I recently appeared on an episode of the Arizona PBS ei8ht show “Check Please! Arizona.” The concept is quite simple, three diners are sent out to each of three different restaurants and then gather with host Robert McGrath to share their experiences.
Scottsdale’s Posh Improvisational Cuisine, St. Francis and Tee Pee Mexican restaurants of Phoenix were chosen and meals were eaten. I must say that getting random people together to dine and discuss makes for an interesting cross section of culinary opinion.
As I’ve written before, St Francis is a great neighborhood restaurant with exceptional service and tasty food. I have enjoyed each of my visits to this local Phoenix spot and would wholeheartedly recommend a visit to anyone looking for a well rounded local dining experience.
By all accounts, Tee Pee Mexican restaurant should have been great but my experience just wasn’t very impressive. The food was good but not special, the service was adequate but didn’t impress and the ambiance was typical kitschy family Mexican. It’s unfair to negatively judge a restaurant on one visit so I intend to return and do a full review in the future.
On to Posh Improvisational Cuisine. As always being at the counter at Posh is an exceptional experience. The food is stellar, the service is on par with some of the best restaurants in the country and sitting at the counter immerses you in a culinary ballet that unfolds before your eyes.
Over-all appearing on Check Please! Arizona was an interesting experience that i’d recommend to anyone interested in broadening their culinary horizons, sharing their experiences with the public at large and participating in the process of making “television.”