WOW, its obvi the person that reviewed The Arrogant Butcher must be bias...probably because their second job is at a competing restaurant. The review was way back when The Butcher only had its doors open for less than a month...a little slack please? I've been many of times and the food and service was OUTSTANDING. I felt for Fox, opening downtown is a gamble but seriously that man pisses gold. by far the best service i've had at any of his concepts, the waitstaff knows their sh*t and is always making sure your completely satisfied.
I certainly haven't feasted as much as the know it all foodie writer but i can tell you app wise: House soft pretzels and provolone fondue is money. The smoked salmon spread is the -ish. Charcuterie menu is bomb, pair some meats, cheese, asparagus ect, for your own antipasta plate...i was like a kid in the candy store. Entrees: Crab Stuffed Chicken...no need to say more, Jambalaya, Scallops, Grilled sword fish, RIBEYE, and the short rib stew...i need it like a crack fiend. Salads and sandwiches, The Tabbouleh, Kale, and Louie are my fav salads sandwiches that are bomb are the Turkey sloppy joe, Grinder, and Turkey pastrami...which is from Culinary Dropout. Desserts, Peanut butter cup all the way baby NOM NOM NOM. Fox is repin the az beer on tap, Four peaks Kilt lifter, San Tan Hefe, and Sun Up Light rail Cream. Specialty cocktails that are my fav are the Polish Fix: Vodka with frech leamon and lime juice and muddled berries...crushed ice is used...ends up looking like an adult snow cone. The Candlestick maker, Fox's spin on a Manhatten...if i could drink one drink for the rest of my life this is the one. Then the After School special fancier then the beer-garitas i make its a mechilada style drink with razz infused tequila and agave necter and Modelo on top...schools out for summer with that one. downtown phx isn't a traditional metro downtown. its not a usual hustle and bustle, its lax and chill. most only venture for a ball game or concert, i don't understand it...its not a far drive or a pain like typical downtown. but whatev, its a best kept secret and i enjoy it. Fox is doin work, what he does best, despite the negativity from some The Butcher has made a name for itself as being the best concept by far in my opinion....i'd rather come downtown and not have to go hang with the DB's in sdale anyday and call The Arrogant Butcher my watering hole.