Things definitely aren't all bad at O.H.S.O. When they stick to basic "pub grub," they do a really nice job. The Brewer's Choice Meat & Cheese plate was piled high with elk sausage, salami, cheese, pâté, crispy cheese crackers, pickles, olives — even a little pile of caramel corn.

The Burger + Cheese was one of the better burgers I've had in a long time. The thick juicy patty was cooked just right, and the house-baked bun didn't fail under the weight of the bacon, Gouda, thick-sliced tomato, lettuce, and buttery pickles. A side of French fries was cooked to a near perfect crisp, with just the right amount of salt.

The brisket sandwich, a "staff favorite" according to the menu, was also a good pick. The tender brisket was soaked in a tangy barbecue sauce, piled high on a fresh sweet roll, and topped with crunchy fried onions. It was like an adult version of the sloppy Joe sandwiches my mom made when I was a kid — except this sloppy Joe was really, really good. The only problem was trying to eat it — your best bet is to grab a fork and knife and dig in.

Arcadia's O.H.S.O. does many things right — but the food often needs help.
Jackie Mercandetti
Arcadia's O.H.S.O. does many things right — but the food often needs help.

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O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery

4900 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Category: Restaurant > Brewery

Region: East Phoenix

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O.H.S.O. Eatery and nanoBrewery
4900 East Indian School Road
602-955-0358
www.ohsobrewery.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday

Burger + Cheese: $11
Brisket Sandwich: $12
O.H.S.O. Rita Flatbread: $11
Beer Brunch Breakfast Bruschetta: $10

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The grilled cheese was an average grilled cheese. Golden toasted bread with rich, melty cheese and thick tomato slices paired nicely with smoky tomato soup. My only complaint was the $9 price tag. It was a good sandwich, but definitely not $9 good. For $9, you had better put an amazing grilled cheese on my plate.

And for dessert, you have to try a slice of sinfully rich caramel apple pie. The flaky crust is packed with tart apples and tons of sweet buttery caramel sauce. It's so good that you can't even be mad at the place for importing it from Pie Snob's bakery down the street.

O.H.S.O. may just be another case of "scene over cuisine," but it's too early to give up hope. Maybe management will make some menu adjustments in the near future. Even if things stay the same, you'll still probably find me enjoying a cool IPA and a burger on the patio.

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maxplanck0
maxplanck0

I was @ OSHO somewhat later than the date of this review - November, 2012 - and didn't endure any of the shortcomings that Shannon did. It was a Thursday evening; they were very busy but I thought both the kitchen and the service staff did a top notch job. And of course, the beer offerings were stellar. I'll go back.

Bobdobbsphx
Bobdobbsphx

Wanted to like OHSO because it's so close to my house. Impressed with the craft beer selection, but after 3 visits and 6 different beers, all have had an off taste. Something is amiss, like it's been oxidized. As a beer snob and long time homebrewer none of the beers taste anywhere close to what they are supposed to taste like. Service has been subpar each time. I hope they make improvements soon because at this rate OHSO won't last.

Jon
Jon

I had two techs a couple of the beer reps and a brewer in today to taste their beers and we could not find anything wrong with any of the beers. Please let me know what beers do I can help to resolve this and vice lord we have had some old broken pipes leaking and are continuing to try to resolve this issue. When we think we have it another cracks. It is an expensive work in progress!

vicelord
vicelord

Interesting, now that you mention it I've noticed that as well. I always just shrugged it off though. Oh, and Jon, please fix that sewer odor that I often notice after walking through the front door.

OdorHelpSmellsOutrageous
OdorHelpSmellsOutrageous

vicelord. with you on the sewer gas...my goodness, call a plumber already. agree with others on this thread. cool space. nice people. lots of beer..maybe even too many. but the food needs a 'do over'.

 
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