Desert Edge Brewery

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Our first night on the town my roommate, Cortney, and I went to this nearby restaurant and brewery located a block away from our place of residence in Trolley Square. Trolley Square is a very odd shopping center. It is partly empty and partly filled with the most random selection of stores and companies. From a bookstore selling new, used and antique books, to a yoga studio, to the center for Fantasy Con and more. Needless to say we were both amused and confused whilst exploring there for the first time.

Desert Edge is just around the corner from the main shopping “mall” area, behind Whole Foods. It offers a trendy and relaxed atmosphere that reminds me of one of Tucson’s local breweries – Thunder Canyon.

This is a seat-yourself type place – which definitely threw us when we first entered – and has a lot of options to choose from. There are tables, the bar, and several sections of the restaurant to pick from. I don’t think anyone would have to wait more than 10 minutes on a very busy night to find seating. As it was, on a Friday night and fairly packed, we didn’t see a single group wait for a table.

After our brief confusion and instructions to seat ourselves we picked a spot in the corner that offered plenty of people watching views. The clientele ranged from hipster and lumberjack college students, to young families, and business gentry. The dress was anywhere from casual to business casual and you could make the evening what you wanted.

Now on to the food.

The menu offers very reasonably priced meal options. Nothing over 12 dollars, really. And they also feature a varied Specials menu attached to the back of the normal menu. They offer sandwiches – hot and cold, pasta salad, soup, salad (of course), and “entrées”. Their menu was varied and had options for most moods. They even had several Mexican dishes – tacos, enchiladas, and burritos!

The price of their beers wasn’t too bad either at just under $5 for a pint. And they offer a decent selection!

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I ended up getting one of the specials – a Portabello and Fontina Panini with roasted red bell peppers, ????, served with potato chips and house pasta salad. While it all tasted fresh and it was satisfying, it was mind blowing or amazing. It was all simply DECENT. I’m going to try one of their regualr menu items next time. See if that is any better.

While my tongue wasn’t blown away by the food, the atmosphere and price and location will be drawing me back.

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The Bayou

IMG_2991-EditedWonderful news! I have made the move to Salt Lake City to search for passion, fun and adventure. Why? You may ask? Why not! I shall reply. But honestly it just fell into place and I’m lucky enough to have been able to move in with one of mes filles favorites –  Cortney whom I met one fateful semester abroad in France.

Unfortunately, during the move and transferring of files, I seem to have msiplaced my Cali photos. So that series will be put on hold. Fortunately, I have plenty of SLC photos to start into!

It was a monotonous day and a half drive from Tucson to SLC, but it was made without much hassle or hickup (though my tire managed to pick up a nail along the way. No leakage, but that was something to be fixed immediately upon arrival.) The night of my dad’s and my arrival we unloaded all of my furniture. It  went smoothly and quickly and in no time flat all my possessions were placed inside my new home.

Then it was simply running around getting the necessaries and things I didn’t think I’d need. Saturday we were more or less done and we went to celebrate with dinner at one of the pubs near us. The place my dad choose was The Bayou a Louisiana Cajun style restaurant and bar. They had a veritable BOOK of beer choices and a decent food menu too. I was able to try some Jambalaya that my dad ordered – first taste ever – and it was delicious! I had cajun style fettucini – Fettucini Kileene – with alfredo and pesto spices; it was absolutely delicious. I’ve always laughed at “Cajun Style” pastas at other restaurants but this was no laughing matter. It had enough kick and spice to satisfy me and it was such a unique combo of flavors and was I imagine Cajun food to taste like.

Cort had the Crawfish Étouffée and devoured it. And my dad thoroughly enjoyed his Jumbalaya.

Thunder Canyon Brewery

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This has been a long time favorite  — especially for their Lightening Lunch specials. TCB is a local pub and brewery that offers a fun and varied selection of lunch and dinner foods, as well as delicious beers.

For dinner this week, my dad and I went to get some good ol’ pub food. I ordered the Scottsdale Salad: mandarin oranges, raisins, cranberries, walnuts and I picked the raspberry vinaigrette to go along with it all. It was refreshing and light and just sweet enough to satiate my sweet tooth.

My dad ordered the fish and chips. They are coated in a crispy beer batter and served with a light tartar sauce and malt vinegar. I’ve always enjoyed ordering the fish here!

I didn’t order a drink this time, but I was eyeing the Strawberry beer they featured. They always have at least one fruit beer and several homebrewed beers on tap. It’s great for happy hour!