We just got back earlier today, so I thought I'd post a few comments on the food we found in Phoenix/Scottsdale.
Upon arriving, starving and tired, we found a little diner called Pinky's on the corner of N. 7th Street and Thunderbird. I had the best feta and tomato omelet I've had in a very long time- maybe ever. It was made with whole eggs and butter. Decent bacon on the side. Later my husband and I saw a review of Pinky's, commending their spinach and feta omelet. So I guess I was in good company.
That evening we had dinner at the Paradise Valley location of Julio G's. I had the best carnitas I've ever eaten- juicy and tender, with excellent guacamole and tasty tortillas. My husband had some very good chicken fajitas. The prices were right, too.
Some other meals of note:
We ate at two locations of The Good Egg (breakfast and lunch place)- one on Frank Lloyd Wright and the other on Scottsdale. I had a hankering for eggs Benedict and was rewarded with the avocado-tomato-bacon version (I subbed bacon for smoked turkey). I could taste the tang of lemon in the hollandaise, and the dish hit the spot. Service was speedy and competent in both locations.
To celebrate my husband's birthday we splurged for dinner at Different Pointe of View (Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs- N. 7th St between Thunderbird and Peoria). I had phoned ahead that it was my husband's birthday. We started with an amuse bouche of "caviar" of champagne grapes on brioche (not very amusing, actually- it was bland) and moved on to salads. I had a "nouvelle" Caprese of heirloom tomatoes (luscious!) on a basil gelee with tiny bocconcini drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with micro-basil. All the flavors were spot-on except for the gelee (again, no punch to the flavor). My husband had the house salad, which he enjoyed.
Breads in the basket were ciabatta and baguette slices served with sweet butter, lemon-pepper butter and olive oil/parmesan/balsamic spread.
My husband ordered the rib eye with squash galette. The steak was excellent but the galette turned out to be more like mashed winter squash- nothing special. I ordered lobster poached in butter and seared scallops on pumpkin-corn bread with a side of truffle-scented gnocchi. The lobster was tough; the server quickly brought some that was tender and flavorful. The scallops were excellent. The corn bread was too sweet and buried the sweetness of the shellfish. It was very tasty, but not paired well with the seafood IMHO. The gnocchi were Roman-style (I think)- more mashed potato dumplings, crumbed and fried than the kind I usual (simmered in water) that I expected. The truffle scent wasn't very vivid.
My husband enjoyed a glass of Merlot and I had a decent glass of pinot grigio with dinner.
Dessert: the birthday boy had a key lime cheesecake that he loved. The pastry chef had stenciled "Happy Birthday" on the plate. I had creme brulee with berries. The coffee (presse) was excellent. My husband was given a small bag of birthday treats, two of each: fruit gelees, tiny lemon-poppyseed cookies, and bite-sized chocolate truffles.
I have to say the service was very good and the scenery superb (high overlooking the glittering lights of Phoenix at night). The food was good. My only disappointments was that I'd hoped for some local flavors or twists but didn't find any.
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