For some reason, the potato purée accompanying the tournedos of beef was a better texture, but arrived nearly cold. However, the meat was hot and juicy, teamed with tarragon-flecked sauce chasseur and some roasted Brussels sprouts. Shrimp and grits were overwhelmed by a heavy, surprisingly flavorless andouille sausage gravy. I'd hoped for a kick. On the other hand, braised pork cheeks were a wonderful surprise, cooked until fork-tender and served with a hint of maple syrup. Delicious. Creamy, ethereal parsnip purée was a bonus.

You almost have to order beignets at a place like this, where there's such a New Orleans influence. And if you've ever been to the Big Easy, you'll understand why anyone can make room for these fritters, even after such rich entrees. Fried until a deep golden color and sprinkled with powdered sugar, the beignets were hot and crisp, served with Nutella sauce, raspberry coulis, and vanilla cream for dipping. Needless to say, they disappeared pretty quickly. Simultaneously, my dining companions gobbled up a fine lemon thyme tart, baked in a buttery crust and topped with fresh berries and chantilly cream.

Every neighborhood should be so lucky as to have a reliable French spot where you can stop by anytime for a light bite or a comforting meal. And I think Metro Brasserie has the potential to be that place for Old Town Scottsdale.

Changes at SouthBridge: Metro Brasserie takes over the old Foodbar.
Jackie Mercandetti
Changes at SouthBridge: Metro Brasserie takes over the old Foodbar.

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Metro Brasserie

7114 E. Stetson Drive, Ste. 105
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > Bistro

Region: Central Scottsdale

Details

Onion soup gratin: $8
Brasserie burger: $12
Braised pork cheeks: $19
Beignets: $7

480-994-FOOD (3663) www.metrosouthbridge.com
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Metro Brasserie & Bar
7114 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
480-994-FOOD (3663) www.metrosouthbridge.com
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

It's a worthy goal. Bonne chance.

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