Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: June 2, 2012
Who: Mo and Doug
Cost: $15.00-$50.00 for dinner entrees
Rating: 4.0 stars (out of 5) – Didn’t eat
So I have to be honest, I was pretty intoxicated when Doug took me to the Rokerij, pronounced Rokery. We had dinner at Donovan’s earlier and wanted a night-cap before heading home, so Doug knew of the perfect spot. We parked in the parking lot and he escorted me around back, into a door that looked like the staff entrance, through the kitchen and down the stairs. When we got downstairs, I felt as if I was in a quaint put in Europe somewhere; stone walls, fireplace, dark, romantic, etc. I was in love with this place already and we hadn’t even sat down.
We got to the Rokerij about 11pm and all the seats at the bar were taken, as well as most of the tables for dining. Luckily, two people were finishing their drinks and gave us their bar stools so we didn’t have to wait or stand around awkwardly. We were given the bar list and I noticed that they had my favorite bottle of Zinfindel, Murphy- Goode Liar’s Dice. So, we ordered the 1/2 bottle and enjoyed everything that Rokerij is…spectacular!
Apparently there is an upstairs portion of the restaurant – I thought it was just a quaint little spot for drinks, appetizers and dinner. But what the hell do I know, I was drunk! I’ve mentioned to 1/2 dozen people that I went here and they all have wonderful things to say. Most of the feedback is, “I love that place” or “I always forget about it” or “I need to go back”.
We had finished out wine and it was sadly time to go. As we looked at the bill, we thought they must have made an error since our 1/2 bottle of wine was only $10, but it was no mistake. It was part of their happy hour menu and it was a wonderful surprise. Next time, I will go at the beginning of the night and not the end to really take it all in – it’s that special and unique.