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