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By Robrt L. Pela
By Lauren Saria and Heather Hoch
By Deborah Sussman
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Eric Schaefer
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In the simple yet satisfying Mucho Smoocho, tender roasted turkey is stacked high between slices of toasted rye, along with bacon, tomatoes, cole slaw, Swiss cheese, and a tangy sauce. And for those looking to take their fowl further, order the Bahama Mama. The marinated grilled chicken and a creamy cool cucumber sauce make it Greek chic, and the grilled pineapple adds a tropical twist — together, wrapped in warm pita bread and served in a white paper sack, they combine for a unique, belly-filling treat of flavors and textures.
If only the fries, both regular and sweet potato, were prepared fresh and the housemade cole slaw weren't so pedestrian, these two-handed hoagie dishes would be pushed to near perfection.
The salads at Perk don't let up a bit on the heft. With more than enough to share (and if you do, your guests will thank you for it), the Jamaican Chicken salad steers clear of the too-sweet trap with a plentiful offering of crunchy greens, sautéed onions, chunks of grilled pineapple, marinated chicken breast, and a standout signature honey Dijon vinaigrette worthy of wiping up with soft triangles of pita bread.
6501 E. Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Region: North Scottsdale
Three classic pancakes: $6.99
Fancy Pants Scramble: $9.99
For Pete's Steak sandwich: $9.99
Jamaican chicken salad: $10.99
Service at Perk is, well, perky and prompt, with many of the team proud to tell you they've been with the Martinez family since they started the restaurant last November. And if that, along with either Pauline and Carmen stopping by your table to chat or hearing them call out several regulars by name, doesn't give you an idea of their affability and homespun flair, then perhaps you are still focused on your server's end-of-meal question: "Would you like some pancakes for dessert?"
Which doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.