It’s funny. Even people who live up here don’t know they can go have a great meal at the Four Seasons resort in north Scottsdale.
Really, you can.
With its menu inspired by the cross-country journeys of Chef Jesse Hansen, Proof offers down home dishes using local ingredients. In fact, they strive to use “Arizona” everything, from the shrimp to the beer and wine.
Our first time in, we were thrilled with the make-over. Taking up the space formally housing the Crescent Moon, Proof is a mix between a throw back to the days of cowboys and modern metals. And it fits perfectly into the surrounding desert and views of Pinnacle Peak out the roll up windows.
We started with the fried green tomatoes, topped with crab remoulade. My mouth is watering just thinking about these perfect little slices even now.
My dining companion had, for the first time, chicken and waffles. The combination of the crispy, salty, perfectly fried chicken paired with the thick, fluffy waffle and sweet maple syrup hit the spot.
I had Arizonas Own Gumbo with Schreiners Sausage and Arizona Sweet Shrimp paired with fried okra. I’m a big fan on Schreiners Sausage and was more than happy with the way it all tied together.
Besides the vast selection of local beers, both on tap and in the bottle or can, Proof offers a great selection of wine, by the glass or bottle and also on tap. Having only recently been introduced to this new, environmentally friendly way winemakers are distributing their product, I decided to give it another try. (Note: I’m researching this and will be writing about it soon.)
We loved our meal so much, we returned for lunch the next day because I had to have the Babe on a Bun – you guessed it, pork sandwich. Which was incredible, served with house made potato chips.
My table mate for lunch had the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup, which offered as a starter, made a perfectly sized lunch.
Afterwards we had a Mint Condition Shake from the old time soda jerk fountain. It came with a house made peppermint patty that was out of the world.
Something else that was a welcome addition to the menu, some of the selections are gluten free, marked with a little asterisk. This has become a very important issue for many people who have issues with gluten and it was nice to see on the menu. Even the dessert menu offered gluten and dairy free items, again, a very nice thing to see.
Proof, Chef Jesse and the whole team, get two big thumbs up from this local foodie. We’ll be back!