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Woe to my vegetarian friend who ordered the Vegetable Calcutta Curry, though. Curry might've been exotic fare a few decades ago, requiring scant spice to make it suitable for Western palates, but these days, fiery Indian cuisine is commonplace, so curry this bland tastes like an insult. The Singapore noodles were weak, too. Trader Vic's should ask whether customers would like the kitchen to turn up the heat, as more traditional ethnic eateries do.

Another minor gripe: side dishes. Most I tasted were palatable in an I-could-cook-that-at-home way: sautéed spinach, stir-fried vegetables, roasted potatoes. With so many entrees hovering around the $30 mark, however, I expected something riskier.

Dessert was anticlimactic, especially after those creative cocktails that started off the evening. In fact, on one occasion, the waiter handed us our check and was taken off guard when we asked to see the dessert menu. It took him 10 minutes to return with it. I did enjoy the smooth, not-too-sweet coffee cr'me bržle and the banana fritters with warm rum sauce.

Isle drink to that: Indonesian rack of lamb (left) and Cosmo Tidbits go best with huge tropical cocktails.
Jackie Mercandetti
Isle drink to that: Indonesian rack of lamb (left) and Cosmo Tidbits go best with huge tropical cocktails.

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Trader Vic's

6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Scottsdale

Details

Trader Vic's salad: $9

Cosmo Tidbits for two: $18

Sterling BBQ Pork Chop: $26

Atlantic salmon: $24

480-248-2000, »web link.
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

6850 East Main Street (Hotel Valley Ho), Scottsdale

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And just when I thought I couldn't eat any more, the check was delivered with fortune cookies and a handful of Andes candies, the green-foil-wrapped after-dinner chocolate mints, which made me smile.

Those remind me of my grandma, too.

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