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PHX report: Roaring Fork and Zinc Bistro

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Claudette Sep 8, 2009 12:19 PM

Two totally different experiences: big servings of mediocre food at RF; tiny portions of rich, exquisite things at ZB.

RF: we liked the fried avocado app and the rack of lamb, but the Dr. Pepper short ribs were surprisingly flavorless, the queso dip was okay but paired with stale chips, and the famous green chile pork was brown/gray, dry, and bland. We left enough food on the table to be hungry enough for dessert, but the sad little berry pie didn’t quite cut it.

Everything at Zinc Bistro was outstanding: service, atmosphere, food (great mussels, fantastic poultry dishes, crab-and-mushroom crepes, soufflés, etc.)

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    danieli10 RE: Claudette Sep 8, 2009 01:04 PM

    Yeah, that's about right. I don't recommend RF to anyone anymore, since Robert McGrath left. Its just not as good. ZB is solid and the food is consistently excellent.

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      jkgourmet RE: danieli10 Sep 9, 2009 04:42 PM

      what a shame. RF used to be one of my favorites - both for myself when we had out of town visitors and for recommending. Anyone know if the story about McGrath being with Christie's Caberet (yes, the strip joint chain) is accurate?

      http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bell...

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        kittyfood RE: jkgourmet Sep 9, 2009 05:41 PM

        I don't know about that, but we were there about a month ago and ate in the bar. As reported above, the food is definitely not what it used to be, even though some of the same menu items are still available. I asked the bartender about McGrath, and he said he is opening a new, grandly decorated place in Memphis, and that all previous Phoenix-area projects are kaput.

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          blair_houghton RE: kittyfood Sep 10, 2009 09:38 PM

          When did he leave? Why didn't someone call me? What do I pay you people for?

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            firecracker RE: blair_houghton Sep 10, 2009 10:17 PM

            Pay who, for what, blair?

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              blair_houghton RE: firecracker Sep 12, 2009 07:42 PM

              You guys, to keep me apprised of major world events. Isn't that how this works?

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              Rubee RE: blair_houghton Sep 10, 2009 10:23 PM

              It's not new information - It's been at least two years, maybe three. His new restaurant REM had been planned to open in 2007.

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                blair_houghton RE: Rubee Sep 13, 2009 07:37 PM

                Jeebus. I need to get a new staff.

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        Poerz RE: Claudette Sep 11, 2009 05:47 AM

        Disappointed to hear the food at RF has deteriorated. We used to love it. It's now owned by the group that owns Eddie V's and Wildfish.

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          jock RE: Poerz Sep 12, 2009 08:37 PM

          'It's now owned by the group that owns Eddie V's and Wildfish."

          Then it should come as no surprise that the food has deteriorated.

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