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Scottsdale Eats: Roaring Fork

I had never been to Scottsdale before this past April and I unexpectedly found myself there for the second time in a six weeks.   Boom Boom had another conference and our girls were on a school trip to Washington, DC. So on a whim we decided to have me and mini-me go to Scottsdale for some chill time.

I was able to play some golf this time, which I was very happy about.   But unlike last time, it was hot. Like 105 degrees hot.  I know, I know – it’s a dry heat so it’s not that bad.  I never believed that until now, but it’s true.  In the Midwest, when it gets up to the 90s with high humidity you’re constantly sweating and it’s sometimes hard to breathe.  The desert heat, in comparison, is indeed more comfortable.   But c’mon, at 110, there’s a strong chance that dwarves will explode.

Boom Boom was able to join us for dinner the first night, so we went to a place I was eyeballing last time we were here – Roaring Fork.   Coming from Chicago and Michigan, and having dined in many great cities, it’s still an adjustment to find the better restaurants here are in strip malls and office buildings. Roaring Fork falls in that latter category. And yes, it was fantastic.

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They bill themselves as wood-fired American cuisine – most people call would call it a steakhouse.  It certainly had that feel as we were escorted to our table in the indoor section.  Having sat through a FREEZING plane for a few hours, we asked if we could sit in the patio area.  Great move.  It had a much more casual feel to it and there was a lot of natural light (which of course was perfect for pictures).  Although it was really hot outside, the fans and misters made it quite comfortable.   But the best part – we were able to partake in their Happy Hour menu with $5 cocktails and 30%-off entrees.

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What We Ate

We were so hungry we were ready to eat our arms. So we started off with …

Fresh Guacamole

Fresh Guacamole

Queso con Puerco – creamy queso with their green chili braised pork

Queso con Puerco – creamy queso with their green chili braised pork

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Both were very good – not necessarily the best we’ve had, but definitely solid choices.

On to main courses…

Grilled Fish Tacos

Grilled Fish Tacos

The Roaring Fork “Big Ass” Burger – smoked pepper bacon, cheddar, poblano pepper

The Roaring Fork “Big Ass” Burger – smoked pepper bacon, cheddar, poblano pepper

Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin – served medium with White Falls Mills cheese grits & Mexican street corn.

Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin – served medium with White Falls Mills cheese grits & Mexican street corn.

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All of these were excellent.  The tacos were light and fresh with a flavorful salsa verde.  The burger was indeed big-assed – well over half a pound.  Mini-me (who’s only 11) barely finished a quarter of it.  The best of the bunch was my pork tenderloin – both the meat and the grits were cooked to perfection.  The corn was also very tasty, but not quite as good as my recipe.

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What We Drank

No pictures, but I started off the night with the “Adult Arnold Palmer” which had Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade.  Boom Boom had their classic Margarita.  Both great values at $5 each.   With dinner we had the Laetitia Chardonnay, an everyday-level white from Arroyo Grande.   It  had enough crispness for the fish, fruit and body for the pork, and butter notes for the corn.

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It definitely was a good start to our return to Scottsdale.

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6 comments on “Scottsdale Eats: Roaring Fork

  1. the drunken cyclist
    June 17, 2014

    Dude, a blast furnace also produces “dry heat”. I was in Phoenix when it was 120. That was effing hot–stupid hot (as in “You must be stupid to live here”), “dry” or not.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      June 17, 2014

      Haha, yeah not sure if I’d be playing golf in 120. But I can tell you 105 wasn’t bad. Not sure I’d cycle…

  2. Next Stop TBD
    June 18, 2014

    It’s so off-putting when good restaurants are in strip malls…but I guess that’s what real estate is available…I want my nice restaurants to be in a historic mansion or something

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      June 18, 2014

      Or in a quaint neighborhood you can walk up to… It’s a little more understandable in AZ though. Not much walking up to a place in 120 degrees.

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