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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