PHX: Lon's at the Hermosa - Thanks!
Last month I asked for advice - where to have our anniversary dinner that would be a uniquely Arizona experience? (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/362914) After reading the responses, we decided to go to Lon's at the Hermosa, and we are so glad we did.
First of all, my dear SO had a dozen roses waiting for me at the table. There was also an anniversary card signed by the chef and the manager - a nice touch. The staff was courteous and competent, but not stuffy at all. The atmosphere is lovely. We had a leisurely meal and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
On to the food: For appetizers, we had the short ribs (perfectly cooked) and the lobster bisque (the lightest version I've ever tasted). We also split the Hermosa Garden salad, which was crisp and sweet, a perfect palate cleanser before our entrees. My SO had the buffalo strip steak, which he happily devoured. The tiny piece I managed to snag was wonderful. I had the monkfish, my first time trying this fish, and it was great. The fish was sweet, but the seasoning was savory enough to perfectly balance the dish. For dessert, we split the pumpkin pudding with cinnamon ice cream, on a dish adorned with an anniversary greeting.
Next year, when we are no longer in the Valley of the Sun, we'll look back at this experience and remember Arizona fondly. Thanks, Chowhounds, for making our anniversary a great one!
Lon's at the Hermosa
Sounds like you were there during the same menu-cycle as we - also an anniversary meal with visiting family in tow.
As with Silverbear, we have experienced ups n' downs, but the last few years it's all been ups. The wine service has improved greatly over that time, as well.
Family member commented favorably on the lobster bisque and I managed to get a bit of the short-ribs from my wife's plate. I'd put these just back of Chef Vincent's take on that dish. I opted for the foie gras and it was very good - they even had a Barzac b-t-g, and that made an impression on me. No one did the monk fish (oft referred to as "the poor man's lobster," or the buffalo steak, though my beef tenderloin was excellent. Right now, I'd say that they've definitely hit their prime.
We did Lon's on Valentine's Day. It was very disappointing. I love Lon's and have done V-Day there before and loved it. We were seated over 30 min after our reservation time, the waitress we had was horrible and treated us differently than the other three tables near us that we watched her serve. The food was underwhelming as well. Our three previous visits had been great. Oh well. Everyplace has an off night and at least they gave us plates to hold our dessert... :)
We did Lon's for Valentine's Day as well. I had never been, so wasn't sure what to expect. It rained that night, so they had to move everyone from the patio inside. It was pretty cramped inside. However, we were seated right away. Our service was a little bit slow. We weren't overly impressed by the appetizers, but our steaks were great.