Scratch in Downtown Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

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Heather Hoch
The Spot: Scratch 1011 North Third Street, 602-252-8900, www.scratchpastries.com

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- The Anatomy of a Macaron with Duc Liao of Scratch Pastries

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Heather Hoch
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 3 until 7 p.m.

The Interior: Much like the Scottsdale location that preceded it, Scratch's new Phoenix spot on Third and Roosevelt streets is painted white and covered in the restaurant's name. French fashion photographs are hung on the wall in a tilted, haphazard sort of endearing manner. The bar stools are ultra-modern, hip, and hard to shimmy onto -- especially if you have hips.

The Food: If you're like us, Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette struck a chord in your foodie bones. Seeing Kirsten Dunst chow down on delicate, beautiful pastries one handful at a time got us pretty jealous. Finally, we relive our French monarchy dreams by sampling every pastry Duc Liao can throw our way.

One blueberry lavender macaron leads to a pear almond tart, which leads to a raspberry rose macaron. It's all finished off with one of Liao's light and smooth parfait cups. The combination of floral and fruity flavors in the macarons is luxurious and, since the classic French treat uses almond flour, it's also gluten-free. While pastries (and any other menu item for that matter) aren't discounted during happy hour, pricing is normally under $6 per decadent little pastry.

The Drink: It isn't mind-blowing to find a $4 beer at happy hour, but Scratch doesn't serve a typical 16-ounce pint. The 19-ouncers give you just that much more to love as you sip down beer after beer at the bright, clean bar. Plus, the selection of both locally and nationally crafted brews is better than your average bar. We recommend the lightly fruity, floral and kind of creamy Papago Orange Blossom to complement your pastry indulgence.

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Heather Hoch
The Conclusion: Happy hour fit for a queen? We think so. While we normally mark off points for no food discount and lack of drink selection, our experience outweighed those factors. You can buy two big beers and two pastries for under $20, and that's just fine in our book.

Grade: B+

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Scratch - CLOSED

1011 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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YoursTrulyxo
YoursTrulyxo

Every time I have been here the service is horrible. I sat at the bar 3 separate times and it took 15 minutes for someone to give me water and ask if I was ordering... One time I actually had to grab a COOK walking by after 20 minutes of being ignored. 3 strikes your out! I will never eat or drink here. And definitely would not  recommend this place to anyone. They lack communication everywhere. Orders come out wrong all of the time. And mostly cold. I know someone that works here and the owners don't even pay there employees in fact they blow them off, pay them late and some employees have had to track there own hours to make sure the owners pay them correctly because they don't. They are probably going to be closed down because they can't get anything right. They run out of eggs by 9am! What the heck!

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

Hey Catie, That unpleasantness should be fixed. Are you still having problems?

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