The New Winter Menu at Blue Hound Kitchen Shines with Elevated Comfort Food

Winter has finally made its way to Phoenix. Chilly weather is upon us. This makes it the perfect time of year for the type of food that sticks on your bones. The new winter menu at the Blue Hound Kitchen in Phoenix does just that. Their new items are elevated comfort classics that promise to warm you right up.

Cocktails

We started our meal with a couple of cocktails (have you met us?). We ordered:

  • Lost Boy Scout (High West Double Rye, crème de cacao, simple, chocolate bitters, walnut bitters)
  • The Monroe (Dickel Rye, Silencio Black, Lillet Blanc, velvet falernum, bitters, black pepper).

These cocktails are definitely the type of cocktail geared towards seasoned craft cocktail enthusiasts (delicious as well). However, the Lost Boy Scout lends itself to someone who might just be starting to enjoy whiskies, as it had a sweeter (but very well balanced) flavor.

 The Lost Boy Scout at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

The Lost Boy Scout

Later in our meal we tried:

  • The Replacement (Herradura Reposado, Cointreau, house sour, orange juice, avocado puree)
  • Skinny Dipper (Silencio Black Mezcal, Aperol, Liquor Strega, lime, egg white, simple, Peyschaud Bitters).

Both were completely different from our earlier drinks, but none the less still complex and full of delicious flavors. The use of avocado puree in The Replacement was unique and interesting. The Skinny Dipper had the perfect use of mezcal but was not overly smokey.

The Replacement and The Skinny Dipper at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

The Replacement and The Skinny Dipper

For The Table and From the Garden

To start the food portion of our meal we treated to a selection of appetizers and salads from the new winter menu. This included:

  • Albacore tuna (root vegetable cake, charred citrus, pickled mustard seed, aji amarillo)- The tuna was such a great appetizer in that is played with your senses. Not only was it visually appealing and tasted fantastic, but it’s use of texture was outstanding. The crispiness of the root vegetable cake paired with the softness of the tuna and citrus was great.
    Albacore Tuna at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

    Albacore Tuna

  • Clams (garlic, shallots, ginger beer, Noble Bread)- This was our favorite of all the appetizers and was a very close 2nd for our favorite item of the evening. The broth the clams were cooked in was loaded full of delicious flavor (who’d have thought ginger beer would be good with clams?). We found ourselves talking about the clams most of the evening and couldn’t stop dipping our Noble Bread in the broth. We also may or may not have also been fighting over the shallots.
    Clams at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

    Clams

  • Roasted Beets (boursin, clementine, fennel, pickled shallots, garden vinaigrette)- Anytime you can get us to eat beets and actually enjoy them, you’re ahead of the game, and we did enjoy them! The use of the boursin, pickled shallots, and vinaigrette really help to take that earthy flavor away from the beets. Some people enjoy that factor of the beet but for us, it needs to masked at all costs.
    Roasted Beets at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

    Roasted Beets

  • Sunchokes (pickled onions, chili aioli)- Sunchokes were totally a new thing for us. We really like them though. Sunchokes are sort of a cross between a potato and a parsnip flavor wise. These particular sunchokes were flash fried and baked so their texture was like that of steak fries. The pickled onions served with them really added some great flavor.
    Sunchokes at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

    Sunchokes

Entrees

Following our starters we shared a couple of entrees. Interestingly enough they were both entrees we wouldn’t have likely ordered if they weren’t suggested to us. However, we were glad we did because both were outstanding. We tried:

  • Handmade Pasta (pumpkin seed pesto, marsala wine, butternut, mushrooms, sage)- This was probably our favorite item of the evening. Everything about it just screams perfection. The pumpkin pesto was unexpected and delightful. The mushrooms soaked up all of the delicious flavors, and the butternut squash gave it that little extra touch to take it over the top.
    Handmade Pasta at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

    Handmade Pasta

  • Blackened Salmon (celery root puree, rapini, cipollini)- Salmon is one of those items we just never seem to order. We love salmon, but it always seems like there is something we want to try more. This salmon is definitely worth ordering. Cooked and seasoned to perfection, it is a must not miss. The celery root puree was a unique addition which made us want to try our own variation at home.
Blackened Salmon at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

Blackened Salmon

Both entrees were light but at at the same time, stuck with you. Each personify what you would want from comfort food without being so much that you can’t move afterwards.

Dessert

How could we possibly have room for dessert after all of this wonderful food? It wasn’t without effort, we assure you! We shared:

  • Chocolate Cake (Peanut butter caramel, banana ice cream, bruleed bananas)- This cake is a chocolate lovers dream! Warm and fluffy, but not too sweet. The peanut butter caramel is more like a roasted peanut caramel but is absolutely fantastic! We also really enjoyed the depth of flavor the bruleed bananas added. 
    Chocolate Cake at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

    Chocolate Cake

  • Blue Hound Apple Pie (Salted caramel ice cream)- This apple pie is the true definition of comfort food. The crust had that perfect buttery flavor and flaky texture. The apples were warm but not mushy. The ice cream completed the traditional ala mode feeling but in all honesty, the pie was good on it’s own too.
Blue Hound Apple Pie at Blue Hound Kitchen 2geekswhoeat.com

Blue Hound Apple Pie

We really enjoyed kicking off our winter dining with The Blue Hound Kitchen. There is never a bad meal here and their cocktails are always spot on. We look forward to heading back and eating more of those clams and that delicious pasta! What is your go-to comfort food? Leave your comments below or use the hash tag #GeekEats. Stay warm!

Blue Hound Kitchen is located at: CityScape, 2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

*The Geeks were given comped items to facilitate this write-up; Information about the menu items was provided to us, opinions are wholly our own. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.

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