Valley Vixen

Ho still needs a few new tricks

Too many of the entrees were flawed. Take the chicken and dumplings, where the dumplings were adequate, but the gravy not as thick or as flavorful as it should have been; or the tuna noodle casserole with egg noodles and breadcrumbs, but no cheese?! Like they say in Wisconsin, the cheese makes the hot dish. The beef stroganoff? Needed more sour cream. And the signature ZuZu burger? Oddly dry, and on a stiff, slightly stale-tasting bun.

Too many chefs in the kitchen? With this much talent on deck, Café ZuZu's grub should kick more ass: From left, Austin Chantos, Justin Beckett, Ron Dimas, executive chef Charles Wiley, and Sean Currid.
Jackie Mercandetti
Too many chefs in the kitchen? With this much talent on deck, Café ZuZu's grub should kick more ass: From left, Austin Chantos, Justin Beckett, Ron Dimas, executive chef Charles Wiley, and Sean Currid.

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ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Scottsdale

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Border chili: $6.75
ZuZu burger: $10.50
J's meat loaf: $15
Mom's apple pie: $5.75

480-421-7999, »web link. Hours: Breakfast, 6 to 11:15 a.m. daily; Lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to midnight daily. (Limited menu available in the lounge from midnight to 2 a.m.)

6850 East Main Street (Hotel Valley Ho), Scottsdale

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Save for the root beer float and the huge, decadent piece of devil's food cake, the desserts seemed off their mark. The meringue on the lemon meringue pie was flatter than Kevin Spacey's toupee in Beyond the Sea. And the apple pie with a slice of melted Tillamook was passable, but why melt the cheese and leave the pie itself cold? Bizarre. But then, most Scottsdale chicks look oh-so-hot at first, but leave you dissatisfied in the end. Why should this Valley Ho be any different?

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