I'm in town for a week and it's really all about the food. Shhh, don't tell my work associates or my friends.
I've already hit:
Mediterranean House at 16th and Bethany Home, which doesn't get much notice on the board. Med food with a few interesting twists. I don't know how perfectly authentic it is, but it's darn tasty and the ladies who own it are so nice, they treated me like a long lost daughter when I showed up for lunch. Said three ladies are all Asian, so that's a twist on Med food. I believe they bought it and all of the recipes from a Lebanese family in the 80s. Fab hummus and baba, the pita is always soft and chewy. Greek salads with lots of feta, grilled veggies that are so flavorful I always MUST order them, great chicken dishes and yummy gyros. 6 of us went for lunch and the bill was $68 including the tip.
After lunch we wanted gelato, we headed to Archellino, which I thought may not be open yet, and it wasn't. I don't understand why they're not open at lunch time in the summer. Seems like they're losing some business there. So, we schlepped to The Gelato Spot. I had to say, the service was stellar!! $19 and 12 scoops later, we were full and happy.
Off to dinner at Dick's Hideaway (Richardson's for an hour wait) for the carne adovado, tenderloin quesadilla and the smoked turkey enchiladas split three ways. Tasty, tasty. I had a glass of Stoneleigh Pinot Noir that was lovely, I'll have to look for it. I've officially decided that I prefer Dick's to Richardson's. The hostesses at Richardson's can be a "little" brusque at best. Apparently, all of the talk on the boards is getting them business, because this is the first time I've even seen an hour wait on a Tuesday at 8:30 in July. For 10 years, the sure thing as pretty much been that in the summer after 8 or so, you can walk in.
Yesterday, I met a friend for sushi at Hana on 7th Avenue. I loved it. Cute place, not a pretentious Scottsdale wanna be "scene" sushi place! The fish was good, too. I'm not a super adventurous sushi eater, but my spicy tuna ($8) and my maguro sashimi ($8 -- i think) was nicely cut, fresh and delicious. I had those two with a green salad ($2.50). My lunch buddy had a darn tasty looking steak salad ($12.95) and a coke and we shared edamame, too. The bill was $40 before tip. I felt like the pricing was a little high, and I didn't see a lunch menu. But, I have to say, I did like it very much. It's co-owned by a woman who works at Channel 3 across the street, but a Japanese gentleman, who has been in the sushi biz for years is managing the place. I was happy.
Guilty pleasure of Jack in the Box tacos for a snack last night. There's no JITB in VA, folks -- don't judge!
Today, I'm off to either the Ranch Market or In N' Out for lunch and then I need help for dinner in Chandler tonight -- see my other post.
Man, I miss Phoenix.