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.
Many of the Chilleen family's recipes share some serious history. Their restaurant dynasty dates back to 1962, when "Crazy Ed" Chilleen opened The Copper Lantern. Several eateries and breweries—including The Horny Toad and the Satisfied Frog—followed in the Lantern's wake, and many of the concoctions found on those menus eventually made the transition to Chilleen's on 17.
As they sip cocktails from mason jars, guests chow down on chicken-fried steak, southwestern smoked brisket, St. Louis-style pork ribs, and green chili con carne. Wednesday poker nights allow diners to test their skills at bluffing without spending another long night in a police interrogation room, and live music tempts boots to shuffle across the sawdust-covered floor. Recently, the national spotlight shone on Chilleen's on 17 after it was featured on Spike TV's Bar Rescue.
Stabilized by a protective layer of sticky rice, raw fish explodes in a shockwave of flavor when exposed to munching mouth-bone agitation. Sushi, cooked fish, and beef entrees frolic along with the creative appetizers, salads, and udon and soba noodles on Ebisu’s menu. Start with garlic soy edamame ($5), Ebisu ribs ($8), or a squid salad ($7) before entangling taste buds in a web of nabeyaki udon noodles with shiitake mushrooms, green onions, eggs, konnyaku, cabbage, fishcake, and shrimp tempura ($12). Main courses include the Ebisu sushi platter, served with seven nigiri sushi rolls, one special roll, and miso soup ($20), and kombu-grilled salmon with miso cream sauce ($17).
We offer a pizza, restaurant, Italian family style dining. We offer a variety of traditional italian meals such as spaghetti, lasagna. We offer a variety of daily special on our website as well as daily specials. We offer a New York style hand tossed pizza, as well as calzones beer and wine.
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.
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.