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Now Open: Hillside Spot

Gallo Blanco chef-owner Doug Robson says he had no idea he'd be opening two restaurants in one year, but things just organically turned out that way.

His new place, headed by chef Patrick Fegan (formerly of Fiamma and Olive & Ivy), is called Hillside Spot, and it just opened for breakfast and lunch service in what used to be a Coffee Plantation (4740 E. Warner in Ahwatukee, 480-705-SPOT/7768). Dinner service will be introduced by February.

Robson is proud of the local and organic ingredients they're using, from the local chorizo in the breakfast torta and local veggies in the farmers omelet to the organic milk in the from-scratch sour cream pancakes and MJ Bread used for the croque monsieur. For lunch, look for rotisserie chicken from the wood-burning oven, a pulled pork sandwich with homemade coleslaw on top, a tuna sandwich, and a variety of salads.

Hillside Spot opens daily at 5:30 a.m., serving pastries and coffee for early morning commuters. The kitchen is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Michele Laudig
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