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My Florist has been a Valley hot spot for years. Maybe you're new to Phoenix. Or maybe you're just out of the loop. But if you haven't been there, you need to go! It's a favorite of gays and straights alike.
Sitting on the northeast corner of 7th Avenue and McDowell in the heart of Central Phoenix, you can hardly miss My Florist's flashy neon sign. The place is always packed on the weekend, so you should expect to wait for a table. But the complimentary valet and the live piano bar make the wait worthwhile. (Plus, it doesn't hurt that the staff are all hot, young things). You can always enjoy one of their potent martinis while you wait.
My Florist is the perfect place to go before you head to the club and the perfect place for a night cap after the theater. They have an onsite bakery and they specialize in salads and sandwiches. There is a nice mix of vegetarian and meat entrees. You wouldn't expect that a PBJ could knock you off your feet, but theirs will. Save room for the dessert tray, which is pretty phenomenal. There are so many beautiful desserts, but I never seem to make it past the Tiramisu!
Pianist Nicole Pesce provides a lively atmosphere with her musical skills. She's just as likely to play Tupac and Elton John as Bach or Brahms. I've been told that she only has to hear something once to be able to play it on the piano. The last time I was there, she even played the songs from the original Super Mario Brothers, along with all the appropriate sounds effects. The entire restaurant cheered when she finished this playful blast from the past.
Unfortunately, My Florist seats on a first come, first serve basis, so be aware as you schedule your evening. But like I said, the complimentary valet is a nice touch, given that it's always impossible to find a place to park in Central Phoenix.
For more info, visit www.myfloristcafe.com.