The Spot: The Kitchen Bar at Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge, 2502 E Camelback, Phoenix, 602-522-2344, www.christophersaz.com
The Hours: Happy Hour prices are available daily from 3 to 6 pm at the Kitchen Bar and in Crush Lounge.
The Details: A wide selection of items including wood fired pizzas, gourmet burger and frites, soups, entree salads, and a cheese plate are featured at half price. All wines by the glass, beers, and well drinks are also half price.
the happy hour break down after the jump
that price. It is served with housemade stone ground mustard aioli that tasted so good I had to put it on everything (I would have slathered it on my children, had they been there). It is possible to get "mixed" frites as well which are a combination of sweet potato frites and regular frites. Again, these fries aren't your ordinary burger and fries kind of fries, they are better, much better, there are frites. There is a beautifully tiled pizza oven at the Kitchen Bar firing brick oven pizzas. We tried the wild mushroom with shallots and arugula ($8) and added prosciutto and goat cheese to half per the suggestion of our server. The regular menu contains a large selection of side dishes that are not on the happy hour list. Priced at $7, they make a great addition to the happy hour choices. Some of these choices include: gnocchi, au gratin, risotto, a selection of other starches and vegetables. We tried the curried duck frites (a little dry, but great with the actually tasted great the aioli). Christopher's staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with every aspect of service. It was obvious that they loved the food they serve and that they really enjoy their jobs, which is ultimately turning people on to these creative, fresh, and innovative flavors. Chef Christopher was behind the bar chatting and getting to know the guests in his kitchen, like any gracious host.
Overall Grade: A+