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I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but after over 20 years in Arizona I've never eaten at Tarbell's. That's about to change; I'm going this weekend with some friends for a celebratory dinner.

Any dishes on the menu that I shouldn't miss?

Would love to hear from all you Tarbell's fans, and I know there are many.

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  1. There was a flurry of comments on this board after Tarbell appeared on Iron Chef; you might enjoy reading the earlier threads: http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

    I had his Iron Chef meal there a few months ago, and liked most of it.

    1. I love Tarbell's, it's our spot for a nice evening out. The last time we were there he had made the Iron Chef menu as a tasting menu but too many people complained that they only wanted certain items from the Iron Chef menu so they may have already changed it. If you can, try the pork chop from the Iron Chef menu, both steaks on the menu are wonderful and the macaroni & cheese (side dish) is amazing. Also they did let us have the carmel & chocolate dipped apples for dessert from the Iron Chef menu, small but great. Enjoy it is definitely our favorite place, great meal casual fun setting.

      1. I love the marscapone cheesecake with rosemary caramel sauce. Also loved the grilled lettuces, but they are off the menu now.

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        1. re: suzyqmit

          I forgot about the cheesecake, it is amazing. I also had the scallops with I believe apple tamale, very good. We did a dinner for 10 in December and all the food looked great. I have to try the Scotch Beef (spelling) It's gourmet comfort food

        2. We had dinner there right before Christmas, and the Iron Chef items were available ala carte. The pork chop is so good.

          1. I judge a restuarant by their bleu cheese dressing, haha, and their's is AMAZING! A treasure in the valley, I can't remeber what I ordered last time as it was a special- something light and with shrimp! The bite of roasted chicken I had was divine.

            1. To ejs1492:

              I've just read your suggestions on places to eat in/around Scottsdale (your reply to Marbet) and I appreciate them very much, since I will be in the Troon North area of Scottsdale with my little family for a little vacation at the end of this week. I have noted some of your suggestions, and also your general advice on venturing beyond the borders of Scottsdale. Thank you very much for your time and your nice tone.

              I posted a question several days ago, where I asked for suggestions of very good and tasty, but less-expensive, places to eat and have gotten a few good, helpful replies, although not a terribly long list of them. So, seeking more ideas, I found my way to the post of another person who will be staying at the same place as us. For a special meal or 2, we may try one of your good suggestions. We have a three-year-old, and although she is very well-behaved, she is still three! So, I am wondering: might you have any suggestions on more casual, less-pricy venues that you like? We do really love and appreciate good food and atmosphere (but I would feel pretty obnoxious to call myself a "foodie snob" and I don't feel the need to list the many different places in the world where I have lived), and we spend a lot of time in our kitchen. I'm sure there must be other great food in the area that doesn't either cost a small fortune, and/or is just plain pretentious. If anything comes to mind, I would be so pleased to hear your ideas. (Bakeries, pizza, and Southwestern are most welcome too). Many thanks!