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Amy Mullaney
April 23rd, 2011, 08:49 PM
Welcome to Arizona USMS swimmers! As your 2011 Nationals Hospitality Director, I thought I would give you my advice on where to eat dinner.

For all you healthy foodies, True Foods, located in the Scottsdale Quarter, 15191 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, is a wonderful restaurant which was created in conjuntion with Dr. Andrew Weil. Delicious healthy food, perfect for those of you who are gluten intolerant or for you vegetarians. Don't worry, there is something for everyone, including you carnivores. They have wonderful, healthy non-alcoholic drinks. Make sure you try the cucumber refresher and they are famous for their Tuscan kale salad. You gold medal sponsors will be able to sample some of the salad at hospitality. More info. go to www.foxrc.com.

The best hamburger in Phoenix was rated in the top ten in the country by Bon Appetit magazine and is found at The Grind. This neighborhood resaurant/bar is located at 3961 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. Chef Matt cooks his burgers in a 1000 degree oven to seal in the juices and sear the outside. Have the sweet and spicy burger which has candied jalapenoes on top. It is by far the best burger I have ever eaten! A must is the homemade donuts with a butterscotch carmel sauce. Don't worry, they are small. More info. go to www.thegrindaz.com.

If you want something closer to the pool, My Arepa is located at 2057 S. Alma School Road, Suite #4, in Mesa. It is a diner type restaurant (you can go in your shorts straight from the pool) which serves authentic Venezuelan Food. An arepa is a pita type sandwich made with corn meal (so you people with gluten allergies can have these). The best one is stuffed with shredded beef, cheese, black beans and fried plantains. There are amazing! More info. go to myarepa.com.

If you decide you are too tired too swim, I recommend going to the ipic theaters at the Scottsdale Quarter, where True Foods is located. Go online to ipictheaters.com to make your reservations before hand or you won't get a good seat. The gold section seating consists of big, fluffy lazy boys with slide out tables and they have servers which will bring you food and drinks (a full bar) during the movies. It is totally decadant! Their sliders, especially the barbeque chicken, are delicious! All the food is really good, so have dinner and movie after a tough day of swim. If you get cold, you can get blankets and pillows. It's the perfect place to relax!

Another piece of advice is Arizona is very casual, so you don't don't need to bring any dressy clothes to go to any of the places I have mentioned.

We here in Mesa are all looking forward to having you all and have done a lot of work to try and make this a great meet for you. So we hope you all have fun and have some fast swims!

jaadams1
April 23rd, 2011, 09:45 PM
How about Taco Bell :D for the healthy low-budget alternative?? I'm still young...the food's not killing me yet

Rykno
April 24th, 2011, 01:50 PM
I'm still young...the food's not killing me yet

try to get to the Heart attack grill for their quadruplebypass burger and all you can eat fries.

orca1946
April 24th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Let the eating begin!:cake::chug::worms:

jaadams1
April 24th, 2011, 04:57 PM
try to get to the Heart attack grill for their quadruplebypass burger and all you can eat fries.


Where's that place at??? hehehe :banana: :banana: :banana:

aztimm
April 24th, 2011, 08:10 PM
Where's that place at??? hehehe :banana: :banana: :banana:

Here you go:

Heart Attack Grill (http://www.heartattackgrill.com/)
Pretty easy to get to using freeways.

There's a good selection of food options near US 60/Stapley. From the Kino pool, if you head over to Stapley Road (either go east on Brown, or south on Horne, then east on University, go south once on Stapley), once you cross the US 60, there's tons of food options in the area on both sides of Stapley between the US 60 and Baseline Rd. Macaroni Grill, Salty Senorita, McGrath's Fish House, plus tons of more stuff. There's a Wal-Mart there if you need to stock up on anything.

jaadams1
April 24th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Here you go:

Heart Attack Grill (http://www.heartattackgrill.com/)
Pretty easy to get to using freeways.

There's a good selection of food options near US 60/Stapley. From the Kino pool, if you head over to Stapley Road (either go east on Brown, or south on Horne, then east on University, go south once on Stapley), once you cross the US 60, there's tons of food options in the area on both sides of Stapley between the US 60 and Baseline Rd. Macaroni Grill, Salty Senorita, McGrath's Fish House, plus tons of more stuff. There's a Wal-Mart there if you need to stock up on anything.


WOW!!!! It's actually a real place!!! Cool!! At first I thought you guys were just messing with me about the fast food stuff. I don't think I'll be eating one of those quad-burgers anyway. I'd probably be at the bottom of the pool later!! :bolt:

aztimm
April 24th, 2011, 11:33 PM
WOW!!!! It's actually a real place!!! Cool!! At first I thought you guys were just messing with me about the fast food stuff. I don't think I'll be eating one of those quad-burgers anyway. I'd probably be at the bottom of the pool later!! :bolt:

Oh yea it is real, it has been featured on Food Network a few times. I've never been (I don't eat red meat), but have heard that the waitresses wear nurse uniforms.

Let me know if there's any particular kind of food you're looking for, if you'll have a car, and about what your budget is, and I can give a few recommendations.

Offhand, I'll say that Four Peaks (http://www.fourpeaks.com/) is always a good choice (and it is only about 5-10 min walk from a rail stop).

mctrusty
April 25th, 2011, 12:15 AM
Where can we find the Merciless Pepper of Quetzalacatenango?

pwb
April 25th, 2011, 10:34 AM
Where can we find the Merciless Pepper of Quetzalacatenango?I have no clue of what you speak, but if you want some heat with your beer, head to Cave Creek for their Chili Beer (http://www.chilibeer.com/). If you do head to Cave Creek and want the finest dining experience in the Valley (foodie-wise), make reservations for Binkley's (http://binkleysrestaurant.com/) or go more casual (and likely reservation-less) at Cafe Bink (also off the other link).

Other areas for food choices:


Kierland Commons (http://www.kierlandcommons.com/dining) in North Scottsdale has a number of good restaurants. My favorite is The Greene House, but North offers some great Italian food.
Biltmore Fashion Park (http://www.shopbiltmore.com/Dining) along Camelback Road at 24th Street has some good choices. There's a True Food branch there, as well as my favorite burger, Zin Burger.
The entire Camelback corridor from 24th Street east towards Scottsdale Road has a number of great restaurants.
A more 'local gem' area is around 40th Street and Campbell (just south of Camelback) where you can find La Grande Orange (http://www.lagrandeorangegrocery.com/) and Postino (http://www.postinowinecafe.com/, great wine/tapas/appetizers) and a few other restaurants.
Of course, Old Town Scottsdale has some great places, but there are also a fair share of tourist traps -- decent, but over-priced food.

Feel free to PM me with any specific dining / location request.

Rykno
April 25th, 2011, 10:40 AM
WOW!!!! It's actually a real place!!! Cool!! At first I thought you guys were just messing with me about the fast food stuff. I don't think I'll be eating one of those quad-burgers anyway. I'd probably be at the bottom of the pool later!! :bolt:

I ate there twice last april. first time I put down the 1lb with fries and a corona. second time 4 days later I tried the 2 lb with fries and a coke. got all but the last two bites down. nothing I could do to make myself eat that last of it. so disappointed.

but just read they are opening one in dallas, so I might have to make a second attempt at the 2lb burger this summer

orca1946
April 26th, 2011, 04:14 PM
STOP with the food !! I'm trying to stay down to 1/4 ton for the meet !!

jaadams1
April 26th, 2011, 07:26 PM
STOP with the food !! I'm trying to stay down to 1/4 ton for the meet !!

1/4 ton seems a little heavy (1 ton = 2000 pounds)
1/8 of a ton would be a little closer to an avg. adult, but may still be a little high...

aquajock
April 26th, 2011, 08:05 PM
But 1/4 ton sounds more impressive. I only weigh 1/20th of a ton. I need a burger. :)

jaadams1
April 26th, 2011, 08:43 PM
But 1/4 ton sounds more impressive. I only weigh 1/20th of a ton. I need a burger. :)

Make sure you hold on to something if the wind starts blowing. :)