For the location of the first Dillon's, Rich Dillon and George Valverde chose a 1940s Thunderbird Road structure that a writer for the Phoenix New Times described as "a cute, converted old house that looks like grandma's parlor." Since then, they've opened four more eateries in locations that are as appealing as the signature flame-kissed and slow-smoked meats served inside. Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium's shark tank flanks the dining room of Dillon's at the Wildlife World Zoo, and the boat-accessible Scorpion Bay location opens onto the waters of Lake Pleasant so that diners can chortle as fish attempt to develop democracy. Live music and karaoke lend additional social vibes to the smokehouses.
Chef Kierstin Mor grew up just a half-hour away from Napa Valley, a growing region that has a lot in common with the French countryside. That's especially fitting considering Kierstin first learned how to cook by watching local public television shows, igniting a passion that wouldn't be fully realized until a career in technology led her to Paris. It was there, in the gourmet supermarkets of Europe that she decided to make the professional leap into the culinary sphere. She soon enrolled in the famed Ecole Ferrandi school and wasted no time learning the essentials of French cooking. While in Paris, she also discovered a second love––her husband, chef Snir Mor. The two bonded over their ferver for gourmet food, and when they moved to Surprise in 2004, they took it upon themselves to share this infatuation with their new neighbors. Before long, Amuse Bouche was born. It’s not exactly easy to recreate Paris in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, but the Mors have captured the French capital’s je ne sais quoi with some help from executive chef Matt Ochs. Together, the trio has crafted a menu that spotlights French staples like braised short ribs, chicken liver pâté, and chocolate pots de creme. The bistro itself would feel right at home tucked away in an alley of the Latin Quarter, thanks to its romantic ambience and cozy-but-not-cramped dining room. And because no French meal would be complete without a glass of wine, the restaurant employs a BYOB policy, allowing guests to pair their seasonal dishes with a favorite bottle or pre-filled drinking horn.
As a teenager, Chef Aurore de Beauduy learned to cook her first French dish under the tutelage of a few renowned chefs. This experience ignited a passion for cooking that led her to study at France's Cordon Bleu Culinary School. Today, she draws on nearly life-long training as the executive chef of Vogue Bistro. Here she puts her skills on display each day in an open kitchen, where she infuses modern American dishes with French influences. She sears grass-fed Angus filet mignon, wraps puff pastry around Sicilian eggplant parmesan, and stirs pots of French rabbit-and-vegetable stew. Though these dishes take center stage, the bistro also stamps its signature on martinis. Each cocktail is named for a famous clothing designer and features Skyy vodka blended with ingredients such as fresh juices and fruit-infused liqueurs.
To extend her culinary influence, Beauduy assembles platters for on- or off-site catering that focus on her artistic presentation. And, in weekly introductory cooking classes, she teaches students how to prepare basic French recipes and how to properly pronounce the word "ratatouille."
Zen's Cafe slings a varied menu of fresh, tasty eats to sate appetites of all sizes within a casual neighborhood setting. Dinner and lunch grazers can lavish taste buds with Linda's veggie pasta garnished with an array of garden dwellers desperately trying to dance beneath a hoedown-hindering deluge of marinara ($11.09) or the lightly breaded shrimp in a french-fry-festooned basket ($10.09). Don & Sue's 10-ounce New York strip ($13.09) satisfies beef-centric noshers and bunnies who are unaware of the food chain with char-grilled succulence.
We’re a New York-style, family-owned deli with one heckuva mouthwatering menu! If it’s fresh you’re looking for, it’s fresh we got! Whether dining in or ordering out, we know you’ll love our homemade sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.