Went for Happy Hour this past Friday. At 5:00 we were the only customers, but the bar started to fill up shortly after. The bartenders were extremely welcoming and friendly, asking our names and introducing themselves. It wasn’t overbearing attention, it felt sincere. Happy Hour is $2 off drinks, no food specials. The room is kinda large and airy, not as cozy as I was imagining, but it was sleek and comfortable at the same time.
We had a few cocktails, which were mostly very well done, of the “mixologist”, made one-at-a- time variety. They were not too busy when we were there, so this went okay, but on our second round the bartender made and served one cocktail before beginning on the second, which I thought was a bit odd. I enjoyed the Pelaga (?) Club, but the Manhattan was only OK, with Jim Beam bourbon. I’d like to see a higher end bourbon for this price ($11 or $12 regular times). The Sidecar was nicely done. The Lux Limon could have used a sugar rim but the bartender made it to order and got the sweetness right for our taste.
For food we had the Hummus and Tzatziki with grilled pita bread for $6. It was delicious and filling rustic comfort food, a large portion. Hard to make this dish exceptional, but it was better than what you would get at a lot of casual places. The waiter recommended the Pork Belly with Brussel Sprout Sauerkraut and Rye Spaetzl for $12. He warned us it was small, but I was surprised how small it was. The online menu has it listed for $10. The flavor of the pork belly was huge and it was tender and juicy, just not enough of it. The acidic brussel sprout sauerkraut with a mustard-vinaigrette was a good contrast and compliment to the rich salty pork. The rye spaetzle was actually julienned rye bread coated and fried. Not sure why they are calling this spaetzle, I was expecting egg noodles German style and that would’ve made the dish a lot better, IMO.
I never ate at Cowboy Ciao, so I cannot compare but I did overhear that the chopped salad at CPH is a popular Ciao holdover. It was prepared barside by the bartender and looked good.
I’d like to go back and try a few more dishes, like the Green-Lipped Mussel Chowder and some house-made sausages.
Citizen Public House
7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251