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Aug 20, 2007 10:00 PM

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!

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  1. 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

    1. 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.