First Taste

Milk Bar Brings Polish Eats and European Style to Downtown Phoenix

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: Milk Bar Location: 801 North Third Street Open: About three weeks Eats: Polish Price: $10 to $15/person

"This would do well in Chicago," remarks the guy sitting at the next table over.

And he's probably right. But on a Thursday evening, despite its high-visibility location in downtown Phoenix, the newly opened Milk Bar is mostly empty.

The restaurant's odd name becomes less odd when you learn it's the English translation of bar mleczny, the name of the Polish dining institution that dates back to the Communist Era. These bar/restaurants served simple, traditional Polish food to laborers back then, and this Milk Bar aims to bring the tradition into the modern era.

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Lauren Saria
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