Frontdoors Magazine May 2019 Issue

Page 40

KITCHEN DOORS {patio dining} Lisa Mullavey | Culinary Writer

DAILY DOSE BAR AND GRILL Scottsdale | Daily Dose Bar and Grill is a popular eatery with a cool vibe and incredible food. I took one of my sons for a late Saturday breakfast and it ended up being our meal for the day. Craving something sweet and savory, I ordered the chicken and waffles, which was off-the-charts good. Dose tops a corn waffle with bacon-encrusted chicken, two eggs, harissa aioli and sweet corn salsa. My son had their peanut butter & jelly waffle with sliced bananas and house-made berry compote, which quickly disappeared from his plate. Daily Dose boasts a large menu with a lot of choices, which will make it easy to please anyone in your group. Eat inside at a table or while watching TV at the bar, though I recommend taking advantage of their pet-friendly, shaded patio overlooking Scottsdale Road and the bustle of Old Town. Daily Dose also has a midtown location in Phoenix.

THE VIG FILLMORE Phoenix | Of their five Valley restaurants, The Vig Fillmore — located within the historic Roosevelt South neighborhood outside of downtown Phoenix — is my favorite. The location greets you with a charming front porch and renovated bungalow that houses The Vig’s main restaurant and bar. To the left of the porch is a large outdoor bar framed by an expansive courtyard with shaded seating. My sister and I met for Sunday brunch and came early to secure an outdoor table to enjoy the morning weather. We started with a few cocktails. She had a traditional mimosa and I tried a Kick Start martini, a beyond-delicious drink made with cold brew coffee, Cutwater Fugu horchata vodka, Crater Lake hazelnut espresso vodka, Amaro delle Sirene liqueur and Más Mole bitters. For brunch, I ordered the Hangover Helper, which is made with pork carnitas layered with tortillas, white cheddar and guajillo salsa topped with pico de gallo, crema and two eggs. My sister had their breakfast sandwich croissant with egg, avocado, tomato, crisp bacon and a spicy chipotle mayo. We liked both entrées so much we ended up eating off each other’s plates and staying for two conversation-filled hours.

TRYST CAFÉ Chandler | Tryst Café prides itself on serving a menu centered around locally sourced natural and organic ingredients with a focus on gluten-free and vegan options. I stopped in before work one morning to get a jump start on my busy day. Having arrived shortly after they opened, I took advantage of the serene setting on their outdoor patio. I ordered a vanilla latte while I looked through their menu. The latte had the perfect level of sweetness and was served in an Irish whiskey glass that kept it nice and warm. I decided to order the Tryst omelet, one of their vegetarian options, made with three organic eggs, fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted tomatoes and pesto. The ingredients complemented each other, resulting in a very pleasing flavor. My omelet was served with perfectly roasted red potatoes and sourdough toast. Tryst Café’s original location can be found west of Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix.