Devoured Chewed Us Up And Spit Us Out: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Erica O'Neil The beautiful bounty of Arizona produce from St Francis.
Another year has come and gone, and once again Devoured has demonstrated the gastronomical fortitude required to take on upwards of 50 different dishes in one fell swoop. Jennifer Woods rose to the challenge and ate her way through the Saturday edition of Devoured. Check out her exhaustive coverage to see all the delectable small plates.
Erica O'Neil Cotton candy from The District. Whimsical and fun.
Today, we bring you the take on Sunday. This year we took a lesson from past Devoured experiences and formulated a plan of attack prior to beginning. We shared most of the samples with a friend, limited our fluid intake to water and a couple well-paired beers and wine, and most important, wore something stretchy and very forgiving. Even after all that prep, we still ended up with a cranky food baby that needed an afternoon nap. Roll us to the light rail and send us on our way!
But you're here for the food porn, so here it is in all its good, bad, and what-the-hell-were-they-thinking glory:
Erica O'Neil Mussels from Breadfruit, perfect with their truffles and rum on the side.
The Breadfruit's pimento wood smoked mussels were one of the first things we put in our mouth, and we're glad it was. Perfectly cooked, briny, and smoky.
Far and away Hana was our favorite restaurant at Devoured. The raw quail egg and uni shooter in a yuzu broth was exciting and unexpected, while the aloe vera dessert with sweet red beans was a cooling complement to the assertive shooter.
Erica O'Neil Hana's quail egg and uni shooter in a salty broth.
St. Francis introduced us to glacier lettuce, and it's now something we feel should be in every salad. Velvety texture with a juicy green flavor, the lettuce went beautifully with the fresh and local tribute to Arizona produce. Well played, St. Francis.
Erica O'Neil St. Francis's refreshing verbena punch went great with their fresh take on a farm-to-table salad.
San Tan Brewery's Sex Panther porter paired with their peanut butter frosted dark chocolate brownie and chocolate porter ice cream swirled with chunks of peanut butter? A perfect pair.
Erica O'Neil Sex Panther porter with peanut butter dessert. A perfect pairing.
The display alone at The District should earn them some sort of accolade, with fluffy cotton candy clouds, cashew caramel corn, a bright summer salad and grilled pork shoulder.
Erica O'Neil Bright summery salad from The District, and cotton candy for a bit of added fun.
We're still thinking about Relish Burger Bistro's amazing sweet potato waffles with maple pecan butter, topped with a guajillo-chile tossed fried chicken. Perfection in a bite.
Erica O'Neil Chicken and waffles never tasted so good. Maple butter, pecans, sweet potatoes, and hot sauce.
Citizen Public House presented a beautiful plate of tea-cured tuna atop lavender tapioca with a bright botanical accompaniment and micro red shiso.
Erica O'Neil Tea cured tuna atop lavender tapioca, an odd combination that was as pretty as it was tasty.
The ode to Elvis had our mouths watering. Churn's peanut butter ice cream sundae was topped with their winning salted caramel sauce, fresh bananas, and chocolate covered pop rocks.
Erica O'Neil Elvis would have been proud of this chocolate peanut butter caramel sundae.