I have always had a weakness for packaging. Wrap-up any product or service with just the right colors/fonts/pictures and I'm bound to lean in an take a closer look.
The Chop Shop is one such example. We drove by it several times our first night in Scottsdale, and I couldn't help but be romanced by its playful, retro signage all aglow. I needed to know more! Surprisingly, it is not a pork chop shop, it is a salad chop shop, perfect for our Tuesday lunch stop.
This place was great. We each had the kale Caesar, I had warm chicken added to mine. All items were served up in compostable cups and bowls. It was busy so clearly we were not the only people enjoying their signage decor fresh food.
A coupon for free guacamole brought us back to our hotel for their happy hour. Out on the patio it was still 100 degrees but with the misters going, we did all right. I love all the color in this place.
For dinner we got really lucky when we discovered the highly reviewed Bandara just two blocks from our hotel. I almost fell over when we walked in and I found it to be a carbon copy of another favorite restaurant of mine in Denver - The Cherry Creek Grill. Turns out, same owner!
We shared a giant plate of vegetables, a salad and a slice of banana creme pie.
Before walking back to our hotel, we unbuttoned our pants and swore not to let each other eat for at least another 24 hours. (I think we broke down after 13.)