Grassroots: A Down-to-Earth Experience

by MIke Hunter

GRASSROOTS

From-the-ground-up is the best way to describe this family-owned eatery that is becoming a true standard for the lunch crowd. “Grassroots” is very much the mantra let alone the fare for this Southern-influenced American cuisine hot spot. All high-quality ingredients with from-scratch technique makes for an appetizing experience.

Chef/owner Christopher Collins, a seasoned restaurateur and talented chef, created this concept with the palate in mind. His affinity for crafted meals (and, in this case, craft beers on tap) allows diners to come and enjoy new offerings and be impressed with his combinations and unique pairings. The Dad’s Grocery Bag is the perfect starter and includes a loaf of ciabatta, three cheeses, three cured meats, olives, nuts and honey served to do as you please … Some of the other great eats for lunch include the lighter dishes and salads, like the Scottish Salmon & Salad Combo made with simply grilled salmon and the choice of any small salad from the menu. The Farmer’s Vegetable Chop comes in a large or smaller size and includes green cabbage, red beets, grapes, butternut squash, corn, radishes, cherry tomatoes, scallions, cucumber, edamame, feta cheese, basil and parsley tossed in a champagne vinaigrette. Sandwiches, seafood and entrées make up this extensive menu. A true crowd-pleaser is the delicious Carolina Baby Backs (ribs) with a thin BBQ sauce, slow smoked, grill finished and served with shoestring potatoes.

The rustic-modern interior is kin to the grassroots appeal of this place. Surrounded by American art throughout and given comfortable settings amid patios and casual dining areas, patrons feel very much at home. The service is impeccable and the staff so helpful to steering guests to what they love most from the frequently changing menu. The craft beers on tap and the enticing drinks bring together the overall excitement that is Grassroots.

Grassroots Kitchen & Tap

2119 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(602) 368-8766
8120 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 699-0699

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