Crudo owners to open a second restaurant in Phoenix

Jennifer McClellan
The Republic |
The owners of Crudo (top left: chef Cullen Campbell, Maureen Campbell and mixologist Micah Olson) plan to open Okra this summer in north central 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. Okra, 5813 N. Seventh St., Phoenix.