively painless.
                       
                      #41
                        kaszeta

                        Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Tue, 10/16/12 3:22 PM (permalink)
                        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.
                         
                        #42
                          buffetbuster

                          Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Wed, 10/17/12 8:20 AM (permalink)
                          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.
                           
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                            Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Wed, 10/17/12 11:22 AM (permalink)
                            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
                             
                            #44
                              buffetbuster

                              Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Wed, 10/17/12 11:27 AM (permalink)
                              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!
                               
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                                Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Wed, 10/17/12 2:51 PM (permalink)
                                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
                                 
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                                  Foodbme

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                                  Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Thu, 10/18/12 1:11 AM (permalink)
                                  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.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
                                   
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                                    pnwchef

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                                    Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Thu, 10/18/12 8:40 AM (permalink)
                                    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
                                     
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                                      kaszeta

                                      Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Thu, 10/18/12 9:57 AM (permalink)
                                      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):

                                       
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                                        Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Thu, 10/18/12 1:35 PM (permalink)
                                        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
                                         
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                                          Davwud

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                                          Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Thu, 10/18/12 1:36 PM (permalink)

                                          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
                                           
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                                            Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Fri, 10/26/12 5:52 PM (permalink)
                                            I tried Pizzeria Bianco a few years back but wasn't impressed. Maybe I just had a soso experience
                                             
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                                              Bonk

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                                              Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Sun, 12/16/12 3:08 PM (permalink)
                                              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?
                                               
                                               
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                                                Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Sun, 12/16/12 8:27 PM (permalink)
                                                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.
                                                 
                                                <message edited by Foodbme on Sun, 12/16/12 8:28 PM>
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Mon, 12/17/12 9:13 AM (permalink)
                                                  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)
                                                   
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                                                    Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Mon, 12/17/12 12:48 PM (permalink)
                                                    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.
                                                     
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Mon, 12/17/12 2:27 PM (permalink)
                                                      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!

                                                       
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                                                        1bbqboy

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                                                        Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Mon, 12/17/12 3:12 PM (permalink)
                                                        No wood. Burning cactus doesn't really make for a gourmet experience.
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Mon, 12/17/12 10:52 PM (permalink)
                                                          That's a good point...I never really thought about that.
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Phoenix, What Is Your # 1 Restaurant Choice Mon, 12/17/12 11:05 PM (permalink)
                                                            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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