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After 5 years of retirement and going pretty much nowhere (fixed income sucks), we're (SWMBO & myself) finally going to "bite the bullet" and take a little trip. We're going to be in the Phoenix area from 11-22-06 thru 11-27-06. Would like to know some of the good things to see and where to stay away from. Some info on a decent down to earth resturant or two (can't afford the La Masion de la $$$ type establishments) would be appreciated. We are both in our mid 60's, so we're not looking for trail riding or mountain climbing :D. Mostly sightseeing. I hear there's a big (with Mustangs) junkyard near Phoenix, is that correct? Any input will be greatly appreciated. Oh, by the way we are located near Niagara Falls, NY. If you would like to contact me directly, [email protected]
 

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My favorite restaurant up there is Monti's La Casa Vieja in Tempe. The best filet mignon around and in the historic Hayden family home. It's a don't miss!
 

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If we are talking filet mignon then I would suggest ruth's chris. :p Hard to beat their steak. There is one in scottsdale and one somewhere else but im not sure exactly where.
 

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Too bad you can't be here on November 18th to visit the annual Mustang Stampede at the Pavillions. Should be about 150 us out there with our cars and food for the food drive.
 

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Being in the Industry..
Ruth Chris isn't what it used to be.
After Paul Flemming sold the local restaurants back (22nd & Camelback, Scottsdale & Indian Bend) to corporate quality has really suffered over the past few years. Too bad...

But anyways, I think it would out of your price point anyways, not to mention its not a "phoenix" based chain. Its found through out the country.
 

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Ruth's Chris is not for someone on a fixed income...but that was funny...lol

Matt, There's tons of places around here to eat and not have to cut off and body part to pay the bill. Monti's in Tempe as Laurie stated is a great place rich with history. Excellent steaks and after the meal you can enjoy a walk around downtown Tempe and around Tempe lake.
It's Thanksgivings weekend too, alot of people leave around here so it's not too bad people wise.
Try to make the Pavillions in Scottsdale Saturday night 11/25 for the big weekly car show...300+ cars. Its at the 101 and Indian Bend.
Another cool place is top of South Mountain. If you can make it at sunset it's well worth it. You'll really see how big Phoenix really is. To drive to opposite corners of this city is like driving from Rochester to Buffalo... I know..I'm from Rochester....this city is spread out...
Another cool restaurant is Rustlers Roost at South Point. Saw dust floors, waitress's carrying guns and great diamondback snake appetizers. Also great views from this restaurants too. If your traveling outside Phoenix.....the sites are endless, just remember...everything is hours and hours away..
Desert Museum is Tucson is always my number destination for my relatives when they vist from overseas, after that the Grand Canyon..only cause it's a 4 hour drive...
Enjoy your trip...it's the perfect time of the year..
Oh yeah...Mexican Restaurants....Hmmmmmm They're soo many...my favorite is in downtown chandler, but that's a long drive.. The best Chimy's in town.
 

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If you are staying in the Phoenix area, I recommend taking a drive out to Canyon Lake. It's a man made lake created during the Roosevelt admin, and a very scenic 1 to 1.5 hour drive. Top it off with a burger and a brew in Tortilla Flats, population 6.
You get a great feel for the Sonoran Desert on this mini excursion.
Do this one during the work week, it's a much nicer drive not having to share the roads.
 

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therancheroguy said:
If you are staying in the Phoenix area, I recommend taking a drive out to Canyon Lake. It's a man made lake created during the Roosevelt admin, and a very scenic 1 to 1.5 hour drive. Top it off with a burger and a brew in Tortilla Flats, population 6.
You get a great feel for the Sonoran Desert on this mini excursion.
Do this one during the work week, it's a much nicer drive not having to share the roads.

Great idea...... Excellent food.
 

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Ahh, Highway 88!
Definitely not to be missed if you don't mind driving a little bit out of town.

I was just out there earlier this week :laugh:
Great desert views in that part of the state.
 
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