Saguaro Corners isn’t the first place I think of when I’m pondering where to go for dinner; it’s not even second or third or tenth.
After all, the drive from my house is nearly an hour when traffic is moderate.
But with the crew that is steering this iconic restaurant these days, the trip is worth it, especially on the second Monday of the month when Saguaro Corners is home to Beer Dinners.
Each dinner features one brewery. Chef C.J. Hamm (full disclosure, he’s a good buddy of mine) creates plates using a paired beer. Flavor Dave (sorry Dave, that’s the only way I know you) is co-owner with Kade Mislinski, works the dining room with warmth and humor.
Last night we went to the Four Peaks Brewery Dinner and had a splendid time. The dinner was sold out with good reason.
C.J. and his team prepared four courses:
Soup – Odelay Mexican Chocolate Ale duck confit & blue crab gumbo – the spice was nicely tempered by the dark sweetness of the ale.
Fish Course – Pitchfork Pale Ale Fried Florida Snapper with black-eyed pea salad, compressed sweet tea melon, arugula and sweet chile – totally crispy, crunchy and delectable; my fave of the evening.
Meat Course Hop Knot IPA Pork Chop w/pimento cheese corncake, Southern greens, pickled rainbow chard and ham hock au jus – a nice combo of flavors.
Dessert Course – Arizona Peach Ale Peach Cobbler Trifle w/ maple cream and pecan bourbon ice cream (from The Screamery) – the only dish we took home because there was soooooo much great food.
The portions were big. The beer was cold. The company was great. What more could one ask for an evening out?
There’s a beer dinner planned for the second Monday of the month through December. I recommend you give one, or two, a try.