A good bistro isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons—it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Start your tongue wagging with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary American fare and drinks at de la Cruz Bistro in Mesa. On Tuesday–Thursday, this Groupon is valid for $60 worth of fare and drinks.
De la Cruz Bistro’s menu from Chef Brian, offers inventive American cuisine with international twists, filling out lunch and dinner with fresh seafood and steaks. Begin your meal with a sample of de la Cruz’s appetizers, such as baked brie and roasted garlic with blueberry compote and toast points ($9). Adventurous diners can combine the best of land and sea with the stuffed chicken breast loaded with Dungeness crab, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil with risotto ($21), and believers in the separation of ocean and state can savor a filet mignon served alongside a ragout of wild mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes ($25). Green-eating grazers can sample vegetarian entrees, including pasta penne ($11) and sweet-corn risotto ($16), or several salad options, including the baby field greens, which are piled with spiced walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, pear chips, and a berry vinaigrette ($8).
The restaurant's downtown location across from the Mesa Arts Center facilitates post-show fill-ups after audiences work up an appetite suspending disbelief. The copper bar serves tapas and drinks, and eating outdoors on the dining patio allows patrons to prove that watching someone walk down a sidewalk improves digestion.
De La Cruz Bistro
De La Cruz Bistro’s owner and executive chef, Brian Banasek, crafts contemporary American entrees with French and Italian influences punctuated by an international wine list and original martini list. A sandwich menu anchors lunch at the bistro, and a variety of pastas work in tandem with lamb and steak dishes to tether dinner so it doesn't float into breakfast. In a dining room supported by weathered pillars, exposed brick peaks through white and blue walls accented by ornate metal décor and white curtains that cascade from the ceiling.