El Chorro Lodge
Sorry Bobby Flay, but Beau MacMillan knows better sticky buns than you do.
|And/Or Bobby Just Hasn't Been to Arizona Yet|
|Stick to Our Thighs, Please|
|"We Need to Get Close to the Fire, Like in Little House on the Prairie."|
|Trust Us When We Say It Was More Appealing in Person|
Once again, Ginger's opinion on the seating matter abates when she is promised a table close to the fire and outdoor heating lamps, though it is all she can do to not drag the portable heater from the hostess area with her as well. When we reach our table, Ginger cozies up to the fireplace while Vodka begins removing layers of clothing, menopause-style.
|Better To Heat Your Sticky Buns With, My Dear|
|It's Like Drinking Water. Delicious, Alcoholic Water|
|Glasses Built for Street-Toughs|
|Now THAT Is Some Goo Worth Getting Sticky Over|
|We're Not Used to Being Considered the Non-Problematic Side of the Table|
|Feel Free to Send Over Twelve More Baskets, Thanks in Advance|
|The Heart of the Matter|
|And Also Pre-Divided, Which Is Especially Useful for Our Lack of Knife Skills|
|SHE CUT THE BURGER IN HALF|
|Grounds for Blog Excommunication|
The burger itself is juicy and pleasing, if served on a bit unwieldy of a bun (and while the French fries are good as well, our friend is especially taken with her substitute scalloped potatoes).
|The Non-Problem Child Side of the Table|
"Did you take your pickle?" Ginger asks in a panic many minutes later.
"I ate it," Vodka answers.
"Good. I was afraid I did," Ginger confesses, flashes of McClure Pickle jars flashing through her head.
|Perhaps We Should've Asked El Chorro to Pre-Divide ALL of Our Food|
|Mexican Food in Arizona: Check|
|Well, Our Favorite Non-Free Dish|
"I never want to eat again," our friend says, looking at the sushi with disgust.
"It's not that I want to eat it," Vodka explains. "It's that if someone stuck it in my mouth, I would probably chew."
And this philosophy, ladies and gentlemen, is how the west was truly won.
El Chorro Lodge's Sticky Buns: 5 stars*
*Certifiable Best Thing I Ever Ate