Just got back from a trip and had some good chow. In Prescott for a conference, went to Murphy's Steak Place off the square. Had a great chicken and wild rice soup for starters and the shrimp with Jamaican barbecue sauce. The sauce wasn't all that spicy, but very tasty. Opted for double veggies instead of a starch and got a substantial portion of perfectly cooked asparagus. Shared the bread pudding for dessert; tasty, but obviously reheated with a microwave. All in all, a good meal.
The next night, went to Prescott Mining Company. Sat outside with a big group of people; wonderful setting. Had a lukewarm onion soup for starters. Ordered the filet mignon and it came back too well done; I was willing to eat it because the group had its food. But I made the mistake of mentioning it to the waiter, who insisted that he take it back. So I waited...and then to my surprise the maitre d came back with my steak on a plate cut in half and showed that there was indeed a bit of pink left in the middle and squished it with a fork to show that there were still a few juices left! I told him that if that was considered medium, please make the other medium rare. Then I waited and waited.
When I got my replacement steak it was identical to the first. I just shut up and ate it, since the rest of the group was done. I honestly wouldn't have sent it back in the first place except that our waiter insisted. To his credit, he took my drinks off the tab. But definitely not the best experience. Everyone else's food looked adequate, if not inspired.
The highlight was dinner the next night at the Peacock Room at the Hassayampa. We were lucky to be seated without a reservation. I had a tomato/artichoke soup that was orgasmic, and my friend had divine shrimp bisque. We both ordered the rack of lamb. To my surprise, it came without the chine removed or cut in any way and it was almost impossible to cut. I asked the waiter if he would take it back to the kitchen and have it cut, which he did. He returned promptly with them and they must have reheated them, too as they were still warm. After that glitch, they were absolutely fabulous. We had a passable creme brulee afterwards...very nice.
Oh, we also stopped at the Palace and split a shrimp wrapped with proscuitto appetizer that was yummmy.
The next day we went to the Waffle House for breakfast...a friendly local place that I found on this board! Had the daily special, an ambrosial roast beef hash with basted eggs that actually had runny yolks the way I like them. The pancake side was wonderful. My friend had pigs in a blanket that disappeared with joyful rapidity.
At Tusayan, I was pleasantly surprised by the food at the Star Canyon Hotel. They also have dances and Indian music, which I missed becuase I opted for watching sunset at the Canyon. First night had the spinach salad with glazed walnuts, strawberries and a raspberry vinagrette with a to-die-for veggie quesadilla...corn, zuchinni, chilis, asiago cheese and perfectly crisp with a truly amazing salsa. The next night I was planning to go to the Coronado Room at the Best Western. After sitting and sitting and realizing that there was only one waiter working a room with a dozen tables filled, I went back across the street to the Star Canyon. This time I had mushroom enchiladas that were almost as good as the quesadillas. I asked for a side of the salsa that came with the quesadillas and was in food heaven.
Nice trip...good chow.