Parc Central – My New BFF

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I always love it when new restaurants come to town – makes me giddy with excitement to see if it will be a place that I can call home. I had heard about Parc Central for a few months from friends who talked about their amazing Happy Hour and the live bands that play Thursday – Sunday. Needless to say, I was super excited to go check out this place in the Scottsdale Quarter. Just like the name suggests, Parc Central’s ambiance and surroundings are inspired from Central Park – down to the swanky lounge atmosphere with unabashed New York City glamor set against Arizona’s desert landscape. I was blessed to sit on their patio and enjoy a cool spring evening. Before I sat down though, I checked out both bars (that’s right – 2 bars!), their private dining room, and of course the restrooms – I admit, I am always curious to see how they are decorated.

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I saw this glorious Wine Wall and thought I died and went to Heaven. Do you think they’d let me move in?

 

First up was the City Garden – which was a bubbly blend of cucumber vodka, peach schnapps, champagne, and lime. Two of my favorite ingredients (champagne and lime) in one drink – sign me up! Ok, I might have had two… but shhhh, our secret. PC_5

I was happy to be there with my partner in crime, J.E. Pizarro with Foodies Like Us as we tried some of their Happy Hour menu. I have to say, that I was pleasantly surprised by the offerings, but also, about the prices. They sure know what Happy Hour means! The evening started out with a bowl of crispy beet chips. I need to state for the record that I *hate* beets. Seriously do. Well, let’s just say, I love beet chips! Wow. I almost ordered a second bowl. We then shared the Prime Beef Carpaccio that came with Kalamata olives, salty capers, fresh arugula, and a tangy dijon vinaigrette for $6. Look at all meat on this plate! The Carpaccio was full of flavor and the arugula accented the beef beautifully.

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Next up was the Fromage and Charcuterie Board, complete with figs, stuffed olives, and artisan crackers. If you don’t know this about me by now – I love cheese. So anytime I can order a meat and cheese board, I’m on it. It came with three different types of meat and cheeses – I was in carnivore heaven! Hmmm prosciutto…

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For dinner, J.E. chose the Grilled Lobster Lasagna and it came with a ton of lobster on top and on each layer. It was made with fresh-made lasagna noodles, fontina, baby wilted spinach, and buerre blanc. I kept asking for bites of this dish so I could taste the layers of flavors. I had never thought to put lobster into a lasagna and would definitely recommend this dinner to any seafood lover. This was paired with Sterling’s Sauvignon Blanc – the dryness of the wine brought out the rich flavors in the sauce.

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I have had a lot of steak over the years… it is by far my favorite meal. This is the first time I have had one with Boursin Cheese melted on top of it. This Bousin Cheese Crusted Ribeye is my new bff. A succulent, juicy ribeye drizzled with a truffle sauce as the Boursin cheese lends this steak a remarkable flavor. It is really hard to describe. I just know I want it again! The ribeye was coupled with au gratin potatos and a wild mushroom-asparagus ragout. I paired this beautifully with Rosenblum’s Zinfandel – the richness of this wine balances well with the robustness of the ribeye. Match made in foodie heaven I tell ya.

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What was cool about this night was that I had an assortment of friends join me over a few hour period. None of them had ever been to Parc Central before and I was happy to make the introduction. The servers here are so freaking nice and attentive, I was stunned – was I really in Scottsdale? One thing that Parc Central could improve upon is to have more gluten-free choices, or better yet, a whole gluten-free menu. One of my friends had a hard time with the menu because of his severe food allergies.

Call today to make reservations – you won’t regret it. They do take walk-ins, but why chance it? This is a great place to bring your client for lunch, a perfect place to celebrate your birthday, and a romantic dinner setting for your anniversary. On a first date? Pony up to the bar and relax with one of their signature Martinis.

Parc Central
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480.907.5333

info@ParcBrands.com

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