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Tucson -- Wildflower

Gayle | Oct 24, 2005 12:56 PM

Today is my parents' 35th Anniversary, so we took them to dinner on Saturday night. I picked Wildflower located at Ina and Oracle Rds. in Tucson. It's a part of Fox Restaurant Concepts, including other restaurants in Tucson, Phoenix and Colorado. I've been to North, Bloom and Sauce. Bloom was my fave of the three, disappointed in North and Sauce is good wood fired pizza. Learn more at www.foxrestaurantconcepts.com.

So, we had reservations at 7:30, arrived right on time and asked if we could sit in the bar for a cocktail first. Absolutely, they said. We each ordered a drink, visited and moved on to our outdoor table about 20 minutes later.

We were seated on the outdoor patio, no major view, but nice to be outside. We all commented on the shop windows that were adjacent to the patio. Overly lit and a bit too much. It wasn't necessary for me to stare into the shi-shi salon on one side or the cutesy boutique on the other.

Our waitress arrived, introduced herself and she was very pleasant. We asked to wait a bit while enjoying our cocktails and looking over the menus. When she arrived back we ordered 2 apps to start. One was the calamari -- lightly fried in an almost imperceptible dusting of flour with greens and vinaigrette. This was delish! Some of the best calamari I've every had, light, not chewy, tender and a huge portion. The other app my dad ordered was the warm lobster salad with a white truffle vinaigrette. I'm not a lobster fan, so I didn't partake. But everyone else really enjoyed it. The waitress did a nice thing, she had the lobster app divided into four plates, which was great! Very thoughtful.

We were going to order a bottle of red wine, but my mom wasn't sure about which one. I asked the waitress to bring a small taste for mom. She did and mom loved it. We had a bottle of Coppola Claret. Lovely!

We ordered our entrees while we were enjoying our apps. Here's the run down:
Dad -- duck with wilted spinach and a cherry sauce
Mom -- Ravioli of the day -- smoked mozzarella with roasted veggies and a tomato creme sauce
Patrick -- braised, boneless country ribs with horseradish mashed and roasted veggies
Me -- Seared ahi with wasabi mashed and veggie spring roll and a light plum glaze

Everyone was very happy. I never got to taste dad's duck -- he's not a good sharer. Mom's ravioli was nice, done just right and very flavorful. My fish was great, good just right, nice and rare. The potatoes rocked and the spring roll was crispy and light. The plum sauce that was drizzled on the plates was so nice with the ahi. Patrick's dish may have been the winner. Ribs were so tender they were almost hard to spear with a fork, but not mushy. Potatoes were luscious and I love roasted veggies. It was a tad too salty, but really flavorful!

I excused myself to the ladies room and found the host, explained that it was my parent's 35th anniversary and wanted to order dessert. I chose the creme brulee -- a hazelnut with berries and bananas as garnish. And a mousse dessert with a crispy peanut buttery chocolate crust. The huge platter arrived with "Happy 35th Anniversary" in chocolate and loaded with the 2 desserts, tuxedo strawberries, loaded of fruit and about 4-5 bite sized cookies.

Overall, very happy with the experience. The server was a star, she was very professional, proficient, cordial and helpful. Not too in your face. The meal, including the wine, but not the cocktails that we had in the bar came to $165 including the tax.

Have a wild time at Wildflower!

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