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The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe

Visited June 4, 2013. Revisited Mar 4, 2018.

This tiny establishment in an old house is hidden in plain sight, i.e. it is on a major street but at the back of the lot with a tiny sign.

The first thing you notice is that the theme is young and funky, the music is a bit loud and hard. Clientele are very young (J said that the place was not quite for grown-ups). The restaurant was quite comfortable despite these features.

We chose to nibble on the spiced nuts while we chose our lunch. The spice blend was nice with very little heat but the nuts were very soft. My choice for lunch was the Coronado coney. The large beef hot dog was excellent, completed by the spicy brown ale mustard on a great sourdough bun. It was accompanied by a salad of greens with a lemon vinaigrette. I really enjoyed the bold use of lemon in the vinaigrette but I would have preferred less of it. J chose the Charli 2na, a hot tuna salad sandwich. He said that it was good but found warm tuna salad a bit strange. He chose the chips to go with his sandwich, they were pretty standard.

The ice tea was quite good and J said the beer selection was good. The service was good as well.

Update: Seems a little less young. The patio was completely filled with dogs, so that was uninviting. We dined inside. This time we found the service to be lacking; the server started great but immediately lost interest once food was ordered hence it was difficult to get beverage refills and a dessert menu. Food was only okay, nothing to go out of your way for. Overall, a downhill trend. Not really recommended but okay if in need of a nibble or drink when in the area.

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This entry was posted on June 6, 2013 by in Arizona, Phoenix.
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