Buck &Rider: Aussie Beach House-Inspired

by Mike Hunter

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Buck-&RiderThis newest eatery from the people at LGO, who brought us Le Grand Orange and Chelsea’s Kitchen, was built from the ground up with Phoenicians in mind, inspired by a beach house in a coastal town in Australia. A unique concept that brings the sea to the dining table, this fun-vibe space is at once open and cozy, fresh and simple in a comfortably causal atmosphere. There’s nothing casual about the service, though – it’s impeccable.

The wave of fresh seafood includes a raw bar and sushi, among other culinary delights — all the freshest ingredients and combinations of tastes that will please the most discerning coastal culinary enthusiast. Try the Seafood Bar for the freshest of oysters, Gulf shrimp, Alaskan king crab and stone crab claws, with your choice of cocktail sauce, mignonette, cognac mustard sauce, Thai dipping sauce or horseradish.

Classics that one can expect include the New England Clam Chowder, which is a creamy and well-seasoned rendition. The Fresh Blue Crab Cakes are made with Pommery mustard sauce, chipotle spice, baby kale, pepitas, radishes and sunflower sprouts. Another great classic is the Grilled New York Strip Steak Sandwich, made with mesquite-grilled local prime steak, arugula, fresh horseradish and smoked tomato.

Other unique dishes will quickly become local favorites and classics in their own right. The Spicy #1 Tuna Tostadas are made with rustic escabeche, avocado and jalapeños. The B &R Sushi Salad is light yet flavorful, made with baby kale and miso vinaigrette with choice of rolled sushi. Also headed for prime time is the Seaweed Superfood Salad, a three-seaweed blend tossed with cucumbers, avocado and macadamia nuts in a light sesame dressing. It is light and very good for the soul.

This sea-inspired new hot spot is a great get-away for lunch, and worth a return visit later for drinks at the elaborate and fun bar.

Buck &Rider
4225 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(602) 346-0110

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