May 21, 2011 – Fuego Bistro
713 E. Palo Verde Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85014 602.277.1151 www.fuegobistro.com Welcome back Jenn! We missed you while you were on your business travels but glad to have you home! This month we traveled away from the East Valley into Phoenix to try Fuego Bistro on 7th St just south of Bethany Home. This little gem is tucked away on a side street but once you find it, you won’t forget it. The food, atmosphere and service was fantastic! Since it was restaurant week, we decided to try the options that were available as part of the special. One starter, one main course, a dessert AND a signature cocktail all for $30 a person. What a great deal! We did add a few more extra cocktails onto the bill but what else do you expect from our group? 🙂 For starters, we had the Organic Spinach Salad that had goat cheese and a delicious bacon citrus vinagrette; the Signature Empanada that was sound enducing…well at least that is what happens when we tried it and lots of “yums” and “wow, that’s good” followed; the Pork Nachos (on the happy hour menu); the Ancho Dusted Wild Salmon Croquettes; and the Vegetarian Tostadas (on the happy hour menu) that had an amazing chipotle cream sauce drizzled on it. All of them were delicious! Then we followed with the main courses of the Pernil Asado of tender, tasty pork with an blissful orange habanero mojo sauce that made the flavors explode in your mouth; the Panko Crusted Tilapia with guajillo cream sauce; the Penne Pasta with local chorizo and the Chili Relleno (on the happy hour menu). As if these flavors were not amazing enough, they also added your choice of two sides like the Jalapeno Cream Corn, Green Chili Cornbread Casserole and Chipotle Chedder Mashed Potatoes. Such interesting twists to regular favorites that were so filled with flavor it was like visiting a whole new world. Warning: the plates are enough to share but you are going to want to eat EVERY bite, which is gonna hurt. Dessert options were Horchata Bread Pudding (with a nice level of rice flavor), Ancho Chocolate Torte or the Fuego Sundae. All of them came with a chocolate malt ice cream that reminded me of Thrifty ice cream and immediately sent me back to junior high and Southern California summers. ahhh…memories…. Since it was such a nice evening (and our group is kind of large), we sat outside in the coutyard. The weather was great and the courtyard atmosphere is so relaxing! We also were treated to some live guitar and bass music that wasn’t too loud and overbearing. The thought of live music was a little bit of concerning because of some past experiences, but this time, it was the perfect mix. The staff and management were also very accomodating with any request we had and helped make the experience even better. This was definately a winner and one that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone. In fact, forget that…I want to go back and try everything else on the menu!