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Phoenix to Vegas Trip Report

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baltymoron Oct 3, 2008 07:25 PM

The following is a report from my recent car trip with my wife (Vegetarian), me (omnivore), and my inconsistently behaved 4.5 month old daughter (still suckling--don't get any ideas, pig and veal eaters.)

Phoenix:
Roka Akor
This is a trendy Japanese restaurant with prices to match. The atmosphere and service are both top notch, and the food is good. The place focuses a great deal on its drink menu, which is extensive and excellent. The food was all good, but we spent over $100pp. If you're on an expense account in the Scottsdale area, I would recommend this place.

Los Reyes de la Torta
Nice people in a budget, divey Mexican place in North Phoenix. Not the best food I've ever had, but quite authentic and good with a very good selection of excellent fresh juices and healthy drink concoctions. Everything was served with good accompaniments, fresh vegetables, and good salsa. The ceviche was quite good as were the tacos. In Phoenix, it may be difficult to find a genuine, non chain, local kind of Mexi-dive, and this meets that billing well.

Sedona:
D'Lish Vegetarian
Husband (meat eater who likes vegetables, too) and wife (long-time vegetarian and somewhat of a snob) both loved this mostly organic, vegan joint. We've eaten in a lot of vegetarian restaurants, and this is right up there with the best of them. We actually ate there two nights in a row because the first night was so good. It is not fancy, and the prices are very reasonable considering the portion sizes and quality of the ingredients. The Rawsome Raw Platter was revelatory, and the soups were excellent. The seitan sandwich was excellent, as well as everything else we had. On the way out the last night, we spied the Raw Coconut Pie, and got a piece to go. We were surprised by the price, but were told the ingredients were all organic, and then it seemed a little better. Then we ate the pie later that night, and it seemed that any price would be okay. Spectacular.

Flagstaff:
Hip Vegetarian
At first glance, the menu here seemed reminiscent of the one at D'Lish, but we couldn't imagine it would be as good, but it was. We especially enjoyed the Indonesian Wrap and black bean soup special (though judging from our gas the following two days, the beans were cooked too quickly!) The servings here were also very generous like D'Lish. We then got to speaking to the owner (who was lovely) and he said he used to own D'Lish in Sedona, which perhaps would explain why the desserts looked so similar, as well as the congruent emphasis on raw foods. We left the lunch very happy, not having spent a lot of money, feeling full, satisfied, and very healthy. Highly recommended.

Grand Canyon South Rim:
El Tovar
This is the fancy restaurant in the crowded but beautiful south rim of the Grand Canyon. The dining room is an old historic mission space with a very nice atmosphere. The service was excellent to match. Rick was our waiter, and he took good care of us, even though we had a 4mo old baby along who was not terribly well behaved. The food was good, but the service was better than the food. When I opted to order the venison, Rick indicated that they hadn't had good success with the venison, and recommended another selection. I had the duck which was good, but very good for within a national park. My wife had the vegetarian gnocchi, which was also above average. El Tovar is not a restaurant to seek out for the food, rather, it is the experience of eating in a historic hotel within Grand Canyon National Park. Our bill was moderate at under $100 for dinner for two.

Las Vegas:
Lotus of Siam
Everything great has already been said about LOS. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the World, so I need not spout off about its greatness. We drove to Vegas so that we could get LOS. One point that should be mentioned is how great the service is, their eagerness to please, and the AMAZING AMAZING FOOD. They will make almost anything vegetarian as well. The Northern Thai mushroom dip is bewilderingly good. The green curry is awesome. Burmese noodles, #14---fried rice with sausage(or tofu) is exceptional. I could go on. This is the best Thai food I've ever had, and I've eaten my fair share in Seattle, San Francisco, LA, Bangkok, New York, etc. There is none better.