Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's Old Is New Again At The Hotel Valley Ho & ZuZu

By: The Food Hunter

Since 1956 the Hotel Valley Ho has been host to a multitude of events for celebrities, athletes and the general public. Once known as a hide-away for the rich and famous, this mid-century modern venue offers a unique backdrop for just about any occasion.

At the Hotel Valley Ho possibilities for creating the perfect atmosphere for just about any size group are endless. Outdoor ceremonies by the OH Pool are a popular choice; as are rooftop receptions with views of Camelback Mountain in the horizon.

More formal affairs can be received in one of the many ballrooms, some of which include outdoor seating areas. 

Just off the main lobby is ZuZu, the hotel's retro chic restaurant serving seasonal American fare. Large indoor/outdoor dining tables at the restaurant provide another cool venue option. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner ZuZu attracts a mixed crowd of hotel clientele and locals.

The menu features fresh and local produce whenever possible. You'll find everything from gourmet salads, to burgers, salmon and steak. There's definitely a nice variety to satisfy even the pickiest of diners.

Our recent dinner included a good mix of fare from the menu. To begin we sampled the grilled artichokes. Slightly charred and served topped with a toasted bread crumb mixture of pecorino romano and oregano, they were delicious and fun to share.

My absolute favorite food of the night was the roasted tomato and goat cheese casserole. Baked in a mini cast iron pot with spinach, red peppers, and chopped kalamata olives, I could easily have eaten my way through several of these little crocks of melted cheese.

Our main course included the braised beef short rib served over cream grits accompanied by oven-roasted vegetables. The vegetables were a bit firm for my taste, but who needs vegetables with meat this succulent and tender?

On the lighter side I tasted the skin on pan seared striped bass served over smashed cauliflower and a ginger soy butter. I'm usually not a huge ginger fan but this sauce complimented the fish perfectly.

Be sure to save room for dessert because you won't want to miss out on the delightful caramel apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream. Exactly how a crisp should be and then some!

Lots of good food to choose from but frankly the true success of ZuZu resides within the Hotel Valley Ho. Full of character in a town where there are bigger, swankier, and even more luxurious hotels, the Valley Ho is the epitome of the saying "what's old is new again".

Cuisine type: American
Price Range: $10-$25
A modern take on a classic restaurant of the 1950s, with indoor and outdoor seating.
Additional information:
Savor handcrafted cocktails in the ZuZu Lounge, where Cool Redux Happy Hour is 4:00-7:00 weekdays. Stop by for weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and build your own drink for $5 at the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar.
Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone:(480) 421-7997

 Article  also appears on Arizona Weddings Magazine Blog

This meal was provided complimentary. However, all opinions and comments are my own.  

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