Since we’re a one income family, we really try to limit the money we spend eating out. However, when we do eat out we like to be sure our money is well spent. It’s not often we try new places; we know what we like and we want to be sure we aren’t sorry for the money we’ve spent. So when Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) asked us to try one of their restaurants we happily agreed!
Founded in 1998, Fox Restaurant Concepts is the parent company of 11 unique concepts located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas: The Arrogant Butcher (Phoenix), Blanco Tacos + Tequila (Scottsdale, Tucson); Culinary Dropout (Scottsdale); The Greene House (Scottsdale); Modern Steak (Scottsdale); NoRTH (Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Austin, Tucson); Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace (Scottsdale); Sauce (Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson); True Food Kitchen (Phoenix, Scottsdale, California); Wildflower (Tucson); and Zinburger (Phoenix, Tucson). The concepts range from upscale casual and fast casual to mixed food service and retail operations. Fox Restaurant Concepts are all unique and fresh in cuisine, style, service and design and are dedicated to offering the highest quality food, with exceptional service in a stylish and comfortable atmosphere. For more information, visit http://www.foxrc.com/.
The hardest decision for us was whether to make it a family lunch date or leave the kids at home and go out, just my husband and I. In the end we decided to go with the kiddos- this time around. We went to Sauce Pizza & Wine.
Sauce answers the daily dilemma of “Where are we eating?” This fast, fresh Italian concept offers the cure for every appetite, every day, every time. Whether it’s Italian pasta and salads for your family, half a dozen hand-stretched pizzas for the soccer team, “kid-famous” mac& cheese to feed your wild ones, or meatballs that would make your mother-in-law proud . . . this Italian eatery will quickly become your fast-casual dining answer.
Walking up to the restaurant I was pleased to see a large outdoor patio with plenty of tables, giving us the option to eat outdoors. Now generally in the middle of an Arizona summer you won’t see many outside, but the other 9 months of the year it’s perfect weather to enjoy a meal outdoors. On the particular day we went, it was overcast and cooler (a monsoon was blowing in), so there were quite a few people eating outside. Inside, the dining room was large, brightly lit from all of the windows, and packed full of people.
At Sauce, you order your food and drink at the counter when you walk in, take your order number and then have a seat at one of the tables, where your food is brought out to you. There is a large menu with a variety of foods and drinks to please every member of the family. We wanted to order a few things to try, so we went with the Roast Beef & Mozzarella Panini (now being served on flat bread), the Salami, Turkey, Ham & Mozzarella Panini (we ordered this on the Panini bread, though it’s now usually made on flat bread as well), and the Chicken Pesto, Tomato & Aged Parmesan pizza. The pizza is generally made on thin-crust, but I prefer a thicker crust and so we went with that option.
And of course, since the kids were with us we also ordered a mac ‘n cheese kid’s meal and the pasta and red sauce kid’s meal.
I was pleased that- even with taking all of the kids- we still spent less than we anticipated on spending, and about the same as we’d spend at other restaurants we go to. For all this food- plus the drinks- we spent about $40. Not bad for our big family, and we left stuffed (and with leftovers to go as well)!!
The food was all amazing. I had trouble deciding which of the sandwiches I wanted, and I was glad the pizza was large enough that we all could enjoy it. So I got a little of everything, as did Gary. Neither of us could decide which we liked best, though he did prefer the panini bread over the flat bread on the sandwiches. The portions were not huge, however they were much larger than other places we’ve been and they were definitely filling. The food was all made with fresh ingredients and tasted great, and we felt like we got our money’s worth for sure. Gary really liked the sauce on the pizza, and we all were amazed at how good the mac ‘n cheese was; I could have eaten that for my lunch and been as pleased!
Sauce is so good and we will definitely be going again sometime, but the next place we’ll be trying is ZinBurger! With the 100 days of summer deals FRC is offering right now, you’re sure to get a great deal no matter which restaurant you choose! Deals go through September 11, so hurry and take advantage!
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