Coup Des Tartes in PhoenixThinking about finally opening that bottle of wine you have been saving for a special moment? Well, I know a great place you can enjoy it. Coup des Tartes, a great but subtly off the beaten path Bistro south of Highland Avenue in Phoenix, AZ, located in a cozy and historic house.

This bistro has beautiful wooden floors and lots of candles to present a truly romantic French ambiance. This is one of the few restaurants in Phoenix where you can open your fine bottle of wine so this cuts down on the price of your meal considerably. If you bring two bottles, it can literally cut your meal ticket in half.

The menu is tasty and varied and will change seasonally to reflect natural game like fish. Nearby organic produce is used so you know everything is nice and fresh. Some traditional items on the menu that are never going away include: lamb shank that always has just the right amount of spices added; mouth watering filet mignon; and smooth risotto. For a side dish, do not forget about the Yukon mashed potatoes. These are drenched in butter and are so good you may ask for seconds (and thirds).

If you opt to get desert, there are usually five or six tarts baked that day that you can pick from. Your bottle of wine should be gone at this point, but the astonishing banana brulee will take your mind off that.

Wine selection - Coup Des Tartes in PhoenixFirst Time Out With a Special Someone?

First dates can be tricky. You want a place where both you and your date can feel comfortable, and it should be somewhere nice with good food. Coup des Tartes fits the bill, with a great atmosphere, wonderful entrees, and just the proper hint of romance.

To start off your dinner, their are a couple fantastic appetizers. A plate of cheeses with many interesting varieties you may not normally find is sure to please you and your date. Or try the Brie Brulee, accompanied by toast and succulent fruit.

It would be a mistake not to get the house specialty at least once, as this lamb shank is out of this world. If you still have room left, you can find lovely tarts for desert, ranging from chocolate to apple pecan.

French restaurants are rare in Phoenix. If you are looking for one, Coup Des Tartes is a no-brainer. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is romantic, and the service will leave you coming back for more.

Pat Lindle the author of the “Review of Coup Des Tartes in Phoenix” is a lifelong food connoisseur and critique. Pat likes to travel and quite often can be found traveling the Southwest looking for new and exciting places to dine and tell his friends about.