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First taste at Nonna Urban Eatery in Scottsdale AZ

 

Nonna Urban Eatery is a small restaurant located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale on Main Street. You might miss it as the small restaurant is tucked inside a small group of stores that are  nestled together in the street like a tiny mini mall. Nonna Urban Eatery offers a small daily changing menu that is mostly Italian but mixed with global dishes.

The small dining room is sort of classic or traditional in style with lots of dark wood and lots of bright sunshine during the day.

They start us off with complimentary bread and good quality olive oil.

We started out by sharing the Cucumber Lollipop Rolls.

The rolls were filled with clean tasting Tuna, Yellow Tail, Salmon and a tiny piece of Avocado. They were AMAZING! So light and tasty…who knew? The plate was garnished with a cleansing salad of Arugula dressed with an intense ginger dressing. This plate was magic.

For our meal we shared the house made Campanelle. The pasta was dressed in a creamy but light lemony sauce and was studded with asparagus and salmon.

This dish was very mild with flavor. The salmon had a nice sear on it but was a little off. The pasta was made nicely and the asparagus seemed fresh.

Did I tell you how great those Tuna Lollipops were? I’d come back for them!

Cute little restaurant…could be a gem!

www.NonnaScottsdale.com

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Pars Persian Cuisine of Scottsdale AZ – Worth a Fork

 

Pars Persian Cuisine offers a wide variety of Persian Foods. This is a full service restaurant with easy close parking. The atmosphere is sort of formal but you can come as you are. Nothing we tried was spicy. Nothing was flavored weird. The food was just flavorful and good. I think Persian Food would appeal to most people.

They start you out with hot pita bread, creamy butter and sweet sliced onions.

It was very hard to decide on what to try because they offer so many interesting sounding dishes I never seen at other Persian Restaurants I’ve been to.

One of the plates we shared was Zereshk Polo with Chicken.

We received two nice meaty chicken legs that were falling off the bone tender. The meat was flavorful and delicious. It was balanced and no particular flavor stood out. The legs have been slow cooked with apple, carrots, garlic, onions and seasonings. The plate also came with a very generous portion of fluffy basmati rice that was mixed with tart barberries, almonds and saffron. The tart barberries make the rice sort of sparkle and made the flavors more interesting.

The other dish we shared was a Stew called Fessenjan and a special upgraded rice called Shirin Polo.

The Shirin Polo is a specialty Basmati Rice dish. It does run sweet because it’s made with candied orange peels, carrots, almonds, pistachios, a sweet syrup and saffron. It’s a tasty rice…I think it would be fit in on most American dinner tables for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Behind the rice is the Fessenjan. Here Fessenjen is made from fried walnuts, pomegranate sauce with chicken that’s slow cooked in the sweet and sour fruity sauce. The plate doesn’t look pretty but the chicken is tender and tasty.

We got some of the food boxed up so we could try the Saffron Pistachio Ice Cream.

The ice cream is wonderfully creamy and was served in a chilled glass. It’s not too strong in flavor and is delicious!

Our server was really welcoming, helpful and efficient.

I’d say Pars Persian Cuisine is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork! Great variety of Persian foods that you won’t find at most places. Grade “A” from Maricopa posted in window. Tender tasty fresh food, nice atmosphere, great service.

www.ParsPersianCuisine.com

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Tacos Jalisco in Scottsdale AZ – Worth a Fork!

 

Tacos Jalisco is located in South Scottsdale and serves mostly Jalisco Style Mexican Food. This is not a fancy place. I can tell you the food is legit and you don’t have to “peso much” here. (excuse the bad pun) But honestly speaking your dollar truly stretches very far here and the food is good..The two rarely happen together.

This is what it looks like when you walk in.

It’s busy and it’s hard to take pictures.

Here’s the dining room.

Tacos are only $1.51 EACH and are made with in-house made tortillas and slow roasted meat. I thought for $1.51 how big can they be? I thought they would be bite size with very little meat but boy was I wrong.

4 chicken tacos were $6.04 and 4 carne asada tacos were also $6.04 (at this time 7-17)

Just like in Mexico they double shell the tacos and they are generously packed with seasoned meat, cilantro, sauce and onions. They also gave us chips and we picked up some house made condiments from the salsa bar.

The tacos were both moist and flavorful. I still can’t get over the $1.51 price for each taco. It seems a BOATLOAD of blue-eyed taco restaurants have mushroomed all over metro Phoenix and not all but many of them sell much smaller lesser filled not as tasty tacos for around $5.00 each!

Since we didn’t imagine getting so much food we also decided to share a Chile Relleno Plate ($7.78)

Not one but TWO stuffed mild but tasty battered poblano peppers stuffed with mild milky gooey Mexican Cheese. The hefty platter also came with house made creamy refried beans, flavorful rice, salad, creamy avocado sauce, chips and house made tortillas. These Chile Rellenos were a lot tastier than some others I’ve tried at other places that cost much more! Tastier real roasted poblano instead of a canned chili like some places do and the real cheese not a pre-shredded blend that doesn’t taste as good.

Much Cheaper and much better than not all but a lot of places!

No website you just have to visit them at 3060 N 68th St Scottsdale AZ open 7 days a week starting early at 8am and open not all but some holidays.

 

Tacos Jalisco is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork! If you find yourself in South Scottsdale maybe at the Zoo or near Tempe you might want to give this place a try if your in the mood for Jalisco Style Tacos.

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My Lunch at Stock & Stable in Phoenix AZ

 

Stock & Stable is an American Gastropub located in Restaurant Row on North 7TH Street in Phoenix. The menu is mostly casual, with some elegant accents and a slight Italian slant. The interior is masculine with leather, wood and mostly pictures of cows. It looks like it could be a steakhouse to me. They have comfortable chairs and benches. They offer traditional table seating, a large bar, high tops and patio dining.

We shared the Fermented Beets.

A tasty mix of red, golden beets and carrots tossed in a fresh herb almond butter sauce with crunchy breaded goat cheese curds. It was delicious all together. The beets were tasty. There were a lot of very thin very crispy carrots that were the texture of the salad.The sauce was rich nutty and a little minty . I thought it was flavored nicely.

I had the tuna sandwich.

This is an ENORMOUS Sandwich. (be prepared to bring half home) I can see it’s made on local Noble Bread that’s Grilled. This sandwich isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s WILDLY Flavorful and SPICY and FORKING DELICIOUS!!!!!!! I don’t Forking care if the tuna came from a can or not…because it is eye-opening delicious! It’s a very elevated tuna salad. It got the gambit of flavors going on…..and it’s dressed with Calabrian Aioli and also has Muenster Cheese. My husband was raised not to eat mayonnaise but he took a bite anyway and he also was surprised that the sandwich was as delicious as it was. When I eat the other half I’ll have to try to figure out why it’s so yummy. Not only was the sandwich unusually delicious but the Calabrian Vinaigrette on my mixed green salad was killer too! So delicious! Not for everyone and not for the masses. Very delicious to those who enjoy bold flavors and heat.

My husband tried the No Baloney Mortadella Sandwich with Frites.

My husband asked for the sauces to be served on the side. The sauces on the side were an unusual combination that we weren’t sure about. One was maple mustard and the other was a herb chipotle. We both like the taste of the herb chipotle but neither of us thought it mixed with the maple mustard…who knows maybe it does with the sandwich?????  The mortadella wasn’t caramelized like we hoped it would be like and was more like lightly grilled and steamed lunch meat. Still an OK sandwich………with tasty fries. The Frites were nicely seasoned and had a little fresh chopped herbs and Italian grated cheese on them.

We decided to share a dessert and tried the Key Lime Pie.

The Key Lime Pie is a nicely made tart. The crust is a tasty tender graham crust. Not too sweet and not too heavy. It tasted very natural. The filling is nice and creamy and a little limey. The cream on top taste fresh made.

Like at most restaurants out there some things seemed better than other things.

That was my lunch experience at Stock & Stable.

www.StockandStable.com

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Novel Handcrafted Artisan Ice-Cream Downtown Phoenix – Worth a Fork

 

Ummmm Dougnuts……Hot Toasted Doughnut Sandwiches stuffed with small batch handcrafted artisan Ice-Cream. Ummmmmmmmmm! Novel Ice Cream is a very small Ice-Cream Shack located in Down Town Phoenix AZ.

It really is a shack…surrounded by other small shacks!

The inside is very small…small like a really big closet or master bath.

Here are some of the Ice-Creams.

Here is the whimsical fun wall behind us. The owner Brandon told us a local Mexican Artist painted the wall with the anthropomorphic cones.

You should treat yourself to delicious creamy ice-cream that you can enjoy in a variety of ways. In a fresh made waffle, maybe topped with cereal topping? Maybe your favorite flavor of ice-cream stuffed into a fresh hot glazed doughnut!

The shack is very small and there is no room for indoor seating.

The Doughnut Sandwiches are mighty delicious. Creamy flavorful ice-cream. I had the Panna Cream with imported Italian Cherries and my husband had Quality Chocolate stuffed into Hot Toasted Doughnuts. Totally worth the calories…delicious! Good thing this place is pretty far for me so I can’t indulge as often as I want.

The only seating is outside on the deck patio.

I see something strange from the patio.

WTFork!

I’ll get a better look on my way out.

 

No website but you can find Novel Ice-Cream on Facebook.

Novel Ice-Cream is Worth a Fork!

Great ice-cream if you happen to be in the area but no restroom and no escape from the 120 degree dry heat.

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My Visit to El Alboroto Mexican Seafood Restaurant in Peoria AZ

 

Without a navigation system you might pass El Alboroto Mexican Seafood Restaurant by.  One year after opening they still don’t have an outside sign on the building. When you get closer you can see that you are at the right place.

What does El Alboroto mean?  According to the dictionary Alboroto translates to an uproar, a  disturbance or a riot. Maybe it translates to riotous seafood?

This isn’t a fancy place and Mexican TV is on. Our waitress speaks Spanish to most of the guest but switched up to English for us.

The menu is in Spanish with English but lacks descriptions.

 

I asked what the Pescado Relleno was like.

The waitress said the fish is stuffed with octopus.

I ordered the Shaken Grilled Fish. I asked what it was and was told it was fish that comes with peppers.

I received this.

My fish is fried crispy. I don’t know if it was grilled too? And yes there are some peppers there. Looks like Ranchero Fish? ….anyway….It’s tasty and is a large portion. It’s like someone’s  Mexican Mom made it for you. It’s very home style.

My husband had the Diablo Shrimp. He said the shrimp were a little bbq like in the taste.

Last time I had the wrapped fish (sea bass). It was very good and maybe better than a similar plate I had in Mexico. At the time it was the best Mexican fish dish I had in Metro Phoenix.

This dish had a great presentation.  It appears and taste like they had a different chef then.

My husband had the same shrimp dish and it also differs in appearance and taste.

Still good but a little more home style now.

El Alboroto doesn’t have a website but you can find them on Facebook.

Not big on atmosphere.  if your in the neighborhood and you don’t want the usual Sonoran Stuff and  if you don’t feel like trekking to downtown Phoenix for Mexican Style Seafood…….here it is!

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First Taste at Camp Social Restaurant in Phoenix AZ

 

 

A Camping Themed Restaurant has opened in Phoenix AZ called Camp Social. You walk in and see the hostess coming out of a camper to greet you. You see some nostalgia all over related to camping.

One of the booths is IN A FORKING CAMPER.

In the bar you can sit on tire swings.

The menu is pretty casual American and some unusual pizzas with lots of variety.

My husband got the house made sausage and crispy potato salad.

I got the Walleye Sandwich on Tin baked Bread.

The Fish was moist mild and meaty. Crust was crispy and seemed free of oil. The fresh baked bread was really light in a good way. The bread was sturdy enough to hold the sandwich and tasted light and natural. I’m not a big fan of crinkle fries but they certainly fit in with the camping theme because after all you’d take crinkle fries with you for camping.

Cute casual Restaurant with a fun camping theme.

Most people might leave as happy campers.

The restroom was rustic with tree trunk sinks but I was hoping for bushes so I could say I peed behind a bush at Camp Social.

Fun atmosphere!

www.CampSocial.com

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My Visit to Pizzeria Bianco at Town & Country Phoenix AZ

The owner is James Beard Award Wining Chef Chris Bianco. He might be the only chef that has won a James Beard Award for Pizza. His pizza is legionary. It’s Arizona fused with Italy and the East Coast. Bianco’s Pizzas are considered to be the very best pizzas in the country by many publications and food TV shows. Oprah Winfrey herself and many other celebrities have dined at Pizzeria Bianco announcing to the world that this pizza to be the best.

What are Pizzeria Bianco Pizzas?

The pizzas are Neapolitan in style with a thin crust that’s blistered and charred with a wet middle. They dough is made with special Arizona Heirloom grains that are ground fresh for Chef Bianco. The milky cheese is Bianco house made and the sauce is made from tomatoes that are authentic in style specially grown in California for Chef Bianco.

Between me and my husband we had all the pizzas a number of times.

I do apologies for not indulging in pizza today after I might have wet your appetite for a slice.

I’ve been to this restaurant several times and had many different experiences here.

Here’s a little bit of the history and hopefully I am recalling it correctly.

If I recall correctly this restaurant opened as Italian Restaurant and offered a more involved menu. Somehow the name of the restaurant didn’t quite fit and latter the restaurant was split in half as two restaurants and the front dining room was called Pizzeria Bianco and the back dining room stayed more formal and was know for a short time as Trattoria Bianco serving pastas and dinners.

Now this restaurant is just known as Pizzeria Bianco. It’s not a fancy place. It sort of has the look that it’s been here forever.

Here is the current menu.

They started us off with complimentary house baked crusty bread and high quality extra virgin olive oil.

I soon received my Two Wash Farms Chicken Salad served with AZ Creamer Potatoes and Local Greens.

The greens are simple and very plain. The chicken is a mix white and dark meat. It is extremely tender, moist and very lightly dressed but flavorful. The salad contains some sweet chunks of apple, fresh herbs and crispy celery. The potatoes are cooked till they are very creamy and are tossed in a fresh tasting sweet whole grain mustard and mixed with bread and butter pickles, onions and seasoning. Pretty darn tasty!

My husband had the Francesca’s Meatball Sandwich.

Well my husband didn’t have any trouble finishing this off so I guess it was good!

The Italian Ice is like no other….it truly is Amazing so we had to have it!

On the left is nutmeg and on the right is chocolate. The Italian Ice is slightly creamy….I grew up on the East Coast were Italian Ice is very popular and I have never come across Italian Ice like this before but it is also delicious. Today they served the Italian Ice with very rich but also delicious shortbread cookies.

Pizzaria Bianco is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork! The Food is simple but good and is made of local and quality ingredients. The Pizza is legendary…..It’s up to you to decide on the Pizza!

www.PizzariaBianco.com

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Dishes from the past we had here.

Swiss Chard Lasagna

Beef Bolognese Pappardelle

Market Salad

Arancini

Chicken Salad

Grilled Mortadella and Cabbage Sandwich

Pasta E Fagioli

 

 

My latest visit to Ocotillo Restaurant in Phoenix

 

Ocotillo is among one of my favorite restaurants in Downtown Phoenix.  It might be a one mile square compound filled with multiple patios, an outdoor coffee bar and an outdoor cocktail bar in addition to the restaurant.

115 degrees F today

empty at 115 degrees F

Ocotillo offers a large ever changing menu that’s broken down into salads, vegetables, small plates, sandwiches and large plates. Everything is quality and much of the menu is locally sourced.

They were very busy today at lunch time and the dining room was full since it was too hot to dine on the patios in the 115 degree F heat today. They asked us to wait an hour or to sit at a lone table they added to the bar so we sat there.

This seat wasn’t bad. We are away from the dining room but we gained full view of the kitchen and bar.

We started by sharing a Tomato Tartine off the Vegetable Menu….I sort of forgot what a Tartine is…….I was thinking tart……but I was wrong a Tartine is really a French Bruschetta. Anyway is was delicious.

It started with quality toasted bread that was topped with what tasted like fresh made ricotta cheese and fresh herbs. There was shaved squash, nuts and the sweetest grilled tomatoes ever. This was very good!

I tried the Korean Style BBQ Brisket Sandwich.

Wow! What an enormous portion. This is enough to feed a lumberjack. It smells delicious. Here’s a better look at the sandwich.

It’s a generous amount of tender and not too fatty brisket topped with kimchi slaw, lettuce and Sriracha mayonnaise. It’s very tasty and I get to bring home the other half for another day. The fries are very above average and are very good. Really super fluffy moist interiors and crispy and seasoned well on the outside. I think they were fried at least twice to make fries this good.

My husband had the Roasted Pork Torta.

The sandwich came with a spicy sauce.

I’ve always been to full to think of dessert at Ocotillo so sadly I’ve never tried dessert here.

Here are some but not all of the plates we tried in the past at Ocotillo.

Salmon and spinach salad

Thai Style Chicken

Tandoori Style Chicken Sandwich

Japanese Style Fish and Chips

Chicken Mole Salad

Ocotillo is Worth a Fork!

www.OcotilloPhx.com

Worth a Fork! You might travel across town to dine here because it’s a very nice restaurant that offers a very nice menu.

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Fabio On Fire Restaurant in Peoria AZ is Worth a FORK!

 

Fabio on Fire is well known and established as a mobile food service that specializes in Italian Food. They feature hand made baked goods, pastas and Neapolitan Pizzas. You might come across Fabio on Fire at local festivals and Farmers Markets. Now Fabio on Fire has a Brick and Mortar location in Peoria AZ. The restaurant is fresh and new looking. It’s casual with an open kitchen so you can see all the action.

The menu offers appetizers, mostly authentic style Neapolitan Pizzas, house made pastas, breads, baked goods and house made gelato.

For our fist visit we decided to try the pizza and went with a Diavola and a Marinara.

Diavola

Marinara

The crust is blistered and charred but not burnt. The pizza has a chewy crust with great structure and is developed with flavor. The pizzas are both very thin and also typical of the Neapolitan Style with a wet but not too wet center. The Diavola is topped with milky cheese, certified tomatoes and a hard to come by quality spicy salami. The marinara is topped with a wildly flavorful sauce that is also very garlicky. Both of these pizzas are light and don’t weigh you down. Thanks to my husband we had room to try the house made gelato.

The chocolate is different and has a great mouth feel and taste like Italian Chocolate. The Strawberry is Amazing. Taste like the very best strawberries ever. It’s so amazing I can only dream that they open a gelato shop next door……..

Fabio on Fire at the time of this first visit has only been open a couple days and is already a gem of Peoria.

The pizzas already are among the best on the west side of metro Phoenix.

www.FabioOnFire.com

Fabio On Fire is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork!

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