We tried Heirloom this weekend. The new restaurant from Michael DeMaria (Michael's at the Citadel) is located in the DC Ranch Marketplace in the space previoiusly occupied by Flo's. I think they've been open about 2 weeks. When I called to make the reservation, they only had 8:30 or later available, so I took the 8:30. After drinks at Armitage across the way, we wandered over at 8:30 to find the restaurant packed with people waiting. They have a small waiting lobby, but no bar. The hostess told us it would be about 10 minutes, which would have been fine, except it seemed obvious to me that there was no way they would have enough tables depart within 10 minutes to accomodate everyone who was already there. She was very friendly, and when I asked how long it would really be, she said 15 minutes. I gave her my cell number and we walked over to Flemings for a glass of wine. Long story short, we were seated at 9:30, one hour late.
We were in good spirits though, joking with the hostess and the chef's wife who seemed to be the front of the house manager. They were very generous and gracious, bringing us a complimentary bottle of 2006 Berringer Knight's Valley ($42) (which was fine) and homemade breadsticks with a great dip. The wine list is very limited. We weren't looking to drink much more though, and we just nursed the bottle they provided throughout dinner. I assume there is a bar hidden somewhere in back for cocktails, but I can't swear to it.
Once seated (and hungry), we perused the menu, which is broken up into 5 courses. The chef himself came out to apologize for the wait (very nice touch although totally unnecessary). Each plate is a relatively small portion, so you can put together 2-4 courses or share with the table. We decided to do everything family style, which provided a couple of bites of each dish.
We started with the roasted beets with arugula ($8) and another dish from first course I can't recall. The beets were delicious. We then shared the boneless pork ribs (2 ribs for $12), the mussels ($16) and the short rib cannelloni with carmelized onion, bleu-taleggio fondue and beef broth ($14). The short rib dish was amazing. Everything was really very good.
We wanted the Arctic Char in course 3, but they were out. I think they substitued a red snapper, which was good ($17). We also shared the chef's feature, but I can't remember what it was.
Course 4 brought the duck ($17) and I think the filet, but again I can't remember. The menu online seems to be different than what I recall seeing. In any case, both were good, but we were definitely filling up at this point.
For dessert we shared the blueberry fill doughnuts with cinnamon ice cream ($6). Very good, although I like Noca's dessert with three dipping sauces better.
We enjoyed Heirloom quite a bit, and we'll definitely return. Obviously, the 1 hour wait from our reservation time is unacceptable, but I attribute it to new restuarant bugs and nothing more. I'm guessing they are figuring out how much time they need to turn tables. The staff was very professional and friendly. Our bill was $160 before tip (the wine was complimentary) for 4 people, and we thought it was quite a deal given the obvious quality of the ingredients and preparations.
Heirloom is a great addition to our restaurant scene. I would absolutely recommend it, especially if you're up north.
Heirloom An American Restaurant
20775 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255