Josh Riesner of Scottsdale's Pig & Pickle Dishes on Bartending Bullshit and What He Ate That You Probably Never Will

Pig & Pickle -- duck ham, bitter greens, pears, cranberries, walnuts.jpg
duck ham, bitter greens, pears, cranberries, walnuts
Most over-rated ingredient: Arrogance.

Most under-rated ingredient: Salt.

Trend you like: Friendly, affordable neighborhood joints with great cocktail lists and delicious food.

Dish/trend or catch phrase you wish would go away and why: None. They do it on their own. Don't follow the trends, kids.

Your favorite cuisine and why: Anything made with care and especially anything I didn't have to make myself!

Weirdest thing you ever ate: Pickled pig uterus.

Your most embarrassing moment in the kitchen: I'm a goofball so I don't embarrass easily, but opening night at Pig & Pickle not being perfect kinda made me feel dumb.

What really turns you off when you're dining at a restaurant? Pushy service, pricy mediocre product, dirty tables and watching messy cooks.

Name one of your favorite places to dine in Phoenix and briefly explain why: I really like FnB for their simplicity.

What is your bartender-partner Clayton MacGregor's style?: He doesn't do the "light your Tiki drink on fire" bullshit, just straight-up, old-school cocktails. I don't need a guy in a newsboy cap and ostrich-skin boots making my drinks, and I don't need $30 booze in my martini. This neighborhood doesn't give a shit about that.

Location Info

Pig & Pickle

2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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