At first glance, you might think you could run Grassroots Kitchen & Tap yourself. You'd be wrong -- and therein lies the genius of this North Scottsdale restaurant.
What seems obvious about the place is really a kind of deceptive simplicity. Look closer and you'll find the approachability of this Houston's-meets-neighborhood hangout is the product of precision, harmony, and a commitment to clarity.
Valley foodies might argue that there are more intriguing restaurant destinations in the Valley, and there are. But when it comes to plainly delicious eats served up in a comfortable spot, it's tough to beat Grassroots.
Here's an excerpt from this week's review:
The restaurant is spotless, tidily arranged so that everything has its place -- from the game pieces on the communal table to the artfully arranged stacks of napkins. Friendly servers seem to appear exactly when needed, refilling tea from glass jars, arriving with extra plates for sharing without being asked, and inviting you to linger as long as you'd like before leaving the check in a wooden dish.
And that dish of rainbow trout and sautéed Swiss chard is nothing short of perfect. The fish is supremely fresh, broiled in a bit of oil and gently seasoned with salt and pepper so that its flavor is coaxed from it in a manner that seems effortless. And the chard, sautéed until it's rich and mellow then topped with a tuft of grated Italian Pecorino, tastes as though it had been plucked from the nearest garden that day.
Hungry for more? Read my full review of Grassroots Kitchen & Tap in Scottsdale.
Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Phoenix® online at bestof.voiceplaces.com.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.