Phoenix Public Market Cafe: Happy Hour Report Card
|The farmer's cup cocktail is sweet and tangy in all the right places.|
Though the food at PPMC is a point of contention for us, the drinks win us over time and time again. Small pitchers of craft draft suds are $5 (which means $2.50/pint) and glasses of red and white wine are $5 from 3 p.m. to close, but the real winners are the $5 specialty cocktails. We loved our first and second cocktails so much that we literally tried all five options and were blown away by the freshness and flavor of each one.
Rather than making the drinks super-sweet, cocktails were tart, spicy, and herby --definitely refreshing. Our two favorites were the farmer's cup, with Pimm's, lemonade, basil, cucumber and lime, and the Lee Trevino, with vodka, St. Germain, lemon, iced tea and the perfect little kick of spice from the habanero syrup.
It's important to note that service at Phoenix Public Market Café is typically far slower than at other places, especially if you sit at the bar rather than order at the counter. It took more than half an hour for us to order and receive a salad on separate visits. Though the food is hit-and-miss and often underseasoned, those cheap, delicious and unique drinks make it a great stop for a drink or two after work. We're so conflicted about this place. If only the food was as flavorful as the cocktails -- then it'd be an easy A.