Heavy meals seem to be OK for lunch in Manhattan or in Chicago, but lunch in the Valley is more palatable when it is light, refreshing and flavorful. That is the concept behind this contempo-American bistro, Blue Hound, located at the new Palomar Hotel in CityScape.
Overwhelmingly urban and meant to be comfortable and “casually polished,” this recently opened eatery boasts chef-inspired fare composed of fresh, local ingredients. A lunch menu that is meant to be shared around the table offers hors d’oeuvres, fish, meats, farm & garden, and brick oven flatbreads — called “social plates,” they are a sampling of “the best of the region’s seasonal organic produce and free-range meats.” Reported favorites include the Hickman’s Farm Deviled Eggs, Mini Harris Ranch Patty Melt, Heirloom Tomato Salad and the Blue Hound Burger made with Rogue Blue Cheese. Many of the choices are available in whole or half portions, as well as portions for two, four or six.
Touting the synergies among the food and the drinks available at the bar, lunch offers some inventive and refreshing alternatives to the vast spirits, cocktails, wines and beers available. A tasty treat is the Jasmine Tea Lemonade with Peach Bitters or the Strawberry Honey-Infused Bitter Lemon Soda. To compliment that light cuisine, servers will be happy to take requests for other lunchtime favorites that will cool and refresh guests.
Imbued with casual comfort in a living-room setting of worn leather armchairs and lounge-like vignettes, Blue Hound is reminiscent of an urban contemporary hunting club where the loyal hound dog would be faithfully at your side. Blue Hound is all about exuding that feeling of “tail-wagging” comfort in an atmosphere of attentive service, high-quality food and drink and a satisfaction that will put lunch and dinner on front-of-mind for all who experience it.
Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix