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Amy's Baking Company - Scottsdale, Arizona

Has anyone been to Amy's Baking Co. in Scottsdale? Amazingly, I find no discussion of the much maligned Amy here on this board.

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  1. At the risk of speaking for those other than myself, I think most of us wish it would just go away at this point.

    1. Dmnkly speaks for me.

      For discussions of the latest media-inflated nontroversies, your best bet is the Food Media & News board.

      1. Amy's could be the first restaurant, that Gordon Ramsay ran from.

        Lot's of material for you to read up on. Heck, they have even made several local talk radio programs.



        1. There was a video in today's AzCentral discussing the harsh contract they make workers sign. Why anyone would work (or eat) there is beyond me.


          1. It's an embarrassment to the Valley, if you ask me.

            I'm just not into the pomp and circumstance of the 15 minutes of fame that reality TV brings.

            So, NO.

            1. Woops! Posted this (and searched this topic) on the Southwest Board. The Powers moved it here. Probably should brush up on my Chowhound Forum geography. Sorry to disturb. Carry on.

              1. I'm planning to visit this upcoming weekend and "take one for the team" for the crew on the WFD threads on the home cooking boards and post a report. Should be a hoot!

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                1. re: alliegator

                  I apologize for getting kind of soapboxy here, but particularly during the summertime when business is slow and so many restaurants in Phoenix struggle to survive, couldn't those dining dollars and the subsequent writeup exposure be better directed towards a business that... y'know... deserves the business? I mean, what's the goal in "tak[ing] one for the team"? If the food's good, does that mean people are suddenly going to want to support them? If the food's bad, it's not as if the pitchforks and torches crowd needs more ammo. And there's no virgin territory to be trod here -- there are hordes of writeups to be found for anybody who wants to rubberneck at the wreckage. If you want to go for your own curiosity's sake, that's not my place to judge, but in terms of its impact on the "team," it seems to me all it does is put more money in their pockets and generate more exposure for a place that deserves, more than anything else, just to be forgotten.

                  1. re: Dmnkly

                    In addition to "taking one for the team", I'm also satisfying my own curiosity. There is so much being said about this place, I'd like to see it for myself.
                    As I've only lived here for 4 months, I've been having a great time trying different places all over the valley, and this just seems like one I can't ignore.
                    Rest assured, I'm spreading my dining dollars around :) This is exactly the time of year that I'd much rather dine out than fire up the kitchen.

                    1. re: alliegator

                      "As I've only lived here for 4 months, I've been having a great time trying different places all over the valley..."

                      Then, please, write about them!

                      If you're going to go to ABC, go to ABC, but if you're going to write about one restaurant in the entire city (and forgive me if I'm missing your posts about the other places you've visited, but I can't find any) why choose the one that's *least* in need of more exposure?

                      I hope you'll also give the same posting attention to the other places you're visiting... there are too many great restaurants in town that not only could be greatly helped by posting online, but also actually deserve that help.

                      If places like Zaidi's and Contigo Peru had gotten a tiny fraction of a percent of the attention and energy heaped upon ABC by the online crowd, they'd still be here and we'd all be better off for it. Meanwhile, unless Samy gets deported, it appears that we can all look forward to this train wreck sticking around for years to come.

                      (But whatever you do, and with apologies for impassioned rantyness, welcome to Phoenix! :-)

                      1. re: Dmnkly

                        Thanks for the welcome, and you raise a good point, I very rarely post about a specific restaurant. I'm going to take a little time and review my pictures (yes, I'm rude enough to do that in a restaurant) and make a post about my favorites so far.
                        Mostly, the places I love are tiny little Asian restaurants in the Chandler area. I'm quite pleased with the quality of what I've found. A post focusing on that will be coming in the next day or so :)

                        1. re: alliegator

                          "... review my pictures (yes, I'm rude enough to do that in a restaurant) ... "

                          I thought Amy and Sam promised to break the arm of anyone caught taking pictures inside the restaurant?

                          (kidding, kidding ... sort of :)

                          1. re: willyum

                            I thought that was "kneecaps?"


                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                              I'm a running enthusiast, I could probably get away ;)
                              Write up on my PHX faves so far coming up shortly, had a wicked busy few days.

                              1. re: alliegator

                                Go for it, and post the pictures - hope they are not from the ER.


                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                  Actually, the only pictures I took were from the outside. Why? They weren't open. I went Saturday afternoon because the hours I saw posted were weekends, open at noon. To be fair, it's wasn't on Amy's website, that is not working properly. I pulled it from Yelp.
                                  But I did have a wonderful lunch at a fun pizza place called Oregano's down the street from ABC. Very nice Chicago style thin crust and great service.

                                  1. re: alliegator

                                    I wonder if they are finally out for the count. If a bakery is not open Saturday afternoon, when are they open?

                                    1. re: Lambowner

                                      Or they are on vacation? Maybe on a cruise....far far away.

                                    2. re: alliegator

                                      The restaurant gods were on your side that day. Oregano's is a great spot!

                  2. I'd love to see some reviews of the food. It's supposedly not bad, and they're certainly the most interesting people in Phoenix.

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                    1. re: JonParker

                      Since this thread is already up and running on this board, I will post my findings here. There will only be 3 of us, so we can't order everything on the menu, but it should be an experience.

                      1. re: JonParker


                        I am infinitely more interesting than they are.