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Main Ingredient ale house & cafe (Phoenix) - now open


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Main Ingredient ale house & cafe (Phoenix) - now open

barry | | Jan 28, 2010 05:02 PM

This new place just opened in the old Lisa G location on 7th St between Thomas and McDowell. It's been open about two weeks and I've already been there twice for lunch. I'm actually hesitant to say anything about it because I like being able to walk in and find a table.

The menu is includes 4 salads and 8 sandwiches along with a soup, mac and cheese and a few starters. Lots of local, fresh ingredients.

I've had the Winner salad twice ($9) with romaine, field greens, turkey, genoa salami, fresh mozzarella, local tomatoes, hard cooked egg and kalamata olives. It's tossed in a zingy lemon vinaigrette and thoroughly enjoayble. I've seen the Sheridan sandwich ($9) with oven roasted turkey breast, genoa salami, cheddar, local tomato, field greens, Nut Brown Ale Mustard and mayo on a baguette. Sandwiches are served with a side of greens or chips and a pickle. The bread looks fantastic and everyone I've brought with me has enjoyed the sandwiches. I've also seen the Jive Turkey (8) with the same turkey, Jalapeno cream cheese, local tomato and field greens on a baguette.

They also have a Griddled Cheese sandwich (7) witih havarti, muenster and cheddar with tomato, and the Calvano (9) with sopressata, aged provolone, chopped artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers on focaccia.

Basically, the food looks and tastes great. There's also a great beer list, including 8 on tap for $5. The drafts are all half off every day until 6pm and there is a cool little bar. The beers include a couple from Four Peeks including the Main Ale, Kolsch-style, made for the TMI. There are another 20 beers in bottles and cans for between $2 - $8 (Stone Arrogant Bastard Strong Ale). It's a great looking list. They also have 14 wines by the glass.

A couple of things that came up during my visits. If you order a coke or diet coke, you get a bottle of Mexico coke and coke light. My friends liked it, but each is $2.50 and no refills (everyone is so used to free soda refills these days). Also, the music, which is great, is a bit loud. You can hear each other talk, but at lunch it could be a little lower.

As you can tell, I really like this place a lot. I've already put it in the lunch rotation. If you live in the area, it's a great neighborhood place for lunch and dinner, or for a drink after work.