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Best Sunday Brunch Phoenix 2008 - T. Cook's

T. Cook\'s

T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85018


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Whenever we need a reminder of just how good we have it here in the Valley of the Sun, we have to head to T. Cook's spectacular Sunday brunch to put ourselves in the right frame of mind. Just setting foot on the Royal Palms property is enough to lighten our hearts — certainly one doesn't need to be a guest at the resort to appreciate its lush landscaping, stunning views of Camelback Mountain, and romantic Mediterranean courtyards. And inside T. Cook's, the energy is soothing and sophisticated, with sunlight brightening the elegant dining room as a classical guitar player serenades guests.

The buffet is as gorgeous as it gets, a decadent, all-you-can-eat spread, with artfully arranged platters of smoked salmon, egg dishes, roasted and grilled vegetables, shrimp cocktail in martini glasses, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and several kinds of soft rolls and bread. Just as delightful (or maybe more so, if you have a sweet tooth) are pastry chef Pierino Jermonti's exquisite tarts, cakes, cookies, and bonbons, which take up a few tables of their own. Thanks to T. Cook's, Sunday's our favorite day of the week.

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Frank Parker
Frank Parker

Pidgeonholing T.Cook's into the brunch niche is a huge disservice to this place. Great venue, old school service, great pacing, something wonderful for everyone on the menu, VERY fair wine pricing on a list that is very smartly stacked with cool selections, and at least for now, a deal. One may, for $40, Sunday thru Thursday, create ones own three course meal off the menu with a starter, entree and dessert. There are a couple of surcharge selections but fugeddaboutit, most of the selections are in the deal. And we ALL wore denim except me. Nobody would keep out my two ladies in their jeans. Pretty cute.