By Alison Bailin Batz
While dining is a journey for all the senses, we actually eat with our eyes long before we touch, smell or taste a dish. And what’s more appetizing than pops of color, especially during spring? This month, we sought out some Phoenix’s most vivid menu items to whet your visual appetite. But please, don’t eat the page!
Phoenix Public Market Café
Eat the Rainbow, $9.50
Farmer’s market vegetables, including graffiti, cheddar and white cauliflower; broccoli; golden and red beets; French breakfast radishes; and tomatoes, are hand selected seasonally and served three ways – marinated, steamed and raw – along with green goddess, spicy aioli and curry mayonnaise dipping sauces.
14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix; 602.253.2700; www.phxpublicmarket.com.
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Crab + Shrimp Ceviche, $14
Mixed with cucumber, avocado, and radish salad, this cold seafood indulgence combines all the zesty flavors of a spring vacation south of the border.
2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8000; www.blancotacostequila.com.
Root Beer-Brined & Smoked Pork Shoulder Tacos, $10
These build-your-own savory pork shoulder tacos are loaded into three corn flour tortillas and can be topped with queso fresco, agave onions, whipped avocado, fire-roasted salsa, cilantro, cabbage, Camelback IPA-pickled jalapenos and lime-agave dressing.
5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.8713; www.centralkitchenaz.com.
The Crepe Club
Smoked Salmon Crepe Wrap, $10.95
This newly launched menu item is a wrap made with the club’s signature crepe, rolled with smoked salmon, fresh mixed greens, capers and lemon and basil aioli.
2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0087; www.thecrepeclub.com.
the Coronado PHX
Potato Tacos, $9
Savory potatoes mingle with purple cabbage, cotija cheese and housemade cilantro-lime dressing inside a toasted corn tortilla with fresh limes. Ask your server to hold the cheese and your tacos will be 100 percent vegan.
2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix, 602.252.1322; www.thecoronadophx.com.
Sweet Potato Fries, $6
These seasoned, hand-cut sweet potato fries, a customer favorite, are freshly made in house and served with a delicious curry sauce on the side.
4041 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.553.7227; www.thevig.us.
6015 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.633.1187.
Ladera Taverna y Cocina
Cochinita Pibil, $16
Tender braised pork, vibrant pickled onions, sprinkled cotija cheese and frijoles churros are piled high on your plate for a feast served with a side of fresh, warm tortillas.
8729 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.606.2258; www.laderaphx.com.
Cupcakes, $3.50-$4.50 each
Pick a color, any color! Each flavor, including the Gin ‘n’ Juice, Rosé All Day and Three Amigos, combines the highest quality ingredients with thoughtfully chosen spirits (yes, spirits!) for a truly uniquely sweet experience.
Located at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.340.1924; www.highspiritedcupcakes.com.
These dazzlers start with two hearty purple cabbage shells and are then stuffed with “rawco meat,” made from spices, sesame seeds, carrots and nuts. Next comes sliced avocado and a drizzle of spicy Pleezsh, a nut-infused cheese sauce.
3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.595.2244; www.urbanbeans.com.