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129 1/2 An American Jazz Grille --Prescott -- Long

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129 1/2 An American Jazz Grille --Prescott -- Long

Gayle | Sep 28, 2005 12:04 AM

Spent the weekend in Prescott -- lovely and cool and not really expecting anything great in the culinary department. The BF called me while he was out wandering around and said he'd found a cute place for dinner on Saturday night, "129 1/2" he said. I hadn't heard of it, but told him to make reservations for later.

Two of our friends were coming up to meet us, so we walked around for a pre-dinner cocktail and then headed to dinner.

Located at 129 1/2 Cortez Street. This place is lovely.

I felt like I had been picked up and transported to Chicago or NY! Thick padded walls in gold and black stripes, black ceiling with red trim. Black and white linens. A narrow store front that was much deeper than I expected. A small hostess stand at the front. Big u-shaped booths along the right hand wall with 4 tops on the left and 2 tops down the center.

In the back comes into play the "jazz" in An American Jazz Grille. A trio of gentlemen were playing old jazz standards. They were great, although a little too loud at times. We were situated about 1/3 from the back, farther from the front door.

Our party was myself, my bf and two girlfriends. We'd pretty much decided that we'd be enjoying the cocktails as soon as we settled in. Our waiter was divine! Originally from Aix-en-Provence, good service and a charming gentleman, he provided good feedback on all of our requests. We immediately began with a round of the house cocktail -- A pomegranate martini. Nice, tasted like cranberry to all of us.

We knew we'd be visiting, drinking and snacking. We decided to order 2 apps, and 2 entrees to supplement our imbibing! We settled on the mushroom struedel, and the sweet chili shrimp with mango salsa for the apps and the lobster ravioli and the mac n cheese for the entrees -- to be served together. 2 salad came our first to accompany the entrees. Good, cold, on COLD plates with a nice herby vinigrette.

Enter the 2nd cocktail, "The Blue Note". Vodka with bluberry juice and grand marnier. Delish. Preferred over the POM cocktail.

Plates arrived. Suffice to say that I never got to taste the mushroon dish, so I think it was the winner. My shrimp was done perfectly, not rubberly. Good sauce and garnishes with fresh mango salsa.

Enter 3rd round of cocktails, "The Blonde Bombshell". Basically a lemontini -- one of the best I've had tart, but not too and not sugary.

I know, I know, we should be drinking wine with dinner, but, what the hay! We were out of town, not driving and really enjoying the cocktails!

The mac and cheese was really good. Baked in a pastry shell with farfalle, linguine and elbow pasta, odd but a nice textural adventure. Smoked gouda, sharp cheddar and maybe a little asiago? Roasted red pepper sauce, it was huge and yummy.

Loster ravioli. More like giant wontons. Fried and filled with lobster, ricotta and i don't know what else. Really rich. Not my cup of tea. But everyone else enjoyed it.

All the while, good music in the back ground, good crowd -- mixed -- mature and fun, young and really "splurging" for the night. Our server kept a steady eye on us without imposing on us.

Dessert -- just one piece of Mousse Cake? I think it was...I didn't order it. It was a layer of dense chocolate cake, milk chocolate mousse and white chocolate mousse. Sliced like a peice of cake. Nice and rich, not too sweet.

And of course -- dessert cocktails -- chocolate martinis. Man, we are lushes. Really good chocolate martinis too.

One more round of Blonde Bombshells to round out the night and finish listening to jazz. It then transitioned into a poetry slam fundraiser for Katrina Relief. Very talented artists. But, as you can imagine, at that point, we couldn't be quiet enough or respectful enough to enjoy the poetry slam.

Bill with all of the cocktail, food and dessert was $205. We had a wonderful time and will definitely go back again. I wish we had something like this in Phoenix!

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