A Blooming Flower in the Desert
Don’t tell that to Wildflower in Tucson, Az. They’re great with all four.
I had dinner at Wildflower with some co-workers recently during a trip to Tucson for a conference. We had a free night for dinner and I heard from someone through Twitter that Wildflower was a good spot so we decided to give it a try.
I can’t think of anything about it I didn’t really enjoy.
Our server was knowledgeable of the menu and a few people checked on us throughout the evening. You could tell that the staff really worked together as a team and they did a nice job handling a very busy dining room.
Everything on the menu looked delicious. It offered a nice amount of variety with salads, appetizers, and entrees that were creative without being weird or too outlandish. I’m pretty sure I could have ordered anything on the menu and been happy but I went with the Farmer’s Market ($8) salad and Spanish Paella ($17) as my entrée.
Things got even better when the Spanish Paella arrived. I’ve had paella before at restaurants and it was primarily a dish full of rice and vegetables while the seafood was few and far between. Not so at Wildflower. It was a large plate full of incredible looking seafood. Large, tender shrimp along with mussels, clams, scallops, sausage, and even chicken ensured I could have piece of seafood in nearly every bite. The sauce was delicious with a nice blend of spices and just the right amount of heat and the rice was cooked perfectly. I even requested some extra bread so I could sop up everything on my plate when I finished.
We ordered the cinnamon doughnuts and those came with a side of vanilla custard and strawberry jam.
The restaurant makes its own doughnuts and the presentation is very creative as the dessert is served on a plate as two regular-sized doughnuts along with two small doughnut holes. The doughnuts were served hot and were amazing and tasted awesome with the vanilla custard and strawberries. The something sweet was the perfect way to end a fantastic meal.
There’s not a bad thing I could say about my experience at Wildflower. The prices were reasonable and you can tell they are committed to serving exceptional food without charging an insane amount for it. Restaurants like that are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
If you’re ever in Tucson, I highly recommend checking out this flower that’s blooming in the desert.
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