Chestnut Fine Foods and Provisions in Phoenix: Pretty Décor, Ugly Latte Art

Categories: First Taste

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Lauren Saria
The Lobster Roll from Chestnut Fine Foods and Provisions
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).

Restaurant: Chestnut Fine Foods and Provisions
Location: 4350 East Camelback Road
Open: Over a month
Eats: Breakfast, lunch
Price: $10 to $20

Central Phoenix has welcomed a handful of new sandwich shops/marketplaces during the past few months (see: Ollie Vaughn's, The Market by Jennifer's, and Essence Bakery), which means Chestnut Fine Foods and Provisions either hits the nail on this trend's head or will fail with such stiff and plentiful competition.

All right, maybe the reality of it isn't so black and white, but either way, Chestnut shows promise.

See also: Chef Chris McKinley to Open The Local on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Inside Chestnut Fine Foods and Provisions

Like many of its competitors, Chestnut serves breakfast, lunch, juice, and coffee and offers a market with grab-and-go pastries, retail items, and an in-house flower boutique. And though the place is not perfect, the combination of designer décor and fresh (albeit sometimes expensive) food had made the place popular with certain crowds already.

Unfortunately, like so many other Arcadia/CenPho eateries, Chestnut suffers from a lack of parking -- and, yes, they solve it by offering "free" valet. Of course, unless you're a jerk, you'll have to tip. So bring cash.

But once you step inside the bright and artfully designed space, it's hard not to fall in like. The large, square coffee bar and register greets you with cases of fresh pastries and chalkboard paint accents, while sunlight streams in from the open patio. A community table in the middle of the dining area benefits from an oversize flower arrangement and a cluster of miniature tables in the corner (complete with toys and a magnetic wall with alphabet letters) made us wish we had brought a little kid along.

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Lauren Saria
This latte art looks something like a little baby's foot.
Chestnut serves coffee and espresso drinks supplied by Cartel Coffee Lab, as well as fresh juices and smoothies. Under the breakfast section of the menu, you'll find options such as lemon ricotta waffles, smoked salmon toast, and a Morning BiBimBap Bowl with quinoa, tamari, green onions, kale, poached eggs, and korean chili paste. The lunch menu includes sandwiches and salads. And there's a kids' menu.

We were happy to see Cartel Coffee Lab on the menu. But as it turns out, just because Chestnut serves the beans, that doesn't mean the baristas will be capable of crafting Cartel-quality drinks. The first iced Honey Lavender latte we ordered had to be sent back because of a bad pull of espresso. And though our cafe au lait tasted fine, the odd foam design (or lack thereof) made us sad.

Location Info

Chestnut Fine Foods and Provisions

4350 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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exit2lef
exit2lef

Valet parking allows vehicles to be stored more efficiently, reducing the tremendous waste associated with vast parking lots that are full only part of the time. It's something that should be embraced, although it would be helpful if someone came up with a way to tip parking attendants electronically. Since this cafe is located right by the Arizona Canal, it's also possible to bike there and avoid parking issues entirely.

steve1221
steve1221

Thanks for recognizing that just because they serve good coffee doesnt mean the end result will be the same.....great observation! I'm impressed!!


"We were happy to see Cartel Coffee Lab on the menu. But as it turns out, just because Chestnut serves the beans, that doesn't mean the baristas will be capable of crafting Cartel-quality drinks. The first iced Honey Lavender latte we ordered had to be sent back because of a bad pull of espresso. And though our cafe au lait tasted fine, the odd foam design (or lack thereof) made us sad."

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