ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

by Mike Hunter


It is not often that our lunch hour can be so tranquil. At ZuZu, the innovative American kitchen at Hotel Valley Ho, the setting makes the most of our great Arizona climate. Inside or out, this poolside retro locale is the ideal getaway for that important or well-deserved lunch.

Inspired by the neighborhood grills of the 1950s, ZuZu offers up a variety of options for lunch that include some great twists on the old classics of that era. Overseen by Chef Charles Wiley, this menu will delight all. The B.L.T. on sourdough is not to be missed. This classic is toasted and offers a fried egg option as well. The Pastrami Melt puts hot pastrami on marble rye with melted gruyere, sauerkraut and house-made Thousand Island dressing. The Classic Caesar with chicken is the perfect lunch, with its light dressing and crispy-fresh romaine salad.

Other great finds include the Ahi Sliders; the always-refreshing Giant Shrimp Cocktail made with a hot cocktail sauce; and the Roasted Spaghetti Squash with sautéed greens, tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and parmesan crust.

A simple, modern, almost roadside-inn appeal is the décor with half-moon booths along the back wall and open area tables that allow for a room that feels spacious even when packed. The patio is pleasant and is well-shaded for a nice meal even on the hottest of days.

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
(480) 376-2600

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