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Flakey Tart - Atlantic Highlands.

It is the Flaky Tart. And if anyone is considering going any time soon, I think they have summer hours and are closed on Monday and Tuesdays. Don't make the drive and be dissapointed if they are not there. Call ahead to check the hours. 732 291 2555

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Flaky Tart
145 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Jul 14, 2010
Wandrr in New Jersey

Scottsdale & Sedona dinner recos

I think you can't go wrong with The Elote Cafe in Sedona. It is authentic Mexican and great. It is not something you will likely get in Boston. http://www.elotecafe.com/ It is in a hotel on one of the main drags but the ambience picks up once you hit the front door. Try the different tequilas too. Last time I was there they had Cruz Tequila, my new favorite. It is a new brand created by some Scottsdale locals. It has won two medals in competition so far.

As to Scottsdale I don't know what you are looking for so I am going to try and reccomend Scottsdale unique experiences that you won't have in (I assume) Boston.

I am pretty impressed with Roka Akor a London based high end Sushi chain that has its first US location in Scottsdale. It is pricey but pretty unique and good. Nice ambience too.

We are full of high end steak houses but a cool "cowboy" way to go is to consider Pinnacle Peak Steak house. What they lack in cutting edge, modern steak prep they make up for in authentic, old timey ranch cooking. It was out in the desert way back when but now the development has filled in some. They claim that they steaks down after 40 years of cooking over a million steaks. It is a ranchy, chuck wagon feel. Very old Scottsdale and the highlight of a lot of our friends visits. Don't wear a tie. They snip those off and hang em from the rafters. http://www.pppatio.com/home/default.asp

High end I like Elements at the Sanctuary resort. Great food. Great View. http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/c...

Some other sort of noteworthy choices are Pizzeria Bianco, supposed to be the best pizzeria in the country but go early and be prepared to wait. It is in Phoenix but Scottsdale is in the greater Phoenix metro area. Also Binkley's with the amuse bouche is pretty good. It is a bit north of Scottsdale in the adjacent town of Cave Creek. http://www.binkleysrestaurant.com/ If nothing else that is a starting point for some research.

Feb 11, 2009
Wandrr in Phoenix

Hatch New Mexico Information.

Hey all Thanks for the follow up. Of course I got to Hatch and did not have an internet connection to check your posts. I ended up eating at the B&E Burritos and was a little wary as I walked in. The flies were very aggressive and I could just imagine the bodies of the last 4 diners stored on ice somewhere back behind the counter.

So I recalled one of my sayings, usually said in jest, "If its dirty it is probably authentic indigenous cuisine" and considered when I would be in Hatch next. I man'd up and ordered the Chile Verde Burrito. Man was it good. Spicy hot so you say "ow" but also so good you wade in for more. I got it to go and drove over towards some of the pepper fields. Dining Al Fresco I enjoyed the drippy, spicy little burrito. A few days later now and I am still free of Montezuma's curse. No ill effects at all.

I also picked up some fresh green chiles, the first of the harvest for this year had just come in. They were fabulous.

Jul 31, 2008
Wandrr in Southwest

Terroir - Longmont, CO

I went into Terroir for dinner last night. It was my second try since the last time I was in town, they had a private party and were closed to the public.

The decor and ambience were good. They were about half full, which on a Monday night at their price point in Longmont is doing pretty well.

I really want the owners to do well. They are Missouri transplants and very likeable. The problem is that the food didn't wow me. I was hoping to list the items and my issues in the spirit of constructive criticism.

I went for a mostly appetizer approach. I had the Polenta Fingers with a lemon aioli. Fingers were alright and I give them props for putting them on the menu, but I think I make better at home. The aioli was bland almost like an egg custard, without the ending tang of an aioli. The shrimp with chile was tame and the shrimp while of good texture had the flavor of long frozen shrimp. I guess the shrimp vendors don't do so well in Longmont. The ocean is a far piece.

My favorites were the gnocci and the Goat Cheese Souffle. They use the local, and I mean local to Longmont, Haystack cheese which is terrific and make a little cheesy biscuit with it. It was tasty but I was expecting a bit more flair in the presentation. I would probably go back for another try but mostly because of the ambience, the staff and the scarcity of fine dining options in Longmont.

I was actually pleasantly surprised at lunchtime by the Bear Rock Cafe in Longmont on Hover. Apparently they started roasting their own lunch meats from Scratch and baking their breads from a new recipe. My poorly named "Hoot Owl" sandwich was super fresh and tasty and not hard on the wallet. I wasn't that hungry but I scarfed down the whole turkey sandwich in a few minutes.

Jul 29, 2008
Wandrr in Southwest

favorite cowboy bars around GC/Mon Vlly?

I just drove through Bluff, Mexican Hat, Blanding etc Sunday. I didn't find any cowboy bars in Bluff. The locals said there were not any there or nearby. I did stop into the Twin Rock Cafe. Pretty from the outside but not much on the inside, except for the high end curio shop. They had some very nice SW art.

Jul 29, 2008
Wandrr in Southwest

Hatch New Mexico Information.

I have always wanted to visit Hatch New Mexico.

I saw a lot of posts and links about the chiles but not too many on places to eat.

Does anyone have a recommendation for the "definitive" New Mexican restaurant to visit while there and traveling through Hatch. Depending on the drive times I will be there for either lunch or dinner. Not likely to be in town for breakfast.

Jul 23, 2008
Wandrr in Southwest

N. Scottsdale inexpensive dining recommendations

I like Prickly Pear Mexican Grill in the Airpark. A really huge burrito is about $7 and great tasting too. They have specials weekdays with a drink and a dessert and an entree for just under $10.

Rays Pizza is my local favorite. They are in the shopping center at Frank L.Wright and the 101. It is not too pricey.

Jul 23, 2008
Wandrr in Phoenix

favorite cowboy bars around GC/Mon Vlly?

I drive through that area a bunch. In fact I am going through on Sunday. I have had my eye on the Twin Rocks Cafe in Bluff Utah the last 3 trips. I guess I will stop and let you know if it is as cool as it looks from the road.

Jul 23, 2008
Wandrr in Southwest

Are there such places as power-dining spots in Phoenix?

My wife and I at at T Cooks, at the Royal Palms Resort off Camelback in Scottsdale this spring and sat next to Alice Cooper and his trophy wife. Maybe he is the mover and she was the shaker. : )

Jul 23, 2008
Wandrr in Southwest

Anniversary Dinner in Phoenix

Binkley's is tasty and welcoming. They have a nice tasting menu and the amuse bouche (spelling) are very creative. It is a bit of a drive from Chandler.

Elements at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain is a good choice. The food is killer and so is the view. A lot of the tables face out to the mountain views. It is serenely beautiful at sunset. My wife and I were there for a birthday, last year. Very memorable and a bit pricey.

Jul 23, 2008
Wandrr in Phoenix

Fort Collins lunch suggestions?

Choice City Butcher shop near the campus and off of College at Olive is very good. They are into some gourmet meats though so it may not be right for a veggie experience. I was wowed by their attention to detail and the selection.

http://www.choicecitybutcher.com/home...

Jul 23, 2008
Wandrr in Southwest

Fast, high-quality food in Phoenix

I like Wrap N Frappe in N. Scottsdale. They are not terribly fast, though they are supposed to be. I don't think they have the speed thing down yet but they do some distinctive wraps. I read a review of the place in the AZ Republic two years ago and went on opening weekend. I have been going back ever since. The Owner is a CIA trained Chef if I remember right. They make the wraps fresh as you order on an expensive tortilla press. The Skirt Steak is great with thin onion rings. I cut and pasted their address below. It is a bit out of the way, north of 101 on Hayden but it is worth the drive from North Phoenix or Scottsdale.

Wrap-N-Frappe Gourmet Wraps & Smoothies
20511 N. Hayden Rd Scottsdale, AZ
480) 513-WRAP (9727)

In that area I also like Prickly Pear Fresh Mexican Grill. It is near Raintree and the 101. Raintree and Northsight. They make their own tortillas too. (I see a theme here). They have a great sweet carnitas burrito that my wife and friends love but I like the traditional pork carnitas. It has that crunchy salty texture of authentic carnitas. It gets a bit crowded at lunch time but they are fast. It is a little undiscovered at dinner and there is almost no wait most of the time. Oh and the desserts, especially the quatros leche are really good. You don't think of that for most Mexican places which serve friend ice cream etc.

Jul 23, 2008
Wandrr in Phoenix