Petite Maison in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. until 12 a.m.
For a night, you can whisk yourself away to a small French cottage, where the food and drink are plentiful and delicious. The staff will graciously guide you through the staff meal menu, which is Petite Maison's take on late-night happy hour. The patio seating in the garden atmosphere is perfect this time of year, but the cozy bar area is nothing to sneeze at, either. The location is tucked away east of Scottsdale Road and south of Camelback Road, making for an intimate and quiet experience in the midst of normal Old Town Scottsdale weekend hullabaloo.
Heather Hoch Queue de boeuf (oxtail ravioli) at Petite Maison.
Staff meal works a bit differently than a typical happy hour in that you can choose from the hors d'oeuvres offerings plus two additional dishes that the chefs choose nightly. When we went, duck paté-covered poutine ($12) was on the menu -- pretty much a no-brainer for us. This less-gravy-smothered take on the classic Canadian gut bomb made for crispier, cheesier fries, with tons of spiced meaty goodness coming from the pate.
We also tried the queue de beouf ($12), which is two freshly made oxtail ravioli topped with arugula with a generous drizzle of au jus poured tableside. The ravioli itself was just firm enough to hold all the moist and tender oxtail in, but not so tough that you would even have to consider using a knife to cut through. Petite Maison's offerings, though pricier than we're used to shelling out during a happy hour trip, were also more refined and luxe than we're used to. Worth the price? Definitely.