I started with a cocktail: the Cranberry Presbyterian, a ginger ale with cranberry-infused vodka. I giggled when I saw it listed under the heading "Potent Potables", because Jeopardy. It was strong and tasty, not quite as cranberry-heavy as I expected, but fresh. We also had a number of small plates to start, with my favorites being the Peruvian chicken spring rolls and house pulled mozzarella (pictured) as well as the pork rillette.
For my main course, I had the pasta with duck confit, lentils, foraged mushrooms, spigarello, and bread crumbs. The pasta tasted deliciously fresh, and the combination of flavors didn't taste like anything else I'd had before. The kudos and recognition this restaurants receives (including two James Beard noms for the best chef in the southwest) don't surprise me a bit!
The service was fantastic and the food was too. We didn't have the right headcount and they were able to move some tables and accommodate more people quickly, not an easy task in a small restaurant. Our group was still talking about how great the experience was the next day.
My last dinner in Phoenix was Sissy's pick: The Henry. She'd taken me to a Fox Restaurant before, and they've never failed to impress. The Henry was no different. Its concept is "the greatest neighborhood restaurant", and I loved it! They are open all day, with a coffee shop inside, but they dress up nicely for supper. The decor was on trend with its combo of old and modern fixtures and furniture. Sissy, JA, and my college friend AC met up for drinks and bites.
I kicked off with a Pineapple Pisco Sour, and was super impressed at the restaurant emblem in the foam! It was a delicious version of my favorite drink from our honeymoon in Peru.
I decided to have soup and a starter for my dinner. The soup that day was a chicken tortilla soup, which had fresh avocado in it. It was tasty and it the spot, as the evenings in AZ were in the low 40s when I was there in January.
I also had the Short Rib Potstickers, which were excellent. They tasted fantastic! I had a bite of AC's Prairie Breeze Cheddar Popovers too, which were super soft on the inside.
Phoenix and Scottsdale are full of fantastic food and drinks, y'all. I seriously tuck in to delicious meals every time I visit! Sissy has the best recommendations, and even though she doesn't like to dine out as much as I do, she's always ready to take her foodie sister to the best spots.