Avalon Restaurant

If you find yourself in South Scottsdale anytime soon, I’ve got a restaurant for you to try: Avalon, near McDowell and Scottsdale Roads. (This retaurant certainly won’t jump out at you as you drive by, so keep in mind that it’s near 3 Palms Resort. Park near the resort, though I’m guessing the circular driveway in front of Avalon will host valet service.) I stopped in for lunch one afternoon not too long ago to sample some of  Executive Chef Travis Watson’s fare. (Chef Watson happens to be the former Corporate Pastry Chef for Fox Restaurant Concepts–what a cool gig, huh?)

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First off, Avalon is quite beautiful inside. Very contemporary-glam. The raised booths, the gorgeous wing-back chairs, the lovely blue-ish wood flooring and the eye-popping light fixtures at the center of the restaurant were what I remember most. Perfect girl’s-night-out spot, me thinks. And while the patio wasn’t fully complete during my visit, alfresco dining is also offered.

I was just as giddy about the food, as I was about the furnishings. The bacon and baby arugula salad was incredibly tangy with its sweet dijon vinaigrette and was chock-full of bacon. My favorite menu item, though, had to be the grilled vegetable and roasted tomato lasagna. Eggplant, squash, mushrooms, cloves of garlic and more made up these layers of goodness. I especially liked the crisped edges of the lasagna. The crispy free-range chicken tenders were quite yummy (and made for great leftovers), and I loved the accompanying blueberry-chipotle compote. The tenders were sided with tater tots–and though it was confessed to me that these were of the frozen variety–I devoured them. They were perfectly crisp and seasoned just-right. I know the frozen ones I’ve tackled at home never came out like that.

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For dessert, I sampled Avalon’s utterly sinful take on s’mores. Chef Watson’s interpretation included an ooey-gooey brownie (yes) topped with an ooey-gooey, plump and scorched marshmallow (even better) and a few drizzles of caramel (awesome!) This was sweetness overload, but I didn’t really care. And though my stomach didn’t allow for much more, my dining companion did tell me that Avalon’s bread pudding was pretty darn phenomenal. Next time, as I do hope to get to Avalon to try their dinner offerings soon. Avalon also offers breakfast–the cinnamon brioche French toast “pudding” sounds right up my alley–as well as late-night goodies and happy hour specials.  7707 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale. 480.656.0010, www.avalon-scottsdale.com.

13 Comments

  • smashley says:

    this place sounds incredible! however, talk of tator tots and chicken tenders kind of throws me off…. seems a bit casual in comparison to the fancy food in the photos above….

  • Chrissy says:

    In my book pictures tell a thousand words and I am loving the s’mores dessert. I will certainly be on the lookout for this restaurant on my next journey to Scootsdale.

  • Stella Elian says:

    That lasagna looks absolutely delicious and beautiful. my lasagna tastes good, but always looks like a goopey pasta mess.

  • Amy Trisky says:

    I love the pictures. This place looks like it has a great ambiance! I think the chef is using unique foods that we eat everyday and making them more high end. I bet the plates were pretty fancy with the chicken tenders!!! Can’t wait to try it out.

  • Vanessa says:

    I love the idea of making everyday comfort foods (everybody likes lasagna, chicken tenders and tator tots) fine dining-appropriate. Fancy shmancy food is never my fave, but I do like a nice ambiance, so this place looks great for me!

  • Marla says:

    Mmmm. beautiful photos! they’re making me hungry and I just had lunch!

  • Jill says:

    Had a salad there for lunch once. AMAZING.

  • m says:

    I went for VDay and it was so cute and yummy! Just make sure to go before 10pm or the dinner menu isn’t available and only their late-night one is. Restaurant is swanky, food is great, just don’t talk to the manager, he is super rude.

  • Stella says:

    Wow a nice a restaurant on McDowell and Scottsdale? Interesting! My ex-bf lives right there.. I’ll give him the heads up. Thanks.

  • Jill says:

    yea, bad location. great food though.

  • Vicki says:

    MMMMmmmmmmm!! Thos pics look good enough to eat! I have never been to this restaurant, i think i may have to force myself!! hehe

  • Bbob says:

    Sounds like a great place but who really drives down to this location? Nice to hear the south side is growing and may try it out.

  • The Avalon restaurant is my new favorite place to eat. The food is absolutely incredible and the atmosphere is awesome. Definitely try it out, you won’t regret it.

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