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First Style: The Golden Pineapple Brings Southwestern Fare and Craft Cocktails to Tempe

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When a brand new spot opens on the town, we’re desirous to test it out, let you recognize our preliminary impressions, share a number of images, and dish about some menu objects. First Taste, because the title implies, just isn’t a full-blown overview, however as an alternative a peek inside eating places which have simply opened — an event to pattern a number of objects and fulfill curiosities (each yours and ours).

Restaurant: The Golden Pineapple Craft Lounge
Location: 2700 South Mill Ave, Tempe
Eats: Southwestern, Mexican, and seafood fare
Open: About three months
Value: $12 to $50
Hours: three to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

The foods and drinks choices on The Golden Pineapple’s menu have a really “San Diego” high quality to them — plenty of Mexican dishes and seafood fare and tropical-leaning craft cocktails.

However this new Tempe restaurant — housed within the former Riazzi’s Italian Backyard, which operated within the neighborhood from 1989 to 2017 — is definitely fairly native. It serves Chula oysters, Schreiner’s Tremendous Sausage chorizo, and Arizona Sake (although we’d have appreciated to see extra Arizona merchandise represented on the cocktail and wine menus). The place is delivered to you by native operators as effectively: Justin Evans and the gang behind The Sleepy Whale in downtown Chandler and The Theodore in downtown Phoenix.

On a current journey, we introduced residence three dishes — tamale fries, the brisket burger, and Grandma’s Tacos — in addition to two craft cocktails, the Malaysian Mule and the Chet Baker. (Additional factors for the compostable carryout containers.)

These tamale fries are particular. They’ve comfortable potato innards surrounded by a heavy tamale encasing. They give the impression of being comfortable, just like the underbelly of a Christmastime tamale, however they don’t seem to be. (I do know as a result of I jammed a fork into one and was firmly denied.) They’re extraordinarily crunchy — the shell is so biscotti-like you virtually suppose you’d hear a snap in case you broke one in half — and scrumptious.

A layer of Schreiner’s chorizo, cured jalapeño, and hot-pink pickled onion slivers offers the fries a colourful high layer, although it’s robust to maintain the crumbling sausage on the oblong tamale fry in any approach. The 2 components have to be loved individually.

The brisket burger.EXPAND

The brisket burger.

Lauren Cusimano

The brisket burger, ordered medium uncommon, was very juicy and topped with fire-roasted Hatch inexperienced chilis, Colby Jack cheese, caramelized onion, shredded lettuce, and pickled tomatillos — which supplied the vast majority of the burger’s warmth.

The factor was enclosed by a Noble Bun, which was virtually too small for this burger, although the patty and toppings spilled over the edges, appealingly. The frites-style road fries on the facet had been thick, puffy, and well-seasoned; I dipped them in what I assume was an the avocado aioli sauce (nothing was labeled).

Grandma’s Tacos known as out to me for some motive. They seem to be a good dimension and so they provide you with three: well-flavored floor beef, lettuce, and tomato. The perfect half? The chunky salt on the skin of their crispy, oil-soaked shells, a superb contact that I plan to undertake for my very own tacos. Not as nice: the chiltepin salsa may have used much more warmth.

On to the drinks.

The to-go Malaysian Mule was bottled and required a bottle opener, perhaps your personal residence copper mug in case you’re that type of individual. It consisted of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, kaffir lime leaf, Thai chili, lemongrass, home ginger beer, and lime salt. It smelled unbelievable, like a scented candle you want you may drink. The ginger actually slaps you within the throat.

The opposite, the Chet Baker, was chosen for the various rums concerned, which got here from Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana. All that rum, and but it arrived within the tiniest little jar I’ve ever seen. For $11, it deserved the “The place’s the remainder of it?” jokes we made at its expense.

I grabbed the smallest juice glass in my home, and Chet nonetheless didn’t make the rim. I ought to have gotten the Paloma (and I am nonetheless curious concerning the house-made grapefruit soda it is made with). The Chet was superb, although I would not order it once more. I did really feel an honest buzz, not less than — all that rum.

Craft cocktails to-go style.EXPAND

Craft cocktails to-go type.

Lauren Cusimano

The parts at The Golden Pineapple are a little bit small for the worth, however I also needs to word that these dishes are a little bit like triple-concentrated laundry detergent. They’re extra filling than they give the impression of being. The choices listed below are heavy and heavy-handed.

Sooner or later, we’ll be returning for entrees just like the Baja Fried Fish and Achiote Rooster and — within the cooler days forward — its attractive, Tempe-famous patio.