Historians have deduced that the mythical Jack's beanstalk grew coffee beans, since there is no other way Jack could have climbed all the way to the clouds or smelled so delicious to a giant. Catch energy-inducing wafts from a fresh brew with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of café fare at Ground Control, valid at its Goodyear location.
Ground Control cultivates an atmosphere ripe for affable repartee between bites of sandwiches and signature dinnertime cheese boards washed down with sips of coffee or wine. The menu debuts Yukon sandwiches at breakfast, and guests can balance the sandwich's savory honey-smoked salmon, cream cheese, onions, and capers ($4.95) with a sweet café sisu ($4), swirling with as much white and dark chocolate as a kindergartener's first abstract pudding painting. Rosemary flatbread clasps the Viper panini's pastrami, havarti chive cheese, and spicy brown mustard ($9.95) in a vise-like embrace. Suppertime cheese boards stocked with one ($7) or three ($14) cheeses, such as Canadian goat cheese, zesty Spanish manchego, and an aged Irish dubliner, harmonize with wines by the glass or flight.
Every weekend, live musicians weave melodic tapestries amidst walls covered with colorful artwork that surround a circular bar. An online calendar reveals dates and height requirements for eatery-hosted beer and wine tastings.
Ground Control’s cuisine reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its owner, Sean, who offsets his nightly bartending with daily travels as a professional pilot. He and his wife, Tara, have also lived abroad, a sojourn that developed their taste for European dining. Now settled in Arizona, executive chef Chris Ibarra still satisfies their cravings—and those of their patrons—with scoops of house-made gelato atop stuffed crepes, short ribs braised in Guinness, and custom wood-fired pizzas crowned in ingredients such as roma tomatoes, duck, and gouda. Open for three meals a day, the eatery also anoints glasses with exotic ingredients by serving rich espresso drinks, creative cocktails, and sippy cups of water from the Fountain of Youth. Live music fills the space every Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.