Wellllllllll, I guess I'll get this one started.
We had a good crowd for Foodnik Friday this past week! All of the usual "just opened" caveats apply, and they definitely need to tighten things up in the kitchen a bit, but this is a nice space and I think there's some potential here. Very modern, very clean, very noisy... it's a cool room. I'll let those who are better versed in the beer list comment on the booze, but we collectively managed to try a good number of items off the menu.
You wouldn't think that feta cheese, cranberry slaw and sriracha mayonnaise would get lost, but somehow they did. The one that I had, at least, just didn't come together. For better or worse, I got spam and bread, and though I know the prospect frightens and saddens Meleyna, I think the other elements needed to come out more.
Simple and good! A solid brat and game sausage (precise provenance not identified) were both nicely browned, juicy and delicious, and accompaniments like mustard, horseradish and onion relish didn't gild the lily. I'm not sure why the chorizo was there. It just seemed weirdly out of place, both next to the other sausages and the beer. A little bit of overreach, I think. Just pick another Eastern European sausage, keep it simple and call it a day, I say. But this was good.
The name's a play on SOS, but I'm not sure how beef : sh*t :: lamb : hankey. Perhaps I'm missing something. In any case, this had some nice flavor... sliced lamb pastrami with a mushroom gravy over Texas toast. It needs a little more gravy, and the meat needs to be uniformly warm, but if they tighten it up I think this could be a nice dish.
The burgers are all essentially your choice of protein (beef, pork, chicken, egg) with a few sets of toppings to pick from. Mike and I shared this one, and it needs a little work. The flavor's nice, but the pork patty came off as kind of tough and overcooked. I'm sure there's a way to get it to work, and I hope they figure it out, because it's a nice sandwich with grilled chiles, cheese and adobo. It's just not there yet.
This was all there. It's so absurd that somebody had to try it, I'm glad that themis stepped up, and that I got to steal a wedge. By default, The Nutter is just peanut butter and raspberry chipotle preserves on toast, but I'm not sure why they even bother with the upsell, because who isn't going to add house-made marshmallow fluff and bacon? Just commit, I say. This was so wrong, and so, so awesome. Standout winner of the day for me, and I only had one beer. Two or three more and this could've been a spiritual experience.
The seasonal pop tarts are kind of a fun idea (though I'm not sure how seasonal rhubarb is at this point). Basically, it's preserves sandwiched between layers of crisp puff pastry and iced. It isn't rocket science, and there's really nothing not to like here. It's a fun idea with some good branding, and I'd absolutely get it again.
I think this could be a fun spot once they've had a little more time to get some things ironed out. What did the rest of you think?Angels Trumpet Ale Housewww.angelstrumpetalehouse.com
810 N. 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004