Is a Shallot an ingredient or a café ... the answer is both
Maybe you knew! And hopefully, like us, you have also eaten shallots at Shallots Café. Located in the space once occupied by Dan's Bistro on 89A, just east of Mexidona, the restaurant opened a few months ago. Shallots roasted with herbs and Roma tomatoes and capped by melted Mozzarella is one of its tasty appetizers.
Experienced restaurateurs saw an opportunity and with a few cosmetic changes, they opened a comfortable quiet restaurant that serves quality lunches and dinners at reasonable prices. AND, it's BYOB with a reasonable corkage fee! Blair Preston, once allied with Bodacious Burger, is the manager. It is his "wicked" chili on the menu. Richard Raymond is the chef. Richard has been around the Sedona restaurant scene for many years and was the chef at the original Shugrue's when it was located in W. Sedona.
The Dunnery enjoyed dinner at Shallot's Café during the "soft opening time". We only then learned of the BYOB. Once we determined our entrees, Jeff zipped over to Basha's and returned with the perfect accompaniment, Seghesio Zinfandel from Sonoma.
A choice of soup or salad is included with all dinners. Jeff had the clam chowder, rich with large clams and Suzie the Red Pepper and Artichoke-both were served hot and were delicious.
For entrees, Jeff had the Jack Daniels Rib Eye, cooked to perfection and topped with thin and crispy fried onions; Suzie the Charbroiled Salmon.
A choice of potatoes and a side of seasonal vegetables accompanied our entrees. We knew we wanted to return, Suzie especially for some of the "Southern" Fried Chicken entrees.
The next time was for lunch and we selected sandwiches- French Prime Dip for Jeff and California Grilled Chicken Breast for Suzie. Gentlemen at the next table spoke highly of the Batter Fried Cod luncheon. It did look tempting-next time.
The menus and hours are easily found at www.shallotscafe.com. Reservations are accepted. There is a wonderful side room that accommodates a group of at least 8. Call 928-554-4805.
Many thanks to the staff at Shallots Café for their kind attention.
To Your Health and Happiness, Jeff and Suzie at The Dunnery
Bites and Sips
1) The Dunnery went on a restaurant splurge for their anniversary. Breakfast at Desert Flour Bakery, where we savored lox and bagels. Oh so good. Lunch at Pizza Picazzo's where we dined using our anniversary certificate. We selected pasta with side salads and really enjoyed mango iced tea. We (50 years), along with great friends, Rick and Eloise Baldauf (40 years) celebrated together for dinner at Sound Bites. We toasted with champagne and shared a Shrimp Cocktail. Rick, on Jeff's recommendation, ordered a hand cut rib eye steak, Eloise and Jeff selected Osso Buco and Suzie chose Salmon. All delicious. Please note that we did not eat these three meals the same day. Yikes!
2) Friends Carol Wirkus and Noreen Lisowski joined Suzie at Indian Gardens. Remember our note last month-the need to support the Oak Creek Canyon businesses? Exactly. "The gals" had a wonderful lunch of curried chicken salad, veggie wrap and chili in the back yard garden. Other patrons suggested we visit The Butterfly Garden Inn, formerly Don Hoels, just minutes north of Indian Gardens. It also boasts a market at which you can purchase picnic supplies and share a cup of tea.
3) The Sedona Hideaway House, located on "the Y" had its soft opening. The interior changes to The Hideaway are astounding. We had a lovely view from the second story balcony. The establishment will be reviewed in a future article.
4) If you happen to be in Flagstaff, especially at brunch time on the weekends, we recommend Josephines at 503 N. Humphrey Street. Delicious fare and if you are lucky, shaded space on the patio while being serenaded.