Vogue Bistro

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Marley Park Plaza, 15411 W. Waddell Road, Surprise
623-544-9109

French-trained chef Aurore de Beauduy and her husband Roman Yasinsky have opened a wonderfully sophisticated little restaurant in a part of the Valley that deserves (but seldom gets) wonderfully sophisticated little restaurants -- namely, Surprise. Everything about this charming place is as stylish as its name suggests. The black and white decor is modern but comfortable; the TV in the bar is tuned to fashion shows and foreign films; and the bar itself pours designer-named martinis and old-fashioned cocktails made with Maker's Mark. Meanwhile, the menu offers moderately priced sandwiches, burgers, salads and fabulous sides (do NOT skip this section) as well as elegant options for people who don't mind spending $28 on an entree. Everybody eats exactly as they please, and everybody leaves satisfied. Buttery, tender escargots, wrapped in puff pastry, may be the best in town. Ditto for the Vogue Burger, topped with caramelized onion, melted Gorgonzola, applewood-smoked bacon and arugula. Fabulous. Loved the Vogue Salad, the butternut squash side dish (as sweet as candy) and the amazing "cornbread," which is really a creamy baked polenta dish you can eat with a spoon. Save room for chocolate pot de crème, wonderful crème brûlée and yummy house-made chocolates (imagine pistachios and apricots draped in white chocolate). If this sweet spot were in my neighborhood, I'd be there at least once a week. Lunch and dinner T-Sa. $$-$$$