If I were dating or should someone want to plan an amazing night for me, this is the kind of experience I would be down for. You get a shot at hitting up quite a few of the restaurants an area has to offer, instead of just one. I’m taking you on a journey through Central Phoenix, where we’ll stop and have one course at each restaurant. We’re going to dine like pros and first stop is for a drink with the guys at Clever Koi.
Let’s start with Riding The Pine from Clever Koi, a St. George Terror Gin / Lillet Rouge / Passion Fruit / Lime, Pine, fruit forward, rosemary courtesy of Lingua. I would suggest sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartender. They’ve got a good program going at Clever Koi and I’m sure you’ll be happy with any of their options.
Then drive up to Southern Rail, where you can feast on an appetizer or two. We suggest trying their locally grown fried green tomatoes served with pimento cheese and garnished with pea tendrils. Love the pimento cheese, like a lot? You can buy some to eat later, noble bread and pimento cheese, yes please!
The Gladly wasn’t originally in my line of sight for this post but I simply can’t resist their chopped salad and you need to eat it. I can’t go into the restaurant without ordering it, I’ve tried resisting the temptation but it doesn’t work. What does the salad include? Dried corn, Israeli couscous, smoked salmon, asiago, pepitas, tomatoes, arugula and currants and topped with a buttermilk pesto dressing.
Plus, now that we’re at the Gladly, The Parlor is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Time to indulge in some pasta, particularly their agnolotti, a gorgeous red beet pasta with swiss chard, roasted parsnip, carrot top pesto, fig vinaigrette and topped with microgreens.
Time to head back to 7th St and grab your main entree from Stock & Stable a nice sized double cut pork chop with apple gastrique. You might be tempted to head up to their speakeasy but you will not want to miss out on this next dish.
Okra and their doughnut hold a special place in my heart. I love most doughnuts but something about this one is wildly amazing and one that I tell people is my favorite. It’s canned biscuit doughnut with salted caramel and if you want to get all crazy, you add chicken skins to it. Once you take that bite, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
And for the finale of the night, head over to the Womack and enjoy some live tunes, a couple drinks, great atmosphere and if you’re still hungry, grab a few of their snacks. Now you’ve dined around like a pro and you can mark a few of those restaurants off that ever growing list.