- Lively, stylish.
- Good for a casual business lunch, cocktails before the game, a group happy hour get-together or a date
- Large bar area, separate dining area as well as outdoor seating
- Busy and loud
- Food uninspired
- Might not be great for young children
Arrogant Butcher - The Mood
The Arrogant Butcher is a restaurant in the Fox Restaurants Concepts group, and I usually like their style. While their restaurants always have a modern, clean look, this one has been deliberately designed to fit into the downtown urban environment.
Arrogant Butcher - The Damages
During a separate visit, at lunchtime, I tried the House Soft Pretzels with Provolone Fondue ($9) and a Turkey Pastrami Sandwich ($12). My companions each had salads, which range in price at lunchtime from $9 to $17.
What I Thought of The Arrogant Butcher
The dinner during Arizona Restaurant Week also didn't live up to my expectations. The spicy sausage soup certainly was spicy -- not much flavor, and nary a piece of sausage, but certainly spicy. The meat and cheese small plate was definitely small and unappealingly presented -- three bites of prosciutto accompanied by three small bites of cheese and a crusty bread. The mustard and marmalade were great! The main meals, swordfish and short rib stew, were acceptable, nothing to rave about, and again, small. We were assured that the portions, with the exception of the meat and cheese plate, were the normal size served from the dinner menu. Again, little meat in the stew, although the flavor was nice. Of the desserts we tried, the pudding was definitely the better of the two.
Presentation of the food I have tried at The Arrogant Butcher lacks adornment, which fits, I suppose, with the "urban industrial feel" they are going for here. Sandwich on plain white plate, cheese and meat with bread on plain white plate. Pudding in a cup on a plain white plate. In general, I think portions are adequate but on the small side. Best thing about our meals? The Corn Bread Muffin! I ordered a few to take home.
The bar area is a hopping place with big TVs, bar and tables. I would definitely come here for happy hour with nicely priced appetizers and drinks -- the pretzels for $5 would taste much better to me than at $9! If there is a downtown event, get there early!
The last Routine Inspection of The Arrogant Butcher by Maricopa County (August 2011) resulted in a "D" rating. All violations were corrected upon re-inspection.
How to Find The Arrogant Butcher
There is only one Arrogant Butcher in Arizona.
The Arrogant Butcher Address:
2 E. Jefferson #150
Phoenix, AZ 85004
If you park in the CityScape parking garage, the restaurant will validate your parking for up to two hours.
Visit The Arrogant Butcher online.