Spectacularly Groovy Sunday Brunch at Cafe ZuZu
I have a confession to make. I (David Porter) was quite pissy about Carol’s selection of the Hotel Valley Ho’s Cafe ZuZu as one of the members of our top 10 Valley Sunday Brunches. I get this way once in a while as I’m afraid that I won’t like a place and then will be obliged to write a deprecating article.
I’d seen some of the wonderful write-ups about their cuisine, but my internal presuppositions of the Hotel Valley Ho were completely biased by some internal feelings that the property wasn’t consistent with our predominantly luxury inclinations.
My presuppositions about Cafe ZuZu and the Hotel Valley Ho were absolutely, and unequivocally wrong.
From the valet’s cheerful greeting, to the oohs and aahs that came as we seemingly stepped back into the early 60s when we walked in the front door, to the absolutely remarkable cuisine we enjoyed in Cafe ZuZu, my mind was forever changed.
Cafe ZuZu is delicious, fun, chic, hip, and best of all, groovy baby!
The interior designers of the Hotel Valley Ho did a sensational job. The moment you walk in the door you are compelled to stand still, with your jaw slightly ajar, and ogle with wonder as the synapses in your brain are flashing childhood memories from the 60s in rapid succession.
I fully expected Rosie the Robot, from The Jetsons, to come beeping around the corner asking me if she could help me in any way.
I swear, I heard Goldie Hawn saying, “sock it to me, sock it to me”. Well, not really, but it could happen.
Week #4 ~ Sunday Brunch at Cafe ZuZu inside Scottsdale, Arizona’s Hotel Valley Ho
If you like, Sunday Brunch at Cafe ZuZu begins with the ZuZu Sunday Bloody Mary Bar. They bring to your table a large glass filled with ice along with a shot glass filled with one of four chosen specialty vodkas.
Next, you roam to the Bloody Mary Bar where helpful staff will help you concoct your own version of the Bloody Mary from various mixes, spices, and garnishes. It was big fun, and I must confess, mine was the best Bloody Mary ever! To the left is a photograph I snapped of my creation. YUM!
I think we caught George Frideric Handel’s attention from heaven on high as we all took the first bite of our entrées. It was as if our mmmm’s were sung out in perfect baroque polyphonic harmony. The ZuZu staff beamed with pride once they gleaned our great pleasure.
We brought friends Stewart and Victoria Taylor along for our experience and plates and forks were flying as we all sampled California Eggs Benedict (poached eggs, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and hollandaise on a homemade english muffin), Egg White Omelet (oven roasted tomatoes, broccolini, onion confit, and sliced fruit), Stuff French Toast (thickly sliced brioche, stuffed with lemon cream cheese and fresh berries), Cheesy Grits, and Cherry and Chocolate Scones (likely the best scones on the planet). Holy Mouthgasm Batman! Everything was incredible.
If you’re not prone to breakfast items for your Sunday Brunch, they also have burgers, sandwiches, and salads available. Victoria mentioned that her Salmon Salad was the best she has ever experienced anywhere! Over and over she would exclaim, “this is good, this is good!”[AFG_gallery id=’4′]
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Folks, this was a particularly wonderful dining experience. We recommend that you make a reservation for your own 60s-style Sunday Brunch, and if you still have some 60s-style clothing tucked away in your closet, you may even want to sport them to enhance your Cafe ZuZu experience.
As there were four of us, with eight thumbs, with give this experience eight thumbs up!
Note: don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll whisk you off to another exciting and mouthwatering Sunday Brunch experience.
Disclosure: our wonderful Sunday Brunch was provided by the kind folks at the Cafe ZuZu. Thanks![tfg_social_share]