Anyone been to The House at Secret Garden?
Heading there tomorrow night with an out-of-town guest. Been hearing some good press, but surprised that I didn't fine anything here.
I have been twice; once for happy hour that turned into a light dinner, and once just for dinner and wine.
The grounds and house are very beautiful -- there is a ballroom across the courtyard and a lush yard that is used as a wedding venue, which is why the restaurant has that long unwieldy name, it's to distinguish it from the event grounds -- but my favorite spot is the back patio by the koi pond with the fireplace. There are heaters out there, as well. I'm pretty excited about the Urban Barn opening this Weds, too, although I'm wondering where they put the Rolls Silver Shadow that used to hang out in there. I am hoping that will be an easy neighborhood hangout. So, atmosphere: made of win, in my book.
I am quite pleased by the wine list; Dustin Christofolo has put his studies to good use, and they offer a few farm-fresh cocktails that I might like better with a little less agave. I am not a sweet-drinks girl, but I am partial to their South Mountain Paloma.
Dustin and his mother Pat are best known for putting Morning Glory cafe and Quiessence on the map, although Greg LaPrad and Tony Andiamo have taken a bar set high and set it even higher. The Quiessence team is calling The House a 'sister restaurant.' So they are also using Maya's Farm for produce and sourcing local cheeses, sustainable meats, etc. You can check their menu online, but it's almost a waste of time -- their bar bites don't seem to change much, but the pasta and entrees change quite a bit.
I will say that when I've eaten there, the happier diner was always the one that chose the pasta (me.) I am lucky enough to be stumbling distance from Quiessence and can therefore have Tony Andiamo's gnocchi almost any night I feel like it -- and whoever is making the pasta at The House has a similar touch. Luscious stuff.
Each time I've been with a couple of drinks and shared app the bill has been about $80 for two. I have not ever managed to save room for dessert, more fool I, as Tracey Dempsey conceptualized their dessert menu and I kind of worship her.
I hope you enjoy, I am glad they opened up and hope they do well.
6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042
Morning Glory Cafe
6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
The House at Secret Garden
2501 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042