Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is located next to the Hotel Palomar, nestled in to the corner of the Cityscape neighborhood in Downtown Phoenix. They are proud to be urban and comfortable in a bustling area without the fuss. This contemporary urban space with a rustic undertone will surprise you with handcrafted concoctions to titillate the senses. The seasonal ingredients create sinfully delicious American gastro-lounge dishes to compliment their impressive menu of brown spirits.

Blue Hound
Blue Hound

Copper tones and wooden accents make this local spot glow from the inside out. When I first saw Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails through the front doors, my brain yelled, “whiskey!” and it wasn’t wrong. It’s no wonder they are known as having one of the most extensive lists of brown spirits in the valley. It almost wouldn’t make sense for them not to once you see the dining room and bar.

Lawless
Lawless

I wasted no time ordering the mythical creation that I had heard about far and wide from Valley foodies. The Lawless. Pure and simple and without the fuss, this drink was so true to the core that I ended up ordering it twice. Not just for the taste – but also for the show. The Lawless is wild turkey rye, “truck stop” bitters, wormwood liqueur, tobacco smoke; brought out in 2 parts – the pour and the smokey glass turned over on a small iron skillet and filled with smoke. The glass is turned over, the smoke is released and the pour ensues. Every sip ends up infused with the tobacco smoke and almost had me convinced that I was a cowboy; which I loved for every single taste. The Daisy Duke was also quite a treat if you are more of a tequila drinker. This one has herradura blanco, saline solution, green pepper, thai basil, agave, citrus, and finished with a very fresh and layered mixture of ingredients that surprises and pleases the palette. 

Seared Ahi
Seared Ahi

For dinner, we chose an appetizer of Seared Ahi; quinoa cake, pickled fresno peppers, avocado, aji amarillo. We just could not get enough of the aji amarillo sauce that accompanied this dish! Not only were the quinoa cakes perfectly crisp, the ahi fresh and mouth-watering, and the peppers a welcomed addition, this sauce was inspiring and good to the very last (spicy yet creamy) drop! I may or may not have chased down the last taste with a finger. But don’t tell anyone!

Trout
Trout

For dinner, we went with the Trout, made with golden raisins, capers, green beans, brown butter, and the Pork & Beans pork shank, braised greens, and fennel sausage. I’m not a huge connoisseur of trout but I am certainly glad I chose tonight to order it. Mixed with the capers and the accompanying caper-sauce, I couldn’t get enough of this wonderfully-cooked thin fish. The pork was definitely a more hardy dish and proved to be a sensible addition to the rustic Lawless drink that I had ordered earlier. The hints of ‘gastro’ in the ‘gastro-lounge’ goal of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails certainly came through in this pork shank dish. Not to mention, a slight nudge to the meat and it fell tenderly off the bone. Impressively off the bone, I should say. Because it was nothing short of impressive. 

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake

We finished our meal with the Chocolate Cake with peanut butter caramel, banana ice cream. Peanut butter AND banana? I felt like a kid again. A very sophisticated kid (because I’m drinking whiskey and all), but a kid nonetheless. The dessert was savory and delicious and I made sure to  get every last lick of the peanut butter sauce!

Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!

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