Restaurants & Bars 2


| Jul 21, 2005 07:45 PM

Haven't read much about this place on the message boards so thought I'd give my review for anyone who's thinking of trying it...

One would think that a trendy, hip restaurant such as Delux (3146 E. Camelback Road) might not live up to its hype. However, those who doubt its quality would be in the wrong.

The place was packed on a Wednesday night (even the outdoor patio, in 100+ degrees, was at full capacity). They have a misting system outdoors to cool the guests waiting for their tables, which is a nice amenity. After only waiting about ten minutes, four of us were seated at the long, communal style table with bar stools situated in between the bar and the row of booth/tables. The restaurant itself is not very large, and when it is crowded, it can feel very cramped.

Our server was quick to greet us and take our drink orders. While three of us stuck to just water, the beer selection is extensive, with over 30 beers on tap. They offer beer flights ($6-$7) as well, to suit those indecisive drinkers.

The four of us decided to split two orders of fries: regular ($5) and sweet potato ($6). Both orders were tasty, though we all agreed the sweet potato fries were outstanding. They come in little grocery carts and are accompanied by a small plate of ketchup and a chipotle-style mayo. Two orders were MORE than enough for the four of us. Three of us ordered the "Standard Classic Burger" ($9), made with Niman Ranch beef, on what tasted like a lightly toasted egg bun, with tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, pickles (though that is not mentioned on the menu), and either american, cheddar, or jack cheese. While this sounds like your ordinary burger, one bite and you will taste how fresh and perfectly seasoned it is. All three of us agreed it was definitely up there in our burger ratings...and we eat a lot of burgers. The other member of our party ordered the only other burger on the menu, the "Delux Burger" ($9), which is Niman Ranch beef infused with a maytag and gruyere cheese mixture, and topped with bacon and caramelized onions on a baguette-style bread. Two thumbs up from him on this interesting yet delicious take on the traditional burger. While only two burger selections are offered, this ensures that what they do, they do right.

Other menu items we did not try were paninis made with grilled chicken ($8), grilled vegetables ($7), or cheese ($6). Salads are also listed, with a chinese chicken salad ($9), beet salad($9), organic field greens ($7), and a tomato/mozzarella salad ($9) which all sound good. We decided to pass on dessert in favor of the gelato place across the way (The Gelato Spot-DELICIOUS), but the desserts here sound excellent and indulgent, from the Haagen-Dazs shakes and malts ($5) to the banana split cake delux ($8) and the hot fudge sundae ($5).

Overall, this place is a great deal for the quality of food served. The trendy vibe is great for the young and young at heart, and I can say that without a doubt, I will return soon.

Serving Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week, from 11am-2am
3146 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016


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