The Herb Box

by Mike Hunter

The Herb Box at The Colony

The Herb Box at The Colony

Founded by catering guru Susan Smederovac-Wilcox in 1995 as a catering company, The Herb Box filled a niche in its original location in DC Ranch that quickly became all the rage. This eatery has evolved to include three locations. With innovative menus and now spirits and other libations, The Herb Box is known for a great neighborhood urban experience that is second to none.

Its newest of the three location is in newly completed The Colony, at 7th Street and Missouri in Phoenix. Each location has its unique appeal, but the truest reason for going is clearly the food. At lunch, do not miss the great starters. Order a few. The Kale, Corn and Sweet Onion Pakora with serrano glaze and vegan yellow pepper aioli will be the first to go at the table. Its crisp and crunchy texture is surprisingly light and so flavorful. Another favorite is the Korean Fried Cauliflower, which is crisp cauliflower over quinoa and a Korean hot pepper sauce topped with sesame, sugar snap peas and pea shoots — perhaps one of the best dishes in the Valley. Other incredible individual dishes include the Butternut Squash and Corn Enchiladas with kale ensalada, organic arugula, baby kale, avocado, edamame, sweet dried corn, pickled red onion and candied pepitas topped with queso. A more traditional meal may include the Char-Grilled Kobe Burger with bacon, brie, apple-jicama-watercress slaw, smashed fingerlings, crisp-fried sage and smoky blue cheese.

The food and drinks are made with mind-boggling combinations of quality ingredients, and each is more flavorful than the last. The service is impeccable at each of these hot spots, but know the locations are hoppin’ at lunch so be sure to allow time. Outdoor seating is available at each, and the experience will entice its clientele to bring all of their top clients.

North Scottsdale
20707 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 289-6180

Old Town Scottsdale
7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 289-6160

The Colony
5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix
(480) 393-0432

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