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Out to lunch at Emily’s Cafe (Maybe some other time)

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013

Out to lunch at Emily’s Cafe (Maybe some other time)

Emily’s Cafe, Scottsdale

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Emily’s Cafe is the first restaurant in my lunch series and I’m afraid it isn’t on my list of places to visit again. What drew me to Emily’s Cafe was the location and I had high hopes for the perfect hideaway lunch.  The location was nice in that it was very private, quiet and tucked away a midst outdoor office suites with water features and manicured landscaping.  Emily’s had an A+ until I spent a little time inside.  This might be an ideal spot for some, but it wasn’t for me.

I dined midweek during what would be the expected lunch rush.  However, when I arrived, there was only one other table of six elderly women.  When I left, 45 minutes later, only one other table was seated with two more elderly ladies.  I felt as if I was dining in the lunch hall of a retirement home.  With the classic music in the background, a nearly empty dining room, and a walker directly in my line of sight, I just wanted to get out quickly.

The menu was nothing to boast about.  As a matter of fact, I had a hard time choosing something because nothing looked all that great to me.  There were six sandwiches and six salads plus a few starters.  I ordered Emily’s Field Trip Salad with grilled shrimp and asparagus.  Unfortunately, it tasted like the shrimp had been marinated in an oil that was engulfed in flames on the grill.   It had the same taste as some fish I once grilled years ago that became a raging inferno and tasted terrible afterwards.  Otherwise, my salad was relatively plain.  I glanced around at other entrees and I saw some standard looking sandwiches on wheat bread (labeled artisan bread) but everything I saw looked quite ordinary.

The dining room itself was cute and airy with a big window that let in lots of light.  There were  tables and chairs that looked to be made of reclaimed or natural wood and others that had wicker chairs.  I tried to discern if the style was intended to be eclectic or  reminiscent of a French farm house or country home.  I really don’t know and I’m not sure they know either.  The restaurant is clean and quaint but it lacks creativity and style.  The clientele appears to be primarily retirees which is not an ideal fit for me.  The restaurant doesn’t even have a website.  That’s a first for me in this day and age.

  •  Average lunch price = $20.00
  • WiFi = yes
  • Parking = convenient lot
  • Noise level = you could hear a pin drop (since it was nearly empty)
  • Service = Average 

 

Emily's Field Trip Salad

Emily’s Field Trip Salad

Dining room

Dining room

Dining room

Dining room

Outdoor water feature in complex

Outdoor water feature in complex

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