Monday, September 20, 2010

Terrific Tarbells

To those who know me well, Tarbell's is one of my favorite spots to dine in Phoenix.  So much so that on I am the mayor of Tarbell's restaurant. Having been a patron since he opened 15 years ago I have rarely missed a week at his restaurant. When I had a group of friends from Alaska it was easy to ask who to cater in my backyard.

Besides beating Iron Chef Cat Cora - Mark is well known in the restaurant world for making great food, using fresh ingredients, and locally grown-- all of which is the mark of a great restaurant and eating philosophy.

Besides making great food-- his wait staff has been with him for years, and all are accommodating and more than willing to split a plate with a guest.  One of my favorite appetizers to split is the House-pulled mozzarella with organic tomatoes, arugula, and topped with balsamic vinegar.  The fresh mozzarella is so different and delightful than the commercial kind that many restaurants have.

Mark's Mr. Fish of the Moment is flown in from both coasts and changes daily. My favorite is when he gets fresh Alaskan Halibut and makes the pumpkinseed crusted with  a lemon cous cous.

Tarbell's - yes, I am the mayor-- and yes, I can be found there often-- a place where you can have a great meal- and not have it contribute to your waist.

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