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Michael O'Dowd and Ed Leclere _Compressed

Renegade by MOD Hosts Fundraiser for Arizona's 19 Fallen Heroes

Just two days after the names of 19 fallen firefighters were released to the public in the wake of the still-burning Yarnell Fire in Central Ariz., community members from all over the Valley are stepping in to help families of the victims and Scottsdale chef Michael O’Dowd and business partner Ed Leclere are no exception.

This Friday and Saturday, Renegade by MOD restaurant in Scottsdale will hold fundraising events for the Yarnell Hill Fire relief effort. On both days, Renegade by MOD will donate five percent of the entire day’s sales to a fund set up through the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing funds and other services to families and victims of public safety officers.

Additionally, the restaurant will host a “Fill The Boot” party on both evenings inside the MOD bar, which will feature live entertainment from The New Brothers Band on Friday and Jared Blackstone on Saturday. Leclere and O’Dowd will ask that a minimum five dollar donation be placed inside the giant firefighter boots on display before entering the fundraising event in the lounge. Additional boots will be placed on the bar for guests who wish to give a little extra throughout the evening. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the 100 Club fund, providing relief to the families of the fallen firemen.

An avid supporter of the work that firefighters do all across the state, this isn’t the first time Leclere has held a “Fill The Boot” campaign.

“In March, we held a St. Patty’s Day party to raise funds for the families of fallen firefighters from Chandler, Mesa and Surprise and netted $1,100 in donations in one night. We’re hoping to crush that number this weekend – there are 19 families who need our support up north,” said Leclere.

Both Harley enthusiasts and riders, Leclere and O’Dowd have spent countless hours cruising through Central and Northern Arizona and are stunned by the fire’s destruction.

“Ed and I have spent many days driving up Highway 89 and winding through some of the most amazing scenery and charming towns we’ve ever seen,” said O’Dowd. “We are not only saddened at the unexpected loss of homes and businesses in Yarnell Hill, but at the astonishing loss of life caused by the fire. We proudly honor the fallen 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and through the help of the 100 Club, intend to send aid to the families who mourn their loss.”

Patrons wishing to support the relief effort at Renegade by MOD can visit the restaurant from 2 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. Live entertainment will kick off the “Fill The Boot” party both evenings at 7 p.m. inside the MOD Bar. Renegade by MOD is located at 9343 E Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. For more information, guests may call Renegade by MOD at (480) 614-9400.

Pinnacle Peak Patio

Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse To Celebrate Reopening This Spring

Longtime owners of Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse are planning for a rebranding party in February to reintroduce the restaurant to the public as well as to celebrate its return to owner Harvey McElhanon who regained ownership after it was purchased and slated to be redeveloped into a resort..

Pinnacle Peak Patio, 1969Opened in 1957, Pinnacle Peak Patio is one of Scottsdale’s oldest restaurants. The restaurant offers a wide breadth of cowboy-inspired meals, ranging from the signature 32 oz. porterhouse steaks and filet mignon to baby back ribs with the Peaks’ signature prickly pear chipotle barbeque sauce and home-brewed “Sonoran” brand beers.

The restaurant is also famous for its collection of clipped neckties and various traditions, including the “well-done steak,” which entails an old leather boot on a plate when someone orders a well-done steak.

The restaurant has attracted a veritable “Who’s Who” of American diners, including the likes of former U.S. President George W. Bush, Arizona Senators Barry Goldwater and John Bobby Flay at Pinnacle Peak PatioMcCain and A-list celebrity diners, including Jane Russell, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Glen Campbell, Wayne Newton, Alice Cooper, Hugh Downs, Patrick Swayze, David Hasselhoff, Liza Minnelli, Willie Mays, Michael J. Fox and Tanya Tucker, among others.

Pinnacle Peak Patio also served as a backdrop for Steven Spielberg’s very first project ― a nine-minute, 8mm film entitled “The Last Gunfight” in 1958.

Pinnacle Peak Patio houses seven different areas that can host a wide range of events. West 40 is a bi-level room with two bars, two fireplaces and a dance floor. The Gunslinger Saloon is home to an on-site “Sonoran” brewery from which guests can have fresh drinks.

There are also patios for those who prefer old-fashioned cookouts. On top of that, inside dining is available in the lower level and the upper level of the restaurant where wooden tables with red-and-white checkered cloths are placed next to memorabilia telling the tales of the restaurant from a different day and age.

“We have been here for 50 years, and we look forward to the next 50 years, as I have never enjoyed so much as my 80-plus-hour-work weeks at (Pinnacle Peak Patio) with my favorite staff and family,” says Harvey McElhanon, owner of Pinnacle Peak Patio, in a press release.

Even though the restaurant will undergo several improvements in the next few months, it will remain open for business. It will also have a grand reopening this spring.

For more information about Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse, including hours and its menu, please visit pppatio.com.

Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse

When: Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: 10426 E. Jomax Rd., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 585-1599
Online: pppatio.com

Searsucker Scottsdale

Searsucker Scottsdale's New American Dishes With A Twist Are A Hit

Only at Searsucker Scottsdale is it possible for the food to overshadow the fact that I both shook Brian Malarkey’s San Diego-tanned hand and exclaimed in my starstruck stammer that “Everything is incredible!” at least three times when he made his rounds that typical Tuesday night. As someone who obsessively watches Top Chef (even during my lunch hour if I happen to miss an episode), Searsucker quickly made its way to the top of my “eateries I must try” list.

The restaurant

Nestled on the corner of Camelback and Goldwater, Searsucker Scottsdale has found an appropriate home at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The warehouse-chic interior is comprised of distressed furniture and oversized drum lamp shapes, exposed ceiling beams, lumber-embellished windows, and entwined ropes and light bulbs dangling from fixtures above various tables and seating areas in the restaurant.

Searsucker’s environment alone appeals to a diverse crowd, the restaurant capable of suiting any type of occasion — from a girls’ or guys’ night out to a romantic dinner for two. And I noticed just that during my visit, even mid-week.

But what was most apparent to me was just how comfortable the open environment made me, and the rest of the patrons, feel. The tables were arranged in a way that didn’t make everyone feel as though we were literally rubbing elbows with one another, the lighting Searsucker Scottsdalewas dimmed perfectly, couches were abound, and the music was at a level low enough to hear the person next to you. The only way to complement such a homey atmosphere is by pairing it with comfort food, which is exactly what Searsucker Scottsdale’s menu consists of.

The menu

Searsucker’s menu, divided into categories like Bites, Smalls, Greens, Ocean, Ranch and Farm, Searsucker Scottsdaleconsists of classic New American dishes with a twist.

After scanning the menu at least five times over, simultaneously munching on the cheddar-cheese-stuffed and cayenne-seasoned cheddar puffers ($2) served to us upon arrival, I’m almost positive our waitress was familiar with our overwhelmed and indecisive response to the menu and immediately began pointing out the more popular items. Due to the very impressive speed at which she spoke about every possible detail of the dishes, we trusted she wouldn’t let us down, and we opted for her suggestions.

The most popular cocktail? The Indian Summer. You can’t get more American than this with its fresh-pressed apple Searsucker Scottsdalejuice mixed with Grey Goose La Poire — delicious!


As I slowly made a dent in my Indian Summer, savoring every sip, a large spoon was set on our table, soon followed by our “small bites”: the shrimp “spicy” + bacon grits ($12). This popular appetizer boasts a handful of Cajun-seasoned shrimp swimming in the bacon-buttermilk-and-cheese grits. We finished that so quickly, we could have had seconds and thirds, easily.

Main entrees

Once our plates were taken and my Indian Summer finally came to an end, it was time for our main entrees: the loin “filet” with lobster butter + cognac ($35) and the duck X’s 3 breast + confit + orange ($26). Flavorful and juicy in the center, the hearty filet mignon and its cognac paired perfectly with our two sides — the jalapeno-chorizo “corn off the cobb” ($6) and the fried brussels + walnuts ($7). With the cognac on the sweeter side, the spiciness of the “corn off the cob” complemented the filet well. As for the brussels, which is the most popular item on the menu, these were the most lively, bold and mouthwatering sprouts I’ve ever had. Pair the filet with a cabernet, and you’re set.

The judges’ table

Searsucker Scottsdale was a definite hit for me and my dinner companion. Malarkey may have been a Top Chef finalist, but Searsucker is a winner. But who am I kidding? Head there, and you be the judge.

Searsucker Scottsdale

Where: 6900 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 664-3777
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Floyd's Kitchen, Photos: Johna Hege

Floyd's Kitchen: Come For The Atmosphere, Happy Hour

When it comes to date night or an evening out with the girls, I love to find new locations that offer a unique atmosphere. I am even willing to sacrifice menu options if I feel like I have discovered a diamond in the rough. For a recent night out with my sister, I decided to check out Floyd’s Kitchen on N. Tatum Blvd. Is Floyd’s a diamond in the rough? No, but it could be a very nice pearl.

Floyd’s Kitchen is the kind of place you drive by everyday on your way to work and say, “We should really check that place out.” Deciding to do just that, we walked into Floyd’s around 8 p.m. on a Monday night. I was pleased to see an acoustic set underway and a few groups of people seemingly enjoying their time; the live music was quirky but sounded great. Apparently, every Monday night consists of happy hour prices all night and live entertainment.

The atmosphere was very relaxed and inviting. I immediately felt like I was out of Phoenix and in a small-town, hip hangout. As for the décor, it was a confusing mix of Hollywood movie star pictures and digital art. However, for some reason it works!

The menu offered a good variety of choices from comfort foods, such as meatloaf, to more sophisticated choices, such as Mahi-Mahi — all at reasonable prices. Floyd’s also provides a small but efficient wine list and a creative martini menu.

Our dinner included:

Appetizer — With a decent amount of options for appetizers, we chose the Maple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp ($12). It consisted of very large shrimp atop a roasted red pepper sauce. The shrimp was fabulous, and the portions were large. The red pepper sauce was a bit bland, but did not take away from the excellent taste of the shrimp.

Floyd's Kitchen, Photos: Johna HegeEntrée — We decided to sample two entrée options. The first was the Chicken Picatta ($11). The dish was comprised of lightly breaded, all-white chicken, topped with picatta sauce and served over mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. I would not recommend this dish. The picatta was missing the caper punch expected in a good picatta recipe. The vegetables had zero seasoning, and the mashed potatoes had an odd aftertaste. Overall, the dish was very disappointing.

Thankfully, we also ordered the Rigatoni and Meatballs ($12). I chose this dish because of the mozzarella-stuffed meatballs described on the menu. Served with marinara sauce and garlic foccocia bread, the rigatoni dish was a great choice. The meatballs were amazing; I would order this again.

Dessert — Oddly enough, I don’t believe that Floyd’s Kitchen serves dessert. We were not offered dessert, and the dinner menu nor the company website did not provide any details. Before I could ask, our check was brought to our table.

I would recommend Floyd’s on a Monday night for an interesting place to enjoy happy-hour prices, live entertainment and food. Don’t expect gourmet quality or unique pairings, but do expect a distinctive atmosphere that could easily become a neighborhood hangout.

Floyd’s Kitchen Rating:

Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5

If You Go: Floyd’s Kitchen

12601 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
(602) 424-0275

TK's Urban Tavern

TK's Urban Tavern: Fantastic Food In A Trendy, Sophisticated Atmosphere

I have to admit that when it comes to Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and CityNorth, I have a hard time keeping up with what is new and where it is located within the three similar destinations. A friend of mine recommended TK’s Urban Tavern located in Scottsdale Quarter, and I was looking forward to checking out the new hot spot.

Named after the founding owner, Tom Kelly, TK’s offers a comfortable atmosphere and an expertly placed patio, perfect for taking in the Quarter and enjoying cocktails.

Joining a friend for an impromptu Saturday evening dinner, we headed to TK’s to sample what they have to offer. The restaurant has a trendy, sophisticated feel with an open dining room. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, willing to confidently recommend their favorite dishes.

Initial observation of the appetizer and drink options revealed a nice balance of pricing and options without being overwhelmed by a 10-page menu. Warning: The description of the “You Call It” Smirnoff Vodka accompanied with your favorite mixer for $6.95 was not as it seemed. After commenting to the server that it was a great deal, my friend ordered a Raspberry Smirnoff and soda. It wasn’t until the bill arrived that we were made aware that we were charged much more for flavored vodka. Of course, it could be argued that we should have known. However, I feel it is the responsibility of the server to pay attention to what the guest is commenting on to ensure that they understand the menu appropriately. Aside from the vodka miscommunication, the drink prices were reasonable, and the options were plentiful and provided something for everyone.

A summary of what we experienced at TK’s Urban Tavern:

Appetizer: Housemade Mac & Cheese

With a good choice of unique appetizers, we chose to start with the Housemade Mac & Cheese ($7.95). Made with local white cheddar, elbow pasta and topped with panko bread crumbs, I found the dish to be a bit bland in flavor. Once we added some much-needed salt and pepper, the taste was actually very good.

Entrées: Shrimp Linguini and Rock Shrimp Corn Chowder

Although on the pricier side, there were great options available for our main dish. I chose the Shrimp Linguini served with tomatoes, garlic white wine sauce and lemon parsley ($17.95). I was blown away by this dish! The lemon and garlic complimented the shrimp beautifully. The portion was appropriate and overall fantastic.

We also ordered the Rock Shrimp Corn Chowder ($8.95). Unlike many types of chowder, the TK’s version wasn’t super thick and heavy. The chowder was light and full of flavor. We were also impressed by the amount of shrimp included in the chowder, making it an overall great choice when you visit.

Dessert: Root Beer Float

It brought a smile to my face to see a root beer float option for dessert — I couldn’t resist! Simply served with vanilla bean ice cream in a large chilled mug, it was a great way to end our meal ($4.00).

Overall, the visit was enjoyable. The look and feel of TK’s makes it a good choice for an evening out in Scottsdale if you are willing to spend a little more than normal for a relaxed meal. I was happy with the quality of the food for the price I paid, but would not recommend it as a regular stop for anyone on a budget.

TK’s Urban Tavern Rating:

Food: 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5

TK’s Urban Tavern
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., #J-195
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 664-0873