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Azul Restaurant: Good Food and Kid-Friendly

By ilanawiles |

On our recent trip to the Westin La Paloma in Tucson Arizona, my mother, my two-year-old and I spent a lot of time at the hotel’s main restaurant called Azul.

The menu includes varied offerings like jumbo scallops, rack of lamb and a double grilled pork chop. It also has a kid’s menu with items like grilled cheese, spaghetti and chicken fingers.

We arrived at the restaurant at 6:30pm our first night, which sounds early to eat dinner on vacation but not when you take into account a toddler who still thinks it’s Eastern Standard Time. According to Mazzy, it was 9:30pm which is almost two hours past her bedtime.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t incredibly worried about how our dinner would progress. Mazzy tends to lose it, both at restaurants and when she is kept up late, so the combo was sure to make for an eventful evening.

Luckily, our server quickly provided us with crayons and a kid’s placemat in need of coloring.

Soon after that, delicious dinner rolls straight out of the oven arrived at our table which made everybody happy, including me.

For my appetizer, I opted to get the Hot House Tomato which was a layered tomato mozzarella salad. My mother got the Azul Mixed Greens which came with a delicious mustard dressing. Mazzy continued to happily chow down on her dinner roll. Or, more accurately, lick the butter off that I spread on it for her.

For entrees, my mother got the Black Angus Beef Ribeye, Mazzy got the spaghetti and I got the Grilled Whole Seabass.

Everything was delicious. Mazzy even shared my mother’s steak which is the second time ever that she has ate red meat (not for lack of offers). I have no idea what inspired her.

We got sides of grilled asparagus and roasted brussel sprouts which we ate hungrily.

But of course, we saved room for dessert.

Mazzy was so far pretty well behaved and she really deserved a treat after a tough day of traveling.

We got her a bowl of chocolate ice cream and my mother and I split the Warm Molten Chocolate Torta. (How could we possibly get anything else?

Unfortunately, I took Mazzy for a little walk outside while waiting for dessert and when I got back my mother had already eaten half the torta, totally ruining my picture.

But then again, I can’t really blame her.

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0 thoughts on “Azul Restaurant: Good Food and Kid-Friendly

  1. Emily says:

    My kids are the same way – for some reason the think that going out to a restaurant = freak out time. And if it’s also past their bedtime – well forget it! It almost makes it not really worth it to go out to dinner, even though someone else is cooking your food, doing your dishes and cleaning up after your messy kiddos, if you’re spending the entire meal trying to calm the wild beasts, I’d almost rather just stay home! But, when we do go out, we make sure to go to restaurants that are kid-friendly and provide all the things you mentioned – crayons and coloring pages, rolls or some other pre-dinner snack, and kid-friendly food – those are must-haves for eating out with kids!

  2. emily says:

    I think it’s the best when you can go to a really nice sit down restaurant, and the kids love it too. Restaurants would get a whole lot more of my money and business if they put forth a bit more effort with my children.

  3. marylweimer says:

    I get anxious every time we go to nice restaurants, especially with my youngest who’s 3. They usually do well, but man, when they don’t it’s epic.
    Looks like a great place ; )

  4. whithonea says:

    A nice walk on a Tucson evening is just as good as dessert. Almost.

  5. Diana Stone says:

    Loving the coloring packet. Restaurants that have something to distract the kids are always my favorite!

    Looks like a really amazing place!

  6. SunnyChanel says:

    Oh my god that all sounds delicious. And you know what’s even more delicious? When the kids are entertained and having a good time when eating out. It really does make everything taste so much better.

  7. Meghan Gesswein says:

    It’s awesome that Mazzy did so well at the restaurant, considering how late it was for her. I’m sure that delicious sounding food didn’t hurt, though! That cake looks amazing and a caprese salad is always one of my go to items.

  8. casi says:

    It looks really amazing — and the food looks like perfection, and sound delish! It looks like she had a good time coloring too! it’s always nice when restaurants offer that — gotta love it!

  9. Selena Mae says:

    Oh, yum…that all looks incredibly delicious! The sea bass in particular.

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