When Sharlene Froberg invited us to try a new (to us) restaurant we said “yes” without hesitation, even though we had never been to this one before. I had seen recently that Nancy and Bill Schuling had been to Coup des Tartes and seemed to like it, so that made it even more attractive. Sharlene made the reservations and today was the day.
Coup des Tartes is a French-inspired restaurant at 1725 E Osborn here in Phoenix. It is housed in an old 1920s era home converted for restaurant use; the rooms have been preserved and turned into several attractive separated eating areas that will each hold 6-8 people. There is also a much larger banquet area. They also have an outside eating area that would be very nice evenings this time of year; we would have eaten out there today had there been some shade.
The menu offers items that are unique to Coup des Tartes. Each item seems to have their own flair. I had the Proscuiutto (sic) Sandwich (House Made Fig Jam, Pesto, Mozzarella and Arugula, baguette) accompanied by a Taleggio Salad (Mixed greens, fresh raspberries, apples, red onion, sugared pecans and Prickly Pear Vinaigrette topped with melted Taleggio cheese on toasts). Both were delicious. I used their spelling of Proscuiutto above, though I know it is not the customary one. I was especially intrigued by the Fig Jam addition to the sandwich and the Prickly Pear Vinaigrette dressing for the salad. Those are examples of the unique touch Coup des Tartes adds to their dishes. I also had a Four Berry Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. All was great!
Elaine ordered coffee at the start of the meal and after she commented on how good it was (unusual for her – she seldom likes restaurant coffee) I ordered a cup myself. I quickly agreed with her and ordered a bag of their custom blend coffee to take home, as did Sharlene.
We each had something different: Elaine had Lobster Salad Croissant (Tomato, Avocado, Tarragon Citrus Aioli) and pronounced it okay but light on lobster. Pete had the Moroccan Lamb Sandwich (Braised lamb, mix greens, gruyere, Mango chutney) and Sharlene had the Roasted Chicken Sandwich (Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Gruyere, Spicy Mayo, Baguette). I believe they both liked their choices. Pete and Sharlene each had a different tarte for dessert.
This was proofreading day for the newsletter so there was not much for me to do on that.
I did some additions and cleanup to the Royal Palm Alert List. Until I am able to get back to programming for the upgraded utility I am forced to maintain two parallel lists. One will be used for the new system, the other is a simple email group list in Thunderbird. I had several to add and a few to delete because the last alert showed their address to be undeliverable. Then I sent out an alert to a water outage in a section of the Park tomorrow using the group list method.