Many thanks to all the SW Hounds for the recommendations. Nice job everyone.
The Jfoods really liked this neighborhood on their visit.
Cowboy Ciao is a great little place in the Scottsdale Fashion district. M&M Jfood enjoyed the meal very much (with one exception). The tables ae far enough apart so as not to be intrusive to your neighbors, the service was outstanding, the décor looks great at night and the menu offers a nice variety. Likewise Jfood watched others enjoy a varied array of wines. Now onto the food.
Ciao Mixed Greens – Mrs. Jfood really enjoyed her salad. She told Jfood is was very fresh, the dressing on the side was very tasty and she would give it an 8-9.
Corn Meal shrimp with corn grits and salsa – Let’s just say the owner should just take this dish off the menu, it’s horrible. First the shrimp are pre-cooked, then coated with corn meal and flash fried. The end result is eating corn meal crusted shrimp cocktail. Blech. The corn grits were OK but the salsa tasted as if it were out of the jar. In fairness Jfood will not even rate this dish because it would lower the average for the meal and that would not be fair. Just forgetaboutit.
Puerto Lento – pork shank slow cooked with cumin, chipotle and Mexican oregano served over creamy fingerling potato casserole. This was a very nice dish but the potatoes were very strange in texture/sight. The pork shank was coated nicely with a bevy of spices, and they added nicely to the meat. The meat was slow cooked, and was fork tender. The fingerling potatoes were sliced in “circles’ and Jfood had a visual problem with them, thinking they were slices of andouille sausage, and then he tasted the potato and the texture on each bite. The only drawback was the meat was slightly dry on one side from sitting during the slow roasting. Jfood would give this an 8.
Pan fried Trout over “Hoppin’ John” grits – a heaping helping of some good tasting brook trout. Well prepared, nicely seasoned and a portion that was more than enough. The “Hoppin’ John” grits were very tasty and the andouille sausage was on the milder end of the spectrum. The only drawback to the dish was the veggies were undercooked. Jfood would give this a 7.
Service. Can’t say enough about the quality of the service from the hostess to the server to the busser to the runner. They were fantastic. They easily garner a 10. Jfood cannot point to one service slip.
So overall, the Jfood rating for Cowboy Ciao is a good solid 8. But please take that awful shrimp thing off the menu.