When I mentioned to people that I was going to Second Story Liquor Bar, they seemed confused by my choice of dinner spots for the night. What on earth would I eat at a Liquor Bar? Well I’m hear to dispell that myth that Second Story Liquor Bar doesn’t serve food. Yes they do serve up that whiskey and them cocktails like nobody’s business but the food people, the food, it comes out like pieces of art on a plate. Something I think people might not expect from a typical Liquor Bar.
The menu is easy to navigate and to the point, which makes knowing what to order a piece of cake (which I ended up eating at the end of the meal). For starters, the Amish bread comes out with smoked butter, what’s smoked butter you ask? Well, it’s butter contained under a little glass lid filled with smoke. It not only looks totally rocking when you lift that little glass and all the smoke swirls out but it makes for an added element of flavor. The five spice crepe beckoned me as well, with it’s tender ginger braised pork, lightly truffled soy component, nicely charred cabbage and cucumber. I finished that baby off, with very little help from my husband. We also decided to go for the pepper crusted ahi tuna, it came out with a kalamata olives and the olives made into an emulsion, a small bit of shaved fennel and some rosemary focaccia.
If I had to pick one dish that was my favorite, it would be the charred hanger steak seared and cooked to a beautiful medium and paired with smoked potatoes, harissa, Greek yogurt, leeks and broccolini. In fact, it was just as bomb the next day for left overs and I was wishing I had more of it to eat. The double fried chicken was nothing short of amazing either, it was pounded out and stuffed, rolled back up and then fried to perfection. I grew up on crumpets and was thrilled to see one on the menu, it came with the chicken along with a bourbon maple syrup adding that sweet element and some pancetta butter and jalapeno tomato jam, for an added kick.
Dessert was equally as delightful with an array of house made chocolates and a nice fluffy slice of butter rum cake with drunken cherries, pistachios and orange cardamon Chantilly. While you can still order all these fantastic dishes outlined above and more, we can’t wait to share the new menu they’ll be launching soon. We got a sneak peek of it and can’t wait to take a bite of everything! Keep up the scrumptious work guys.
4166 N Scottsdale Rd