The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

108 E. Pierce St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

Lauren Cusimano

If environmentally sustainable practices enter into your calculus for choosing where to dine in Phoenix, The Breadfruit should be mighty high on your list. Chef Danielle Leoni has been through so many environmentally focused programs, from those at the James Beard Foundation to others at ASU, that her resume must span many pages at this point. Dwayne Allen (her husband) is no slouch, either. Just ask him about the implications of the trees shading The Breadfruit’s patio, or downtown parking spots, or the Impossible Burger and beef consumption. There is a salon-like sense of intellectual exchange at this intimate, Arizona-Jamaican restaurant, up to and including the bar presided over by Allen, who knows rum like art historians know sculptures and frescoes. But don’t let that fool you into thinking the offerings here are anything less than joyful. Leoni plates juicy jerk chicken and fragrant fish cooked in a Jamaican version of en papillote, soulful goat curry and a fiery, hypnotic plate of sauteed shrimp. When you’re on the patio digging into Two Wash Ranch chicken spiced with a jerk sauce made in part using palo verde beans, with a rum flight or ginger beer at the ready and a long cigar in hand, you couldn’t be anywhere else but downtown Phoenix.

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