As I sit here on the leather sofa eating perhaps the best chewy, baked-fresh-this-morning, chocolate chip cookie I have ever had and sipping a Mexican Mocha I wonder how I could have been so upset with the service I recieved here yesterday. Not that the waitress wasn't very nice and willing to get everything you asked for but the fact is I had to ask. Coffee refills, silverware, cream and sugar are just a few of the requests I made during breakfast on the patio with my 3 year old. Speaking of which, I cannot bring him here anymore because of the wait time for the meal. For adults, the wait time is well worth the unbelievable menu at Orange Table. This place has unmatched dishes and awesome drinks in an upscale bohemian atmosphere. So leave the kids at home and get ready to let your taste buds tingle but let them know they may have to wait a bit.
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE HOUSE, SCOTTSDALE - 2007
The Orange Table
The Orange Table has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a cramped coffee shop across the plaza at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, but it's remained true to itself as far as the quality of the coffee it serves. If you order a latte or a cappuccino, you won't get overpriced dishwater, nor will you get a wee Scottsdale portion. The OT's French press, which serves two, is strong and dark, with the faintest hint of spice (cinnamon, maybe?), but don't get the wrong idea it's just enough warmth to bring out the depth of the robust brew. No "flavored" coffees here, thank you; they take their java the same way they take food and beer: seriously. And while the quality of the art on the walls is, um, variable, it's not the walls you'll be looking at anyway. It's the people at least when you can take your nose out of that damn fine cup of coffee long enough to look around.