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Pizzeria Bianco in June

That's a great idea! She's got one of those bottles that she carries with her on the golf course. I'll make sure we bring it along.

May 31, 2010
Jimbeaux in Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco in June

That sounds good, but how do you hold your place in line?

May 31, 2010
Jimbeaux in Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco in June

My wife's birthday is Tuesday (June 1), and she wants to go to Pizzeria Bianco for dinner. I've eaten at PB before (she hasn't), and raved about my meal. So this is to be the day that she finally gets to eat there. I want to be a good husband here, but waiting outside in temps pushing 100 degrees doesn't appeal to me.

Are there misters to make the wait a little more tolerable? Or is the wait any shorter when the temperature hits 3 figures? We'll probably go either way, but I just want to know what to expect.

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Pizzeria Bianco
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

May 30, 2010
Jimbeaux in Phoenix

Review of The Mission's Pig Roast (PHX)

We just got back from a really fine lunch at The Mission in Scottsdale. On Sundays they roast a whole pig and serve it in the afternoon. The cost is $16 for as much as you wish to eat. As a bonus, many (but not all) drinks are half price.

Our group of 10 arrived at 2:00, right when they began serving. We were seated immediately and given chips and salsa. Both were well above average. The chips were thin, crispy and just greasy enough to suit my tastes, and the smoky salsa was excellent.

Five people in our party ordered the half price Bloody Marys. Despite asking for them to be mild, they were too spicy for our group. The waitress cheerfully took them back and replaced them with Mimosas, also on the half price menu. Their Mimosa (made with Prosecco instead of champagne) were a huge hit, and everyone had seconds (and maybe thirds).

I ordered a Guanacate (sp?) margarita, which is made with avacado, believe it or not. It was off the full price menu, and I think it went for $11. I later followed it up with a Mimosa of my own. I preferred the Mimosa.

Next we all headed for the pork's serving station. The pork was prepared two ways. Some of it had a slight sweet sauce on it, and was served in small slices. The rest of it was spicier (but not very spicy), and was served chopped. Each person got a long plate with four small corn tortillas on it. The server then sliced and/or chopped the meat to your order and placed it on the tortillas. Next to the pork you could help yourself to any or all of four sauces, cilantro, limes, roasted pineapple, cotija cheese and onions. They also had some tasty chicarrones, but they went pretty fast.

All in all, I made three trips to the serving station, and tried every conceivable combination. It's kind of a blur now, but all of it was terrific. Our group had a pretty varied selection of palates, from refined to "meat and potatoes," but everyone enjoyed their meals a lot.

For desserts we ordered their chocolate covered frozen bananas, bread pudding and chocolate malts with chocolate churros for dunking. The consensus was that the bread pudding was the best. It never made it to my end of the table, so it probably was the best.

The service was excellent. Our waitress was very friendly, and the guys staffing the pork table were great too.

NOTE: They serve the Sunday pig roast from 2:00 until sunset. OR... until they run out of pork, whichever comes first. Today the pig was gone by 3:45, and the restaurant didn't appear to be crowded. So arrive early!

May 17, 2009
Jimbeaux in Phoenix

Mexican Near Papago Park (PHX)

A group of 10 of us are going to the Desert Botanical Gardens on Wednesday evening. We had hoped to eat at a Mexican restaurant, and then drive to the gardens, and I volunteered to find a place.

I had picked The Mission, since several in our group are crazy about Zinc Bistro. But we'll be eating in the middle of the afternoon, and I see that The Mission only has their "after hours" menu then. Is this still OK?

My other thought is to just give up and just go to one of the touristy places like Old Tortilla Factory or Garduno's. Most of the group probably wouldn't care or notice the difference. One couple thinks that Macayo's has the best Mexican food ever. But that's my last resort.

Any help? How about Mucho Gusto in Tempe?

May 04, 2009
Jimbeaux in Phoenix

Ressies Needed at Gibson's?

I just called, and my choices were 5:30 and earlier, or 9:30 and later. So I took 9:30.

I'm really surprised, for some reason I thought Sundays wouldn't be busy. NOT!

Oct 27, 2007
Jimbeaux in Chicago Area

Ressies Needed at Gibson's?

Thanks for the advice. My schmoozing skills aren't the best, but I'll give it a shot.

Oct 27, 2007
Jimbeaux in Chicago Area

Ressies Needed at Gibson's?

If we arrive at Gibson's without a reservation on a Sunday night, what can we expect? We won't be in any hurry at all. We're staying within walking distance, and will be happy to have a couple in the bar before dinner. But I don't wait to wait more than an hour for a table either.

Oct 27, 2007
Jimbeaux in Chicago Area

Avec Pre-show Questions

My wife and I are going to see Wicked Tuesday at 7:30, and I thought we'd try Avec before the show. How much time should we allow? It looks to be about a ten minte walk to the show (at the Ford's Theater).

And do Chowhounders recommend sitting at the bar? We generally like to sit at the bar at open kitchen type places, but every one is different.

And, OT, but what's with all of the lower case restaurant names? There's mk, sola, pingpong, sushi wabi, copperblue, one sixtyblue, rist. we and a bunch of others. Seems like kind of a dopey bandwagon to jump on.

Oct 27, 2007
Jimbeaux in Chicago Area