First Taste

The Gladly, Sadly, a Hit-or-Miss First Taste

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: The Gladly Location: 2201 East Camelback Road Open: Over three weeks. Eats: New American Price: $30 to $60 per person

The Gladly, opened over three weeks ago at 2201 East Camelback Road (formerly Ruth's Chris Steak House) in the Biltmore neighborhood, has a lot to live up to.

Its owners, chef Bernie Kantak, Andrew Fritz, and mixologist Richie Moe are the trio behind Scottsdale's Citizen Public House, which, soon after opening in 2011, became noted for its inventive cocktails, kicked-up versions of familiar American foods, and outstanding desserts (courtesy of Tracy Dempsey Originals).

So it stands to reason that expectations for The Gladly are high -- that it will be a kind of Citizen Public House 2.0.

For now, it isn't. At least not entirely.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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