Tried out Mack Daddy's tonight after staying late at work. Bear with me please, I wasn't planning on writing a review but it's hard to stop at a few sentences.
Mack Daddy's is located on Indian School east of 32nd Street in the same small strip center as Newton Fitness. The interior is nicely and richly decorated in red suede walls, simple blond bistro tables and chairs, black granite countertops. There are several flat panel TVs all set on sports channels, they aren't intrusive and a larger TV over a small wine bar. It's billed as a 3-2 food restaurant which I can't explain except to say they don't cook with salt, preservatives, very little starch among other certainly healthy practices. A pamphlet on the counter details the owner's principles of fresh ingredients and cleanliness. Can't argue with that. The place was empty save a cook, a waiter and a customer waiting for his to-go order. The menu is all over and difficult to absorb, so I asked the waiter for suggestions. He said the ribs and the stir fry. I chose a half order of beef and broccoli stir fry. My total came to $11.91. Pretty pricey but I soon found out this place doesn't do cheap.
My dinner came out so hot I had to hold it by the bag handle as I walked to the car. About ten minutes later when I got home, the package was still hot. I was surprised to find the container neatly wrapped in brown tissue, and the container itself was not skimpy. The napkin and plastic utensils were also higher that average quality.
While I was there, the waiter realized the customer was actually waiting to eat there. The customer said he didn't need it plated but the waiter insisted. The way he said it left me thinking there were rules and the expectation that the rules are followed.
The stir fry itself is straightforward and simple. Bite size steak strips and broccoli with onion and shallots (guessing there). The broccoli was perfect with just enough spicy heat and flavor. The steak bites were juicy but could have had a little more salt. It's probably true that I've grown to accustomed to heavily salted foods, and I could easily adjust to this cooking without it. The half-order was perfect size for me, I'm not a a big meal eater.
The owner is Mack Newton and owns Newton Fitness. I called a fitness expert I know who said Mack "is the Michael Jordan of trainers." That explains a lot about the restaurant. Overall, my impression is that Mack Daddy's is quality health food targeted for athletes but pleasantly mainstream enough for people willing to pay the higher price. I'll try the ribs next time.
Mack Daddy's 32 Gourmet To Go
3243 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ