Likewise, a number of entrées we tried just didn't pass muster. Jambalaya with rock shrimp, chicken, and what purported to be bologna-textured andouille sausage, served lukewarm at lunch, had nothing but a mild spiciness going for it. Beef entrées were little better. A bone-in dry-aged rib eye steak with roasted mushrooms and shallots for a whopping $35 was disproportionately fatty and not cooked to order, while the skirt steak with bacon, fingerlings, and fresh green beans was, well, just meat and potatoes. Fish fared better, with battered and deep-fried California halibut fish 'n' chips coming out hot and crispy, though the fries were again floppy. The grilled swordfish with artichokes was nothing special; the cooked creamy barley side proved to be the best thing on the plate.

The two most satisfying entrées included sweet potato tortelli in a nice butter sauce with sautéed Brussels sprouts — imagine thin, homemade tortellini on steroids filled with a sweet, creamy sweet potato filling sprinkled with crunchy hazelnuts. And crab-stuffed chicken, the outside browned to a nice crisp, the inside moist and tender, was made tangy with Meyer lemon and caper berries.

The arrogance of flaccid fries.
Jackie Mercandetti
The arrogance of flaccid fries.

Location Info


The Arrogant Butcher

2 E. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Phoenix


The Arrogant Butcher
2 East Jefferson Street, #150
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

Smoked salmon rillette: $11
Sweet potato tortelli: $15
Rock shrimp jambalaya: $18
Turkey pastrami: $12

In retrospect, there may be one thing I would drive across town to The Arrogant Butcher for: dessert. Namely, the warm peanut butter cup dessert paired with a rich chocolate gelato. It's like a handful of large Reese's Peanut Butter Cups melted to a pudding consistency. Yes, that might truly be worth the drive.

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