The best of the Baltimore bar scene is making its way to Phoenix thanks to Rich Stark of Phoenix Ale Brewery’s Central Kitchen. Rich filled the Bitches in on his desire to bring the tradition of signature bar foods to the Phoenix bar scene; an idea that is strong throughout the East Coast. The spread was not disappointing and we’re excited to snack on them at happy hour. First up is the Coddies, a traditional bar bite from Baltimore. This little snack has a small “cod-cake” made up of mashed potatoes and cod sandwiched between two saltines and a dash of mustard. This is definitely a treat you won’t find anywhere else in AZ!
Central Kitchen also has items that are great for sharing. We loved the sliders option and honestly, with a few beers, you could call it a meal! The Southern Fried Chicken Sliders are lightly battered and topped with a smoky remoulade sauce. What we love about Central Kitchen is how they incorporate their beer into their food items. The slider is topped with their house-made Biltmore Blonde and Butter pickle. Next up is the Pork Belly Sliders, and let me tell you, the minute I bit down on this slider I was in love! The pork is perfectly crispy and sweet and served with a Mok Pok Sauce, and cilantro lime coleslaw.
And what’s a happy hour without beer? You know Bitches Brew Club had to test out a few of the top brews at Central Kitchen so they hooked us up with a flight. You can get anyone of these for $3. Check out our original post on Central Kitchen for our favorites here.
Central Kitchen has also added and updated a few items on their menu. Take a look below!
The CK chopped salad, filled with smoked chicken, red peppers, mozzarella, pepitas, and a creamy malt vinaigrette. You know we love a good chopped salad. The mac n’ cheese, always a staple in the Bitches diet. Made with the same cheese fondue used as the dip for the pretzel bites and topped with jalepenos pickled in beer, crispy breadcrumbs, and filled with green chilis. Plus you can add bacon.
The Calabrese Black Iron Pizza. Another tradition brought from Baltimore that we love! The method of cooking the pizza in the skillet allows the oils from the cheese to drip over the sides creating nice crispy edges. And last but certainly not least, the Reuben. Central Kitchen goes all out by making their own corned beef brisket. With any of the sandwiches, you can have a choice of coleslaw or their new house made waffle fries.