With a mishmash menu of Italian, French and Spanish plates, this cozy new hangout is quickly turning into Scottsdale’s newest neighborhood gem.
The name threw me for a loop. Local Bistro could mean anything, from a farm-to-table concept (it’s not) to a French café serving rustic cuisine bourgeoise with good wine (it’s not that, either). Instead, Local Bistro is dishing up some pedigreed French dishes with Italian classics and a stray Spanish plate or two, plus a fantastic wine selection with 27 served by the glass.
This sleek new spot turns out traditionally tongue-tingling Thai food with delightfully modern twists.
Our server laid out the last of our plates on the table and stepped back. He gestured to the dozen or so dishes in front of us and prepared to explain the spread, but I quickly raised my hand.
“No, please,” I interrupted. “We’d like to figure it out as we go.”
FULL-BODIED FLAVORS AND LOCAL INGREDIENTS SHATTER STEREOTYPES OF
GOOPY MEXICAN FOOD AT THIS HIP HOTEL RESTAURANT.
Does the mention of Mexican food stir up images of gloppy, cheese-smothered enchiladas and greasy tacos? “Mexican food gets a bad rap,” says Doug Robson, chef and owner of the hip Gallo Blanco Café and Bar at the Clarendon Hotel in midtown Phoenix. Robson, the former founding chef at La Grande Orange, is on a mission to dispel the myth that all Mexican food is stereotypical, hotter-than hell goop. Gallo Blanco doesn’t feel like a stuffy hotel restauant.
HOUSED IN THE FORMER FATE SPOT, MATT CARTER'S NEWEST ASIAN CONCEPT KICKS IT INTO HIGH GEAR WITH AN ARRAY OF KNOCK-YOUR-SOCKS-OFF PLATES.
"YOU JUST WALKED IN AND ordered the best thing on the menu," chef Jay Bogsinske crows from behind the counter of Nine 05's tiny exposition kitchen. "You rock!"
After one bite, you’ll be thankful Kierstin and Snir Mor ditched their day jobs to dish up some of the best meals in the Valley.
Don’t go to Amuse Bouche looking for an amuse-bouche.
That hallmark of chef-driven fine dining isn’t here, and neither is the fancy ambiance. We’re talking paper napkins here. It’s located in a nondescript strip mall in Surprise anchored by an ACE Hardware. And the French-trained chefs there are best known for their meatloaf.
SENS, A SAKE LOUNGE serving pan-Asian tapas, would look more at home in Greenwich Village or West L .A. than on a mostly deserted stretch of Downtown Phoenix. It’s the kind of modest, self-assured gathering spot that seems to know exactly who its audience is. More imagination than money went into the fresh, eclectic décor that combines a watch-the-fun bar/food prep area, striking light fixtures, a cluster of moon-shaped mirrors and a red, black and white palette flashed with neon. Early evenings, when I visited, the customers included people stopping by after work, families from the neighborhood and later, as the rather distressing techno music amped up, young adults in groups and pairs.
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