DeSoto Central Market, located in the old car showroom at Central & Roosevelt, is creating a new kind of food scene in downtown Phoenix.
Modeled after a few well known markets around the country...think Chelsea Market in NYC, Eastern Market in Detroit and San Francisco's Ferry Building..DeSoto combines 6 different restaurants, a large meeting room, a lively outdoor patio and a soon to open produce stand and butcher shop, all in one stylish and easily accessible location.
Currently, DeSoto's 6 eating establishments includes:
1.Radish, a Chipotle style salad bar that also serves cold press juice.
2. Tea & Toast, a coffee bar offering specialty coffees and teas.
3. DCM Burger, a burger joint serving killer burgers for breakfast lunch and dinner.
4. Adobo Dragon, an Asian Fusion spot.
5. Walrus & Pearl, an oyster and fresh seafood bar.
6. Chef Stephen Jones' baby, Yard Bird + The Larder, serving southern cuisine with a twist.
I'll admit I was already a huge fan of Chef Stephen's cooking but he has taken it over the top with Yard Bird + The Larder. The menu, which changes daily, is designed to showcase seasonal Arizona produce and it does exactly that. A simple dish of honeydew, radish, fresno vinaigrette and Crow's Dairy goat milk yogurt was an unusual combination that was so fresh and full of flavor.
A chilled corn soup with crab hushpuppies and a chorizo oil was so good it left me begging for more.
Most interesting to me was the chicken fat buttermilk biscuit with butter pecan goat cheese topped with shaved cured egg yolk and honey which leaves you guessing on whether or not you are eating chicken. (you'll have to try it for yourself)
Though everyone is drooling over the fried cauliflower with pickled celery and blue cheese topped with homeboy's hot sauce, and rightly so, because it's amazing....
My favorite was the grilled peaches and burrata. I loved the freshness of this dish and how something so simple can be so satisfying. No bread needed...trust me on this!
With Chef Stephen cooking up so many unique and tasty dishes, DeSoto Central Market is quickly becoming a destination spot in central Phoenix.
Did I mention there's a burger bar!?!
I highly suggest you run don't walk and get to DeSoto ASAP!
DeSoto Central Market
915 N Central Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85004