Fuego Bistro - Phoenix
We had a dinner we enjoyed at this little hidden Latin restaurant near 7th St and Bethany Home a couple years ago. And then promptly forgot about it and hadn't been back. We very rarely get up around this area of town adn typically find ourselves at Richardson's when we do.
Last night though we met some friends for dinner who live not far from here. Not sure what made us think of Fuego Bistro but we suggested it and we all agreed to give it a go.
It's still the same very small little place hidden back in a courtyard in a spot you'd never think to look for a restaurant. Menu was pretty much what we remembered but a little more expensive than we remembered. Everything still sounded good.
We started with sangria. They make a red and white and are happy to give you a taste so you can decide. We opted for red. While they were both very good, the white was a bit sweet for our tastes.
We actually skipped an appetizer and went straight to entrees. I had the camarones which were blackened and served with a cilantro tomatillo sauce. Very good! For sides I went with black beans and rice. Both were excellent with lots of flavor.
One friend had the scallops. Also very well prepared. Served with a tasty jalepeno cream sauce. For sides she selected the cream corn and chipotle cheddar mashed potatoes. The corn was delicious! I'm can't eat a lot of dairy so couldn't have eaten much of it but it was very sweet corn with healthy use of butter and cream. Some of the best I've ever tasted actually. The mashed potatoes had great flavor. They could have been a bit fluffier but the flavor made that flaw easier to overlook.
Our other friend had the pernil. This was delicious. Tender, succulent and full of flavor just as it should be. She went with the mashed potatoes and the green beans. The green beans were sauteed with garlic and very good.
My husband had the nightly special - a seafood stuffed chile relleno. This was also very delicious. And huge! All the portions were very generous and this was exceptionally so. Served with a chile cream sauce he only made it through about a third of it. He had the rice and the green beans. Between us all we were able to try all the side dishes(all entrees come with a choice of two). All were very good. Personally I liked the rice and beans best but if you're a creamed corn lover be sure to try theirs.
We split a tres leches cake for dessert. I'd never had this before so can't compare with other versions. Our friends indicated it was not a traditional version but very good. A moist sponge cake served with a guava sauce.
Our bill was $135 before tax so this isn't an inexpensive place to grab a bite. Maybe that's why it doesn't seem to ever get mentioned. But they do Latin very well and we felt it was worth it. The restaurant is veyr small and there is a patio on the courtyard which would be lovely on nice evenings. On weekends they have live jazz on the patio, though the owner indicated they're likely done for the season due to the imminent, albeit late, arrival of the heat the weathercasters are promising. Definitely something to remember once the pleasant evenings return.
We promised ourselves we'd get back before 2 years from now. If you're in the neighborhood, think about giving them a try.
713 E Palo Verde Dr Ste D, Phoenix, AZ 85014