By Molly Cerreta Smith
Calling all Sam Fox fans! Culinary Dropout, one of Fox Restaurant Concepts’ popular dining establishments with four other locations around the valley, is headed to north Scottsdale! Culinary Dropout is set to bring its vibrant-yet-approachable menu, laidback vibe, games and live music to Scottsdale Quarter, where it will be right at home.
Fox Restaurant Concepts first brought the Culinary Dropout gastropub to the valley with the Scottsdale Waterfront location in Old Town in 2010. The restaurant’s menu featuring chef-driven comfort food quickly gained popularity and so other locations around Arizona including Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert and Tucson soon followed. Now it’s north Scottsdale’s turn to get in on the food and fun that Culinary Dropout has to offer.
With few details as far as an official opening date solidified, it’s certain that the neighborhoods surrounding Scottsdale Quarter will welcome Culinary Dropout with open arms. For one, the menu has something for everyone and every occasion — including light bites and shareables, antipasti and appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, entrees and delicious desserts. The restaurant’s Soft Pretzels and Provolone Fondue is a fan favorite, and diners can easily choose between classics like Hot Wings and Hummus to get things started or take a leap into a more adventurous plates such as Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast, Ahi Tuna Tartare, or Cheddar and Potato Pierogies.
Heartier appetites will be satiated by entrees like the 36-hour Pork Ribs, Braised Short Rib Stroganoff, Spicy Vegan Curry, or the Pesto Shrimp Orecchiette. For those just looking to nosh while they enjoy beer, wine or specialty cocktails, the meats, snacks and cheese portions of the menu giver diners creative license to create their own charcuterie plate.
To wash down any order, Culinary Dropout has become known for its array of beer and wine but especially its creative cocktail list featuring classics and specialty beverages unique to the concept. If the restaurant’s other locations are any indicator, the new Culinary Dropout will also offer weekend brunch with specialties like Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuit with sunny side up egg; Smokehouse Hash featuring slow-roasted BBQ pork, Bread Pudding French Toast and more.
The new location is now hiring and according to the website, they are looking to hire “a hardworking group of servers, managers, bartenders, hosts, and chefs” that are dedicated to serving the best food and drink in town. In addition to a fun work vibe, employee perks include dining discounts, flexible schedules and more. Online openings for the new Scottsdale Quarter location include executive sous chef, sous chef and restaurant manager. For more or to apply, visit www.culinarydropout.com.