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Cafe: The Main Ingredient

You undoubtedly wept as Lisa G's went away to be replaced with who knows what. The answer: The Main Ingredient Ale House. Need a coney? You've got it. Thirsty for a craft beer? Big check on that one too.

Food Critic Michele Laudig on The Main Ingredient:

After visiting The Main Ingredient several times since it opened a few weeks ago, I completely understand where DeMarco's vote of confidence comes from. The food is tasty, the staff is welcoming (if a little green yet), and there's a great energy going on.

This isn't a "wine bar," though. Diamond told me he thought the term was getting tired and was hoping to emphasize craft beer by calling The Main Ingredient an "ale house" instead. He's got five AZ brews among the eight on tap, along with 20 bottles and cans. If you want to go cheap, there's two-dollar Schlitz and Miller High Life mixed in with beer-geek faves like Bear Republic Racer 5 and Deschutes Black Butte Porter...full story

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Jonathan McNamara