Dragonfly Cafe, Scottsdale, AZ
The new owners have been running Dragonfly since last fall, we only rediscovered it a few weeks ago. Located in the stripmall at the corner of Via Linda and Mountain View it caters to the Scottsdale Ranch community.
The owner/Chef Gene is a very nice guy, takes the time to great customers and will listen to you. He went to culinary school in Portland, Oregon so we have had some interesting conversations about Oregon wines and cooking.
This morning I stopped by for breakfast and had coffee with their Bananas Foster French Toast. rum, butter, brown sugar and bananas saute' and poured over thick sliced French Toast $9.00. I also got an order to go of Buttermilk Pancakes for the queen, $4.00. Five wonderful light and fluffy small pancakes that the Queen said were the best she has had.
At dinner I went down there by myself thinking I would sit at the bar but it was already filled with a group of ladies having a great time.
I ordered their version of Chicken Marsala, had a little gorgonzola, grilled veggies and buttered linguine. Different from many marsala's I have had but I liked it. $14.00 Also had a couple of glasses of their house Cab (Penfold's) at $4.00 per glass.
They are opened Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Sunday they close at 2:30pm.
If you are looking for a locally owned small chef driven restaurant with reasonable prices then I would recommend giving it a try.
The Gelato Maker gelato bar is right next door, so if you pass on dessert at Dragonfly you can do a little Gelato close by, I tried the Rum Raisen tonight and it was wonderfu!.
I really liked this place when the original chef/owner was still in charge. Great no-frills neighborhood feel, really casual and friendly service, and very good food with fresh ingredients, and everything seemed to be prepared very thoughtfully (loved the turkey meatloaf, sandwiches, one of the best ceaser salads I've been able to find, etc.).
I honestly haven't been back since it initally changed hands in 2007 (sounds like it has since been sold again). Looking at the menu now, it's completely different which--combined with yours and a few others' recent positive notes--make me excited to go back and give it a shot. Thanks for the reminder.