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Cafe: The Arrogant Butcher

CityScape is a double-edged sword. Sure, we're stoked there's a bit more to do and see and eat downtown, but a lot of these joints aren't exactly destinations worth a drive from Tempe or Scottsdale. Enter Sam Fox's latest eatery The Arrogant Butcher. Is the latest Fox concept restaurant worth a commute?

Kathleen Vanesian on The Arrogant Butcher:

I wish I could say something positive about The Arrogant Butcher's salads, sandwiches, and most of their entrées, but I can't. A roasted squash and Brussels sprout salad sounded like a great idea, but it was so over-salted that the sweetness of the squash, as well as the nuttiness of the sprouts, was completely drowned out. Grilled chicken tabbouleh salad with oregano vinaigrette, made with romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, and a mere sprinkling of bulgur wheat and skinless marcona almonds, was edible but hardly noteworthy. The crab cake Louie salad, with barely there avocado, greens, corn kernels, and pieces of white asparagus served with two lackluster pucks of more cake than crab, was even more disappointing. And The Arrogant Butcher's turkey pastrami sandwich with Swiss cheese and coleslaw on a soft pretzel bun made soggy by the coleslaw did not do the sandwich category proud. Though I love fries made with skin-on potatoes, the ones that came with the sandwich were so cold and flaccid that even Viagra couldn't have helped...full story

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Jonathan McNamara