In a quaint French bistro setting, Head Chef Anthony Ferré and Alain Keller whip up an extensive menu stocked with authentic French crêpes and Swiss fondue along with traditional cuisine such as the flammenkuchen, an oven-toasted tart topped with sour cream, bacon, onion and Swiss cheese ($9.50). Share the imposing La Potence, a vertical metal rack of beef tenderloin flambéed tableside ($25) or the docile Swiss cheese fondue, spiked with white wine and served with French baguette croutons for dipping ($17.50). Pacify sweet teeth buds with a sweet crêpe such as the Grand Marnier crêpe, drizzled with chocolate and bursting with vanilla ice cream and candied orange peel ($5.75), among other dessert options. A tongue-quenching wine selection highlights French, Californian, and some Swiss wines as well as globally sourced beers.
Named for owner Mae Collins's granddaughter, Kimberly Ann's Victorian Tea Room & Cafe sets lace-draped tables for courtly ladies of all ages with a menu of freshly baked scones, light lunch fare, and petite sandwiches. Smaller rooms throughout the café's quaint, home-like interior add coziness to teatime, such as the Grand Victorian room, which is crowned by an elegant tea-set lamp and lined with shelves displaying decorative teapots and boutique items available for sale. The lavender-drenched Garden Room makes an ideal backdrop for Sunday-brunch conversations about the growing popularity of chartreuse pantaloons, and the Princess Room is adorned with magenta-upholstered chairs and sunhats fit for little ladies.
With at least 24 hours' notice, the staff will set tables for high tea, served on elegant tiered platters, and reservations can be made for Princess High Teas—replete with tiaras, cupcakes, and goodie bags—for celebrations of girls' birthday parties. Kimberly Ann's is a favorite destination of the Red Hat Society and regularly hosts events such as an annual April Fool's Day buffet, a holiday open house, and the most elegant of arm-wrestling competitions.
Whipping up delectable dishes that douse the fiery appetites of any appetite resembling that of a grizzly on fire, Black Bear Diner has served as a favorite eating abode of satisfied patrons since 1995. Homestyle eats are paired with top-notch service to provide an enjoyable dining destination that has spawned nearly 30 Black Bear locations nationwide. Large portions are offered on mountainous lunch and dinner menus full of tantalizing, smile-inducing flavors. Try the tri-tip dip sandwich with grilled onions, mushrooms, and swiss cheese ($9.99), the wild Pacific salmon filet with lemon-butter sauce ($13.99), or the old-fashioned meatloaf ($11.99), all of which will give your taste buds something to write home about besides their usual sappy drivel about their girlfriends, your teeth. Additionally, an impressive breakfast menu showcasing items such as the huge Bigfoot chicken-fried steak and eggs ($11.29) is offered all day, ensuring a solid meal for later risers and recovery-dodging egg addicts.
For more than two decades, The Mystery Mansion Dinner Theater has kept diners guessing with ghoulishly goofy whodunits. The rotating repertoire includes Murder at Greystone Manor, which takes place on the set of Golden Age Hollywood director C.D. Weasel's latest production. Before filming can begin in earnest, starlet Clara Simpleton comes down with a bad case of cold feet and cold everything else. Femme fatale and back-up actress Jewel Precious seems the obvious suspect, but the stunningly punny characters know well how to hide their motivations behind a flurry of gags and one-liners. Murder at Bedside Manor takes place in a shockingly OSHA-noncompliant hospital staffed by such consummate professionals as Barb Bituate, Old Doctor Young, Young Doctor Young, and Nurse Scratchit. "Lame jokes, puns, goofy costumes, and thin plots are the stock in trade at the Mystery Mansion," noted Barbara Yost of the Arizona Republic, adding, "Patrons can't get enough.
When founder Bruce Baker first imagined Yumberi Yogurt, he envisioned a business that would make the world a better place through both its flavors and its respect for the environment. Now with two established Phoenix-area locations and plans to grow, Yumberi has made good on Bruce’s intentions. The shops offer organic, visually appealing store designs that are environmentally friendly. Outside those shops, Yumberi emphasizes extensive community involvement. Inside, the emphasis on sustainability can be seen with biodegradable cups and spoons made from corn, which are also what scarecrows use to eat their cereal. Perhaps most important to its mission, Yumberi quells sweets cravings with healthy, delicious yogurt, which comes in more than a dozen flavors, including non-fat Chocolaty Dreams and sugar-free lemon meringue, and can be personalized with fresh fruits, cereals, and candies.
All eyes gaze expectantly toward the center of M Sushi Bar's low-lit dining room, where a chef assembles his 32 specialty rolls at a glowing counter. A string of paper lanterns hover above tables on the room's far side, framing the open kitchen. Rolls sprinkled with candied macadamia nuts and striped in spicy wasabi or sweet unagi sauce pour forth, accompanied occasionally by a bowl of udon noodles. Other Japanese favorites, such as beef teriyaki, appear in lunch bento boxes and dinner specials, both of which are served as multi-course meals with miso soup, rice, and salad. The menu is primarily concerned with sushi, however, and favors fresh tuna and shrimp tempura over more unusual marine life and leftovers exhumed from Davy Jones' locker. A full bar taps Japanese beer on draft and uncorks cold sake to be enjoyed outside on the patio.