Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Dine Around Restaurant Descriptions

See below, next story, for dates and details.

Mi Patio - Mexican
Posted by captaindback on 02/19/2006
Hot, inexpensive Mexican food in unpretentious surroundings. Understated but responsive waiters; any mistakes are promptly corrected. Friendly host/owner. Menu has all the standards plus a few spinach/feta dishes. Sounds Greek to me ; ) Undersized main room very casual - you'll feel fine in shorts and t-shirt. For relative intimacy, try the cozy nook in back. Dont visit to impress hard to please guests. Mi Patio is more like an old friend: reliable, decent, without any airs.
Pros: Hearty food, Comfortable,clean, CheapCons: NoneOverall user rating: Highly Recommended


AZ Diamondbacks – Ballpark food (Note: the ballpark used to be called BOB, now known as Chase)

From: http://cityguide.aol.com/phoenix/entertainment/venue.adp?id=101794834
Best Food at the Park: Nearly a quarter- mile-long stretch of concession stands offers traditional eats such as popcorn, peanuts, cool brews, desert ices and signature Diamondback Dogs. Favorite chain chow selections include Blimpie, Ben & Jerry's, Garcia's, Little Caesar's and McDonalds. For a real splurge, check out appetizers at Hi-Tops Cafe or anything from the Jack Daniel's Grill at TGI Friday's Front Row Grill. -- Shelley Coriell

From: http://www.ballparkwatch.com/visits/bob.htm
Other smaller stands ringing the concourse offer fresh snacks (vegetables and cheese trays) and grilled-to-order sausages and brats. For a change of pace check out the concession stands near sections 130 and 325, where a "Visiting Team Special" -- such as a Dodger Dog -- is added to the menu for each series.If ballpark food doesn't grab you, there are third-party vendors who have opened up shop at the BOB: McDonald's (home of the $3 Big Mac), Desert Ice, Blimpie's, Little Caesar's, Garcia's (a local Mexican eatery) and Ben & Jerry's.The beer flows freely at the BOB. On draft at most concession stands is MGD, Miller Lite or Bud Light ($4 for a small beer, $7 for a large), while a few stands also serve Fat Tire beer, a microbrewed beer from Fort Collins, Colorado (of all places). There are many other beer stands where you can find Budweiser, Coors or Sonora (brewed by a Phoenix microbrewery) beers on tap. The same beer stands also have a wide selection of bottled beers ($4.75 for bottles, $8 for "bombers"), including Rolling Rock, Sam Adams, Corona, Fat Tire, Beck's, Beck's Dark, Heineken and Foster's. Other alcoholic beverages are served at the BOB as well, including wine, mixed drinks, and slush cocktails (frozen margaritas, strawberry daiquiris).


Casino Arizona – Buffet

Elvis is alive and well and living on the Pima & Maricopa Indian Reservation at Casino Arizona .

A complete evening of fun, attend “Show Stoppers,” a 40 min. revue of
Impersonators of very famous performers, Elvis, Madonna, Temptations and more
Excellent free show, with a 2 drink minimum.(approx 5.00-6.00 total).

Eat at the Eagles Nest Buffet, for one of the best bargains in town, approx. 15.00, or at one on the other three restaurants at the Casino ranging from fine dining, to very light, fast fare.

If you feel lucky, you can play the slots, keno, or even Blackjack, there is a small lounge you can relax and listen to music. There is even a nice gift shop.

Free transportation from the Hyatt Hotel at 6:15 P.M.
Arrive at Casino Arizona in time to see the 7:00 P.M. Showstoppers Show.
Return transportation provided, plan for 3 or 4 hours.


Cibo – Pizza/Wine Bar

The couple who helped popularize the salad/pizza/wine bar trend is now making a big splash in the revitalized Roosevelt historic district near downtown Phoenix. Karen and Tony Martingilio were trendsetters when they introduced Grazie in Scottsdale, and they haven't lost their touch. The charming Cibo ("food" in Italian) is in a beautifully restored 1913 home. The three intimate dining areas feature hardwood floors, exposed brick, a stained-glass panel and a fireplace. The modestly-priced food is first-rate, featuring fresh, locally-grown organic produce that highlights half a dozen salads. They're a prelude to a series of dynamite pizzas: thin-crust, slightly crisp and a bit chewy. The salads and the 12-inch pizzas are big and best shared if you order them both. Cibo's Capriccioso is loaded with ham, mushrooms, artichokes and olives. The Quatro Formaggi, a white pizza, offers a four-cheese melt of Fontina, Parmesan, pecorino and mozzarella. To better appreciate the delicious, fragrant tomato sauce, try the basic Margherita, with just cheese, sauce and basil. You can top it off with Cibo's incredible dessert crepes. -- Cecil Tuck from http://cityguide.aol.com/phoenix/dining/venue.adp?sbid=288159


Cheuvront Wine and Cheese Café – International

State Senator Ken Cheuvront takes constituent service to a new level at his delightful cafe. Look for ancho pork empanadas, poached pear salad with walnuts and blue cheese, lamb loin rolled around bacon, spinach and figs and pissaladière, French tarts topped with likes of wild mushrooms and Gruyère. There's an outstanding cheese collection and interesting wine flights.
From: http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dining/RestaurantDetails.php?OccurrenceID=89320
Wright’s – Contemporary American

Wright's at the Arizona Biltmore Resort sets its elegant and romantic atmosphere with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture, a garden patio and formal decor. Not romantic enough? Dine privately in either of the two wine cellars, which can be reserved for your most special occasion. The cuisine is contemporary and new American, with more than 750 available wine labels, Wright's has one of the largest cellars in the Valley.Although known for decadent desserts and seasonal Sunday brunches, Wright's dinners win praise from locals, critics and visitors. Notable selections include appetizers seared foie gras with ahi tuna and arugula and baby beet salad; entrees prime filet mignon Roquefort and citrus-crusted ahi tuna; and for dessert, Wright's Chocolate Tower and Blueberry Financier. An after-dinner stroll is all but required, and fortunately The Arizona Biltmore can provide for that as well, with lushly landscaped grounds and flower gardens.Dinner at Wright's may not be for the faint of checkbook, but with all that the resort and restaurant have to offer, you'll enjoy every minute of it. -- Jill McCabe from http://cityguide.aol.com/phoenix/dining/venue.adp?sbid=101811668
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