Spotlight Heartline Cafe

Sedona Monthly March 2010

(Comprehensive Guide to Dining and Drinking Article)

SPOTLIGHT Heartline Café

Heartline Café temporarily closed the doors of its main dining room last year after a fire caused significant damage, and to say Sedona missed the restaurant’s friendly service and fresh cuisine would be an understatement.  Heartline reopened at the tail end of 2009, and the eatery has never looked, or tasted, better.  The walls are decorated with bright-colored original art pieces by local painter and sculptor Mike Medow.  During our visit, the menu spotlighted winter vegetables (carrots, parsnips, onions, asparagus and potatoes) as well as smaller serving selections and vegetarian options.  No matter what you crave, you’ll have plenty to choose from.

We began by sharing one of the smaller dishes, a half-portion of vegetable fettucine made on-site and topped with chicken, bacon and oyster mushrooms, all in an Alfredo sauce.  Salty from the bacon and complemented by the smooth oyster mushrooms, the chicken was well seasoned and the pasta properly al dente’.  Next, we chose to share the signature Heartline pecan-encrusted trout, which is grown locally.  The fish came with a salad of simple greens drizzled with a Southwest ranch dressing.  When the main dish arrived, the trout was beautifully butterflied atop a serving of rice and grilled baby asparagus. The delicately flavored pink fish was cooked to perfection, and the pecan layer was crunchy and nutty.  The entrée was topped with a grainy, dark and full-bodied mustard sauce, which supported the delicacy of the trout.

For dessert, we opted for a sampler plate featuring mocha sorbet, mango ice cream, New York style cheesecake with fresh berries and a rich flourless chocolate cake.  Very easy to share, it was the right ending to a fine meal with great service.

Mocha Mousse Pie