During a recent visit to Scottsdale, Ariz., I stayed at a small, inexpensive “boutique” hotel called the 3 Palms. With its room rates well under $100 per night, I highly recommend this place, located in the heart of Scottsdale, right next to El Dorado Park.
Anyway, it so happens that the hotel’s new restaurant, called Avalon, just opened that week and we decided to check it out. Mouth-watering dishes like short-rib osso buco with mascarpone polenta, sesame-crusted Hawaiian ahi with wasabi crème fraiche and seared Maine Diver scallops with white bean pancetta ragout were certainly tempting, as were the judiciously priced wines. But, priced at a mere $27, I couldn’t resist chef Travis Watson’s poached Maine lobster, which came with heavenly homemade ricotta gnocchi, tomato confit and saffron-lobster demi. Simply put, it was unreal.
Should you find yourself in the Phoenix area, Avalon restaurant at the 3 Palms Hotel is well worth a dining detour.