Citizen Public House: A User's Guide
Inventive Gastropub Cuisine | Multidimensional Cocktails | Addictive Bacon-Pecan Brittle
To start: chopped salad with corn, couscous, smoked salmon, asiago, pepitas, arugula, and currants—so popular it has its own Facebook page
Sandwich: beef-belly BLT with jalapeño aioli and pickled tomatoes
Entree: pan-seared scallops with Hampshire bacon, roasted corn grits, wilted snow-pea greens, and cola gastrique
Dessert: chocolate-and-chili bread pudding with tortilla-chip ice cream
What to Drink: Science instructs the cocktail creations of mixologist Rich Moe. Try the Im-Port, a blend of Jameson whiskey, Sandeman tawny port, tobacco-and-leather-infused bitters, and Guinness stout foam. For something sweeter, Moe also mixes up a handcrafted sangria with pomegranate syrup.
Who's in the Kitchen? Chef Bernie Kantak is well known in the area for being the driving force behind Cowboy Ciao. It seems he has the Midas touch when it comes to restaurants. Under his guidance, Citizen Public House was named one of 2011's best new restaurants by Phoenix New Times and Esquire magazine.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Peruse the collection of authentic Native American ceramics and jewelry at Sewell's Indian Arts (7087 E. 5th Avenue).
After: Relax over a cocktail and jokes from comedians featured on Comedy Central and HBO at The Comedy Spot (7117 E. 3rd Avenue).
If You Can't Make It, Try: The Gladly (2201 E. Camelback Road), which showcases similarly inventive cuisine by Chef Kantak and cocktails by Moe, as well as one of the Valley's largest collections of whiskeys and scotches.