First Taste

Corduroy in Midtown Phoenix Is Not Really a Tapas Bar -- But It Does Have Good Cocktails

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Corduroy Location: 2601 North Central Avenue Open: About two weeks Eats: Small plates, sandwiches, salads Price: $20+/person

Tom Jetland and the team behind such popular mid/downtown spots as Fez, Switch, and Pizza People Pub have added a stylish new restaurant to their growing group. And with a menu dominated by globally inspired small plates, the new addition, called Corduroy, gives neighborhood diners plenty of new dishes to try.

Though the name doesn't seem to fit the restaurant's "tapas style" cuisine, the space, formerly a Schlotsky's deli, seems just as polished as you would expect given the team behind it. The combination of exposed brick, stained glass, and richly patterned metal ceiling panels lands you somewhere between a 1920s speakeasy and a modern Spanish eatery. In addition to a large dining room, Corduroy offers a covered patio and full bar.