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“Neighborhood Gem - Excellent eats!”

Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar
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Ranked #56 of 3,196 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Encanto
Description: Bold or timid palates will love the variety of options featuring American favorites along with innovative cultural creations. Daily specials. $4 Drink of the day. Weekend Breakfast starting at 10am. Airy patio. Bar with TV.
Reviewed December 25, 2012

12/22/12. Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar is one of those places you could pass every day and never – or barely – notice unless someone suggested you stop in. Then, when you do, you wonder why you hadn't done so before. Nondescript from Central Avenue in ‘Midtown Phoenix’, Switch is located a short walk from the Central Avenue and Virginia Avenue Light Rail station.

The restaurant can be entered from the street or from the rear where there is ample parking. If you enter from the street be sure to check in with someone either from the bar or the back of the restaurant where the majority of guests enter. The décor is shadowy, blue-lit and pleasant. Local art dots the walls. Tables and a hand-full of chairs in groups make for comfortable surroundings. There is a small amount of seating at the bar where food can also be ordered.

In the back there is a patio area located in an alley-like area leading from the parking lot. Given the time of year, ample gas heaters were provided.

After enjoying several glasses of the tasty house Sangria we four ordered our meals which included (1) the Tejano Burger ($10.95), which consisted of 9 ounces of custom grind angus beef, house made pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, salsa, lettuce, guacamole, spicy aioli and jack cheddar on a brioche bun, (2) the Provence Chicken & Risotto ($17.95), which consisted of 8 ounces of chicken breast, sundried tomato & pesto, risotto, pine nuts, tomato rosemary broth & asparagus, (3) the Mac N’ Cheese Plate ($11.95), consisting of baked penne, 3 cheeses and bread crumbs and last, (4) the Fresh Mozzarella Salad ($9.55), made up of fresh mozzarella, roma tomato, basil pesto, garlic crouton, olives, red onion, field greens & balsamic honey vinaigrette.

With the possible exception of the Tejano Burger the food was fresh, delicious, served hot (or cold) and more than satisfying. The Provence Chicken was remarked to be fantastic and the Mac 'N Cheese "the best!" Service was excellent and our every needs were attended to perfectly. Music, table noise and ambiance were just right and a great time was had by all.

As to the Tejano Burger I must accept some blame for having ordered the hamburger rare. As such it was a bit on the wet side and contributed to a burger which was a bit soggy and fell apart well before the half-way point. The flavor was good but overall if you expect best results and peak flavor from the Tejano be certain to order it cooked medium. There are loads of flavors loaded into this brioche and you don’t want to miss them because your burger has turned into soup.

Overall I would say Switch is a solid value with a mixture of menu items likely to please a diverse crowd. Service is excellent and the surroundings pleasant. It’s a hit! Steve

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Great eclectic menu. We had the Bruschetta Sextet as an appetizer which was excellent. I had the chicken crepes--3 crepes and a side of sauteed green beans. My husband had the Jalisco Chicken Panini which came with a Caeser salad as a side. Both were outstanding. Since we were there on a Friday night we opted for the Margarita Sunrise, which were only $3. We shared the Creme Brulee as a finish to our meal.

I would say that the only "downside" was that our server did not tell us about the nightly specials. Service was good, and our server was attentive but not overwhelming. Would definitely return again.

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Thank GailandSteve R
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Switch is a fun place for lunch or dinner (sunday brunch too) I have always had good service. The menu has creative changes to some regulars. Reasonably priced. Great patio in the back that is secluded from the activity on Central Ave. Right on the train line (will need to walk a couple of blocks)

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Thank RKReader
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We've been to Switch a number of times over the years, and have always had a good experience. The food is excellent and the service is always good.

Recently we visited for an early dinner during happy hour. Angel, our server, explained the specials without us having to ask and was very personable. He knew that one of us had to catch a plane and was very conscientious in providing the fast service we needed.

Two of us ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich and the third ordered a grilled three cheese sandwich on Texas toast with bacon. The standard side is a Caesar salad, which is very good. All the sandwiches were terrific with a nice amount of tangyness to the buffalo sauce on the chicken sandwiches. The grilled cheese was gooey and perfect, just like grilled cheese should be. The bacon added a little saltiness which was nice.

The indoor seating has a nice open feel, and the decoration is somewhat trendy but pleasant. The outdoor patio is behind the restaurant and is fairly quiet. They have umbrellas setup that provide nice shade.

The food is a couple of bucks more than you might expect to pay for a burger or sandwich, but it is top notch. I wish there were a place like this up in the north Phoenix area.

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Thank XlntAdventure
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Traveled to Phoenix for a Monday Night Football game. founf this place on Yelp with great reviews. Well the reviews are true! Great atmosphere. Very romantic and modern. The baked Lobster & Crab puffs were AMAZIMG!!! Also tried the Mac N' Cheese Plate with Bacon...to die for!!! Hubby ordered the Lobster & Seafood Crepes, once again really good!!! Happy hour drinks for $3 and they were strong and delicious! Our waiter was friendly and helpful. Eat here!!!!

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