Flo’s has been a staple in the Phoenix culinary scene since she opened her first location in the valley in 1997. She takes a different approach with her cuisine; encompassing Asian flavors from across the continent. Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Southeast Asian, and Indian flavors all have a presence in her dishes and it shows. She sends her chefs to hunt for flavors across the continent to bring back the savoriness and spice that you are guaranteed at every Flo’s experience.
Our last visit was our best yet. Flo greeted us personally at her North Scottsdale location and took us to a comfortable booth in the back to begin our culinary adventure. The house was packed with a crowd mixed with date nights and family outings; which is part due to the incredible dishes, but also to the friendly yet sophisticated elegance of decor.
We started with a glass of crisp Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay and a specialty cocktail – the Tytini. Even the menu denotes this cocktail as one for the “sophisticated business type”. After a little reflection, we decided this was right up our alley. We are, after all, pretty darn sophisticated. The mix of Tyku liqeur, vodka, pineapple juice, and a splash of lime juice, was the perfect start to the evening; sweet enough to excite the taste buds but not too sweet to enjoy the spicy foods we were about to enjoy.
The Lao Style Chicken Laab Lettuce cups got us started with diced chicken, bell peppers, chiles, and lime. This is a spicy dish that everyone can enjoy. My companion and I are slightly on different sides of the “optimum spice” spectrum; he is more mild and I like things on fire. But we both enjoyed the exact amount of heat that complimented these flavors equally. Crisp lettuce and optional sauces, including an in house chili paste, made this the ideal mix before our main dishes arrived. We moved on to wonton soup as we awaited the arrival of our Thai Basil Chicken from the Thai side of the menu, and Twice Cooked Pork from the Spicy China side of the menu. The Won Ton soup at Flo’s is out of this world. The broth is comforting and savory, the dumplings are perfectly wrapped and cooked, and the vegetables provide the crisp delight that brings it all together. The Thai Basil Chicken with white rice was my favorite of the evening. When chicken is done right with simple well done flavors, I am at my happiest. The heat was just enough to awaken the palette and basil is a perfect compliment to these Thai flavors. The Twice Cooked Pork was delightful and tender with little bacon surprises incorporated in to the wok according to Flo herself.
Flo insisted, although fully satisfied and quite stuffed, that we try the Chocolate Won Tons. Man, oh man, are we glad she insisted. Beautifully dressed with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of powered sugar, the wontons were served alongside a grilled slice of orange and almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Because we definitely ate every single last bite and licked our fingers when done.
We can’t wait to go back and make our way further through this delectable menu and we hope you do to!
Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!