Our man Kevin Murphy at So Much Silence is probably the biggest hip-hop head you'll find in this town -- at least when it comes to the obscure East Coast stuff of the mid-90s. So it's no surprise that he correctly named the inspiration behind The Main Ingredient, a new-ish cafe/ale house in downtown Phoenix.
"It's no coincidence the eatery - owned by Matt and Courtney Diamond - shares the same name as second (and final) full-length by influential hip-hop duo Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth," Murph writes. "It crossed my mind when I first heard the name of the place, but I didn't connect the dots until I saw Matt Diamond wearing a Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth T-shirt when I ate there a few weeks ago. My compliment on the shirt earned me a drink on the house. (Apparently, I was only the second person - the other being a friend of his - to identify the inspiration behind the restaurant's name. Countless years of hip-hop listening finally pay off!)"
Murph digs the music at the place, much of it from hip-hop's so-called golden age (an East Coast idea I don't subscribe to) and also credits the establishment for playing a song by Supermarket, a Tempe group he blogged about five years ago. (Check out the post number on that link... 18!)
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"About the only thing better than the music is the reasonably priced food," an obviously smitten Murph says. "Some of which even has a hip-hop theme, like the Charli 2na sandwich, and a bar that features an impressive wine and beer list (eight microbrews on tap). My wife and I split the The Red Goat salad and the RB & C sandwich."
Coming soon: The new All Souled Out sneaker shop in Scottsdale?
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