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Feb 9, 2009 01:03 PM

Heirloom - Scottsdale, DC Ranch Marketplace

We tried Heirloom this weekend. The new restaurant from Michael DeMaria (Michael's at the Citadel) is located in the DC Ranch Marketplace in the space previoiusly occupied by Flo's. I think they've been open about 2 weeks. When I called to make the reservation, they only had 8:30 or later available, so I took the 8:30. After drinks at Armitage across the way, we wandered over at 8:30 to find the restaurant packed with people waiting. They have a small waiting lobby, but no bar. The hostess told us it would be about 10 minutes, which would have been fine, except it seemed obvious to me that there was no way they would have enough tables depart within 10 minutes to accomodate everyone who was already there. She was very friendly, and when I asked how long it would really be, she said 15 minutes. I gave her my cell number and we walked over to Flemings for a glass of wine. Long story short, we were seated at 9:30, one hour late.

We were in good spirits though, joking with the hostess and the chef's wife who seemed to be the front of the house manager. They were very generous and gracious, bringing us a complimentary bottle of 2006 Berringer Knight's Valley ($42) (which was fine) and homemade breadsticks with a great dip. The wine list is very limited. We weren't looking to drink much more though, and we just nursed the bottle they provided throughout dinner. I assume there is a bar hidden somewhere in back for cocktails, but I can't swear to it.

Once seated (and hungry), we perused the menu, which is broken up into 5 courses. The chef himself came out to apologize for the wait (very nice touch although totally unnecessary). Each plate is a relatively small portion, so you can put together 2-4 courses or share with the table. We decided to do everything family style, which provided a couple of bites of each dish.

We started with the roasted beets with arugula ($8) and another dish from first course I can't recall. The beets were delicious. We then shared the boneless pork ribs (2 ribs for $12), the mussels ($16) and the short rib cannelloni with carmelized onion, bleu-taleggio fondue and beef broth ($14). The short rib dish was amazing. Everything was really very good.

We wanted the Arctic Char in course 3, but they were out. I think they substitued a red snapper, which was good ($17). We also shared the chef's feature, but I can't remember what it was.

Course 4 brought the duck ($17) and I think the filet, but again I can't remember. The menu online seems to be different than what I recall seeing. In any case, both were good, but we were definitely filling up at this point.

For dessert we shared the blueberry fill doughnuts with cinnamon ice cream ($6). Very good, although I like Noca's dessert with three dipping sauces better.

We enjoyed Heirloom quite a bit, and we'll definitely return. Obviously, the 1 hour wait from our reservation time is unacceptable, but I attribute it to new restuarant bugs and nothing more. I'm guessing they are figuring out how much time they need to turn tables. The staff was very professional and friendly. Our bill was $160 before tip (the wine was complimentary) for 4 people, and we thought it was quite a deal given the obvious quality of the ingredients and preparations.

Heirloom is a great addition to our restaurant scene. I would absolutely recommend it, especially if you're up north.


Heirloom An American Restaurant
20775 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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    1. Thanks for the review. We have family who live in the DC Ranch area, and we've been waiting for it to open. Sounds good - we'll have to make a visit soon

      1. Just a brief, drive-by post (more later, as we have friends from out-of-town and dined out a lot this week).

        Went this past Friday night - LOVED LOVED Heirloom and Michael DeMaria's well-known talent. Went with two other couples. Everybody was impressed - great service (Paul), love a place that offers Arizona wine (we had a few bottles of Keeling-Schaefer's Three Sisters Syrah), and every dish with its focus on quality/seasonal ingredents. We all share, and it's one of those wonderful nights where everybody thought the dishes they ordered were the best. After one meal, it's in my top 5 in Phoenix. Can't wait to go back....

        Heirloom An American Restaurant
        20775 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

        5 Replies
        1. re: Rubee

          Hi Rubee- would you reccomend heirloom over Posh? looking for a nice place to spend our anniversary, preferably somewhere I haven't gone that is a MUST try.

          1. re: drewb123

            Hi Drewb123!

            I don't think you'd be disappointed with Heirloom, but it's somewhat casual, so not sure if you're looking for a more cozy or romantic atmosphere. I haven't been to Posh yet, but it's also high on my list of must-trys, especially after AZHotDish's rec. In fact, we were planning on going to Posh this weekend, but after a couple of Happy Hours at the MBar/Prado at the Montelucia, we made a reservation for Prado, especially after seeing Pavle there Tuesday night.

            Re: Heirloom, here are some of the dishes I remember that garnered raves:
            Heirloom tomato soup
            Linguine with cockles in garlic chili broth (one of my favorites)
            Short rib cannelloni with caramelized onions and bleu taleggio fondue
            Lime-butter poached lobster
            Sage and mushroom-stuffed chicken thigh with truffle sauce
            Veal cutlet with lump crab, asparagus, and bearnaise (my husband's favorite)
            Butterfish special
            Fennel-dusted seared ahi with "Ray's crab bolognaise"
            I also liked the pineapple and coconut tapioca creme brulee.

            Have a wonderful anniversary, wherever you go!

            1. re: Rubee

              Thanks for your input. Casual is okay, being my anniversary is on a Monday there tends to be alot of places closed.

              Have you been to Voltaire?

              It's a french rest in scottsdale, another one on my list of must trys.

              1. re: drewb123

                Heirloom would be great then. It's casual, but still nice - white tablecloths, excellent service, etc. You can have a pre-dinner glass of wine at the cozy Armitage wine bar in DC Ranch (which is what we did that night), and then walk over to have dinner at Heirloom.

                On the other hand, we're also big fans of Voltaire. Old-school, but non-stuffy French. AND they usually have Dover Sole flown in on Mondays - that would be a wonderful splurge for your anniversary. Soft-shell crab season has just begun, so they also have fresh SSC on the menu right now (though you have to call ahead and reserve, not sure what days they get them in).

                8340 E McDonald Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

                1. re: Rubee

                  hmm I'm now leaning towards voltaire, I love Duck and I know they have that onn their menu.

                  Voltiare is less of a drive as well. I will most defintely let you know where we ended up It's not for a few more weeks though.

                  Thanks for your input!