Today’s open-faced Groupon plates the eclectic tastes of France for a rendezvous in your mouth, the traditional meeting place of the face. For $25, you’ll get $50 worth of French bistro favorites at Coup des Tartes, an intimate BYOB that Gayot lists as one of Phoenix's and Scottsdale's top 10 most romantic restaurants.
Demurely eyeflirt with your loved one across the candle-lit tables as you scan Coup’s savory selections. Start with house favorite brie brûlée, served warm with glazed, sugary slices of apple, toast points, and a colorful cluster of seasonal fruit ($12), or try the famed three onion tarte ($9). For dinner, choose from several indulgently innovative options such as an arugula cream-coated chicken breast served with sautéed spinach and buttery mashed potatoes ($22), or savory salmon served with colorful butternut-squash risotto and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds ($27). Save room for the restaurant’s namesake dessert, especially the signature banana brûlée tarte, a vanilla-bean-and-coconut-cream-stuffed chocolate shell topped with sweet bruleed banana slices ($9).
The décor (coved ceilings, soft, candlelit glow, white clothed tables for two) captures a French feel, providing diners with an experience that’s so relaxing and romantic that you'll feel like proposing marriage but may become too relaxed to do so. Call ahead before dining because the restaurant is small, and bring your own bottle (there is a corking fee). Coup des Tartes is also open for lunch.
Mi Casa, Your Funeral
The earliest Parisian bistros evolved out of room-and-board scenarios, where homeowners opened their kitchens to the public to make additional income. While the bistro was an enormous success, many modern home businesses fail. Here are the most recent failed attempts:
- Grandma Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast and Lecture About What You’re Doing With Your Life (New Haven, Connecticut)
- Rich Payfort’s Trunk Full’a Pogs (Michigan City, Indiana)
- Castle Franken-murder’s Video Game Trade & Save (Romania)
- “Doctor” Pigskin’s Emergency and Rec Room (St. Paul, Minnesota)
- Escaped Uncle Darryl’s “Your-Face-Literally-On-a-T-Shirt” (mobile kiosk, check local listings)
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Coup Des Tartes
Housed in an elegant 1920’s duplex in the dreamy Phoenix Country Club corridor, Coup Des Tartes enchants guests with meals of American-tinged French and Mediterranean fare culled from organic meats and locally raised vegetables and fruits. Like Charles de Gaulle's album of sensitive acoustic singer-songwriter ballads, the restaurant combines stately Gallic character with disarming intimacy, framing meals of herbed chicken and grass-fed filet mignon with warm, flickering candlelight. Amid the restaurant's cozy private dining rooms and vintage Paris accoutrements, guests happily sup upon Croque Monsieur or Moroccan Lamb Benedict, Three Onion Tarte or Lobster Salad Croissant paired with finest wines or artisan boissons. Guests may dine in or en plein aire on the spacious brick patio or veranda overlooking the tree-lined property. Across the courtyard from Coup Des Tartes, the private Rendezvous great room welcomes guests into a luxurious yet rustic cocoon of of provisioning feasts and fetes with freshly baked breakfast pastries, catered luncheons, and multi-course dinners.
4626 N 16th St
Phoenix, Arizona 85014Get Directions