Adding gourmet ingredients to a meal makes a commonplace activity feel special, much like brushing your teeth with a sparkler or withdrawing money from an ATM while holding it at gunpoint. Add zazz to the mundane task of eating with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of elegant cuisine and drinks at Floyd’s Kitchen on Tatum Boulevard.
Having recently picked up a nod for 2009's Best New Neighborhood Restaurant from Best of Greater Phoenix, Floyd’s Kitchen and its owners, Mike and Brandon, maintain a tranquil, friendly, independently owned restaurant where locals can refuel with a menu of surf and turf, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and hearty signature entrees. Raise your stomach curtain with a drum roll of inventive apps like the maple-bacon-wrapped shrimp ($9) before moving on to main events such as the Chilean sea bass in lemon-artichoke sauce ($22) or the comfort-food nirvana of the signature pot roast, which—like a fun uncle who falls asleep in his hot tub—has been slow-cooked overnight in beer ($12). Vegetarians, meanwhile, can abide by humanity's uneasy peace treaty with cows while still relishing grilled patties with the plantavore-friendly Caribbean veggie burger, which has been marinated in mango-teriyaki sauce and topped with a tropical island's worth of pineapple, onion, and tomato ($10).
Whatever the meal, Floyd's Kitchen will happily matchmake it with a glass of wine or a tankard of draft beer fresh from the flowing taps. In addition to its singular vittles, Floyd’s Kitchen keeps high-strung diners a-chill with TVs broadcasting the big game or the latest episode of So You Think You Can Filibuster, and makes it easy for alfresco enthusiasts to clear their heads with patio dining. Floyd's Kitchen also keeps the ambience romantic and drowns out the universe's constant throat-clearing with live music.
- We both hoped that Floyd’s will continue for some time to come. The prices are exceptionally reasonable, the food is good, the service is friendly, and the menu has something for everyone. – Seth Chadwick, Feasting in Phoenix
- The result is an unpretentious and mostly successful operation that offers home cooking with upscale touches or upscale cooking with homey touches, depending on your point of view. – Nikki Buchanan. AZCentral.com