Dinner @ an Iron Chef Victor’s

April 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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Mark Tarbell is a legend around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. He has been for a long time. For the last couple of years, that legend has grown since he stomped Cat Cora on Iron Chef America.

I haven’t been in his place, Tarbell’s in quite some time…perhaps 7 years. Two events made me decide to head back out there and see what was up nowadays. The first one was the fact that my girlfriend and best friends were itching to head on down and battle the crowd at Pizza Bianco to see if it deserved the accolades it was receiving. The second was a Twitter message announcing a replay of that famed Iron Chef episode on the Food Network. I figured, we better strike before the iron gets too hot again with a bunch of FN groupies heading down there. (Those two things plus the fact that 1/2 the reviews from people on Citysearch said bad things about the staff and management at Pizza Bianco were enough for me to singly swing the tide and put Pizza Bianco off until another day).

So…we ventured to the Biltmore area…and a look of despair fell across the faces of my cohorts as I had them pull into a strip mall. The fact that Sportsman’s Fine Wines was in that strip mall didn’t seem to offer them too much hope… Continue Reading Dinner @ an Iron Chef Victor’s…

Jasper’s Peak Bistro – Cajun Food in Scottsdale

March 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Restaurant Review | 1 Comment
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Ah yes – yet another restaurant discovery for me. This one came to my girlfriend’s attention via a recommendation from a friend of a friend, rather than our usual Food Network network!

We hit this place up around 6pm on a Tuesday, which is a good night to go, as all bottles of wine are 1/2 off. In addition, if you get there before 7pm – apps and beers are on “happy hour” special. That means beer runs around 4 bucks, and apps are 1/2 off. The place starts to pack them in right around 7ish, so getting there early is nice.

Since it’s located in North Scottsdale – it is tucked away in the corner of an upscale strip mall, anchored by a Fry’s Signature store. That’s par for the course in that territory.

The food leans toward Cajun, although there are some hints of the Southwest on the menu also. Continue Reading Jasper’s Peak Bistro – Cajun Food in Scottsdale…

Cork Restaurant – Chandler, AZ

December 16, 2008 at 11:01 am | Posted in Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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Well, it’s been about two weeks since I visited this little strip-mall gem of a restaurant so I better blog it now before the details get lost…

My girlfriend texted me to say she was taking me to dinner, and be ready. When she arrived home she asked if I was ready for a drive. I was, but boy what a drive. It was about an hour at rush hour from our house in Central Phoenix, and we arrived at a strip mall. Continue Reading Cork Restaurant – Chandler, AZ…

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