37. House of Tricks
It would be fairly easy to mistake House of Tricks for a quiet, private residence near Arizona State University's Tempe Campus. The building was originally a rundown cottage built in the 1920's, then a blueprint shop, and eventually after seven months of intensive remodeling, a fine dining restaurant which opened in 1987. Over time, the restaurant owners Robert and Robin Trick purchased the 1904 adobe house next door and renovated it as well to create an extra dining room addition. The resulting combination and transformation is a cozy, quaint atmosphere with surprisingly grand fare. Guests can dine indoors or on one of the patios, while feasting on Chef Kelly Fletcher's contemporary American cuisine and sipping a glass of wine. Seasonal menus change frequently and find inspiration from a variety of cultures, particularly by blending French and Southwestern flavors.