Phoenix feeds the Super Bowl
PHOENIX — Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York’s restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL’s big game is a chance to simply score some points as a major culinary player. The city’s mission: To simply get the word out that the desert city is a foodie’s oasis.
The city is using the week leading up to the main event in nearby Glendale as a launching pad for a new initiative called DTPHX City Sampler. Roughly 20 downtown restaurants will be offering two “signature items” for $5.
Local food vendors will dominate the Super Bowl Central concession area, which will operate until midnight. Claudine’s Kitchen, a familyowned Lebanese catering business that’s used to dealing at Phoenix farmers markets — will dish out chicken and beef sandwiches with fries. The food truck fleet will include a Phoenix franchise of Cousins Maine Lobster. But none of the offerings will overlap with any of nearby restaurants’ cuisine.
If you’re looking to get away from the Super Bowl Central chaos but get a taste of the local community, take the light rail to the Roosevelt stop. A block away on Pierce Street is the Phoenix Public Market Cafe. The urban eatery prides itself on using ingredients from the farmers market vendors who set up shop in their parking lot on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On farmers market days, starting Jan. 24, the cafe will have live music, a beer garden and games of corn hole. The restaurant will highlight its new barbecue platter of rotisserie pork and chicken and house-made sides of french fries, coleslaw and cornbread. Another new regular item worth trying is the handmade pretzel with jalapeno white cheddar sauce.
Menu plans for Super Bowl week include the possibility of signature items for potential contending teams. To represent the Green Bay Packers, they could do a bratwurst cheddar soup using Wisconsin cheddar. But a clam chowder hot dog for the New England Patriots will take some consideration.
Diners are served at the counter at the Phoenix
Public Market Cafe restaurant in Phoenix.