Eddie Merlot’s Heightens Scottsdale’s Fine Dining Scene
That’s Eddie Merlot’s, a new steak and seafood restaurant that opened earlier this year on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak. This well-known establishment takes fine dining to another level with its unprecedented cuisine, superb service and wonderful ambiance.
“Eddie Merlot’s is a place where hospitality and the comfort of our guests are our highest mission. We pledge to provide the finest personal service, highest quality of foods and freshest ingredients in world-class facilities for all of our guests to enjoy a memorable experience,” states owner Bill Humphries.
Humphries is no stranger to the restaurant industry either. His pendulum has swung from overseeing 750 Subway locations to adding his 12th location to the Eddie Merlot’s family, the first opened in 2001 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A Cut Above
Eddie Merlot’s serves USDA prime beef—only two-percent of all U.S. beef is awarded this superior certification. It is aged naturally for a minimum of 21 days, and each piece is checked for the optimum proportion of marbling and texture before it is hand-cut and seasoned, then flash seared to seal in the flavors, producing a tender steak that is unparalleled. It is also the only restaurant in the world that serves Greg Norman’s Wagyu 20 oz. Bone-in New York Strip, from Australia, with a bone and high marble score that enhances the flavor.
Chef Eddie Weiss joined the Merlot’s family over a year ago after spending 17 years with Ruth’s Chris as Corporate Regional Chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of Art in Hyde Park, New York, he came to open the new Scottsdale location and develop the menu.
“We offer a grassroots approach to our menu, as all of our stocks, soups, dressings, sauces, desserts and breads are 100-percent made from scratch. It’s this detail that contributes to the Eddie Merlot’s reputation of outstanding cuisine,” shares Chef Weiss.
Great Menu Selections
Besides offering world-class steaks, you’ll also find a wonderful selection of other items to choose from, including seafood cooked to perfection. Menu items include bison mignon and ribeye, beef stroganoff, pork chops, vegetable gnocchi and a New Orleans mixed-grill with a filet, grilled shrimp, Andouille sausage and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
My evening started with a flavorful beet salad with diced cucumbers, celery, avocado and goat cheese drizzled with a lemon basil dressing. Next, I enjoyed the best French onion soup I’ve ever tasted—it’s made with five different types of onions. I also sampled the creamy, sherry-laced lobster bisque, which was equally delicious.
For my entrée, I savored every bite of the Sea Bass, a generous portion that was fresh and tender with an incredible infusion of maple vinaigrette and balsamic glaze, served over julienne vegetables. My dinner companion shared a bit of his fabulous steak with me, and I could clearly see how its unique marbleizing contributed to it being juicy, tender and flavorful. We also shared sides of lobster potatoes, asparagus and Brussels sprouts.
Barely having room for dessert, we sampled the scrumptious, oversized carrot cake and devoured the bananas foster, which was prepared table side by our lovely server, Heather.
The atmosphere was meticulously designed with fabulous mosaic art scattered throughout, a huge bar that seats 20, wrap-around patio seating, a private meeting room and separate red and white wine rooms.
Eddie Merlot’s has clearly raised the bar for fine dining, and wow is the only way to describe this memorable experience.
23207 N. Scottsdale Rd., #B115
Scottsdale, AZ 85255