Had a great time, ate a lot of great food in my week in Arizona. Highlights include:
COWBOY CIAO: YUM! A little hard to find for out of towners but we persevered. One companion was very put off by the menu titles..(too much testosterone) but once we sat down and began to eat, all was forgiven. I had the best mushroom soup ever! I will never forget it. As is our habit, we only ordered appetizers. I had the Ahi Tuna Antipasto and we all had the Mixed greens. Everything was excellent. Margaritas were just fine, service was fast and efficient...although the waiter crouched down to my eye level which I always find a little casual. At least he didn't sit down with us, lol.
THAIFOON: I had plans for dinner so the other three went to this thai-ish restaurant on Scottsdale Rd. that they found during a drive by. They brought me back tastes of wonderful summer rolls. We went back at the end of the week and I had the Seared tuna salad. Get the dressing on the side, they put too much on. The tuna was a bit done but all in all the salad was delicious. I would go back and give it another try if I lived there. The bar has a lovely water feature. Go for sushi and drinks?
ATLAS BISTRO; We gave this place a try on recommendations but when we found out that there was a $10.00 corkage fee for our $20.00 bottle of wine, we cancelled. My companions were not impressed by the menu. It seemed very small for tapas.
PETER's PIANO: The piano plays itself...where was Peter? I might not have the name exactly right...it is down in the 5th Avenue Shops and is worth going just to see the decor. We were the only customers as it was their first Monday lunch. I had a nice pumpkin soup with a very fresh salad and a supurb glass of Cab. The bread was grocery store french but came with a delicious herbed butter. The owner(?) was a charming Hungarian woman who recommended some Hungarian dishes which I would try if I lived there. The chef came out to see if we were pleased, which we were.
LONG WONG: Well, we just had to check this out. It turned out to be fast food. Wings & stuff. I suppose you AZians know this. We really wanted Tee shirts which they don't have. I think they are missing a great marketing opportunity.