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: Ten Handcrafted American Fare and Spirits Location: 2501 E. Camelback Road Open: About two weeks Eats: American, Southern Price: $15 to $20 per person at lunch
"Ten" isn't exactly the most Google-friendly name for a dining spot, so until you consider that it's the middle three letters of chef Jeff Hostenske's last name, it doesn't make much sense. But aside from a strange, numeric name, the latest restaurant to try its luck at the Camelback Esplanade seems to have a few good things going for it.
Hostenske, a former corporate chef for Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill, has firsthand experience with Midwestern and Southern cuisine. That means that unlike other spots in town, he's not just jumping on the comfort food bandwagon, but rather using his experience to cook food that he knows. And you can taste it.