Phoenix feeds the Su­per Bowl

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - TRAVEL - By Terry Tang

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.

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Din­ers are served at the counter at the Phoenix

Pub­lic Mar­ket Cafe restau­rant in Phoenix.

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