T. Cooks (Phoenix)
Nov 1, 2004
by Nick Coons
Situated in the middle of the Royal Palms resort, this is not a place you
go to for a "casual" lunch or dinner. In fact, T.Cook's is anything but
casual. Dress attire is business casual at a minimum, though I don't know
if over-dressing is really a possibility.
We met a few friends
there for dinner recently and sat at a waiting table that probably would
have been suitable for use as our dinner table at any other restaurant.
Once our table was ready, we were escorted to our seats, which included
an encounter with an indoor palm tree. Well, partially. The tree came
up from the ground and then out through a hole in the roof, so only the
trunk of the tree was exposed inside. With constant growth, and a hole
only slightly larger than the size of the trunk, I can only imagine the
During the entire meal, there were multiple
servers who seemed to be focused only on us, providing excellent service
and quickly removing used dishes. In many restaurants like this, they
serve pseudo-gourmet dishes. Those are dishes that look pretty, cost a
lot of money, and you're expected to like them even if they don't taste
good. That was not the case here. With each dish that was finished, I
kept wanting more of the same. This held true all the way through the
cheesecake at the end.
T. Cooks is located at 5200 E. Camelback
Rd. in Phoenix.
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