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Lon's Hermosa Inn -- Paradise Valley


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Lon's Hermosa Inn -- Paradise Valley

Gayle | Jun 17, 2006 08:42 PM

Hi y'all,

Just back from a lovely stay at the Hermosa Inn. We were running a little late for our 6:30 res last night and called to ask if we could push it to 7. I was told they were completely booked for the night and they could give me 10 minutes extra. We rushed and made it on time.

I appreciated them being honest with me!

We arrived and were seated promptly at a table for 2. I had mentioned when making the reservations for the stay and dinner that it was my BF's birthday. On the table was a birthday card, addressed to Patrick signed by the Exec Chef and GM. A nice touch, I thought.

We ordered G&Ts ($.8.50 each) and a bottle of Pellegrino (6.50)to start and peruse the menus. Bread was served. A nice crusty white and a chewy, salty kalamata olive bread, with room temp chive butter. Devine!

The room is very cozy and romantic. But not intimidating or too "shi shi". Lodgey and comfy.

Next we selected the short rib ($12) to share for a starter. I could've eaten this for my dinner it was so good! Served with vanilla scented potato purree and a ancho chili chocolate reduction. Oh my! It was one of the best short ribs I've ever had. So tender and beefy.

We ordered a bottle of wine. A French Bourdeaux, Moulin de Duhart ($72). The sommelier opened the bottled. It was a little "tight" and we asked that she decant it. It opened up nicely and turned out to be a lovely bottle of wine.

I will say that their wine list is a good size, but pretty pricey. There were probably 2-3 wines at $36 or so, another 15-20 under $78-80 and hundreds listed for $100+ up to $1000. Yeowza!

It was 7:30 by the time we decided to order our dinners and the restaurant was completely full! Busy night!

We ordered our dinners. I selected the Alaskan Hailbut ($28) with cilantro/lemon speatzle, servied over wilted spinach with baby carrots and squash and a sweet corn sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly. Very light, well seasoned and all of the flavors worked well together.

BF selected the sun dried tomato crusted rack of lamb ($34) with chevre grits, roasted peppers and a green & black olive jus. He ordered is medium rare at the chef's recommendation. It arrived and was lovely! BF felt it was a tad undercooked for his taste. It did look more rare than med rare. He took the chance and sent it for just a quick second on the fire. We knew there was a risk and it can back just a tad too done. Regardless, it was really good. The olive sauce was really good, deep and salty in a good way. I would order this again in a second!

Continued with wine and the waiter cleared our plates while we finised the wine. Ordered one decaf ($3) and one cappucino ($5). The server appeared wtih a dessert on a lovely plate with chocolate writing wishing, "Happy Birthday, Patrick". It was an asian pear bread pudding with kahlua ice cream. The ice cream was fab. The bread pudding wasn't my thing. The desert was comped for the birthday.

Our server was very pleasent and knew the menu well. He answered our questions and did an over all nice job. The sommelier was very nice and friendly too. She didn't have the "wine attitude" at all. Everyone that came to our table offered a "Happy Birthday" to the BF, from the server, sommelier, bus staff, expediter, etc. I thought that was really nice.

The service at the resort as a whole was stellar. They only have 35 rooms for goodness sake. The do it right!

The bill for dinner, including a 20% tip and taxes was $220. We really enjoyed it and will add it to our "special occassion" rotation.

We hung out in the bar for another 3 hours or so with friends who met up with us for after dinner drinks. Overall, a great birthday!

Leanne, I can't wait to read your review of Father's Day brunch!

Stay cool!

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