Led by Executive Chef, Michael Goldsmith, Joe’s Midnight Run (6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix) is firing up the grill – literally – today as it officially opens inside a stylishly revamped former drive-thru liquor store in the heart of Central Phoenix. Best described as a music-centric restaurant & lounge, Joe’s pairs a signature all-wood-fired menu with a worldly selection of craft beer, spirits & wine on tap. Carved inside a stylishly revamped midcentury modern space that was the longtime former home to Joe’s Drive-thru Liquor, Joe’s Midnight Run will start smoking and firing up food weekdays at 11 am and 9:30am for weekend brunch, and always serves a full menu daily until 2 am.
At Joe’s Midnight Run, Goldsmith has assembled a unique, all-wood-fired kitchen, including wood-burning grills and ovens, with no ranges or stovetops in sight (although the deep fryer is electric, “Mixing fire and hot oil seemed like a bad idea,” Goldsmith says). After firing up his kitchen, Goldsmith sat down to craft a globally-inspired menu, “to take taking guests on a trip around the world. But not fine-dining restaurants, more like authentic but casual eats, like if a friend from Brazil or Korea invited you over to a backyard dinner. Our Brazilian seafood dish is more of a light, fresh and flavorful ceviche that incorporates traditional Brazilian ingredients such as coconut milk, pineapple and tomatoes. It’s as close as you can get to eating on a beach post-surfing with your toes in the sand,” Goldsmith says.
Additional favorites include the Korean Short Rib, a bone-in short rib, marinated overnight in a chili paste, grill seared until all the sugar caramelizes and served with fresh kimchee coleslaw (as compared to traditional fermented kimchee). Or the decadent Cantina Poutine, made with house-cut French fries topped with melty, creamy Spanish-style Mahon cheese, plus a spicy sausage gravy house-made with Phoenix’s own, Schreiner’s chorizo. “We might need to serve it with a pillow on the side,” Goldsmith says. And speaking of deliciously decadent, Joe’s Notorious Burger, inspired by the late rapper, Notorious B.I.G., boasts a an half-pound beef patty topped with shredded pork that’s been braised in red-wine and chili, and topped with crunchy pork rinds.
Joe’s Midnight Run also touts the Valley’s best music mix, including classic 80s and 90s cuts ranging from booming hip hop to rowdy rock and roll. Combined with Joe’s expansive bar menu highlighted by to-go 40-ounce beer growlers, and you can see why Joe’s tagline is “80s, 90s and 40s.”
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