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Frozen Matter

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So kudos goes out to my moms for suggesting my next featured spot (Thanks, Cecelia). Located in Uptown Denver, Frozen Matter is not only serving up creamy ice cream, but specializing in flavor pairings from scratch. Aside from handcrafted ice cream, Frozen Matter also has a hidden bar. They won’t mention it, so you just have to know and ask when you get there. This bar has a modern day speakeasy feel without breaking any laws. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (creativity and low key)

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Chocolate Ice Cream with a whiskey side shot. In addition to the ice cream, you can get a shot for $4. Each ice cream has it’s own shot pairing.

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Black Forest (vegan) with an Amaretto side shot: Nice cherry and chocolate combo which paired well with the amaretto shot.

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Now this is where it gets fun. After we got the ice cream, we asked about the secret bar. We were instructed to ring the bell next to the freezer door.

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We walked in and were escorted into a small bar which was dimly lit, had an extensive amount of neon lighting, and had a total of about 5 tables. I did appreciate the string of lights that hugged the ceiling.

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Once we got seated, we scoped out the drink menu which consisted of a laundry list of top shelf whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila, you name it. This posed a problem for me because I didn’t need top shelf, I just wanted some cheap whiskey (preferably Canadian). I asked the bartender which one was comparable and she pointed me in the direction of a $13 whiskey. Ok, fine. I ordered a 7 & 7 which was billed a la carte (yes, the soda was $1 extra). Ugh.

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It didn’t taste any more top shelf than Seagram’s. Needless to say, we each had one drink and left. It’s not like prohibition was still going on! I didn’t understand why everything was so overpriced. Service was good and it was a cool concept, but it wasn’t that hopping. I did like that they served water out of old liquor bottles. This added character and attention to detail. They did play good music and the vibe was nice (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones). It just seemed like a little overkill for being a bar behind an ice cream shop. The ice cream was pretty tasty, though. Regardless, if you haven’t experienced a secret bar, stop in and see for yourself. There are a handful of speakeasy style bars scattered in the Denver area, but this one was the only one that serves up delicious frozen dairy goodness.

 

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The Coronado

By far, my favorite spot on my Phoenix, Arizona adventure was the Coronado located in Midtown

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The Coronado is a vegan/vegetarian meets coffee shop/bakery meets craft cocktail fusion that I fell in love with. The menu has a lot of South of the Border influence which was fitting in AZ, only it’s done with such seamless uniqueness that it’s bound to make you forget how you previously enjoyed these classics. They also serve jackfruit which was my first introduction to the fruit coming from the fig and mulberry family. I didn’t order it this trip, but it was exploding all over Phoenix menu’s. It’s texture makes it the perfect meat substitute because it shreds similar to chicken or pork. How cool! See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5 bites

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Lauren was in the mood for a nightcap

Tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, fresh muddled lime, jalapeno. Spicy! Major points for muddling and mixing up a craft cocktail just like that. Fresh ingredients really make any cocktail taste that much better. The salt/pepper rim added another layer of spice and flavor.

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Star of the show is the…. (drum roll please)

Cauliflower Tacos: 3 masa battered cauliflower tacos w/ guacamole, spinach, pepitas & creamy avocado dressing. These were the best tacos I have ever had! The cauliflower was tender, yet crispy, and so satisfying. I did not miss the meat whatsoever. The creamy avocado dressing was light, the pepitas added crunch and the spinach contributed freshness. These tacos were recommended and now I see why they are the best thing on the menu.

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Fried Guacamole: House made guacamole, breaded & fried, served with fresh made tortilla chips. I didn’t know you could fry guacamole, but you can and it is out of this world delicious. It was crispy , golden, yet still packed with that creamy, fresh guacamole we all love. The corn chips were fresh and still warm. It was topped with a creamy chipotle and avocado sauce which complimented the whole dish. My second favorite dish here!

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Street Corn: Roasted corn on the cob w/ vegan mayo, spices & cotija cheese. Smoky, salty, and sweet. This amped up normal corn on the cob and took it to a whole new level. This is my new way to eat corn.

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Goat Cheese and Jalapeno Marmalade Quesadilla: Sweet, spicy, and creamy. This quesadilla was more sweet than the savory quesadillas I am used to and I liked it. It was different in a good way. The only thing I would improve on was the heavy paprika sprinkled on top. This was a little too much for me, otherwise this was really tasty.

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A lot of the spots in Phoenix are old houses turned restaurants/bars. The Coronado is just like this and has so much character. The restaurant is divided into intimate rooms filled with art and natural wood floors. Now, I am not vegan by any means, but I do like to experience good for you food, and the Coronado is serving up the best. I felt great indulging in the delicious menu items without losing tons of flavor or having to minus off a bunch of toppings.

Shout out to my ladies, Jacki & Lauren for sharing this great experience with me ❤

Coronado PHX Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

The next and last stop on the Bite Tonight’s Texas culinary adventure is to Gloria’s Latin Cuisine.

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It’s no surprise that Texas has some killer Spanish eats, but Gloria’s is doing real deal, authentic Salvadorian food with an upscale vibe, without the upscale price. Gloria’s planted it’s roots in Texas 25 years ago and now has 15 restaurants across the state. Offering brunch, lunch, dinner, and some of the finest tequila this side of the border, Gloria’s has become quite popular. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Of course we started off with way too many drinks and appetizers

Fresh Guava Margarita: Tequila, guava, Grand Marnier, orange juice and agave nectar give this Margarita a tropical taste unlike any other. Smooth, sweet, and fruity!

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Spicy Pineapple Margarita: A perfect blend of spicy and sweet, this mix of tequila, lime, pineapple Chipotle and Cointreau is sure to please the senses. A nice blend of sweet and heat. I really liked the pepper garnish.

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Guacamole: Fresh, bright, and delicious! Some of the best guacamole I’ve ever had. The ingredients were crisp and super vibrant really showcasing their quality.

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Tamale: A hand-made tamale wrapped and steamed in banana leaves, gently spiced and stuffed with chicken, potatoes and bell pepper. Very different from the Mexican tamales I’ve had in the past, but in a very good way. The filling had a lot of texture and was seasoned perfectly.

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My pick:

Carne Asada: Skirt steak, marinated and cooked to perfection. Served with Spanish rice, fried plantain and chimichurri on the side. The steak was tender, juicy, and was delicious. One of the best skirt steaks I’ve tasted. The chimichurri was bright and fresh and added a brightness to the steak. The fried plaintain was sweet and slightly caramelized. The yuca was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Ma’s pick:

Nancy’s Ribeye: 10 oz. certified angus ribeye, sauteed green beans and red onions with yuca dressed in chimichurri. The steak was amazing and you could really taste the quality. The green beans were crisp and bright and the chimichurri brought the whole dish together. I am in love with chimichurri!

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Jay’s pick:

Asado de Puerco Salvatex: Pork tenderloin grilled to tender perfection. Served with chile ancho sauce, an enchilada (chicken or beef) and Spanish rice. Tender, juicy, with a delicious grilled flavor. The corn enchilada wasn’t the best I’ve had, but the ancho sauce had a nice heat to it.

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If you’re looking for a nice authentic Latin meal, Gloria’s is where it’s at. Service was on point and for a busy weekend night, we received our food very fast. Gloria’s definitely had the timing down and there was not a lot of down time in between courses. The decor is very stylish and classy with a nice warm ambiance. The prices were very reasonable for the great service, exceptional quality, and upscale feel. The next time you are in the Addison, Texas area, swing by Gloria’s and indulge in a premium cocktail and true Latin grub.

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