Blue Moose and MacAlpine's Bring Home the Bacon (and Lettuce, and Tomato)
Fresh lettuce and tomato. Heaping piles of bacon. The BLT is a classic for a reason -- it's quick and easy to make, but deliciously crisp and decadent when done well. We scoured the planet (ok, the city) for places offering a classic sourdough BLT and found two worthy contenders. This one's gonna be a tough battle!
In One Corner: The Blue Moose
7373 East Scottsdale Mall in Scottsdale
A perfect patio for people-watching.
Inside, the Moose is more traditional, with green vinyl booths and chairs, brass railings and a massive oak bar that consumes half the restaurant. Small TVs throughout ensure a good view of the game. It's not the fanciest place around, but it's homey. The menu is American slash pub grub, with lots of fried appetizers, a good selection of salads, burgers, sandwiches and excellent daily specials like a pick-your-own bruschetta platter (my personal favorite).
I was flying solo during my visit to the Moose, so I ordered up a BLT with a side salad and was pleasantly surprised by the platter that arrived.
The sandwich was large, with gently toasted bread and plenty of fillings. The side salad was abnormally pretty for a sports bar, with bright contrasting colors from the obviously fresh cabbage and carrots. Perhaps this sports bar would serve up a home run?
Inside The Blue Moose.
The maple-cured bacon was crisp; not flabby or flat like a lot of places dish up their bacon. The flavor was slightly sweet, with a smoky undertone. The tomatoes on the salad were more ripe than the ones on the sammy, but still decent. Hey, at least they weren't green.
The only non-traditional part of this BLT was the mayo, which was a delicious savory red pepper version with little bits of bell pepper visible in the thick layer. Yeah, the classic BLT's an artery clogger, but Blue Moose's tasty version makes it worthwhile. I couldn't wait to see whether Phoenix's classic luncheon spot could dish up a better BLT.