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    Way OT: Where should I take my date to dinner near Dodge Theater

    Coming down from Flagstaff for a looong overdue date night with my wife (and Conan O'Brien) next Friday at Dodge Theater. We haven't spent any time in downtown PHX in, like, 10 years at least... and, for whatever it's worth, it's been nearly that long since we (my wife and I, natch. Conan won't return my calls.) had a date.

    Anyway, in a nutshell, I'm thinking it'd be great to be able to sit down for a nice, casual early dinner before the show, within walking distance of the Dodge parking garage, but, as far as I can surmise on teh internets, our dining options appear surprisingly limited: [http://maps.google.com/maps?near=400...Search=Search]. Anybody got a recommendation?
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    Compass Room on top of the Hyatt for a sunset meal !!!!

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    I'm curios though.. If your taking your wife and conan to dinner, who's paying ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    I'm curios though.. If your taking your wife and conan to dinner, who's paying ?
    ha! if it's the hyatt, it better be conan.
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    Actually, the Hyatt is not that expensive.. whats your budget for dinner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    Actually, the Hyatt is not that expensive.. whats your budget for dinner?
    oh, i dunno. but i guess i'd haveta say the hyatt's probably near the upper end of the scale...
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    My Florist at 7th Ave & McDowell is cute. It's a little farther than walking distance, but you could park there and take the light rail down.

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    Walk to 1st Ave and take the light rail to the Hard Rock Cafe. It's right across from US Airways Arena. I took my son there for his 16th birthday. There's a few different types of restaurants at the Arizona Center but it's harder to get there from the Dodge.

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    Or eat somewhere on the way, like near Metro Center. Lots of restaurants right off the 17 and Peoria.

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    If you like spicy food and margaritas, go to Los Dos Molinos at 10th St/Washington. http://losdosmolinosaz.com/ Park near the Dodge Theatre, then take the light rail to Los Dos. I think it stops at 12th St - on the way there you'll have to walk a short distance from Jefferson; on the way back to Dodge, it is on Washington.

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    We'll be seeing Conan as well, but not sure what we'll do for dinner this time. In the past we've parked at Dodge and ate at the Hyatt Compass Room (fancy, but hard to beat a 360 view at sunset). ~15min walk.
    http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/ho...Winter2009.pdf

    I've also eaten at Crazy Jim's, which is right across from Dodge. Surprisingly tasty greek food given that the building looks a little plain and it is named Crazy Jim's.
    http://www.crazyjimsmenu.com/

    A 15min walk will get you sports-bar food at Majerie's, Stoudemires, Hard Rock, et al.

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    There are quite a few places downtown. As philbo asked, what's your budget?

    Durant's - Central and Virginia

    My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, Sam's Cafe and a couple others at the AZ Center 3rd St and Van Buren

    Alice Cooperstown - 4th St and Jackson(?)

    And several others from fancy to not.

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    These are all terrible suggestions. Try Cibo http://www.cibophoenix.com/cibo.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockychrysler
    Coming down from Flagstaff for a looong overdue date night with my wife (and Conan O'Brien) next Friday at Dodge Theater. We haven't spent any time in downtown PHX in, like, 10 years at least... and, for whatever it's worth, it's been nearly that long since we (my wife and I, natch. Conan won't return my calls.) had a date.

    Anyway, in a nutshell, I'm thinking it'd be great to be able to sit down for a nice, casual early dinner before the show, within walking distance of the Dodge parking garage, but, as far as I can surmise on teh internets, our dining options appear surprisingly limited: [http://maps.google.com/maps?near=400...Search=Search]. Anybody got a recommendation?
    Can't really comment on restaurants, as I have pretty selected taste buds, and limited experience. But for drinks, check out The Roosevelt. I've heard good things about Pastabar, but have never been.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockychrysler
    Coming down from Flagstaff for a looong overdue date night with my wife (and Conan O'Brien) next Friday at Dodge Theater. We haven't spent any time in downtown PHX in, like, 10 years at least... and, for whatever it's worth, it's been nearly that long since we (my wife and I, natch. Conan won't return my calls.) had a date.

    Anyway, in a nutshell, I'm thinking it'd be great to be able to sit down for a nice, casual early dinner before the show, within walking distance of the Dodge parking garage, but, as far as I can surmise on teh internets, our dining options appear surprisingly limited: [http://maps.google.com/maps?near=400...Search=Search]. Anybody got a recommendation?
    Highly recommend this place...

    http://www.pizzeriabianco.com/

    Plus its right down the street from the Dodge. Just call them ahead of time, tell them when you want to eat and ask them when you should show up, the wait to get in can be pretty long sometimes. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine3982
    Highly recommend this place...

    http://www.pizzeriabianco.com/

    Plus its right down the street from the Dodge. Just call them ahead of time, tell them when you want to eat and ask them when you should show up, the wait to get in can be pretty long sometimes. Enjoy!
    Arguably considered one of the best pizzas in the U.S., but my guess is, the wait is going to be painfully long...and they don't make reservations. I do recommend it (although personally, I didn't think the wait was worth it), but if you go plan on waiting at least 3 hours.
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    La Tolteca. 12th St. and Van Buren. Armed guards for your protection!

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    listen to Yuri.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Arguably considered one of the best pizzas in the U.S., but my guess is, the wait is going to be painfully long...and they don't make reservations. I do recommend it (although personally, I didn't think the wait was worth it), but if you go plan on waiting at least 3 hours.
    Agree that Bianco is great, but you'll never get in. Instead, go to Cibo on 5th Ave & Roosevelt. Pizza is nearly as good, great atmosphere, and almost walking distance from Dodge. THey have the best Antipasto in town, and the Nutella Crepe's are awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    These are all terrible suggestions. Try Cibo http://www.cibophoenix.com/cibo.html
    I've tried to go to that place about six times and it's always closed at odd times. Not open Mondays, or Sundays or something like that. And then they take off for a week or two every now and then and don't change their outgoing voicemail. I gave up.

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    Most of these suggestions suck. I agree with Yuri. CIBO be good. I agree with Skinny, Bianco not worth wait. Wait is beyond a wait. I enjoy lunch at Crazy Jim's. It is easily within your budget, but I am not sure it is open for dinner

    Other suggestions not mentioned:

    Hanny's - most of it is just ok (food, service, etc.), but the look is cool and you might feel hip.

    The District (Sheraton Hotel) - Likely not crowded, above average food. May be expensive. Not mentioned yet.

    Turf - An Irish pub place, but the food is often better than the typcial Irish slime pit.

    The Breadfruit - Its Jamaican!!!!

    Carly's Bistro - A kind of indie-artsy place. May need to be your kind of place.

    Now, if you are talking lunch only places, the Hero Factory on Adams is freaking awesome. http://www.azherofactory.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirdir
    Most of these suggestions suck. I agree with Yuri. CIBO be good. I agree with Skinny, Bianco not worth wait. Wait is beyond a wait. I enjoy lunch at Crazy Jim's. It is easily within your budget, but I am not sure it is open for dinner

    Other suggestions not mentioned:

    Hanny's - most of it is just ok (food, service, etc.), but the look is cool and you might feel hip.

    The District (Sheraton Hotel) - Likely not crowded, above average food. May be expensive. Not mentioned yet.

    Turf - An Irish pub place, but the food is often better than the typcial Irish slime pit.

    The Breadfruit - Its Jamaican!!!!

    Carly's Bistro - A kind of indie-artsy place. May need to be your kind of place.

    Now, if you are talking lunch only places, the Hero Factory on Adams is freaking awesome. http://www.azherofactory.com/
    Also, Paisely Violin for another indie-artsy place. Service can be hit or miss but the food is good.
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    Also, Paisely Violin for another indie-artsy place. Service can be hit or miss but the food is good.
    I'll have to check that one out.
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    well, shoot. done the hyatt. pizza's good. think we'll call it cibo then.

    y'all are great! many thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pynis McDermott
    Agree that Bianco is great, but you'll never get in. Instead, go to Cibo on 5th Ave & Roosevelt. Pizza is nearly as good, great atmosphere, and almost walking distance from Dodge. THey have the best Antipasto in town, and the Nutella Crepe's are awesome.
    quick follow-up, pynis [et al]: cibo was fantastic; perfect atmosphere for a date, and one of the best pizza's either of us had ever enjoyed! thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockychrysler
    cibo was fantastic; perfect atmosphere for a date, and one of the best pizza's either of us had ever enjoyed! thanks again.
    Agreed! Great place with a sweet vibe! If you can make it over there for lunch someday they make some killer sandwiches. Call me crazy, but I think their lunch is better than their dinner.

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    take her hunting,, then you can dine to a ted nugent cd...

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    Not quite walking distance, but another Vote for Alice Cooperstown. Nice casual place with plenty to look at. Right behind US Airways Center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chargerfan
    Not quite walking distance, but another Vote for Alice Cooperstown. Nice casual place with plenty to look at. Right behind US Airways Center.
    how do you summon your waiter there? just Raise your Fist and Yell??

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