Modern Grove in North Phoenix: Goat Cheese Pizza, Local Products and an Astroturfed Patio
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).
Lauren Saria Modern Grove's Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich
Restaurant: Modern Grove Neighborhood Eatery & Market
Lauren Saria Inside Modern Grove
Location: 15530 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix
Open: About six weeks
Eats: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Price: $10 to $15 a person
If you live in the north Phoenix neighborhood around the new Modern Grove restaurant and market, then there's a lot to like about the spot. Located on the northwest corner of Tatum and Greenway, the eatery serves three meals a day and offers a bar, coffee drinks, and a spacious outdoor patio. It's even dog-friendly.
In an area dominated by big chain restaurants, it's a refreshing option.
The Phoenix restaurant is the second Modern Grove Neighborhood Eatery and Market location, brought to the Valley by developer Aaron Klusman -- also the founder of Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt. He opened the first Modern Grove in Flagstaff last August and plans to open a third location in Mesa by the end of the year. The counter-service restaurant is intended to be a community gathering place and even features a chalkboard calendar listing events such as local high school graduations, farmers markets, and holidays.
To be honest, the "market" part of the name, at least at this Phoenix location, might be a little bit of a stretch. There is just a wall of shelves with a small variety of products including wine, coffee, jam, granola, and pickles. At least the selection includes several local products like coffee from Espresso Italia, PB Americano peanut butter, and Laura's Gourmet Granola. You can also find bottles of Arizona Stronghold wine.
Modern Grove serves a small menu of breakfast items until 11 a.m. The options includes items such as a yogurt parfait, two types of quiches, oatmeal, and breakfast sandwiches. Prices range from $5 to $7. We tried the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich ($6.29), an enticing sounding dish with two fried, broken yolk eggs, tomatoes, avocado, and cheddar cheese on a homemade bun.
Lauren Saria The market part of Modern Grove refers to this wall of food and drink products.