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May 12, 2011 03:56 PM

Phoenix Spring Restaurant Week - Where will you be eating?

I'm planning on one or two evenings out for the Spring Restaurant week. We've been traveling a lot over the last 12 months, so I'm not really up on the current restaurant scene.

Where are you going, and why?


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  1. Petite Maison - because their menu looks good, have never tried it, and 40 including wine pairing seems like a good deal - and the menu said foie gras on it -

    Prado - Menu looks interesting and Rubee posted a bunch of times about how good it is, and have never been

    Petite Maison
    7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    1. Did House at Secret Garden last night ... it was terrific-! They're one of the $40 options, but at least they start you off with a bellini. Two of us ordered the restaurant week menu, which included starters of chiogga beet salad or crisped pork belly served with a balsamic reduction and figs. Very generous portions. There was also pan-seared halibut and butternut squash ravioli for entrees. Dessert was "puddin' & pie", a light sweet potato pot de creme topped with house-made toasted marshmallows, paired with a buttery pecan tartlet.

      My husband opted to order off the regular menu and his starter of house-smoked Steelhead crostini with local goat cheese was also large enough to share, and so good I couldn't really stop nabbing bites. Smoked trout is a serious weakness of mine, and whoever's wielding the smoker there won me over long ago with their smoked pork sliders and brisket sandwiches. He finished with the seasonal pasta -- we know from prior visits this is always a good choice. This time, it was papardelle with local sausage, a dish I'm going to try to duplicate for a dinner party tonight.

      The House at Secret Garden
      2501 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

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      1. re: themis

        We're headed to House at Secret Garden tonight with friends for a celebration dinner. Am glad to know the full menu is also available. Saw on the RW website they had a peach shortcake listed...I'm very thrilled peach season has arrived. Was the shortcake not available last night?

        The House at Secret Garden
        2501 E Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

        1. re: ziggylu

          It wasn't offered last night, no, so maybe there was a last-minute issue with peach supply or ripeness. I will say that my out-of-town guest isn't a wine or cocktail person, and they subbed a beer for her with no fuss.

          It was also my first time eating in the dining room, I'm usually out on the patio or in the barn, and the dining room's sparse and elegant, yet still manages to be inviting.

          1. re: themis

            They called us a couple hours ago wanting to know if we want to order off the RW menu or the regular menu. We've never been there before so a little frustrating to be asked to choose without having seen the regular menu(have looked at the online menu though). Also we are meeting friends that are driving up from Patagonia this afternoon so can't speak for them either. We've been told the whole table will have to either agree on the RW menu or the regular menu. Sounds like you weren't made to decide last night?

            1. re: ziggylu

              No, we weren't. Perhaps they're choosing to do that for pacing; but at that point I'd go for a la carte to maximize my choices, and then actually wind up spending less on food as we'd probably split a starter or two for the table, so that policy would backfire for tables like ours. They were quite large portions.

              The online menu looks to be accurate except for details concerning the seasonal pasta and the vegetarian trio. Still have never had a disappointment there.

              1. re: themis

                We had a really lovely meal at the House of Secret Garden last night. This was our first time there. We did not order from the RW menu but from the full menu instead.

                We started with the olives, sweet potato planks, and the smoked trout. Didn't care much for the sweet potatoes but the enjoyed the olives and the smoked trout was really delicious.

                Next we had the grilled romaine salad and the beet salad. The beet salad was very good but the grilled romaine salad really stood out as something unique with the olive vinaigrette.

                I had the halibut as my entree. I loved the sauce on this. The sear on my halibut was perfect though unfortuntely the fish was a bit overcooked. Not enough to ruin the dish but enough to dry it out more than I would have liked. The sauce made up for the cook's mistake though and I still enjoyed this dish. Also ordered was the vegetarian trio which was one of the nicest vegetarian dishes i've ever seen offered anywhere. We were all talking about the carrot puree on the way home. The squash ravioli were very good and the shrimp and grits had tons of flavor.

                Fig ricotta fritters didn't excite me. But I could eat buckets of the fleur de sel caramel sauce that came with them. Tracey Dempsey Ice Cream is always delicious.

                We sat on the patio and the setting is really pretty and comfortable. Last night was perfect patio weather. Service pace was just right, slow enough to relax and enjoy the setting, food adn company without being overly dragged out.

                Anyway, we really enjoyed our meal. One of the best we've had in recent months. Looking forward to future visits.

        2. re: themis

          Went with two friends last night and the included cocktail was a Mango Serrano Mojito. We all agreed it's excellent! The peach shortcake dessert stood out too, tasty, fresh and not overly sweet. The portions are generous and it's always a bonus to find a restaurant with patio seating that's far from a roadway.

          1. re: AguasFrescas

            I have had that mojito, I like the lingering tingly lip sensation it leaves you with! I also enjoy their South Mountain Paloma, in season.

            We made it out last night to Atlas Bistro, who I noticed is extending the Restaurant Week promotion through May 31st, so it is not too late to make it in. I had been many times to AZ Wine Co, but never next door for dinner. And I would like to say, at Atlas, since their normal menu is a prix fixe for $55, the AZ Restaurant Week format is not an awkward adjustment for them; they just knock $15 off the price, and when you sit down, the menu facing you is the AZ Restaurant Week menu, and you are not made to feel chintzy or small for asking for it. That's a relief.

            We brought a big, jammy, ancient vine zinfandel from Jessie's Grove in Lodi to pair with dinner, as we'd previewed the menu and my husband thought he'd go for the ribeye for his entree. That left me a bit in the lurch, as I am not much of a big slab of meat girl, and the other option that appealed, the halibut, wasn't going to go down well with that wine. So I asked our server if I could instead choose one of the other starter options, crisped pork belly with sweet potato puree and maple glaze, for my entree. He was fine with this, and the pairing was a very good match. My favorite dish of the night, and I appreciated that they accommodated my request.

            My husband had a tataki over white bean puree for his starter, and it had that wonderful yuzu or grapefruit oil citrusy note that I love, and I stole a few bites from him. I had ricotta gnocchi with ham and frisee to start -- a complicated dish with many elements, but one that balanced well. Salad course for him was Maya's local lettuces and beets, local goat cheese, and Queen Creek olive oil vinaigrette. Mine was the more challenging grilled romaine with white anchovies and sultanas, topped with a local duck egg. It was the only slight misstep of the evening -- I felt it needed a bit more acid in the dressing to counteract the sweet raisins, which were kind of odd in that salad.

            The room was cheerful (we had, after all, just made it through the rapture together) but not loud. I listened and discovered background music, but nothing obtrusive or competing with conversation. One table near us complained of chill, but ours wasn't drafty. Most tables appeared to be dressed for dinner, but there were also some t-shirts. I'm including these details to help guide people in making their dining decisions, but for me, the food's what matters and I would definitely return. I value local farmers and business and chefs who take care with ingredients, I like a good BYO format and I wish we had more of these.

            Atlas Bistro
            2515 N Scottsdale Rd # 18, Scottsdale, AZ

        3. We went to the Stockyards last night. Interesting note- the $30 price includes a drink. But you can choose not to get the drink, and that reduces the price to $25. We didn't- I had the house Chardonnay and DH had a good Alaskan Amber draft beer.

          The service was quality. They had no problem with substituting the chili (listed on the website as an option but not on the tableside card), or with letting me have the delicious and creamy Parmesan potato stack with my trout instead of the rice. Water refills were a bit slow, but the personable waiter made up for it.

          Come hungry, because all dinners start with a veggie basket and dip, as well as rolls and cornbread with raspberry butter. I could only manage a few bites of the chili to start but it was very good. I ate all my entrée, though the trout could have used additional sauce for flavor. DH enjoyed his prime rib as well, it was marbled well and fork tender.

          For dessert, which again I could only muster a few bites of, I had the pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream. I'm from the Deep South, so to me this version was too heavy on pecans without enough Caro syrup, and it was served warm, which I know is classy but isn't my preference. My husband had the chocolate mousse, which was good.

          Overall, you get a huge amount of quality food for a low price, served with kindness and accommodation in a historic and comfortable setting. Nothing on the RW menu would thrill an adventurous foodie, but certainly a great opportunity for introducing higher-end dining to those who normally can't/won't try something new.

          The Stockyards Restaurant & 1889 Saloon
          5009 E Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034

          1. Tried Citizen Public House for the first time last week and loved it...might have to take advantage of their RW menu.

            Citizen Public House
            7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            1. I like to use RW to try a new-to-us restaurant so we have reservations at Different Pointe of View. Should add that some nights next week they are closed for a private party, and other nights the Terrace Room Lounge is booked. A little disappointed we won't be able to have a pre-dinner cocktail and check out the lounge first. I'm thinking the duck ravioli and halibut or diver scallops for me, while E's planning on the lobster bisque with filet mignon. Dessert choices are anything from the menu.

              I'm totally overdue for a visit to Posh, and I'm also tempted by the menus at Avalon and Atlas (BYOB):

              Atlas Bistro
              2515 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 18, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

              Avalon - Scottsdale
              7707 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85257

              Different Pointe of View
              11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020

              7167 East Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              3 Replies
              1. re: Rubee

                one of my coworkers always raves about atlas bistro - still have never been there, will be intersted to know how it is if you end up there - i havent seen anyone post about it on the forums before / lately

                1. re: Dapuma

                  I think we'll only be able to make one RW dinner, but if we can fit Atlas in, will be sure to report back!

                2. re: Rubee

                  For anyone else planning on Different Pointe of View (we're headed there tonight), I just saw this video of the dishes. Now I'm REALLY looking forward to it!


                  Different Pointe of View
                  11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020