Self-proclaimed the new Camelback Corridor hot spot, The Gladly is a creation by the people behind the very successful Citizen Public House. This new concept is housed in the space once occupied by Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the newly renovated Anchor Center.
The proclamations seem to be accurate. The powerful lunchers are spending their noon hour at The Gladly, and not surprisingly. The décor is impressive, the servers are experienced and the food is fantastic. Chef Bernie Kantak has created an overall culinary concept that appeals to the business set. From starters to dessert, the lunch menu is a delicious array of options.
The Crab Cakes, made with avocado butter and a tomatillo vinaigrette atop a fennel salad, is light and truly flavorful. The crab flavor comes out and the combination of the vinaigrette and the salad makes this a great choice as a light meal. Guests are raving about the Yellowtail Tacos. These delicate pieces of fish come with avocado tzatziki, chimichurri, pickled red onion and a mixed green salad. Show up for this and all is well. For the chopped salad fan, the restaurant’s “Original” will thrill. The menu advises a quick link to their Facebook page to see what it entails, but with corn, couscous, smoked salmon, asiago cheese, pepitas, tomatoes, arugula and currants in a buttermilk pesto dressing, this is a famed version that is not to be missed. In fact, it’ll keep guests coming back. For dessert (we know it is lunch), the Buttermilk Bread Pudding simply must hit the table. The blueberry compote marries with the rich and sweet bread pudding and is complimented by a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Share if you must, but order this dish.
The look is contemporary American casual and the atmosphere is fun, packed with suited executives and shorts-wearing locals. They are there for the food and drink (even at lunch). Designed to appeal to those looking to be comfortable, the restaurant’s urban sophistication and bistro-style setting gives guests the feeling they are somewhere special.
2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix