We walked into The Local at around 5:30 pm, the place was pretty empty, except for a couple people seated in the comfy seats in the lounge area. We were greeted by Chris, Adam and taken care of all night by Chad (our fantastic and patient waiter). We secured the private room in the back for a larger group and loved that we could play our own tunes to set the mood.
The ambiance and decor are comforting and trendy and the menu wasn’t overwhelming, which made it easy to order. I ordered the every share plate on there. The options they have for the share plates read like a foodie’s dream, at least those are dishes I dream of.
First out was the most gorgeous plate of house made burrata with duck bacon, the sweetest little tomatoes and a few other fixins. It was a special item for the night and I enjoyed every bite of it. The buttery feel of the cheese paired with the crisp duck bacon and tomatoes was absolutely divine.
One of the dishes I was most looking forward to was the bone marrow, paired with fennel onion jam, a shaved fennel salad and garlic confit crostini. A few of the other people at the table had never tried bone marrow before and were a little apprehensive but after taking a taste, they fell in love. Just as I do each time I enjoy the buttery goodness.
Crispy pig ear pad thai showed up on the table next with a punch of cilantro avocado yogurt sauce, toasted peanuts, bean sprouts, pickled Fresno and XO sauce. The crispy pig ear added a much needed texture to the dish and the flavors melded wonderfully together.
Roman style gnocchi with Quadrello di Bufala, tomato jam, fennel pollen, Grana Padana was a subtle but nice dish. Rich with cheese and offset with the sweet tomato jam.
I have enjoyed this craze of eating octopus and was curious to see how this dish would match with the others I’ve eaten. The octopus was cooked nice and had that smokey and subtle fish flavor. It was paired with pork belly, lentils, chickpeas and quite a hit at the table, even with those that were a tad skeptical.
Smoked and braised chicken wings with the coconut caramel glacé were a favorite among those that were a little less adventurous. We ordered three plates of them. They were sweet but had a kick and they had a good amount of tender meat on each piece.
You know I ordered dessert. A mouth watering plate of deconstructed strawberry shortcake – the mint ice cream will knock your socks off and really pulled the dish together. I ate most of it because no bite of food should go to waste.
I was satisfied with our dinner, the service and the food both visually and on my palette. Chad, Adam and Chris were all great to talk with and are there to help enhance your dining experience.
Stop by The Local for happy hour 4-7pm or
- Tues, Wed, 4pm – 12am
- Thurs, Fri, Sat, 4pm – 2am
- Closed Sunday – Monday
- 1011 North 3rd Street
- Phoenix, AZ 85004