A few weeks ago four friends decided to go to Flat Iron grill for long overdue reunion. Now if youre hip to the central phoenix scene you already know that Flat Iron has been around for around 2 years now and that it originally it was a Dennys, then a myriad of failed restaurants after that. I was beginning to think the corner of 38th St and Indian School was doomed.
We made reservations for 6:30 and once we arrived noted that it was unnecessary as the place was empty save for one other couple, which always makes me pause with concern. True we were dining early on a Friday but I thought that at the very least there would be a happy hour crowd at the bar. Our friends had yet to show up so we took a seat at the bar and I ordered their wine of the day which I was happy to see was Fiddlehead Sauvignon Blanc and the BF ordered a Long Board Lager. We enjoyed our drinks, and chatted about our day. Our other dining couple arrived and we were promptly seated and able to transfer our drinks to our tab at our table which I always appreciate. I hate having to dig around for money etc...when I am going to be settling up the bill shortly anyway.
We perused the menu and made our selections. We started with an appetizer of bacon wrapped shrimp, and the following entrees. Two Buffalo steaks, one trout and one order of Danish Baby Back Ribs. While waiting on drink refills we were brought warm zucchini bread and ice cold butter. I mention the butters temperature because I always find it a bit off putting when the kitchen doesnt bring the butter up to room temp, which leaves me with one of two scenarios A. torn up bread or B. once hot bread cold and spread able butter. The bread however was wonderful dense and just the right amount of zucchini flavor. Next came our bacon wrapped shrimp, I was not blown away as I rarely am by the dish. Decent enough, but I have lately taken a liking to scallops over shrimp which is not the chefs fault.
Our entrees arrived and I have to say my trout won hands down. Light, flaky, dusted with a wonderful breadcrumb seasoning and accompanied by Yukon gold and sweet mashed potatoes. Let me just say for the record these mashed tators were the best I have had. As a friend of mine from the south likes to say, They are so good it will make you slap your mama! The Danish BBQ ribs were fall off the bone, but the sauce was overpowering and way too sweet for my taste. The steaks were good, but again not wowed. I would say the sides have it at Flat Iron as BF ordered cheesy grits with his steak and I was sure I was going to draw back a nub when I tried to sneak a bite. We passed on dessert so the bill for dinner for four was around the 120.00 mark with drinks and tax.
I will be returning to Flat Iron as I think this is a place with a lot of potential and they do have interesting menu choices such as buffalo sliders and elk on the menu that I am anxious to try. Service was attentive and friendly and for what we ate and drank 30 dollars a head is not bad in my book, you could also get off cheaper if you omit the wine.
Flat Iron Restaurant
NW Corner of 38th St. and Indian School