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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Do duck fat fries really live up to their reputation?

A few months ago, I saw a short article in the Food Network magazine about duck fat fries and how they were all the rage now.  All the hippest restaurants were serving them, it seems.  I, personally, had never even heard of them until that moment, but my mouth instantly watered and I knew I'd have to figure out a way to try them sooner or later (fries are my guilty pleasure).  Well, that chance came a ton sooner then I ever expected it to!  Last night, Chris's good friend and his wife were kind enough to take us to an amazing restaurant, Chef Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in Scottsdale, AZ.  Once there, you are blessed with a trio of duck fat fries (see picture above) with a trio of sauces (YAY SAUCES!!!).  The trio consists of Smoked Paprika and Mustard fries, Truffle Aioli fries, and Saffron and Garlic fries and the sauces consisted of a truffle aioli (our favorite all around the table), an onion ketchup and a smoked paprika sauce (I don't remember what that one was actually called though, sorry).

So were they good?  Did they live up to the hype I've been hearing?  Consensuses at the table?  Yes!  They were absolutely delectable!  I could have eaten a full order by myself and still asked for more and more and more.  They really were that good.  If you ever get the chance to try them..... DO IT! Do not let the chance slip by you.  I do believe that they were the best fries I have ever had, and I've eaten some amazing fries in my lifetime!!

On a side note, the rest of the meal was just as incredible, if not more so.  For dinner I feasted on prime beef short rib with horseradish puree and truffle mac & cheese.  YUMMMMM!!!! For dessert we all shared a molten chocolate cake and a mascarpone cheesecake.  OMG, I'm going to have to run 10 miles today....but oh was it all worth it!  I cannot even put into words how amazing this meal was.  My prime rib melted in my mouth, it was like butta!!  Chris had a WELL DONE steak that was also melt in your mouth good.. and it's hard to make a well done steak melt in your mouth, believe me!  I have to give a HUGE thanks to Don and Ginny for the wonderful experience they created for us!  You guys ROCK!

One last note.. Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera with me, so I did not get pictures of our entire meal (which was so picture perfect, let me tell you)...these photos are courtesy of Bourbon Steak.  Ciao!


Andrea said...

YUM!!! I want to go there :) The dessert looks really good, oh heck the whole meals looks and sounds amazing!

StephenC said...

Another coincidence! I'm thawing a duck breast even as we speak with which I will make a salad of microgreens (from our garden) topped with slices of braised duck. There will be fat!

Don't think I've mentioned our garden before. I can take a picture from an upstairs window in the house. There are about 25 different things planted out there, ranging from numerous greens to herbs to tomatoes to potatoes to yellow wax beans and eggplant.