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Best Makeover Phoenix 2008 - Christopher's



2502 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016


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At Christopher's, the swanky new restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef Christopher Gross, we get the best of the old and the new. What's new is the streamlined name and chic, contemporary setting, a welcome change from Gross's previous eatery at Biltmore Fashion Park, Christopher's Fermier Brasserie. We liked the last place just fine, but the updated digs are stylish and comfortable, with convertible glass walls creating intimate dining nooks, and a cool open kitchen where you can sit at the counter and see what's sizzling. There's also Crush, a luxurious, inviting lounge run by sommelier Paola Embry. What's tried and true at Christopher's is Gross's top-notch French cooking. The menu's been freshened up with new items, such as pied de cochon garnished with sweetbreads, while old faves remain, from hanger steak with sautéed shallots to steamed mussels and chorizo in a white wine broth. And Embry's extensive wine list, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 consecutive years, is as intriguing as ever.

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I was highly disappointed with the new Christopher's restaurant. As a loyal customer for many years I had come to expect their comfortable, upscale but homey environment and consistently impeccable food, but after reopening on the other side of The Biltmore Fashion Park the homey atmosphere had disappeared. What was there was another cookie-cutter trendy decor restaurant with rude wait staff and food that was full of itself. I have never been back again, and miss my old favorite place to eat.


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