Rusconi’s American Kitchen

February 22nd, 2013

10637 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 101B

Phoenix, AZ 85028

480.483.0009

It’s nice to have an independently owned restaurant at the N/E cross-roads of Shea and Tatum. Not to mention a chef who has earned his marks under the tutelage of some of the valley’s finest. My first opinion is usually based on the wine list, of ¬†which I ordered a Merlot-yes Merlot, and was extremely satisfied. The price was reasonable too at $8, and next time, I just might go ahead and trust the $5 special they are offering. I have to be honest, the environment was pleasant right off the bat, and I am sure that the few tables out front will be hard to get during spring and fall. The lunch I had was just okay, there really wasn’t enough meat on the short-rib sliders to justify the use of the tasty bun, and I prefer a little more kick to the horseradish sauce-why else eat it? The chocolate mousse with pear topping dessert was to die for. Did I really have to share it? It was delicious! So, for a nice place to sip wine and ¬†devour dessert I’ll go back. My verdict is still not out on the food, so I’ll be happy to give it another try and let you know.

The Breadfruit

October 15th, 2009

108 E. Pierce St., Downtown Phoenix

602-267-1266

Lunch, Dinner, BYOB w/minimal service charge

www.thebreadfruit.com

The Breadfruit, a little piece of Jamaica tucked away in the heart of downtown Phoenix, near the Farmer’s Market. If you want to experience a unique mix of flavors on your plate, from spicy to sweet, soft to crunchy, in an urban and casual atmosphere with great art adorning the walls and music to make you feel like you are on vacation, then take a trip to Breadfruit.

d-vine bistro and wine bar

August 8th, 2007

3990 S. Alma School, Chandler (at Ocotillo)

480-782-5550

www.dvinewine101.com

Here’s a nice wine bar with a view. I’m always impressed when there’s an outdoor view of greenery and trees, accompanied by a showering mist system on the outdoor patio, live music seeping out from the bustling indoor lounge. It’s apparent this is a popular spot for the young locals. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food looks to be eclectic and creative, however I only came for a glass of wine with a friend. The list was interesting and reasonable which you can peruse on their web site. There are two locations, Chandler and Mesa at the NE corner of Power and McDowell, but I would make the trek back here just to enjoy the view!

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