Slow Food Dinner @ Tarbell’s

November 21st, 2011

Chef Jeff, Foodie Kim and Mark Tarbell

JAVINOS Wine Bar and Restaurant

March 7th, 2010

14795 N. Northsight Blvd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Open every day for lunch and dinner; closed Sunday.

Apparently this restaurant has been waiting for us to try for three years. The signage is misleading. Timing is everything. On a walk in our neighborhood, fortunately it was close to dinner time and I didn’t feel like cooking. We walked up to JAVINOS to see what it was all about, and our first impression, was casual and approachable-inviting. A quick perusal of the menu showed the prices were reasonable and there were plenty of items to choose from. We decided to give it a try. I looked around to see what the seating options were and there appeared to be three separate areas: the bar with tables and booths facing the kitchen, brick oven flames and televisions, the patio (enclosed as it was evening, but I think the sides open up in good weather) complete with a water fountain, and a more formal dining room which had a Tuscan living room feel. We opted for a booth in the bar area. The waiters were still learning the new, price reduced menu, but were eager to please and be helpful. The manager was friendly and gave us the scoop on this privately owned restaurant. The owners for which the J and A stand for, wanted a venue for their winery in Argentino. I sampled a couple of  reds, their Malbecs, which had a nice flavor to them. I ordered off the appetizer list and was impressed as I enjoyed a vegetarian stuffed red bell pepper, the three short ribs, a set of three which sat on a bed of french fries priced at $6 each. My husband went for the pizza, and was equally satisfied, though he eyed my dishes with longing-yes, I shared, reluctantly I admit. I was savoring every bite. The Happy Hour offered two beers on tap: Fat Tire and Peroni, for a mere $2, and glasses of house wine are half off! We are excited to have a neighborhood spot within walking distance, and are looking forward to returning there. Did I mention they use all Angus beef, and their half pound burgers are only $10? Or was it $8? I’ll have to go back and find out.


March 7th, 2010

7133 E. Stetson Dr. #2

Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Enjoy creative innovations at the bar and on the menu, using the freshest local (including AZ wines) and in-season ingredients in this intimate cafe in downtown Scottsdale on Stetson.

Pho Van Vietnamese Restaurant

September 23rd, 2009

2095 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler 85224


Located in the strip mall housing Lee Lee Asian Market, you know they have access to the freshest of Asian ingredients.

Clean and quaint, the filet beef salad was delicious. I wish this was closer to home.

Kyoto-Japanese Restaurant

September 23rd, 2009

7170 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale 85251


If you enjoy really great sushi bar or being entertained by a grilling chef at your table, then Kyoto is a great and inexpensive place to try when your in downtown Scottsdale. The doors open at 5pm with a line typically waiting to get in, so I suggest you make a reservation.

Andreoli Italian Grocer

September 22nd, 2009

8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale 85258


Closed Sundays

This is Scottsdale’s Italian deli/restaurant like no other. Besides the accent of the clientele which makes you feel like you are visiting Italy, the baked goods, deli meats and cheeses, and entrees are sure to please. I come here especially to buy fresh mozzarella for my Caprese salads. They also sell basic Italian grocery products, including wine to take home.

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