Crudo owners to open a second restaurant in Phoenix
If one is good, then two must be better.
The crew behind Crudo in Arcadia plans to open a second concept in central Phoenix this summer.
The new venture, Okra, will be an ode to the kind of Southern cooking that chef Cullen Campbell experienced as a kid in Arkansas and a college student in Memphis.
Fried chicken will be served two ways: buttermilk-brined and Tennessee hot. Ham hocks, burgers and pot pie will grace the menu, along with dipping sauces such as Mississippi Comeback Sauce and Alabama White BBQ Sauce, which have a mayonnaise base rather than tomato or vinegar.
Threads of Italian cooking — focaccia bread pizzas and Umbrian ragu — are woven throughout the menu.
Seasonal mint juleps and small-batch bourbons anchor the drink menu.
Campbell, his wife, Maureen, and mixologist Micah Olson own Crudo and Okra. The restaurant is under construction at Crown on Seventh, a dining and retail complex on Seventh Street south of Bethany Home Road. It's expected to open this summer.
Crudo will preview Okra's menu at its Kentucky Derby Party, a three-course dinner promotion available on Friday-Saturday, May 1-2.
The dinner includes a Tennessee bourbon tasting, and courses of biscuits with dates and honey lardo butter paired with Micah's Julep (Weller Reserve); Pig Pot Pie with market vegetables paired with a Manhattan (Elijah Craig 12 year); and ham hock with black-eyed peas, spiggarello and hoe cake paired with an Old Fashion (Four Roses small batch).
Cost is $65. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 602-358-8666.
Details: Crudo, 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. crudoaz.com. Okra, 5813 N. Seventh St., Phoenix.