Sedona and Surprise Arizona..where oh where?
I've had this spot - Amuse Bouche - on my go-to list for a while, and they just received a nice write-up in the New York Times:
Lessons in Simplicity at an Arizona Bistro
For Sedona recommendations, as johnseberg mentions, you have to post your question on a separate board. Two of my favories are Elote Cafe (Mexican) and Cucina Rustica (Italian). Here are some past discussions to get you started:
Sedona (Southwest board)
17058 W. Bell Rd., Suite 104, Surprise, AZ 85374
We had visiting Boston Chowhound friends (9Lives and K) staying with us for the last few days, and they raved about their lunch at Amuse Bouche this past Monday - high quality ingredients and they both recommended what they ordered (the quiche, and roast lamb panini). They were kind enough to bring back the quiche Lorraine (swiss and bacon) for me and it was absolutely fantastic. Up until now, my favorite in the Valley has been Cafe Bink, but now that one is #2 ; ) Buttery crust and incredibly light and silky filling. It also came with a very generous salad of field greens with candied pecans, optional blue cheese crumbles, and a balsamic vinaigrette. I can't wait to try Amuse Bouche for dinner now (it's BYOB).
Upcoming lunch menu changes include smoked duck panini, flat-iron steak panini, and house-smoked salmon salad with boursin croutons. Tonight's dinner special is bluenose bass with French green lentils, and veal with brussel sprouts and roasted red pepper sauce.
Picture of take-home quiche:
We really enjoyed Amuse Bouche for lunch. It's a small simple place in a strip mall with no atmosphere to speak of but very high quality food. The dinner menu was more ambitious and maybe they change the lighting to make the room more intimate. The fries were also excellent. We were seated next to a 70ish single woman who lives in the neighborhood told us she goes 3x week. I'm not normally a dessert eater, but the blueberry bread pudding was fantastic.
Any city would be fortunate to have a restaurant like this.
We planned on Bianco's for our first night; coming from MX, we had to clear customs and get the rental car and got there about 5:30....4-4 1/2 hour wait. We ended up at Cibo where we had a nice salad and split a pizza. Nice spot with an outdoor patio with fire pits to sit by. We sat at the bar and had very friendly and professional service.
What was striking to me were the overall high quality of the ingredients, especiall the salad greens we had at both restaurants.
Blowout final meal of a bunch of shared apps at Elements in the Sanctuary. Hard to decide what we enjoyed more, sweetbreads, short rib ravioli, escargot mushroom ravs, calamari or the greens. Well selected wine by the glass selection. beautiful spot.
Looking forward to another trip to your fine city to try out more places..:)