The Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian restaurant, is an adventurous dining experience with gauchos skipping through the crowds carrying huge plates of grilled meat. You’ll find beef on those plates, but also chicken, lamb and pork. The prices aren’t cheap here, but kids are half-price and the littlest ones (under 5) are free. Meals include salad, main course, plus three side dishes. Drinks and desserts are priced separately. Those with experience say don’t fill up too much at the salad bar, even though the bounty there might tempt you. If you make this mistake, you won’t make it through the main course.
Roaring Pork on North Scottsdale Road is described as a Southwestern bistro and has received rave reviews. A meal here is a celebration of local ingredients and dishes. Don’t expect quiet romance here, as the atmosphere is pretty lively. If you want privacy, definitely ask for a booth. The menu features many main course choices, including mouth-watering seafood entrees and a prix fixe menu at $25. Save a little room for the huckleberry bread pudding.
Mexican with flair
Try the Old Town Tortilla Factory. It’s located in an historic adobe building. You can eat on the patio; it’s heated when it’s cold and set up with misters for the heat. Choice appetizers are the Sante Fe Roll and Tequila Salad. Popular entrees include Shawnee Seabass and Achiote Ribs. The cheesecake makes for a satisfying dessert.
A fresh take on Asian
You have many choices for sushi, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Try Tottie’s Asian Fusion on East Thompson Road when you have a crowd; you can all have your favorite, whether it’s soft shell crab spring rolls, sugarcane chicken, papaya salad, moo shu shrimp, or even Mongolian beef.
Stingray Sushi offers an unusual combination of sushi dishes and an atmosphere that has been described as “not Japanese.” This is a popular joint that draws crowds. Maybe that’s because the special drink menu is as attractive as the food.
You can get ice cream and rhubarb pie for breakfast at Randy’s Restaurant and Ice Cream on East Chaparral Road. This is a family-friendly place. The lunch menu features cream of chicken on Sundays and fish and chips on Fridays. There is a nice selection of vegetarian options on the menu as well.
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