Skeptical Chymist: Happy Hour Report Card
|With St. Patrick's Day on the brain, we stopped in this Scottsdale Irish Pub for a daily happy hour.|
The Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Every Day
The Details: Wine and beer are $2 off, bringing Irish favorites like Guinness down to $4 and local favorites like Four Peaks Kiltlifter down to $3.25. Well drinks are $1 off. Appetizers - from the Lamb Skewers to the Crab Cakes to the Curry or Garlic Fries - are half off, as are the five selections of Mediterranean-style flat breads.
Skeptical Chymist - together with The Arrogant Butcher - sounds a little like a character out of an Agatha Christie novel: one of 12 suspicious professionals trapped in a secluded mansion, each with a fatal flaw and a secret past. In fact, the pub is named for 17th century Irishman Robert Boyle's seminal work The Sceptical Chymist, for which he is known by many as the father of modern chemistry.
|The Chicken Tenders - served with spicy mustard and chipotle hot sauce for dipping - are down to $5 at happy hour.|
You'll see that theme continued in the decor: wooden shelves are stacked with apothecary bottles and microscopes. Our server - who fittingly looks like the Irish lass who charmed Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire - notes that these things were not just picked up from a local antique shop and then left undusted for age: Most of what you see in Skeptical Chymist was actually brought over from Ireland.
Oddly enough, the same doesn't appear to apply to the menu. There are some excellent Irish favorites on the entrees list, like the All Day Irish Breakfast, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Real Lamb Shepherd's Pie, but they are mixed in with Mediterranean, Indian, and American dishes.
|The Crispy Cod Sliders, topped with coleslaw and spicy tartar sauce, are also only $5.|
Anyone who's seen Gordon Ramsay flip out over an unfocused menu knows this level of variety can be a point of concern. But every dish we chose was prepared with a clear attention to detail: The Chicken Tenders ($4.50, served with spicy mustard and chipotle hot sauce) had a light and crispy outside over moist, white-meat chicken, and even the buns of the Crispy Cod Sliders ($5) had been lightly toasted. It was the Date & Black Pepper Flat Bread ($5), however, that stole the day: Topped with dates, marinated onions, balsamic reduction, and cracked black pepper, this flat bread had just the right combination of sweet and strong flavors.