Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gertrude's


Talk about lucky.  Around 4:00 yesterday afternoon I felt the urge for a walk in the desert so I went out to my favorite spot, the Desert Botanical Garden.  I walked around until about 5:45 and as I was leaving I noticed that the new restaurant was all lit up so I asked someone at the gate what was happening.  He told me it was opening night for the brand new restaurant called Gertrude's.  So I thought what the heck, I should give it a try.  I'm so glad I did.  Since I was by myself, I sat at the bar and proceeded to get the royal treatment.

The bartender Roberto gave me excellent service, explaining everything and offering me tastes of specialty drinks he was preparing.

The general manager John offered me a whiff and sip of the Ransom gin you see to the left.  It was not like any gin I'd ever tasted before.  It's a historically accurate revival of the predominant gin in fashion in the 1800's.

But, I didn't just drink, I had the basil risotto with pesto and mushrooms and the lemon cheesecake with a crust of mesquite and a blueberry compote.

Yum!  I'll be back.

By the way, Gertrude's is named after the very first President (1936) of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society, the forerunner to the Desert Botanical Garden.

15 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Lucky indeed, sounds like you had a great time in a fantastic looking place. I wish them every success!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

We will look forward to trying out the restaurant.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You really were given a right royal welcome Sharon, nice one..had to laugh at the 'Deaths Door' gin, I'm guessing that you didn't try that one!!

Judy said...

That sounds nice. Don't drink the Death's Door though.

Mo said...

Sounds wonderful

Karl Demetz said...

Definitely a place that is worth a visit.

glenda said...

Wow, I was just on DBG site reading about the new restaurant. Can't wait to go. Was wondering about the name, Gertrude's, and now I know.

RedPat said...

Boy - did you ever luck out! Sounds fabulous.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Wow what an taste treat for your senses.... I will have to sniff this amazing gin when I get there. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

What luck! What a find. We shall visit there soon.

Jack said...

It is an attractive restaurant. Good to hear that the service and the food match the fine decor. Bon appetite.

Kate said...

Sounds like a tasteful menu! After all those samples at the bar, I'm happy to know that you made it home all right.

Susan said...

Gertrude's is a restaurant project that I hold near and dear. I am so glad you had a fabulous experience.

Chad Zaneis said...

Nice start guys!
Cheers,
Chad Zaneis
Owner - Hey, Bartender!

JM said...

It looks like a very nice place and I love the bottles shot.