Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prado Tapas & Tongue Sandwich

Going to dinner with me is always an adventure (Let's face it sometimes just knowing me can be an adventure; but that’s another story). I will typically order the most unusual/over the top menu item. My husband says I do it for the shock factor but in reality I do it because I love trying new things and let’s face it by now there’s not much left for me to try besides the truly unusual. Ok, so maybe there is a small part of me that likes the look on people faces when I tell them I had _ _ _ _ for dinner (you fill in the blanks).

Take this past Saturday night for instance. My husband and I met a few friends at Prado to share some small plates from their newly designed tapas menu. Unfortunately, I don’t think our friends realized what they were getting themselves into.

There was a beef tongue sandwich on the menu and I was just dying to order it. I know that tongue isn’t really all that unusual but it is kind of gross when you really think about it. So my suggestion is just don’t think about it; which is what I did.  Thankfully, our friends were able to not think about me eating it either. Or at least that's what they told me. (Funny I haven't heard from them since then)

Did I like the beef tongue? I did

Would I eat it again…At Prado for sure.....Chef Deruvo does a great job combining the meat with pickled vegetable slaw and Srirachi sauce. On it's own...I'm not so sure I would .

Other outstanding Tapas we ate:

Fried Shishito Peppers...lightly salted these were really good until you got a hot one.  Don't let the waitress try and tell you they aren't hot because they sure can be.

Fried calamari..served with a paprika garlic aioli dipping sauce.

Antipasti plate...included salami, mortadella, headcheese, marcona almonds, olives and 3 really good varieties of cheese which unfortunately none of the staff could identify. 

Baby back rosemary ribs...which I am told were delicious. (I was too busy with the tongue sandwich at this point)

We finished the night with a wonderful vanilla gelato sundae.  Topped with Amarena cherries, caramelized bananas and crumbled biscotti...this was the perfect way to end a wonderful evening.

Prado Restaurant
4949 E. Lincoln Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253


  1. Looks yummy! I heard tongue is good but the thought of it makes me a little uneasy.

  2. I can buy whole beef tongues here bt the butcher - would have no idea what to do with it... nor would I want to try. I'm much less adventurous. I pass on pig ears, too. But a little wine can help a lot of things go down LOL