In only a year, Citizen Public House has already created a name for itself, especially in the gluten free community. They were given a four star rating by the AZ Republic, as well as a number of other awards. Whether you eat gluten free or not, you will LOVE this restaurant! Citizen Public House is open seven days a week from 3pm-11pm with a late night schedule Thurs.-Sat. until 1:30 am and a social time of 3-6 pm daily. They also have the “Pop & Chop” Mondays in which you can purchase any bottle of wine and get a chopped salad for free! I just love all the fun options for dining at this lovely restaurant. Citizen Public House as a full menu plus a great bar snacks menu as well. The staff is very knowledgeable about gluten free and avoiding cross contamination. Chef Bernie chose to make many of his dishes using brown rice flour just because he likes the outcome and taste better. It was a plus that it is gluten free as well. Currently Citizen Public House is waiting on their GIG stamp of approval which shows me that they truly are interested in being advocates for dining out safely gluten free. In fact, one of the managers, Gina, eats gluten free herself and loves sharing with others that their restaurant is a great place to dine gluten free without sacrificing taste and presentation.
We began our evening with the bar snack, “Tender Belly” bacon fat heirloom popcorn. This popcorn is High Mountain Midnight non-GMO popcorn. It is very small and adorable in presentation. The taste itself was amazing! It was such a nostalgic experience for me eating this treat. It reminded me of camping as a kid with it’s great smoky, rich flavor.
Our appetizer for the evening was the Crispy Rock Shrimp, a lovely starter that is dipped in a brown rice batter and deep fried in a dedicated gluten free fryer. It is served along side a charred lemon and caper aoili, which was delicious! The dish was so light for being deep fried, yet full of flavor. I absolutely loved this starter as did my hubby who usually never likes seafood.
The salad we were presented with was the Mirliton Chopped Salad. This very unique creation was popping with many different flavors and colors. It was a treat for the palate as well as the eyes. Chayote, snow pea greens, grape tomato, heirloom popcorn, grilled halloumi cheese, cucumber-onion salad and parsley garlic dressing made up this one-of-a-kind salad. Fun and definitely full of flavor. The freshness of the cucumber-onion salad next to the heirloom popcorn made for a great pairing.
For dinner we enjoyed the Fair Trade Coffee Charred Short Ribs with dried cherry BBQ sauce, roasted parsnip puree and broccolini and chard. The meat was tender and delicious, seasoned perfectly. The cherry BBQ sauce was tart and full of cherries making a great dipper for the great ribs. The parsnip puree was very sweet and smooth.
Our second entree was the Pan Seared Scallops with Hampshire bacon lardon, roasted corn grits, wilted snow pea greens and a Red Rock cola gastrique. The scallops were cooked to perfection. It was like cutting through butter with my fork. I absolutely loved the snow pea greens. They were so full of flavor and something I definitely want to eat again soon. The corn grits were smooth and creamy. They were the perfect side dish to the sweet scallops.
We were given the Bag o’ Bacon Brittle by Tracy Dempsey. It reminded me of Sunday morning sweet gluten free French toast and delicious bacon. What a fun ending to an already delicious meal.
Citizen Public House
7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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**This company provided me with sample product for review purposes on this website. I was not paid or compensated in any other way for my reviews nor was I required to write a positive review. These are my opinions and my opinions alone.
*We do not take any responsibility for the gluten free dining experience of others. As always, eat at your own risk as this is not a dedicated gluten free facility.