Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia Mighty Tasty

Categories: First Taste

Laura Hahnefeld
Ingo Bürger
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

LGO Hospitality
Restaurant: Ingo's Tasty Food
Location: 4502 North 40th Street
Open: Over two weeks
Eats: Gourmet burgers
Price: $11 to $30 per person

Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia might be the hamburger stand of your fantasies -- or the future.

The latest project from the folks at LGO Hospitality (La Grande Orange, Chelsea's Kitchen, Grateful Spoon Gelato), its modern, cylindrical structure of steel and brick is almost Jeston's-esque in appearance, its tidy menu of snacks, burgers, and libations already some of the best in town.

And although the name is said to be inspired by a German music teacher one of LGO's partners had while studying violin and guitar as a child, chances are you'll find the caveman-ish version ("In goes tasty food!") to be much more appropriate.

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Laura Hahnefeld
Crispy Chicken Sandwich
There are five burgers and one sandwich on the menu, neatly constructed with things like Strauss Free Raised Grass Fed Beef, scratch-made sauces, and pillowy buns from the LGO bake shop (there's an English muffin option as well). Executive chef Dom Ruggerio heads up a very efficient kitchen and Kimber Stonehouse (Sportsman's Fine Wine and Spirits) sees to a tight wine and beer list that includes a rich yet refreshing blush sangria of Bieler Rose and rooiboos tea-infused Lillet ($5).

For those not inclined to indulge, there are excellent housemade cold-brewed iced teas ($3) and scratch-made lemonade ($3).

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect gourmet burger version of the classic Rueben sandwich than the Ingo Bürger ($7.75). Layered with a juicy beef patty, scratch-made Dijon sauce, slices of nutty Fol Epi cheese, and a crunchy and tangy housemade sauerkraut you'll probably be thinking about on the way home, it pretty much demands a bottle of Black Market Hefeweizen to keep it company.

Equally as formidable a creation is the Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($7.50). Put together with a moist and flavorful chicken schnitzel, dill pickles, Granny Smith apples, and a spicy aioli, this kicked-up chicken sandwich is pretty much as good as it gets.

Location Info

Ingo's Tasty Food

4502 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Eliott Kroll
Eliott Kroll

I had the Sriracha burger at Salut in Tempe. It is incredible. Check it out.


Just what we need in the neighborhood: another overpriced burger joint with inadequate parking. We already had "The Stand." This complex is one of the dinkiest places to have mandatory valet parking. Do yourselves a favor and check out the Chicago Hamburger place at 38th St & Indian School. Their parking situation lacks, too, but the quality and prices are much more reasonable.

Note to developers: what this neighborhood really needs is NOT another burger joint, and NOT another gourmet pizzeria. Those we have in spades already. We need a good Mexican joint, something a notch or three above the 'Bertos' joints. Hint: hire some real Mexican cooks and don't pander to the white folks who really don't like Mexican food. We don't need another TeePee.

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