Forking Dining with Dogs in Metro Phoenix AZ January 2017


“We are on our way to Amuse Bouche in Surprise AZ”

Dining with dogs is just a “Fluff Story” about taking my dogs out to eat. This is not a full blown restaurant review. Many restaurants around Phoenix do have patios but not all patios are dog friendly. Even if the restaurant has a dog friendly patio you still can be refused service due to a person with allergies or fear of dogs. Other reasons can be that the patio is booked with a party or once I encountered a once dog friendly patio suddenly turning to not allowing dogs so it’s always advisable to be prepared for a dining plan that includes two locations. There are some rules for dining with dogs. Dogs must be by your side at all times and you dog must be well behaved. Dogs are not allowed on restaurant furniture and are not allowed to eat off restaurant plates. You also need to know that most food you eat can be harmful or toxic to your dog. A few of the many foods to avoid are onions, garlic, chocolate, avocado, grapes (anything made from grapes like vinegar, raisins wine) macadamia nuts, most nuts, baked yeasted items  and artificial sweetener. I mostly give my dogs plain meat and try to remove any sauces.

We recently visited Amuse Bouche Restaurant in Surprise AZ. This little cafe makes some of the most impressive food in this immediate area. The husband and wife Chef/Owners have trained in France in French Culinary School.

We started with Risotto Fritters.

I don’t know how they made these Fritters so perfect. The rice is firm but cooked and is in creamy delicious sauce in a very thin and very crisp  bread crumb shell. These Risotto Fritters were excellent.

“Ummm I want some”

I had one of the specials of the day, it was Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Quiche.

The onions and mushrooms settled to the bottom but the taste was amazing. The custard was light and silky and laced with cheese. The crust was thin and buttery and golden brown under the filling and on the bottom. Not soggy at all and was delicious. The mushrooms that  the Quiche contained were developed with flavors. It was delicious. Off to the side of the plate I had a fresh mixed green salad with toasted almonds with blue cheese.

My husband had the Cuban Sandwich with the same side salad I had.

I was told the sandwich was tasty but light with meat for a man’s appetite.

Fortunately he was still willing to share some roasted pork with the dogs.

The dogs also enjoyed some egg custard from the Quiche.

Amuse Bouche does provide a community water bowl for dogs.

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“We are off to Salad and Go in Phoenix”

Salad and Go is a fast casual Drive Threw Restaurant that specializes in serving inexpensive take away salads. You either use the walk up window and sit on the patio…. or take your salad with you back to work or home to eat. They also offer breakfast, soups, wraps and children’s meals.

We all liked the salads last month and my husband ordered the same one called Santa Fee with added steak.

“Oh I like the steak”

I tried the Special Seasonal Salad with Chicken.

It was packed with tasty walnuts, spiced fresh pears, cranberries and blue cheese in a fig vinaigrette.

“The Chicken is really good!”

We are very pleased with what we tried from Salad and Go!

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“We’re off to Cucina Tagliani in Glendale AZ”

Cucina Tagliani is an American/Italian family friendly restaurant with wait service and an official licensed dog friendly patio. I decided to get something different and got the “lasagna style” Baked Spaghetti Squash.

It looks like a heavy brick but actually the way they made it the baked squash seems very light. The squash is carefully held together and is nicely seasoned and blanketed with cheese and Alfredo Sauce  and surrounded in a pool of marinara. It’s very good I’ll get it again sometime.

“I’ll eat spaghetti squash” “I love spaghetti squash!”

“Only weird dogs eat spaghetti squash.” “Good thing my human ordered a side of chicken ($2.99) for us dogs (particularly ME). “I’d Forking Starve before I’d eat spaghetti squash.”

My husband got his usual “Papa’s Platter” that’s by far the best deal on the menu.

Veal Parmesan, Sausage Lasagna and two Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

“Man “O” man did I do Forking Good today at Cucina Tagliani!”

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“We’re on our way to Oscar’s Pier 83 in Glendale AZ”

Oscar’s Pier 83 is a casual seafood restaurant. The specialty is their fish and chips.

Oh No!!!!!!!

#Oh FORK!”

The patio is closed due to being rained on. I live only a short ride away and by my house it’s dry and sunny….Well that’s how it goes…here in mostly sunny Arizona…

I didn’t have a back up plan so we did take out.

Oscar’s Pier 83 has a whopping 4.5 star average on a popular review site from over 300 reviews. While I don’t agree that the 4.5 star average is truthful most of the food they serve is much better than fast food. Both me and my husband ordered the 2pc fish and chips. The cod seems fresh tasting and is flaky. The batter isn’t crisp due to being steamed from the take out package but taste like it was fried in clean oil. The fries taste how they look. Coleslaw is fresh tasting and very mild with flavor. I like that the cabbage is sliced very thin and that it’s not too drippy.

Both dogs enjoyed the fish with me.

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That was Dining with Dogs for January 2017.

We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth




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