Old Town Happy Hour – Kitchen 56
Unless you have been living under a rock you know we love Old Town and personally we think it has the best places for Happy Hour in town (Ok we admit, we might be a little biased here)! So we are always up for showing off our town and what better way to do it then by promoting Happy Hour every Thursday at 5pm. You can check Facebook and Twitter to find out where we will be next time. Here are the results of our recommendations; we will of course be updating this weekly so stay tuned! See the lengths we are willing to go for you to bring you these updates! I swear it’s a tough job!
Thursday, July 19
You know we love Old Town, but we do venture outside the hula hoop now and then for a great meal and great ambiance and Kitchen 56 is always at the top of our list for places we love! If you haven’t been here yet, what are you waiting for… a permission slip?
If you have been past the corner of 56th and Indian School over the years, you might remember the building that currently houses Kitchen 56. “The structure that is now Kitchen 56 was constructed in 1961 as a Humble/Enco full-service gas station and automotive repair shop. In 1988, the gas station closed, and the building operated as just an automotive repair shop.
During the renovation process for Kitchen 56 in 2010, most of the original building was incorporated into the new design. Fusing old and new, the service station’s bays remain as the front façade and main dining room. The easternmost section of the building, the kitchen area, and the outdoor patio were added on to the original concrete block structure, blending seamlessly into the historic building. Kitchen 56 was built with many recycled materials from the original structure, including the re-use of wood and steel beams and re-fabricated metal components from the garage. Additional refurbished elements include reclaimed barn wood from a demolished barn in Northern Arizona, antique brick pavers, and an old Humble sign.” Okay we stole that from the website, but we thought it was interesting! You can still see the Humble Sign today!
Enough about ambiance, what good is ambiance if the food doesn’t measure up…. Right? No worries here, Kitchen 56 takes pride in it’s food and it shows, not to mention the varied menu, there truly is something for everyone here (even our pickiest friends can find something they like).
We started with the Edamame with shallots, oyster and soy sauce. Great tasting and a favorite, definitely a good choice for noshing at the table between courses. The sauce was a step up from the traditional soy sauce and made a great compliment to the edamame.
We also had the Spicy Garlic and Cilantro Chicken Wings with Bleu Cheese dip. The wings were great and a nice change from your traditional buffalo-style wings. No getting the sauce all over your face, nicely breaded, not too spicy but very flavorful. Did I mention they are $5 during Happy Hour from 3 -6 pm daily? Is your mouth watering yet? Yep, they were that good.
Next up we tried the Wood-Fired Pizza – they have six different wood fired pizzas to choose from so it was a very difficult choice. I had tried the Spicy Salami & Sausage with San Marzano Sauce, fresh Mozzarella, herbs and spiced oil previously which was great, amazing crust, super delish toppings but we decided to try a different pizza this time. The Arcadia Pie features goat cheese instead of a more traditional mozzarella, leeks (for you foodie types), scallions, garlic and bacon. Winner. Winner… yep, very tasty. Of course bacon on anything is a sure hit but it was a nice compliment to the goat cheese and leeks, I would definitely recommend trying this for a nice change from your traditional pizza.
Who can resist Onion Strings… not us! They call them Onion Straws here but by either name they are a treat! The batter was not to thick, nice and light and the dipping sauce is was a spicy remoulade, which was a perfect compliment and a big hit at the table. Food you can eat with your fingers is always welcome at our table, call us low maintenance!
It seems everyone has an Artisan Cheese Board these days but not everyone can pull off an interesting assortment of items. What really set this one apart for us was the side of local honey, nice touch! The cheese was accompanied by dried fruits, nuts and of course some bread to pile it high on. There was enough assortment to keep everyone entertained and it was all good, especially the nuts!
If you are in the mood for something more upscale, check out the Tuna Tartare. Very tasty and made with roasted garlic, capers and sesame oil, this comes served with lavosh. Nice and light for the summer! Pair this with a nice glass of wine or their famous adult lemonades and you have the perfect meal!
Looking for something different, may we suggest the Griddled Corn Cakes topped with pulled pork? Deliciousness. The pork was tender and very flavorful, a bit sweet and a perfect topping for the griddled corn cakes. A very nice combo and one we haven’t tried before. It was fun to pass this around the table and get peoples reactions.
If you are at Kitchen 56 for dinner make sure to check out the Mongolian Pork Chop with braised red cabbage, potato puree and spinach. This is not your mother’s pork chop, the meat is tender, flavorful and not burnt to a crisp like mom’s (sorry mom).
We love us some K56, so many great things to try on the menu! Every trip is an adventure! Be sure to check out their website for complete lunch and dinner menus. Come prepared for a tasty meal and get out of your hula hoop and try something new! You can thank us later!
3433 North 56th Street, Arcadia