Last Night at AZ Wine & Dine: Balsamic-Braised Short Ribs, Salted Caramel Chocolate Lollipops, and Much More

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Desserts from T. Cook's, Lon's, and Little America Hotel
District American Kitchen was another restaurant that hit the bullseye with its smart, distinctive choices. Shreiner's bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chive cream cheese were a simple, incredibly delicious way to go. When it feels like you can only muster one last bite, that's a bite many will risk. Since most of the food at the event was heavy and there was a notable lack of vegetables, it was refreshing to have a light option: tepary bean hummus with lavosh chips and organic carrots. Lastly, they had bags of "cracker jack" caramel corn and cashews to take with. If only every dessert had been available to-go.

It's no surprise that T. Cook's also brought outstanding selections. The pork belly was good, although it didn't have as much flavor as expected from the za'taar seasoning. Most of the flavor came from the harissa and cauliflower. What really made T. Cook's shine was the milk chocolate panna cotta with caramel sauce. It had a very silky texture, was packed with flavor, and was simply addictive.

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Doubletree Resort's selections
Deseo also served tender pork belly. It was very spicy, but the steamed yucca and garlic it was served with helped to tame the heat. Different Pointe of View had perfectly cooked scallops on top of quinoa, black avocado puree, and roasted piquillo pepper pesto. While I preferred the flavors of Doubletree Resort's scallop, which was slightly overcooked but came with a sweet pea puree and microgreens, making it bright and fresh. Both restaurants also served great desserts. Doubletree served signature chocolate chip cookies that were very crispy, and I want the recipe. Different Pointe of View had beautiful presentation on their dessert, a nutty chocolatey treat of some kind. The smooth texture made it indulgent and easy to eat, and the chocolate was well balanced.

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Different Pointe of View
As previously stated, there were quite a few sliders and small sandwiches. Bourbon Steak had the best one, a prime beef short rib slider with horseradish slaw, apple, and celery. The little sandwich was bursting with juicy flavor and represented a fancier version of a comfort food classic. Renaissance Phoenix Downtown served a Conchinita pibil slider. While delicious, it was hard to eat because the bolio rolls were too big compared to the amount of filling, which supposedly was Duroc pork cheeks with pickled cabbage. However, the most disappointing slider came from Relish Burger Bistro. The "cowboy style" Kobe beef sliders were overpowered by spicy horseradish, and that stole the show from the high quality meat. They also had salmon burgers with avocado and arugula, but I didn't snag one of those.

Location Info

Tanzy Restaurant

15257 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Province at the Westin Hotel

333 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

320 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Different Pointe of View

11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Doubletree Scottsdale-Paradise Valley Resort

5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Bourbon Steak

7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

50 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Relish Burger Bistro at the Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Arizona Grand Resort

8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: General

Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant


4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant


10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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