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PHX/Scottsdale and Sedona/Jerome trip report

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PHX/Scottsdale and Sedona/Jerome trip report

shopgirl | Feb 24, 2006 06:40 PM

Thanks to all who helped make suggestions to chowing itinerary while in AZ. Here's the lowdown:

Dinner at Barrio Cafe. Much needed margarita after a flight delay and gapers block traffic was good, but pre-made. Should have upgraded to top shelf. Oh well. Dinner was wonderful. We ordered the Barrio salad followed by the chiles en nogada for me and the slow-roasted pork specialty for my husband. The texture and flavors in the chile were really delish bw the almonds, chicken and raisins. My only semi-complaint was more a matter of taste, the sauce was a bit overly rich and creamy for my liking. The pork was great though. I had to keep stealing bites...

Breakfast at Dick's Hideaway. THANK YOU to whoever let me in on the fact that this was a Richardson's arm open early. We were still full from the night before, but "forced" down breakfast... thankfully. This might be my all time favorite Southwestern food spot. It seems to me that oftentimes when I go back to that "favorite" restaurant from the last visit, the second time often doesn't live up to expectation. This one (having been last year) did not disappoint, and quite frankly, might have been even better this time around. I admit, I had food envy last year of my husband's carne adovada. This time, I would not be steered wrong and barely even looked at anything else on the menu. I indulged, determined not to be out-ordered this time. He got the blueberry pancakes, which were quite excellent. His side of bacon was terrific, with a great smoky flavor. I was very pleased (eggs over medium) with mine and did my best to scarf it down. Had we been heading back to the hotel, I would have gladly wrapped up the leftover... and we don't even like leftovers. Extra kudos to the bathroom (mind you, it was unisex and you had to cut through the kitchen) was really quite clean! We were saying how much we wish we had Dick's/Richardson's in Chicago...oh to dream.

Drinks and dinner at Michael's at the Citadel. Happy hour was great sitting outside by the firepit to catch what was left of the sunset. We had the amuse bouche to start - two spoons each of the beef tenderloin app and a twist on bruschetta. Both tasty and perfect starters. Split a salad, followed by chilean sea bass for me and the short ribs for hubby. Both fantastic. If chilean sea bass is on the menu, I can't pass it up. The preparation was a tomato with pesto perhaps?, almost Tuscan style, which is unusual but it worked well. The short ribs were great too. Molten choc cake for dessert was fine, but we've had better elsewhere, as it just wasn't molten enough. Great service though.

We took the long way to Sedona, and had a late brunch at Randall's in Jerome. The place kind of reminds me of a non-descript strip mall diner minus the diner sign, not that that really threw me. My husband ordered the pancakes, which were actually pretty good. I, on the other hand, suffered from "you ordered too well yesterday, what can ya expect?" syndrome with the huevos rancheros verde. It was literally gross - starchy-soupy like green sauce draped over my eggs which were encased in store-bought tortillas then topped with an excessive amount of shredded cheddar. I ate some of the potatoes...

Dinner at Tii Gaavo in Sedona. We opted for the super casual at Enchantment Resort. Let's just say our happy hour ran long and we had enough drinks that we weren't really hungry. Good thing since I was a bit disappointed in the menu and wish we would have upgraded to Yavapai. We split the ribs which were fine, but nothing to write home about.

Lunch at Javelina's Cantina, Sedona. Slow service, but a decent meal. Really nice view. We both had tortilla soup (a little heavy on the tortilla strips) and I had a fish taco, he had the tamale. Fish taco (tilapia) was good, green chile tamale was also good, though there was nothing terribly special about either.

Really late night dinner back in Scottsdale at the Village Tavern, next door to the Gainey Suites. Nice place. Had the calamari, spring rolls and split the pork chop. Someone at our hotel had told us that the food was as good, if not better, than the Roaring Fork. Based on the reviews here of the RF, I think we were misled. The apps were good, but the maple cured pork chop was overdone. Bummer. The chutney was good though. We would have sent it back had it not been rather late already...

So there you have it. Next time Richardson's will undoubtedly make our list again (maybe even twice) and we WILL get to Los Sombreros for dinner, as well as Ranch Market and Carolina's for lunch... thanks again!

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