T. Cook's in Phoenix dinner recs???
I'll be dining at T. Cook's and would like to know what dishes are recommended. It looks like there may be a daily changing menu? I have not been able to find any posts on what to order or what specific dishes were good so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
One answer might be that it's really hard to recommend dishes for a complete stranger. I could enthuse about the grouper and you could be very put off by fish; I may have loved the foie gras but who knows if you agree with its consumption, etc. The other answer is that T Cooks is a restaurant of the caliber that there really isn't anything bad on the menu -- that I've ever experienced. If you run across a stinker, feel free to post and let us all know about it.
I find it best at a fine dining establishment -- one in which service is also a draw, like T Cooks -- to tell the server of any of my foibles and which dishes I'm leaning towards and have them make a recommendation or even the choice of my entree. It is part of their job, after all.
There are certainly daily specials, but the entire menu usually does not change from one day to another. It's more of a seaonal menu that changes every few months, although some favorites such as the Mediterranean paella are always available. My most recent meals at T. Cook's (within last 9 months) have been weekday lunches and weekend brunches, so I cannot give you a dinner entree recommendation based on recent experience. I do recommend, however, that you have a soup as a starter. I've never had a bad soup at T. Cook's and I love the way the soups are presented at the table. Rather than bringing out a bowl of soup, the server brings a bowl with a bit of garnish or solid ingredient in it and then pours the soup over it.
One other thought: There were some unfavorable comments about T. Cook's posted in another thread recently. While I don't agree with the unfavorable assessment of the restaurant, I think the comments made a good point: T. Cook's is a solid citizen restaurant producing what I would call upscale Mediterranean comfort food with excellent service. It fulfills that mission quite well. It is not, however, always a temple to culinary innovation, so you might not find quite as much cutting edge cuisine as you would elsewhere. T. Cook's remains one of my favorite restaurants, but I can see why it might not appeal to everyone all the time.
T Cooks At the Royal Palms
5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018