I recently was in Phoenix, AZ on a business trip. Before leaving Indianapolis I asked around for restaurant recommendations. I have one rule when traveling out of town. That rule is, no meals in places we have in Indianapolis. I like to venture out and try something new. Sometimes the people with me aren’t so inclined. However, on this trip I was alone. I had to answer to or consult with no one and it was great!
The name of the place alone just called to me. Clever name and not cutesy! Can’t go wrong with that! And they didn’t go wrong by me!
First off, Jonathan is a great waiter. If you find your self at this establishment request him.
I’d been in Phoenix for two days and had not had a proper meal. Everything on the entree list sounded delicious but it was also 108 outside and I didn’t want to be bogged down for my walk back to my hotel. Seeing as Jonathan had mastered the art of pronouncing the word, “charcuterie”, I had to have it! I really wanted one of everything. I changed my mind a thousand times before he took my order. For my appetizer, I had the zucchini fritters. I decided on the goat brie, blue cheese, and the prosciutto Americano. ( I have an obsession with all forms of prosciutto that cannot be explained. If it’s on the menu, I’m having it!).
Before I tell you about my food, I need to take a moment to rave about my cocktail. I had the After School Special. No lie, the name got me and the first ingredient is raspberry tea. I saw raspberry tea and Jose Cuervo and ordered it up. The full description is, Raspberry Tea Infused Jose Cuervo, Ginger Agave, Lime, Modelo Especial. I don’t know what I was expecting but nothing prepared me for this frothy delicious drink with a beer on the side. Teach me for assuming the Modelo Especial was merely an ingredient in the drink. I don’t know what they do after school out here but, this is awesome. I think every teacher needs one of these after work!
My meal was fantastic. The fritters were not at all what I expected. They were better. Light and fluffy balls of batter wrapped around shredded zucchini, perfectly fried. Not too soft or too crisp. The fritters were served with a parmesan aioli that was the perfect partner. The aioli was so good that I asked for more and put it on everything.
The goat brie was my least favorite. This is a classic, “it’s not you, it’s me” situation. I like a mild goat cheese where the musky flavor that makes goat cheese unique is subtle. This was stronger than what I prefer. If goat cheese is your thing I say go for it. I love all things blue cheese and this was not an exception. I ate every bit of it and chased all the crumbs down with the awesome crusty bread. The Prosciutto Americano was as good as any Prosciutto di Parma I’ve ever had. The cheese comes with cherry marmalade and the meat with homemade mustard. If they sold it by the jar I would have left with two. I’m not ashamed to say I ate both straight out of the container. Being from the Midwest, a meal of just meat and cheese is unheard of or seen as putting on airs. I’m all for it and we need more of this everywhere!
If you are ever in downtown Phoenix, Arizona saddle up to a big plate of charcuterie and don’t look back!