Our meter was ready to expire so we had to leave the tour of the Orpheum Theater before it was finished. But the last segment was the dressing room area so we felt that we lost nothing of the experience. Still, the tour ran longer than expected and by that time we were really ready for lunch—at the Phoenix Public Market Café.
“There’s an old saying: When one door closes, another opens. Much hand-wringing ensued last year when the barely two-year-old Urban Grocery—the only artisan market in Downtown Phoenix at the time—went down for the count…. Enter Aaron Chamberlin, chef-owner of Phoenix neighborhood favorite St. Francis, who long had his eye on the bygone market’s prime location…. After Urban Grocery closed, Chamberlin and his partners spent a year negotiating for the space, coming to terms on the name—Phoenix Public Market Café, with emphasis on the ‘Café’—while honing their vision of an urban gathering spot” (Gwen Ashley Walters at phoenixmag.com).
I decided to add a side of black beans to my order and again I came up a winner.
So if I won one, did that make Chuck a loser? Not quite. That may be too strong a term, but neither of us was overwhelmed with his meal of rotisserie chicken with a side of garlic mashed potatoes.
And although the chicken was certainly moist and juicy, it was strangely lacking in flavor. I have had much better rotisserie chicken at Boston Market. While the skin had some darkish spots from the wood fired rotisserie, I missed Boston Market’s dark and flavorful skin. (Is this yet another example of how the “chainification” of America has influenced our taste in food?)
Well, I came out the winner at this 3.5 Addie food stop. Kind of disappointing for a restaurant that Phoenix Magazine had in the Top Five of the Best New Restaurants of 2013.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.